Forcefield Back Protector Pro Sub 4
Safety and comfort
The Forcefield Back Protector Pro Sub 4 is everything you could ask for in the safety department period!!!!
Down side when you put this back protector on it is thicker then most so the first time you gear up you'll notice your suit may fit just alittle tighter, but as your body heats up and your suit or jacket stretches mobility is just fine.
Plus side to this product moves well not restrictive very comfortable. The most important thing about this back protector is the one you hope you'll never need. The Pro Sub 4 offers the hightest rated level of protection on the market. I for one want that peace of mind, all my safety gear is made by Forcefield. Ride hard and stay safe....
May 21, 2013
Won't play without it
Soft bendable but it does have a thin flexable sold outer plastic lining that would slow punctures. I do notice it's there but I'll have the utter protection over the barely noticable padding. It really conforms to your body after an hour or so, felt like an ironing board at first but now is so formed to my back.
Do I recommend it? Heck yea!!!
May 21, 2013
Very comfortable, great spine protection.
This protector is very comfortable & conformed to my back within minutes. It is thick & may be too much for a snug fitting jacket. Removed the back pad that came with my jacket and all is well.
April 23, 2013
solid feeling and definately a higher end product. I used a dainese protector previously and it didn't feel as solid. drawback is comfort with the forecfield. I never notice the dainese on my back but with the forecfield you definitely feel that solid padding on your back in comparison.
April 17, 2013
Very comfy despite thickness, great protection.
This is untested by crash, but I have tried throwing myself on the ground and I've had a mate punch me in the back and I can say that both of those experiences went without any real pain. It feels like it would take up a lot of the energy and give you a far better chance than most protectors. The CE testing figures speak for themselves on that front (back? :) )
It's perfectly comfy, you know its there, and I would guess that in the full race position it might feel constrained, but I ride at about 3/4 upright and it's perfect, if anything I think its more comfy on long rides than when without!
It doesn't seem to increase my temp either, which is frankly amazing considering it's thickness. It might just be that I haven't tried it in hot conditions yet, but have ridden at about 20C and even with full thermal layer in jacket and no venting, I wasn't at all hot.
The fit was a bit out for me - I measured 50cm in the back going by the drawings on the forcefield diagram, which made me a large, but the medium was a much better fit. Note that I am only 5'8", so you'd think that I must just have a really long upper body compared to my legs, but that isn't the case either, in fact I actually always have to buy trousers in a 'long' variant so if anything I have a short upper body. Can only assume the diagrams on the forcefield sizing chart are completely wrong and that I should have been taking the back measurement differently - I went from waist (about 5cm below navel) to top of shoulder / base of traps.
January 7, 2013
It's true that you won't even know the back protector is on after 5 minutes. I'm 5' 10" and I got a size medium so it fits underneath my dainese avro size 50 jacket. I don't tuck in the protector into my pants.
December 3, 2012
Amazing back protector.
I wore this back protector for 6 hours straight after receiving it. I wore it while driving my car to test its comfort and it did very, very well. My only gripe is that it did leave my back somewhat wet after wearing it under a fleece jacket, but it was against a cloth car seat for most of the time and it was not in its intended usage conditions (on a bike going street/highway speeds).
I did not feel the back protector anymore after 10 minutes and a 15 minute sit on my bike was very comfy, both in a full tuck and a fully upright position (on the Ninja 500).
The protector is fully adjustable on the shoulder straps, the waist strap and the kidney straps add that extra adjustability to make the protector nice and snug.
The $190 price tag may seem like too much for a back protector but it is worth it since this protector is a multi-use one, so it will last through many offs. This would more than offset the cost of buying and buying and re-buying other single use protectors.
The pictures in my review may not be the same thing that you will get from RevZilla since I got my protector from elsewhere, sorry RZ :(
November 17, 2012
Just wore this for the first time to a track day/school. Comfortable enough that I didn't notice it during the riding sessions, and didn't notice it being hot. The plastic adjusters on the shoulder straps were on my collarbone at one point, but a quick adjustment solved the issue - the midsection belt is really what holds it in place.
Beware - it is relatively thick. My new leathers were TIGHT without a back protector. After putting this on, the two sides of the zipper were ~6 inches apart in the chest (and ended up requiring a tailor to make alterations). I think any back protector would have required alterations for me, but most would have needed less of a change.
Still, that bulk is, I'm sure, the cause of this protector's excellent CE score. I have no doubt that it would protect me in a crash. Also seems to be excellent craftsmanship.
For reference, I am 5'5", 140, 37 inch chest, and got a size medium. With my small stature, the tailbone protector extends just a bit beneath a leather jacket, and could cause a bit of discomfort on a touring/standard bike, but is fine when tucked on a sportbike.
All in all, highly recommended, as long as you're ok with the extra bulk.
October 29, 2012