Forcefield Pro Shirt
This shirt hugs your body and form fitting. It keeps the armor in place and you hardly know you are wearing it. I had no issues putting it on or taking it off and felt comfortable wearing this under my mesh jacket that flows a lot of air. I wore it under my leather jacket over the weekend and found it to be quite warm. Forcefield makes excellent armor and I purchased it for this reason as well as being able to wear it under different jackets. I recommend this product.
September 15, 2014
Did it's job during a pretty nasty crash
So there I was, riding around the mountains with a couple friends. We were in a small town, and it had just begun to rain, so we weren't doing anything abnormal. Got into a construction zone where the DOT set up a lane shift across a new bridge being built. On the transition from the old lane to the new lane, they apparently painted over the old lane division line in slick black paint, which was invisible with a smoked shield and in the pouring rain. My rear tire slid out on this painted line, then kicked back the other way and next thing I knew, I went down, HARD, at about 35-40mph. The bike slammed me low-side into the pavement. I slide about 100-150 feet and the bike probably about double that before coming to rest.
I felt a bit out of breath and my right side upper body hurt a bit but nothing too bad. I got up and my friends helped me get the bike back up and we stopped about 1/10th of a mile down the road at a gas station.
Come to find out later that, while wearing the Forcefield armored shirt and shorts combo under my Olympia suit, I had broken a rib or two (probably when the bike forced my arm to slam into my ribcage). Had I not been wearing the gear, I'm 95% sure I'd have done a lot more damage including probably a broken hip, shoulder, and clavicle, but obviously this is speculation based on which body parts hit and how hard. The gear definitely helped soften the blow. I realize it's not common to include rib protection but that certainly would have helped me avoid the break. Otherwise, I love the gear and wear it everywhere, all the time - street, track, and offroad.
September 7, 2014
This thing is very hot in hot weather.
Worn with a mesh jacket this shirt gets super hot. It was only 84 today and not super humid and I soaked it with sweat. So I poured half a bottle of water over me, but not on the armor.
Fit is nice, armor is what I was after and everybody swears by Forcefield's quality there, hope never to test it.
Not sure if I would buy another one. Maybe easier to buy an expensive jacket with high quality armor and wear whatever you want underneath. I wanted the chest protector most of all because I sideswiped a deer last summer and had images of antlers poking through me. So think about how you dress and what your safety requirements are and if you don't mind looking like Spiderman when you take your jacket off in a restaurant.
July 11, 2014
I bought this thinking I would get superior bump protection while wearing any jacket; as well as extra use in other activities, like snowboarding (I have RA so I am fairly delicate these days.)
While attempting to use for a 3rd time (on bike only, never bothered with other activities) right pit seam had it and started a big hole. The material holding padding in on back is so stretchy that back protector sags down so low that only my lower back has protection. The shirt seriously needs a zipper garage to stop it from attacking your neck. Unzipping some to try and remedy this problem only allows the back protector to slip further down.
I have since cannibalized the armor and fit it into my jacket. If I would have know that was going to be its roll, I would have just bough replacement armor and save a bit of money.
I would NOT recommend the Forcefield Pro Shirt...
(but I am still buying the forcefield armor on its own...)
May 4, 2014
Happy I bought it
For me, the first decision was whether I wanted to wear my protection as an undergarment or incorporated in an outer jacket. I decided the former gave me more apparel options. Having made that decision, this product fits simply and beautifully. No straps to have to mess with. The protection stays in place. The garment breathes well, but by the same token its sheerness gives me some concern about longterm durability. Time will tell. For now, I am loving it.
January 20, 2014
I purchased this item to use for protection on a nine day ride. Only because the ride promoter required all riders to wear their t-shirt as the top layer. So $300 is way beyond steep for this rider.
Fortunately I did not test the item, as I never took a spill. I felt that it was necessary to take care getting into and out of it. Nothing got damaged, but it felt like it might tear easily. Other than that it was comfortable.
December 9, 2013
Most comfortable armor I've worn
Like all armor, this shirt will make you sweat on a warm day. That said, the ventilation while moving, even at slow speeds, is excellent. I can physically feel the moisture dissipating. It won't remain and collect into a damp spot.
The fit, by way of the compression shirt holding the armor tight to your body, is more comfortable than any I've worn. It will also be more protective than your standard jacket-included armor because of this. It will hide better under your jacket.
Any issues I have with the shirt are minor:
-Zipper on the left side.
-Stitching pops slightly if you're not careful putting on and removing the shirt but it's not as dramatic as other reviewers have described.
- I'd grade the shirt even higher if the armor pieces had just a little more width and coverage to them, or maybe I'm just used to some oversized jacket armor.
-Pricier, but at the same time now you can buy cheaper jackets that exclude armor. I did. You'll probably save overall across your personal line of jackets.
The layered armor can seem a little thin. I also have the shorts and kneepads and I can definitely feel it when I test the kneepads by falling to my knees on a hardwood floor. But in the end, I will trust the tested CE rating that it provides the same protection as my old armor. One of the best aspects of Forcefield is their armor is designed to be reused through multiple crashes.
October 26, 2013
It hangs in the closet
I love the idea of this - instead of needing to buy a jacket with armor, buy any jacket you like and use this. But the distance between the idea and the reality is too large for me. It fits like a spiderman suit - tight - and with my 57 year old body it's not exactly a pretty thing. One has to wear a shirt over it so it's hot. Ride somewhere and want to spend time? Strip the shirt and don normal clothes, then change when you take off again, which is a lot of changing in the parking lot. Workmanship is disappointing - seams unravel, the zipper is unreliable. I wonder if a hard vest might not be a better idea - on and off more easily without looking like I've been pumping steroids.
October 26, 2013