Icon D3O Back Protector Insert
Olympia Jacket Upgrade
Replaced the expanded foam pad that came in an Olympia mesh jacket. Seems to fit in just fine. Being thinner than the original, it also loosens up the jacket a bit for me, which is good since it was a tad on the tight side. Heavier than the original, but not even noticeable to me when wearing.
August 24, 2015
Fits well in my tourmaster jacket.
D3O at a great price. Fits well and well designed.
August 18, 2015
Great as light protection instead of Icon Stryker insert
Ok I haven't fell on this pad so I can't really say how well it works. It is very thin and light so if you are looking for that it's great. Being so thin it doesn't inspire as much confidence as the Alpinestars insert but it is half the price.
I am sticking with this one because it is giving me protection and staying very light. I forget it's there and I even keep my jacket on when I show up at my destination because it is so light and comfortable.
That said I believe you could get more protection out of a more beefy pad.
August 3, 2015
Good value for good protection
I bought this back protector to replace the foam insert in my Cortech VRX Air jacket. If you flip it upside down it fits into the pocket nicely without any trimming, but it's a couple inches short up at the top. Air flows through it pretty nicely when you get going. At this price it's definitely a great buy.
August 3, 2015
Definitely worth the upgrade for the contra jacket . It's thinner and smaller then the dual density back pad. I actually run both the dual density and this pad on my back now and it still fits comfortably.
July 30, 2015
Good product that reduces bulk
I put this back protector insert into my Icon Anthem Mesh Riding Jacket, and it now looks a lot less bulky in the back. It's comfortable too.
July 30, 2015
Haven't crashed it yet...
But I suspect this 3DO protector would do a fair job. I've done a bunch of "bench testing" with this - meaning smacking my hand with various objects while protected by this unit and the impact is dramatically reduced. I'd love to never have to test it, but I'm sure I will at some point since I race minis.
No holes in it for ventilation, but I expected that, and I don't know that holes will help anyway. No straps - needs to be inserted into a jacket/suit in place.
Good value - back protectors can only help a serious situation so nearly all of them are worth the price.
July 28, 2015
Small but comfortable
I bought this for a Joe Rocket Classic '92 jacket in size XXL. It fits in the armor pocket but it's small for that jacket. It sits low in the pocket so it's mostly in middle of back. I don't know if this is just because I have a bigger jacket or if the armor pocket is the same size on the smaller sized jackets. But it's nice because it's so light and flexible. Could tell a big difference in weight and comfort of the jacket after changing out the armor. I tried it out in some of my other jackets, armored shirts, and armored hoodies, and in all but one, it was a bit small. But in each one it was lighter and more comfortable than whatever armor I had in there before.
I believe it you look on the D3O website, the Icon Back Protector correlates to what they call their Stealth Viper Back Insert in Size Medium. The size XL would have fit my jacket better but that isn't offered for sale.
In summary, it is super light and super comfortable. Just make sure you look at the dimensions of it first and compare to your jacket's armor pocket to see if it's a good fit, it doesn't have to be perfect but you want to be sure it won't sit too low or even possible shift around in there. If it is a decent fit, it was worlds better than other replacement armor I've personally tried.
July 27, 2015