Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector
Great Fit and comfort
Bought for a First Gear Kilimanjaro and it is great and flexible back protect, made the mistake of trying to punch it and it went from soft foam feel to that of SOLID PROTECTION!!! INSTANTLY feel confident it is an upgrade I will be adding to my other gear.
April 22, 2015
Innovative Technology = Comfort
I purchased this armor for my Spidi Net7 jacket. I am having some troubles finding a way to adapt the armor for adjustment, since the jacket uses velcro. Adhesives do not stick to this foam, I found out.
The pad is pretty thick, but not too heavy or uncomfortable. Since the foam molds to my body, I hardly notice it's there except for the limited airflow.
I like having the extra level of protection without having to sacrifice much comfort.
March 30, 2015
Good back protector
Purchased this back protector as a replacement for the standard foam pad in Firstgear Kathmandu jacket. Fits perfectly without trimming.
March 20, 2015
Fits a Rev'it Defender GTX well
I was pretty disappointed to learn that Rev'It had discontinued their CE2 upgraded back protector for the Defender GTX. However, Revzilla support recommended this (saying I could trim it.)
Regardless, now that I've worn it commuting for a couple hours a day for a few weeks, I can say that I'm a fan.
Rating back protectors is tough because, well, like all safety gear, you're wearing something "just in case" and you actually hope that you never have to find out how it really performs.
I'll just say that my only "complaint" is that if I come out to the garage and it's cold (think, sub-40°F) and the jacket (and hence the back protector) lying on its side, the protector will be misshapen. It's not a huge deal as once it warms up it feels fine, but those first few minutes can feel awkward.
Oh, and it can feel hot on the back as well as there isn't a bunch of holes for airflow. However, you're probably not buying an upgraded back protector exclusively for comfort. So I'll just say that it's comfortable enough for me considering it is soooo much more substantial feeling than the lousy pad that came with the jacket.
Suffice to say, I didn't trim the pad at all and it has worked quite well.
March 16, 2015
Good Low Profile Back Protector
Fits my Dainese Racing C2 & Air Frazer jackets perfectly. Very comfortable, hardly know it's in the jacket. Great price.
March 13, 2015
Great price and comfort
The only hang up on this back protector was that it needed some shaving off of the top to fit into my jacket. Otherwise, it's light and comfortable.
March 2, 2015
Good for street use
I bought this back protector soon after purchasing an Alpinestars T-GP-R Air Jacket. It fits well within the holder built into the jacket. I live in Philadelphia and started riding with it at the beginning of September. Temperatures reached the low 90s a few times before fall and I still had ample airflow. It has yet to restrict movement. Other than my jacket being a little heavier I don't even notice it is there. I thankfully have yet to be off the bike and test it's crashabilty, but I have confidence that for commuting and some curvy weekend riding it will keep me safe.
January 26, 2015
peace of mind
1st I want to say that the entire shopping experience was great here. Fair price....shipped extremely fast....even on a holiday weekend...got it a day early packaged really well.
I have peace of mind knowing this stuff is tucked into my jacket.
The shoulder pads fit perfectly. The back protector has a bit of slop in it as far as fitting into the built in pocket of the jacket, but I don't see that as a problem. I did have to remove some left over material from the ventilation holes..but no big deal.
My jacket is a Husqvarna HQV 2014.
January 19, 2015