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No More Squishing!
Heads up - this one's going to be a lengthy review.
I have been street riding for 3 years and just recently started track day riding. Once you start hanging off the bike in the corners and going triple digits in the straightaway, proper gear becomes a very high priority. I looked eveywhere on the internet for recommendations on what to purchase and soon realized that a chest protector would be a good investment. Most of the ones I saw online, even the few made for ladies, had one thing in common - FLAT! Well, I can tell you that having a piece of flat foam or plastic squishing is not a pleasant experience and it's uncomfortable under a leather suit.
Now let's talk about the Dainese Thorax Chest Protector. I got the version without straps, size Medium. I'm 5'5", about 135lbs, 34C and the Medium fits me perfectly right out of the box. My leather suit is pretty tight and the protector doesn't shift in it. It breathes pretty well, it's flexible yet firm and it does not restrict movement. I have only used it on two track days so far so I can't comment on durability or protection (haven't crash-tested this). But I'm confident that my chest area will be better with it than without.
To keep it place between sessions, I use my back protector straps and unite them in the front with a small piece of velcro so it's very easy to take on/off. Now I did consider the Pro version but let me share with you my 2 cents on this:
Wear the non-strap version if:
1. You have about an inch of space to spare on your suit's chest area right now so once zipped up, it won't move
2. You already have a back protector with shoulder straps that you can use to secure it.
Get the Pro version if:
1. Your have 2 inches or more to spare in your suit's chest area.
2. Your back protector does not have shoulder straps so you have no way to secure it when you unzip you suit
3. You're going to use this under a street riding jacket
Final thoughts: I believe this product (the no-straps version) is geared towards track day riding. I will be recommending this to all my fellow female track day riders for sure.
August 27, 2012
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Chris K:This Thorax protector is made to be worn underneath a tight jacket or race suit and so will stay in place just as is. If you are not using this protector in that way, or need straps to keep it in place on your frame than you would need to use the Dainese Women's Thorax Chest Protector Pro, which does have the straps needed to keep it in place. I've linked that product for you below:May 2, 2011