Icon D3O Back Protector Insert
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
I picked up this piece as well as the shoulders and elbow pads for my Icon jacket. Excellent upgrade, you can really feel the difference and its more comfortable than the thin little foam that comes from the factory. Breathes well, fits well, you can't tell it is back there. Like I said in my other review, I fortunately have not had to test these out yet, but I'm confident they will perform well. People have complained about it being smaller than the foam piece that originally came in the jacket, which it is, but I don't see how it would decrease performance, mine feels fine on me.
July 27, 2015
Good for the price
I got this to replace the back pad on a Tourmaster Intake Air 3.0.
As usual Revzilla gear geeks were awesome and they pointed me to this product. They told me it should fit right into my jacket with no problems, except that I would have to install it upside down. I've found that the product has much better airflow than the stock pad, is more comfortable and of course is more protective. The only complaint that I have is that it is shorter than I would like. As it sits in the pocket of my jacket it comes up to just above the bottom of my shoulder blades. Of course the piece is made by Icon and intended to fit in their jackets, so it's no surprise it isn't exactly perfect in my Tourmaster. Still, for the price, this is a great deal.
July 20, 2015
Super Thin and Flexible
For a level 1 protector, I think this is the thinnest one you can get. I was worried that putting a back protector in my jacket would make it too tight to wear with a sweatshirt underneath. This back protector was plenty thin enough. I hardly notice it's there.
It's also super flexible when warm. This is a huge help when slipping it in and out of the protector pockets on multiple jackets.
Quality control is a bit lacking though. Not all the holes were punctured all the way through the protector. You can see this for yourself in the product picture. This means if you want the promised airflow benefits, you'll need to cut and pull out the leftover material that is blocking the holes. A time consuming process when all of them are plugged.
Other than that, it's a great back protector and I would recommend it. I'll probably get the Level II protector next.
July 13, 2015
FIts a FIrst Gear Adventure Mesh Jacket
Bought this to upgrade back protection on a new FG Adventure Mesh Jacket. Easy to replace, fits well in the jacket back protector pocket and is comfortable.
June 29, 2015