Klim Back Pad
Perfect replacement for my wimpy Tourmaster "back protector"
Based on reviews for other back protectors of a similar shape (Knox TP-2), I purchased a pair of these to replace the useless foam pads in both of my most worn jackets. This back protector fits the odd shaped pocket in my Tourmaster Intake Air 3 snugly (albeit upside down), but without alteration to either the jacket or pad. Goodbye useless insert #1. The second pad will need some trimming to fit the pocket on Firstgear jacket, but I knew that going in... and at this price I can certainly put a few minutes into it.
VERY pleased with the quality of this pad for the price.
February 11, 2014
Terrific Protection For the Money
I have developed is strong bias about armor. SAS-TEC is the best money can buy. But it's expensive (the back armor is $45 or $50, depending on the size) and except for those few jackets for which it is designed to fit, it needs to be cut, often significantly. This is easy enough to do, using a box cutter, but still, there had to be an alternative solution.
Enter the Klim Back Pad, on sale for $12.50. I expected it to be flimsy and ill fitting. Wrong. This is substantial armor that resembles SAS-TEC in look and feel. I'm sure it's not as good, but it is much, much closer to SAS-TEC than to the stock foam that pretends to be back "protection" in most jackets. And in one of my jackets, an Alpinestars mesh breeze jacket, it fits nicely, with less cutting than would be required with SAS-TEC back armor.
You can often increase the safety of a jacket with an extra armor insert. Having a couple of Klim back pads available can be very handy. Even if you screw one up while attempting to cut it into the proper shape to fill a niche, at $12.50, no big deal. I'm going to order a couple more.
January 16, 2014
I highly recommend. Great fit and great protection. Fits nicely into the Traverse Jacket.
October 28, 2013
Decent price and protection
Bought this for my Klim Traverse Jacket. It fits well and stays in place. I didn't care for the tapered shape towards the lower back. I'd prefer if it was longer. I took a few spills out in the desert and they do their job! I didn't want to spend the money on the D30 armor and since these were 1/3 the price and I was purchasing a lot of gear at once, the value for protection level I feel is justified.
October 14, 2013
Should work well!
I bought the Klim Traverse jacket and pants combo. I tried Thor Impact Rig SE and I didn't like it underneath the jacket and thought it might be way too heavy and not the most durable option. The next option was to get internal armor and I thought long and hard about whether or not to get the Klim base armor or the T5 D3O armor for more money.
I ended up getting the base armor for 2 reasons - lighter weight and greater coverage. I plan on riding off road with this gear so these were the most important criteria for me. The D30 pads are significantly heavier I hear, and they are smaller in size. The gains from what I understand are that they are more comfortable and thinner. My take - if you plan on running off road and want more protection, the thicker, larger (and lighter) base armor is better. If you are on the roads, and prefer comfort and low bulkiness, then the D30 is the option to choose. That being said, the base armor feels really good and it's really not even that bulky at all. Plus, it's less than half the cost of the D30!
October 12, 2012