Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector
Best Value for Money in back protection
This product uses a type of shear-thickening fluid that hardens when trauma or an otherwise sharp force is applied to the material. This means it stays soft and flexible when you are riding, but hardens on impact protecting your vital parts. It is extemrely comfortable, barely noticeable and fits into just about any jacket with a pocket for back protection. For the price you pay this is arguably the best product on the market!
December 15, 2014
Great Stuff -- Comfortable, good air flow, good protector
I think the only piece of D30 "intelligent polymer" dilantant armor I have seen that meets EN-1621 Level 2. There are only two levels in the standard #By the way# so don't buy from anyone advertizing CE Level-3 armor #it does not exist#. Maybe in the next version of the standard #they are re-writing to accomodate higher levels of protection now#. But the Level-3 stuff I have seen is cheap Chinese stuff that wouldn't keep you from getting hurt if you slipped on a bananna in your kitchen! Not kidding folks! This back piece is truly CE-Level 2 and it shows.... it is thick and soft but when impact it hardens from edge to edge in a pico-second and then relaxes again. Even if you get dumpted and go into a roll -- every time you back impacts the armor is there to not only absorb force but blunt the impact and extend the duration of the force that you do feel. That is one of the amazing things about this stuff -- we humans can deal with a lot of force-trauma if it comes to us over a longer duration of time. One of the secrets of this armor -- it deals with force by 3 different methods. This is a nice wide back piece -- you can tell you are wearing it #unless you have heavy winter gear# but it bends nicely with your back and it has very good coverage from high on the back -- lower neck to lower lumbar #probably depending much on how long you are are at the spine#. Good stuff. Buy it and you won't be sorry #I am not affiliated with Kline or D30 or any other Motorcycle products company#.
December 1, 2014
Only Back pad I'll buy
OK, older Hein Gericke Timbuktu Air Camo Jacket. Not a large pocket for the armor. Had to do some trimming to make it fit. Cleaned the little bit of film off of the ventilation holes. Great air flow around the back area. Rides nicely and doesn't move around. Level 2 and cheaper than an arm & a leg. Love it!
November 28, 2014
Feels comfortable - very flexible
Bought this for my Firstgear Kilimanjaro jacket to replace the foam insert that came with the jacket. It's flexible and relatively light, so it doesn't feel bad when riding with it in the jacket. So far I've only used it in fall temperatures, so can't say yet how it will feel in really hot or really cold temps, but I think it will be OK.
November 16, 2014
Perfect for my Dainese jacket
It's hard to write a review of a piece of gear you don't even notice you have on! I literally cannot even tell the D30 is in my jacket except on very warm days where the lack of airflow through the armor becomes somewhat noticeable. Other than that it does its job in relative obscurity, hidden inside the lining of my Dainese textile jacket, where it fit perfectly.
November 3, 2014
This fits perfectly in my Firstgear Kathmandu jacket. It doesn't pull on the back of the jacket. This is my first back pad. Not sure how it could be any better unless it had come with the jacket.
November 1, 2014
Provides good protection for commute riders. Not made for tracks of course but I'm really happy with it. It fits my AlpineStar jacket perfectly.
October 22, 2014
Looks good for protection, hope never to use it
Popped this little beauty in my Alpinestars T-Jaws Air jacket. Fits fine in the stock sleeve... slightly heavy so the jacket droops in the rear ever so slightly, but hardly noticeable once you're wearing it.
Looks like it'd do the job of dispersing energy in a crash. Fingers crossed I never have to judge for myself. Glad I coughed the $50 to upgrade my useless Alpinestars stock foam insert!
October 6, 2014