Dainese Manis G Back Protector Insert
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
I bought this to fit in my size 48 Dainese Super Speed C2. It is a little tight getting it in the jacket, but once it's in there are no problems. This does make the jacket a little bit tighter, but I had no problems with size after it was in. It does affect the way my Icon Squad 3 backpack fits though. I can still wear the backpack, but i have to loosen the straps and it feels like it doesn't fit as well.
I think it actually helps with longer rides and helps keep your back a little straighter. Worth the money to have more protection in your jacket.
July 12, 2014
Comfortable but lacking in key area
This is a big upgrade in the comfort department for Dainese back protectors. All the stretch and movement allows for a great wearing protector that doesn't feel like a stiff board on your back.
However, it fails in one crucial aspect. Spinal hyperextension. If you take this product and bend it backwards, it gives no appreciable resistance. I see this as an important factor in protecting your back and spine. Lacking this, it provides nothing more than shock absorption.
I suggest a Dainese Wave G instead.
June 18, 2014