Dainese Norsorex Vest
Decent protection you forget you're even wearing
I got this vest to provide some moderate chest protection to supplement my BMW Dry Suit jacket that has excellent armor everywhere except the chest. I'm 6'2" and 212 lbs with a 48" chest and 34" waist. I got the XL and the fit is snug but very comfortable. It's elasticity allows it to closely contour your torso while the armor stays in place. As others have said, getting it on is easier than off until you realize you simply have to use both hands grasping at the waist to peel it directly up and over your head like a t-shirt -- turning it inside out as you take it off --and you'll have no more issues there. It flows air surprisingly well though unless you are wearing a mesh jacket, you are going to sweat a bit underneath when there is you are moving slowly and the temp goes above 80. That said, it's amazingly light and breathable for what it should provide and can be easily hand washed and air dried (read the FULL washing instructions - the English parts are in multiple segments throughout the label interspersed with five or so othe languages). I will say that the armor is not as thick or rigid as I thought and I've had no opportunity to test it but it does feel like a prudent step up in chest and rib protection that ought to disperse impact well and thus provides great peace of mind because it stays tight to your torso but is so comfortable you soon forget it's there. It's for this reason I intend to get the pants as well.
June 25, 2014
Nice comfortable chest protector
Overall a good chest protector that fits just fine under my jacket. It does fit small. I'm a size 50 (40" chest) in Dianese jackets and I bought a large.
Its very comfortable and conforms to the body well when in a 3/4 position and standing/walking around. I hardly noticed I had it on at times. Typical high quality Dianese stuff.
My only minor (and I mean really minor) gripe with this is it can be a pain to get on and off -- mostly off. I would have rather had it zip up the center. However, its no deal breaker.
As far as protection I personally have no first hand experience testing it, but seems like its an adequate amount of chest/ribs protection.
April 7, 2014
Good protection when you don't want the "full suit."
Most of my riding is in a very urban area, plenty of people distracted by their cell phones, etc. I am an older rider (translates to: breaks more easily) and wanted some protection when doing a "milk run."
First of all Norsorex vest fits tightly, but not uncomfortably. The Revzilla rep said it should fit snugly, its an under-garment, to protect you it has to be that way.
First impression: Wrong Size. Not so! I was surprized how comfortable it was once I wore it for a couple of minutes. And, riding you totally forget you're wearing the Norsorex vest. No binding. Not excessively hot, maybe like an extra tee shirt. Have not tried its protective abilities and hope not to. On longer runs I wear the full Dianese protection system - much cheaper than the first 2 seconds in the ER.
December 23, 2013
I really enjoy this soft vest, but..... it does fit very small. I am 6'0 200 lbs and ordered a large. I can get it on no problem and it fits very comfortably and snug. But getting it off can be an issue, I have found the correct technique and can now get it off quickly but at first it was a pain. I would suggest ordering one or two sizes larger and the fit should be perfect.
October 14, 2013
Excellent comfort and protection
I got the Norsirex vest because my Air Jacket has zero chest or and protection. This fits very snug but it is supposed to and yet is not right or restrictive. You can wear it under a t-shirt.
August 5, 2013
Great style, good protection, a little expensive
very nice fit,
I have never tested the impact absorption (hope I will never test it) but apparently it's a lower performance than the spin guard systems,
The price should be a little bit lower.
July 1, 2013
Well made, comfortable, does not restrict movement.
The quality is up to what one would expect. It is comfortable to wear and does not restrict movement like some body armor units. One reviewer descibed it as hard to get off. The knack to this is to flip the silicon band over so it cannot grip your skin. push the chest plates up as far as they will go, then reach behind and pull it over your head. I could not review protection and durability as I have not crashed in it and have not had it long enough to comment. I scored features as average as this is a straight forward product that serves a simple purpose.
May 13, 2013
Excellent Crash Protection - Tested (Unfortunately)
I had a big highside after my bike had its front end t-boned at a trackday....I'm convinced the only reason I was bruised and not broken (except for my collarbone) is due to the equipment I was wearing.....including the Dainese Norsorex vest.....it saved my ribs and torso from severe injury in a very heavy crash.....I HIGHLY recommend it.
September 11, 2012