Dainese Manis G Back Protector Insert
Perfect fit for Dianese Air-3 textile jacket
I've read some of the reviews here complaining that this particular back protector didn't fit older gen Dianese jackets. I have an Air-3 and I can tell you it fits perfectly. I'm 5'8 155 lbs and a 39 chest with a size 48 jacket; the back protector makes the fight just a tad bit tighter but it's barely noticeable. The biggest difference is in the weight but again, this barely registers. The back protector fits snuggly in the pocket and still allows full range of motion. Definitely recommend this product if you have a newer Dianese jacket. Can't speak to issues of fit with older jackets though!
October 7, 2014
Jacket style killer
If this back armor would live on its own, it would be a 4.5 star product. However, as soon as you put it into jackets (Laguna Seca textile size 48 and Laguna Seca EVO leather jackets size 50 in my case), it immediately screwed the back shape.
It is very thick and humps up at top end and edge. That causes a fold-down of jacket under collar, exactly the position of reflective strip. So that strip is not visible anymore from back. Now I've developed a hobby that keeping pulling my back collar up at right light.
Also, it is very tall for size 48 Laguna Seca and need some push to close the zip; not much better to get into EVO either because it is too wide for the zipper.
I know it can protect me but overall a little disappointed.
September 20, 2014
Feeling like a ninja turtle
Was unsure if this would fit in my Dainese Alien jacket so a quick call to customer service sorted that out. The guy checked the measurements of the older Wave protector and guaranteed free return shipping if he was wrong, awesome!
The protector its self feels nice barely know its there in the jacket even while wearing a backpack ln top. Flexes nicely which at 6'1" on sport bike is important for me to scrunch up. Feels like it takes about a half inch outta the size of the jacket as I'm a 42" chest but due to clearence got 56EU/44 US sized jacket but this improves fit just a tad.
It feels sturdy and hopefully I'll never test.
September 8, 2014
Fits the Dainese Razon jacket
I was involved in a fall though it was at a very low speed and I had this protector in my jacket and it performed perfectly. I would recommend it to anyone but make sure it fits your jacket first. I have a Dainese Crono Textile jacket and the Manis back protector does not fit in it.
August 25, 2014
Manis - Doesnt fit the D-Dry jacket
Unfortunately the Manis "the latest in technology" doesnt actually fit the D-Dry jacket. Something that would have been nice to know before spending money shipping it to Australia (along with my new D-Dry jacket). It looks impressive and I am sure would be great in the right jacket, alas that is not what I have.
Customer service was very helpful, but it would have been more helpful if there was a list of Dainese jackets the Manis fits (and doesnt) when you buy it.
August 25, 2014
Fits all my jackets for the most part!
I am happy that this fits into all my jackets, but ironically, it is really difficult to get into my Dainese racing jacket! I was able to get it easily into my Alpinestars Vika and Spidi Netix so at least there's that. I am a smaller framed person, but found this comfortable. I am 5'6" and 115 lbs.
August 20, 2014
Too Inflexible and Too Big
Prior to trying this I used a Wave G2 in all my Dainese jackets but was never happy with the inflexibility of that product. The Manis insert promises to alleviate that stiff feeling with several elasticated joints and interlocking plates.
Unfortunately, in practice it is only marginally more flexible than its predecessor - there is still a distinct "hunchback" look when inserted in any compatible jacket. The protector really protrudes quite obviously and you can feel it as you ride, especially on a sportsbike. Furthermore, when inserting it I really struggled to get it past the zipper in my current generation Dainese jackets with which it is supposed to be compatible. I really had to pull the opening apart quite forcefully and was sure the zipper would break as the widest part of the Manis insert is wider than the opening in the jacket. There definitely needs to be work done on the tolerance of insert to opening on the jackets being produced.
On the plus side it covers a larger area than the Wave did but the ergonomics, comfort and conspicuous appearance led me to drop it in favor of other products (specifically the d3o viper range).
I wish I could recommend this product - I am a Dainese fanboy and like to keep 100% to that brand where I can but this is another let down.
August 8, 2014
Bought this to put in my women's Dainese Air Flux jacket (which I love by the way). I'm 5'4", around 107lb.
- I haven't "crash-tested" this back protector, but I have high confidence in it based on the design, material selection, and overall durability. Having this additional layer of safety is worth every penny. A skinned leg or broken arm will teach you a harsh lesson, but a broken back/spinal injury can ruin your life.
- It is compatible with my Dainese jacket, so it is held securely in place and feels like it belongs.
- It is flexible in one direction, so I can comfortably bend forward slightly while riding.
- It was difficult to get the back protector in my jacket. This isn't a big problem for me, as I intend to leave it in there indefinitely, but it worried me because I felt like I was going to destroy the jacket before I was set on keeping it. Just a slightly bigger opening would be great.
- Going back, I probably would have gotten a size up on my jacket. The added thickness of the back protector makes the jacket tighter around my bust and neck area.
- As much as I love the design, at the end of the day I still feel a little bit like a turtle with a hard shell on my back. It's not noticeable to others and doesn't bother me when I'm riding, but nonetheless I dream of the day when you can get a protector at this price and of this quality not even know it's there. As expected, the added bulk/rigidity to the jacket also makes it more annoying to carry my jacket around when I reach my destination. But that's a small price to pay for all this has to offer.
August 4, 2014