Forcefield BackPad Insert Pro for Dainese
G2 Doesn't Fit Older Dainese Jackets
Seems like a typically beefy, durable Forcefield product. There's only one problem: I ordered the G2 size, which doesn't fit my older model Dainese Shotgun jacket. I imagine the G1 size will fit--I'll have to exchange the G2.
August 27, 2015
This will fit in your older Dainese jackets that have the smaller pocket. It has a large coverage area (not as large as the Dainese Manis). I am not sure if this soft, flexible style protector provides more or less protection than a traditional hard resin protector but it does seem thick and the data I have read seems to support that it is as good as a hard shell protector. Hopefully I will never have first hand testimony.
August 6, 2015
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