Forcefield Sport Lite Back Protector Insert
Thin and very comfortable once it warms up
When cold, the Forcefield back protector feels somewhat rigid. Once it warms slightly from body heat, it forms well to your back and goes un-noticed. I've been wearing it in freezing temperatures and the stiffness goes away within the first few minutes of putting the jacket on.
I've used this back protector in a Vanson Cobra & a Vanson Falcon, both with great results and fit.
January 27, 2014
As good as expected
No problems installing it, however if needed, easily trimmed. Decent airflow. Fortunately have not crashed with it on as of yet.
August 13, 2013
nice flexible fit; good for lightweight armor
I got this back protector (type B; size 001) to replace the useless OEM foam insert in a Rev'it Airwave jacket. It was recommended by someone reviewing the jacket as a sturdier back protector that would fit the jacket pocket nicely. It did, and I'm very pleased with it. I bought the Rev'it Airwave for warm weather riding in the mid-Atlantic area (Virginia), and wanted a back insert that was more reliable than the OEM that is fairly useless. The fit is good for the jacket, it flexes nicely and I'd don't notice it, and the build seems good for entry level protection. Importantly, it also flows air nicely, so it allows me to stay cool and feel a bit safer (fortunately, I haven't had to test it on the asphalt). The only downer is something a previous reviewer mentioned -- it has strong plastic/synthetic smell out of the wrapper. I put it into the new jacket and hung the jacket on my covered porch for a few days to air it out. The smell dissipated, and I'm enjoying cool rides in warm weather -- 80s and looking forward to trying it in 90s weather.
August 5, 2013
fits joe rocket perfectly
Fits the Joe rocket jacket perfectly and a lot cheaper than the joe rocket upgrade insert.
I would prefer if it was level 2 CE.
Much better protection than stock foam insert.
August 5, 2013
Good protection and not too stiff
It's hard for me to review this back protector because it hasn't had to protect me. But it's very flexible and comfortable so you hardly know it's there. As long as it holds up like it's supposed to be I'll be very happy.
As for fit make sure you measure your existing protector. I used the Type B small in an AGV Willow jacket size 40 and it's a little less than an inch short longways and sideways but the next size up is too big. This is a very flexible protector so it can bend to fit through a smaller hole pretty easily.
August 5, 2013
The way to go for back protection
Fits perfectly in my Triumph jacket. Much better than the flimsy stock back pad. I tried the regular Forcefield back protector but it was too bulky for my mesh jacket. This one fits much better.
July 25, 2013
Protection AND comfort.
I originally ordered the small, but had mis-measured the insert pocket in my jacket. Replaced with the med. Fit perfect in my Triumph Air Retro jacket (med). This protector is very pliable and conforms to my back better that the solid protectors I have had. I also do not wind up with a huge wet spot in the middle of my back, since it allows some air flow through the pad. You will sweat more there than without the insert, but not much more. I have been riding in temps of 100 F for 40min stints daily, in heavy traffic, and is very comfortable.
July 22, 2013
Do yourself a favor and upgrade to this.
If your jacket came with a flimsy piece of packaging foam as a lame excuse for a back protector, do yourself a favor and add something to it that will actually protect you.
The 001 was a tad bit smaller (by 1 in or so) inside the pocket of my Large BILT mesh jacket when I installed it by itself. So, I just placed it behind the other foam piece to take up the slack in the pocket and that worked fine (you don't want it sliding around in the pocket).
Research the forcefield material and you will understand why you should have one. Don't skimp on your spine!
July 10, 2013