Forcefield Extreme Harness Flite
I bought the Forcefield Extreme Harness Flite after much online research, specifically for a long trip on my dual sport.
After 8,100 miles in two months, I am very satisfied with this product. The initial setup to make it fit my 6'4" 205lbs body was very simple and easy. At first it feels like the harness might be very uncomfortable, but this is not the case. I wear the harness over a wicking under shirt and under an outer wicking long sleeve shirt and my dual sport outer jacket.
The fit is surprisingly comfortable. I had no chaffing or rubbing or discomfort in over 8,000 miles.
Breathability is excellent. The harness actually helped cool me off in that if I bend my back forward a little, it creates a gap between my body and the harness that lets air get to places it normally would not. But even sitting in my normal position, the airflow was excellent. I rode in temperatures ranging from 27F in Keystone SD to 112F in Page AZ, and the harness was totally comfortable.
I fell on Ophir Pass CO onto hard, sharp rock. I struck the ground flat on my back. My dual sport jacket has a thin back protector. The outer material of the jacket had several small perforations and sharp marks where the rock made contact, right along my spine. I never felt a thing through the harness. Without a doubt those rocks would have hurt me had I not been wearing the harness.
Another great benefit is that built in kidney belt. It's not a real kidney belt, but it performs the function of one pretty well.
This is probably one of the best purchases I have made for riding. I would buy this harness again, and I would recommend this product to anyone riding a motorcycle, with on or off road. It really is a superb product.
November 17, 2014
Near Perfect Under Jacket Armor
I've put about 500 miles on this armor piece now and can say that it offers great protection while greatly sacrificing comfort. Depending on your priorities, this could be the perfect buy for you or a one wear then return. This armor has little to no air flow and can get a little tight in the stomach and shoulders during a long ride. However, protection trumps comfort in my book making this a must buy product.
Pros: wide area of protection, option to upgrade to sleeve armor (just get a jacket with snug shoulder & elbow armor), easy on/off, can adjust to nearly any size
Cons: little to no air flow (your shirt will have a sweat outline around this piece), can get a little tight on long rides (but not too bad), takes a while to initially set up (not that big of a deal)
4 stars mainly due to the lack of comfort but can hardly beat this level of protection
August 12, 2014
Gladiator good looks
Love this product. Feels like a gladiator riding on my 1200 GS. This product fits and wrap around my body well, and it's lightweight. It's a little challenging to fit in the beginning fiddling though all the straps but once you set it, it's all good. I bought this to train on the dirt trails and the protection from forcefield will certainly increase my confidence.
July 26, 2014
Excellent protection fit and finish
I really love this product, it makes protection simple and interchangeable with jackets of many brands.. This is an indispensable piece of gear.
December 23, 2013
Excellent quality, great design and flexible fit
The quality of the Forcefield harness is excellent. It takes a few minutes to adjust all the velco tabs but that only needs to be done once. The comfort under a jacket is great and as a bonus the harness provides a good bit of back and kidney support. I've not had any spills yet so I can't comment on the protection but the thought in the design shows that the harness will stay in place during a crash.
October 28, 2013
Won't leave the house without it
I was getting back protectors with jackets and now I have a great back and chest protector that can go under any jacket.
I will not leave my house with out anymore. It's very comfortable, airflow is good, but not great in summer days when it's 90+ between 70-85 is very good and below 70 is great to about 60. I think that during colder days between 45-60 it will actually keep you warmer which is great.
Features are great you can adjust as needed including shoulders once on the bike you won't notice it's on.
Best back & chest protector on the market that can be used independent of jackets. Get it you won't be disappointed.
August 16, 2013
Excellent when setup properly
I use this vest for daily riding and it is very comfortable even in the summer. However, you must initially set up the straps perfectly (snug rib adjustment, relaxed lumbar, relaxed shoulder strap). If you set it up this way, when you ride you get a pocket of air when it billows out, making it very nice in the summer.
I bought it to use under my leathers and also use it for off-road purposes and it fit the bill.
It can be used for track riding as well, but I really think something more form fitting and lower profile in the shoulders (as other have said, it has thick shoulder straps) like Forcefield's Pro Shirt is the way to go.
As for fit both the small and medium fit me pretty well, the major difference is the strap lengths. I went with a small because I have a slim build.
It looks pretty cool standalone, but obviously wear an abrasion piece over it!
August 12, 2013
I never leave home without it
OK, I love riding and when I met my wife I had a bike but sold it shortly before we got married. Fast forward 10 years and a kid later I was able to get another bike but the deal is that if I was going to get a bike I must go all out on safety. I bought this chest protector and it is great. I feel like I am wearing a comfortable suit of armor. Easy to get on and off and fits underneath my Joe Rocket jacket nicely. Now, if you wear a very super slim cut jacket I can see that this might not fit underneath so I suggest an american cut like Joe Rocket.
I NEVER ride; not even down to the corner store without it.
May 26, 2013