Dainese Manis Lumbar Protector
Very comfortable and great protection
I bought this back protector a few months ago after I sold my Forcefield back protector... which saved my back in a collision with a car at 55 mph. Great protector but I needed more flexibility, and this dainese manis is perfect for that! When in tuck position I barely notice it's on my back. It doesn't rub my helmet like my Forcefield did and it definitely forms snug to my back. I've worn it just over a t-shirt on these hot Florida days like a squid, and I've worn it under my Alpinestars Gp Plus R leather jacket, both ways were very comfortable and fit fine. I did all the sizing here on Revzilla's site and had no problems. The price might hit some people hard, but hey.. $200 for a protector or $20,000 for surgery? WORTH EVERY PENNY.
June 17, 2015
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
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