Forcefield BackPad Insert Pro for Dainese
Slightly more flexible, but less air flow than Wave G
Fit: I have a Dainese Airframe mesh jacket, and a Stripes EVO perforated leather jacket, and this back protector fits great within the back protector pocket. It's a little larger than the Wave G back protector, so it fits within the back protector pocket a little more snugly. This was exactly what I was looking for, since the Wave G was able to shift around. Because of the mesh construction of the jackets' liner both back protectors still shift around a little, but the Forcefield unit shifts less.
Construction: Finish is top notch; there was a high amount of attention to detail with no mold markings, excess glue, or untrimmed fabric/strings. I usually look to things like this to determine where a manufacturer looks to cut costs and none of these were found on this protector. There was a certain plastic-like smell emanating from the protector when I first opened the packaging, but that quickly dissipated, and was gone after a day of airing it out by laying it on my couch. Flexibility is improved over the Wave G, having more range along the vertical axis, and of course, along the horizontal axis. The only area where the Wave G beats the Forcefield protector is in the area of air flow. The Wave G has a 3D mesh construction on the side that contacts the body, in order to improve air flow. It works. The Forcefield back protector, though it has holes for ventilation, is flat float where it contacts the body. It doesn't allow space between the protector and the body for air to flow, so the protector just sticks to you on those hot and humid days. I don't see this as a problem when it's cooler. How bad is it compared to my Wave G? I live in Austin, TX, where it's hot AND humid. The high humidity certainly diminishes any evaporative cooling that takes place with moving air, so the difference in air flow compared to the Wave G is negligible. I'm also usually riding around wearing a backpack of some sort. Even without a backpack, it's not bad. I still choose this protector over my Wave G. I have other ways to keep cool while riding that work (a wet cooling towel around my neck works great; adequate hydration is a must).
Summary: Fit, finish, and features are great. Though it flows less air than a Wave G, it's more flexible and shifts around less. In the event of a crash, I have more confidence that it's where I need it to be.
July 20, 2015
If you are looking for a good thick feeling back protector this is it. I bought the CE II rated so it is not thin and it is a tight fit, but that is a good thing it wont move around :) I put this in a Shift Diablo jacket, tight fit but that means it will not move around.
June 23, 2015
Very breathable, comfortable. I don't even notice it anymore
June 15, 2015
Larger size just squeezes into my Dainese Evo jacket and sits there comfortably. Gets a little hot on the warmer days, but otherwise you tend to forget it's there.
June 8, 2015
STINKS - terrible odor
Still too stinky to wear after air hanging for 2.5 weeks. It out-gasses a terrible chemical odor.
Honestly I need to wear some back protection in my jacket, but after 2.5 weeks of air hanging, this thing still stinks too much to wear. It looks like good quality and I'm sure it will be good once the smell dies down, but how long do I need to wait? 2 months? I'm having the same problem with the Dainese double chest protectors I purchased. They are also line hanging and still stinking.
I'll update my review after the smell dies down enough to start wearing it.
June 3, 2015
Very Flexible for the Size
I got a medium (G2) for my size 46 Dainese Laguna EVO perforated leather jacket. It fits snug which is a good thing (it seems to fit best in the first pocket of the two in this jacket, nearest to the rider).
Air flow is good, I have no complaints. I removed the logo and tag for better airflow (they're no trivial size).
It's very flexible for its size. The hanger loop on top is a nice touch. It's about 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs) on my scale.
I did have one issue, it's prone to rotate within the jacket. I added velcro to the bottom, as well as my jacket (soft side on jacket so it wouldn't catch on the liner when there's no back protector in). This worked well.
May 30, 2015
Good back protection, but not for summer riding
The low profile, body conforming, back protector will be a good option for cooler weather riding. My primary consideration was to use it with my D. Air Frame jacket for summer riding. With its advertised perforations I thought it would vent well. The problem is that the rubberized surface that lies against your back creates a clammy feeling and moisture is not released. If they had designed it with vertical cannels to minimize the surface contact it would have been great.
There is also an issue with the odor being released from the product. After 3 weeks, it still has a strong chemical smell.
May 6, 2015
Everything I would expect from an insertable back protector
Fits well in my Dainese Spedio D Dry jacket (size 48.) It feels like it is solidly constructed and I have no doubt it will serve its purpose if I were to go down. It has some weight to it, and it sits low enough in the jacket pocket that it interacts with my belt/pants. Sometimes I need to shrug my shoulders to get it to match up better down low, but for the coverage of protection I feel I get with this, that is a minor nuisance. The airflow is ok, pretty much what I expected, but it definitely makes the jacket ride warmer. It comes with an odor...but it has almost completely faded away after a couple weeks of minimal riding. Very happy with this purchase from Revzilla.
May 4, 2015