Icon D3O Back Protector Insert
Great Upgrade for the Price
Cost is a big plus on this item. It is better than the foam insert that came with my Icon Contra mesh jacket and will protect better. Additionally it has vent holes, which my foam backing did not have - extra air will no doubt help with ventilation. However, it is slightly smaller than expected and I had to take a knife to the excess flash that appeared to be filling all the ventilation holes. I would have given it five stars for the price/feature if there was better finish on the end product.
October 27, 2015
Great replacement pads
I used this in my Joe rocket mesh jacket. It was a bit heavier than the foam pad it replaced, but this one is more flexible. this allows me to roll up my jacket to fit in my givi top case with my helmet.
October 25, 2015
Protect your back!
I purchased this CE-rated D3O impact protector to upgrade the soft foam one that came with my Icon jacket. Even though I don’t plant to hit the pavement with my back, you never know and it’s always better to be safe than sorry right?
The back pad fit perfectly into my Icon jacket and it feels light and breathable. I have not encountered any problems with it. I’d recommend it.
October 14, 2015
bought the whole set
I bought a whole set of these pads for a leather jacket.
They are not bulky, they fit perfectly (I measured…twice), and I hope I never have to test them! Whatever pads you choose, may you never have to use them either!
September 21, 2015
Very good protection
This back protector fit right in my icon jackET and it's very confortable ..just shows that u don't have to buy one of the most expensive back protectors ...overall great product
September 21, 2015
Seemed good at first...
Wore it in my jacket for a month; removed it to wash the jacket and noticed that it was torn in two places. I take good care of the jacket, so it appears that the insert is just not durable.
September 15, 2015
This back protector is CE level 1 and is light. I use this one in my summer mesh jacket, as it has better airflow and is lighter than the heavier CE level 2 back protector, which I use in my leather jacket. Great to have CE level 1 in such a light, ventilated and flexible pad.
September 14, 2015
When Fit is More Important Than Protection
Because I apparently cannot resist a good sale or closeout, I have too many motorcycle jackets. 1a & b) 2010 vintage Revit Cayenne Pro, and somewhat later Revit Everest; 3) Icon Leather Accelerant; 4) Alpinestars mesh, and 5) Roland Sands Leather. The Revit's and Icon came with cheap, worthless pieces of foam for "back protection," while the Alpinestars and Roland Sands came with none. The Alpinestars didn't even have a pocket to accept upgraded, "real" back protection.
I added the recommended SAS-TEC upgrades to both Revit jackets. I believe SAS-TEC provides the best possible protection. I also upgraded the Accelerant with this same SAS-TEC, although it had to be cut to fit with a box cutter.
SAS-TEC could be cut it fit the Roland Sands but since the pocket isn't designed to accept such thick armor, the SAS-TEC would distort the shape of this good looking, on-or-off the bike, jacket.
I purchased the Icon D30 Back Protector for the Roland Sands. With careful box cutter trimming, it fits perfectly. As other reviewers have noted, this is light armor, which is needed if the Roland Sands is to maintain it's trim fit. I don't know if it is superior to the Forcefield armor that is designed to fit the Roland Sands. The fact that it is $10 less than theForcefield is not the reason I chose it. Rather, I believe it is as good as the forcefield armor, and appears to be even lighter and more flexible. I think the Icon D30 Back Protector would be a good upgrade for any trim fitting leather jacket in which improved protection is desired, without harming comfort or fit. It's not track quality armor, or even good sport riding armor. If at all possible, I'd go with a Level 2 back protector for those uses. However, it is far better than no back armor, or than the cheap piece of foam that came with the Accelerant. If the jacket has no pocket for a back protector, a good seamstress can sew the D30 Back Insert into the liner.
Personally, I believe in doing whatever is necessary to avoid hitting the ground without back protection. This piece of armor fills the gap between no armor (or a piece of foam) and really substantial, Level 2 Back Protection.
September 13, 2015