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Dainese Manis Back Protector
  • Dainese Manis Back Protector
  • Dainese Manis Back Protector

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Dainese Manis Back Protector

The Manis Back Protector offers CE Level 2 Protection and the most advanced design characterizes this innovative back protector that breaks the classic design pattern and sets new ergonomic standards. Innovative construction solutions give the protector 3 more degrees of freedom than protectors of the past, thus allowing it to closely replicate all the shapes of the human back in typical motorcycle racing positions. The protector is capable of extending or retracting by bending, in this way following the movements of the torso. It is also able to bend and twist to follow the lateral bending movements of the body. The composite sandwich is the result of Dainese's 30 years of experience in the design of back protectors, the external plates with controlled elastic return movement are made of polypropylene and coupled to the Crash Absorb®. A final layer of comfort material ensures precise coupling with the surface anatomy of the back. The protector is characterized by large perforations and very small surfaces in contact with the body to provide maximum thermal comfort, while the lightweight design completes the design harmony of this revolutionary back protection system.


  • Back protector certified according to the standard EN1621.2/2003 (Level 2)
  • Articulated external plates with controlled mobility, made of polypropylene with perforated and corrugated structure.
  • Inner core in perforated Crash absorb®
  • Localized comfort padding

Ergonomics and Comfort:

  • Back protector with 4 degrees of freedom:
    • 1 - Longitudinal stretch
    • 2 - Longitudinal bending
    • 3 - Torsion
    • 4 - Lateral bending controlled by special tensioners
  • External perforated plates
  • Crash Absorb® perforated absorption material
  • Reduced contact area


Sizing is dependent on both height and chest circumference. Height is measured from your shoulders to your natural waist, which will determine which Type is necessary. Chest circumference is measured at the widest point around your chest, usually just under the arm pits.

Shoulder to waist length determines Type:

  • Type 49  14.75"-16.5" (37.5cm-42cm)
  • Type 55  16.15"-17.75" (41cm - 45cm)
  • Type 59  17.3"-18.9" (44cm-48cm)
  • Type 65  18.5"-20.5" (47cm-52cm)

Chest circumference determines Size:

  • Size SM  37" (94cm)
  • Size MD  39.4" (100cm)
  • Size LG  41.7" (106cm)
  • Size XL  43.4" (110cm)


  • Adjustable and removable straps
  • Adjustable lumbar strip with double Velcro

Note: Depending on size, Back Protector will have more or fewer segments than image shown.


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Dainese Manis Back Protector 4.4 5 5 5
Perfect fitting product The second I put on this back protector, I was hooked. it forms to the curvature of my back perfectly, covering everything from my tail bone to the top of my back. It fit s perfectly under my Roland Sands Ronin jacket and my Dainese D1. Perfectly unobtrusive, where you don't notice you're wearing it. Seems to breath rather well, I have yet to wear it on a really hot day, but so far my back hasn't been any more sweaty, after wearing the Manis. I always look forward to buckling on the Manis back protector. January 31, 2015
great overall The Manis looks great and is comfortable to wear which is good because you want to wear something that is stylish comfortable and may save your hide. It's slightly longer than I expected but fits well under all of my jackets thick or thin. December 29, 2014
A Nicely Marketed but Deeply Flawed Product The best way I can sum up this product is by saying it's a compelling "high concept" design which is unfortunately totally impractical in real world use. The inspiration from nature in the flexible, interlinking plates makes perfect sense and helps sell the "sizzle" but after several attempts to make it work for me I cannot recommend this as a product. The first Manis I received was actually broken right out of the packaging. One of the elastic plate retainers had snapped. Not a great first impression for a safety product and a quality control fail. Of course, Revzilla stepped up, as usual, and got me a replacement immediately. That's when the problems really started... The fundamental design issue with this protector is that the bottom edges of each of the plates catch the nape of your racing suit as you pull it on. This problem is exacerbated if your suit has a soft fabric or neoprene area there (which most Dainese suits have). Once your suit is snagged under one of those you need someone to help you unhook it to get the suit over your shoulders or lower the suit and try again. Ten times out of ten it snagged on three different Dainese suits I have. I'm guessing if it slips over without any problems your suit is too loose or you are a contortionist. I tried the Manis in every size and tried it with different suits with the same results. I am guessing they tested the impact protection of the product but completely omitted to give it to a rider and ask him to pull a suit over it himself, unaided, as this flaw would have revealed itself immediately under those circumstances. There is also a point of view that hard plastic back protectors are at risk of pinching the leather against the Tarmac in a slide which can lead to faster erosion. This makes perfect sense to me but I can't vouch for the veracity or cite the specific research so it would be worth looking into the pros and cons of hard vs soft armor if you are a serious track day rider. What I do know is that I have yet to have an issue with the soft d3o, Sas-Tec, Knox type of armor which "tenses-up" in an impact. Much more comfortable, less conspicuous, just as protective on paper and, compared to the Manis, unobtrusive when pulling a race suit over it. In fact, I'm not sure why Dainese and other manufacturers don't follow the BMW / Held method of integrating a soft level 2 back protector into the suit lining. I guess it gives them another product to market. August 8, 2014
Works great with snug (correct fit) race suit. I wear this back protector with my Laguna Seca suit. The suit fit snug before and I was worried about a bulky back protector. There suit feels noticeably tighter with the back protector, but why would you wear a race suit without one? I have used this on several track days and on spirited canyon runs. The quality is standard Dainese, which means excellent. Not sure why the other reviewer had a problem, hope he figures it out. I am a recent convert to Dainese products after spending/wasting hundreds of dollars with cheaper brands. I suggest you buy the best gear you can afford, you don't want to save money at the expense of your health. August 1, 2013
Great product and great protection! This protector is a sandwich of different materials. The outside is hard plastic and inside uses firm foam then soft foam to touch the body. The joints connect together using some form of rubber. Only time will tell if it will last. This construction is different then their other back protectors which use an aluminium honeycomb to absorb impact. With the firm foam style, this may be usable with more than one impact assuming the unit holds together. The connectors across the chest and around the stomach are adjustable. The straps which go over the shoulders are not adjustable. Sizing: I am 6'3 and 40" chest. I bought the type 59 size M. I could have gotten away with a large as well but the medium offers a ridiculously large waist size I guess if you have a gut. When worn, the length is perfect for me. It goes a little past the belt area of jeans. I gave it a good rating for bang for the buck due to cost. Great product but lots of other options at this price point. If you have the funds, go for it. You won't regret it! April 23, 2013
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Dexter W: Looks to be best design in back protection. Jun 29, 2014
Armin P: Best CE rated back protector from Dainese Dec 2, 2013
Daniel Felipe P: great support in my back. perfect for long adventures Nov 14, 2013
Richard O: Need it for track days, hope it's the right size! Oct 9, 2013
A shopper asked: What are the differences between the types? I'm 6'4" Jun 14, 2014
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Peter T: The Protector is categorized by two measurement references; TYPE, which measures shoulder to waist distance and SIZE, which measures chest size. Scroll down on the product description on the Revzilla website and it describes fully what measurements you need inorder for you to order the correct size. I used and mine fits perfectly, very comfortable even under my one piece leathers. Jul 14, 2014
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John H: Watch the video which is linked at the bottom of the page for the protector. He covers it. You need to take some measurements from your shoulders to your belly button. After you do that, buy it. It's very comfortable. Jun 15, 2014
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John H: Watch the video which is linked at the bottom of the page for the protector. He covers it. You need to take some measurements from your shoulders to your belly button. After you do that, buy it. It's very comfortable. Jun 15, 2014
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Alex C: The type is how long your torso is, and the size is how wide you shoulder is. Jun 14, 2014
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Aaron C asked: What is the difference between the Manis and the Manis D1? Feb 2, 2015
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A S: D1 in dainese terms just means that its a new product, they started doing that in late 2014. so if an article has a D1 it just means its the newer product. in 2016 it will prob be D2. Feb 5, 2015
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A shopper asked: Hi,

Can you tell me how thick the Dainese Manis back protector is?

Jul 8, 2014
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Neil M: The Dainese Manis is approx 3/4" to 1" thick. Jul 8, 2014
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Justin L asked: Does this offer the same level of protection as the wave air? If so what areas does the manis excel vs the wave? Apr 11, 2014
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Joseph N: Manis is ce2. Wave is ce1. Manis meets higher protection level. Safer. Wave is an older design. Apr 11, 2014
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A shopper asked: The height measurement selector Indicates that I would need a Manis 59 / XL

My shoulder to waist measurement is 48cm
and chest measurement is 108cm

However my total body height is 171cm , it seems i have a large torso, im am of stocky build. Which would say I need the Manis 55?

Thank you.
Jul 25, 2014
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Justin L asked: will this be ok for multiple crashes or is it one and done? Apr 17, 2014
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Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Type 49 / LG 852114 1876033-001-L In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Type 49 / MD 852113 1876033-001-M In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Type 49 / SM 852112 1876033-001-S Out of Stock
Type 49 / XL 852115 1876033-001-XL Out of Stock
Type 55 / LG 852146 1876043-001-L Out of Stock
Type 55 / MD 852145 1876043-001-M Out of Stock
Type 55 / SM 852144 1876043-001-S Out of Stock
Type 55 / XL 852147 1876043-001-XL Out of Stock
Type 59 / LG 852089 1876031-001-L In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Type 59 / MD 852088 1876031-001-M In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Type 59 / SM 852087 1876031-001-S In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Type 59 / XL 852090 1876031-001-XL Out of Stock
Type 65 / LG 852142 1876042-001-L In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Type 65 / MD 852141 1876042-001-M Available: Available to order from Italy, expect 2-3 weeks transit time prior to shipment from RevZilla
Type 65 / SM 852140 1876042-001-S Available: Available to order from Italy, expect 2-3 weeks transit time prior to shipment from RevZilla
Type 65 / XL 852143 1876042-001-XL Out of Stock