Icon D3O Back Protector Insert
Exactly what I was looking for
Bought to test in casual riding gear where less bulk is desirable- a hoodie from John Doe (Germany) and shop jacket from Corazzo. Needed less rigid pads for this reason - will be buying a second set
February 17, 2014
worth the upgrade and easy on the wallet
You will forget you even bought the back armor after you put it in your jacket. It costs you next to nothing, protects you better, and is more comfortable. Just buy it, you will be happy you did!
I put it in my icon women's hella jacket. Just for reference.
February 17, 2014
I bought this to replace the thin foam pad in my winter riding jacket
This very interesting material feels like very hard plastic when you hit it hard but feels like soft foam to slow bending or pressure. It is as comfortable as the thin foam but heavier. I have not tested in a get off yet, I suspect I would have loved it in a painful crash a few month ago when a high side landed me flat on my back. The cost is similar to other CE armor The catalog dimensions were right on. I will order more to replace other thin padding with full CE armor in my gear
January 20, 2014
Excellent CE1 protector
Bought a women's Built jacket but couldn't find a knox back protector. Eventually came across Icon and it fits perfect. Barely notice it (ex. bending over, leaning against something), flexible, and breathes great.
Perfect for city riding and just starting out.
August 28, 2013
I've purchased supplemental back protectors in every jacket I've owned and this is the best so far. It's interesting to see the evolution of materials in those purchases even though the cost has been no greater. The first purchase was an Alpinestars RC model that was so stiff and hot, it seemed like nothing more than a boogie-board stuffed into the jacket. The second was an Alpinestars Bio Armor protector that was greatly more flexible but still rather thick and heavy. This d3o is head and shoulders above either of those models. It's amazingly thin, super flexible and the molded-in channels provide some air flow.
I fully believe the data that indicates that this material's viscoelasticity will allow it to harden and protect me in the event of an off. Understand that this is not the highest rating back protector (CE Level 2 absorbs greater force than Level 1) but it is far greater protection than the thin piece of foam that comes standard on most jackets.
I was expecting to have to trim this but it fits perfectly in my Rev'it Outback jacket.
August 19, 2013
Eon's better than foam
Got the obligatory foam insert in my mesh jacket and my winter jacket. Definitely was looking to upgrade, but wasn't sure about some of the more articulated inserts or thicker CE rated armor. This product is super soft, super comfortable, super flexible, super vented and super cheap compared to other armor. Can't even tell it's there. May fit loose in jackets that have a bigger pocket, but probably not by much. So worth it to upgrade to this insert. Get one for each jacket you own.
July 30, 2013
Great CE Level 1 Protection
A previous reviewer compared this to the Klim D3O back protector. They are not rated to the same CE level. The ICON D3O is rated to CE level 1 (the KLIM D3O is rated CE level 2). As CE level 1 protection, it's great. I replaced the foam pad in my First Gear Kathmandu jacket with the ICON D3O with some modifications. It's a great fit and no more noticeable than the foam pad it replaced. It's about the same thickness and weight but with substantially better protection.
I also have the KLIM D3O version that I modified to fit the jacket. The KLIM D3O version is substantially thicker (about 2x) and noticeably adds bulk, weight and stiffness to the jacket. I may end up using the KLIM D3O - it's a level of protection versus comfort decision. I will be trying both versions over the next few months.
June 14, 2013
Not as expected
I have previously used the Klim d3o product with great amazement. This bills itself as the same product under a different brand but is sadly not even close. It follows the same design but employs a 1/3 of the d3o in the mold. It is much thinner and provides drastically less protection. It isn't until you are able to compare that they aren't even rated the same. Don't purchase if you are thinking you are just getting a deal off the Klim product line. England still makes the better d3o, not China (which is where the Icon makes theirs).
April 22, 2013