Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector
The jacket I purchased had no back protection. The sales rep recommended getting this pad over the optional pad for the jacket because of personal experience. The sales rep also demonstrated how the back pad works, the materials it is made of are extremely flexible under slow manipulation (normal body movement) the moment quick hard pressure is applied, the material stiffens up instantly. It's very fascinating, I recommend googling around to see for yourself. This pad can also be cut to fit without compromising the integrity of the product.
June 29, 2015
I got this at the Revzilla store in Philly, along with my jacket. It has yet to be crash tested... I have nothing to complain about. In my unbiased opinion, this is better than just a foam pad protector.
June 17, 2015
very light and comfortable
Doesn't quite fit in my Rev'It Airwave, but apparently you can trim these. I haven't had to yet, since I just sort of squinched it in there.
Extremely light and comfortable. I got the airwave to be a hot weather jacket, obviously, and didn't want to end up with a sweaty back anyway. So far it's been great.
Also, it's the same price as the Rev'It one, which is like three pieces of cardboard taped together.
June 11, 2015
Yup, the airholes are mostly closed off, otherwise excellent
As others have mentioned:
* The 3DO material is neat... firm but soft, moldable, and dentable with your thumb when push into it, but when you punch it, it feels like punching wood or drywall. Haven't crashed with it yet, so no feedback on that; sorry.
* The air holes that go through it aren't molded properly and most of them are blocked off... there are 59 holes total in five vertical columns. On mine, 19 of them were completely obscured, and 16 were more than halfway blocked off by excess material. I ended up trimmed all of the holes to make them near-perfect... took about half an hour using the wife's manicure scissors. Could take less time, but I'm kinda OCD and wanted to make the openings as clean and round as possible. Not a big deal to have to spend the time and effort to do this, but still annoying that the product isn't manufactured properly at the factory.
* The Klim 3DO back protector is 18mm thick as advertised. I think this is about the perfect thickness for decent protection without it being bulky and significantly changing the fitment of your suit. I couldn't really feel it in place immediately after zipping into my suit, in terms of it being there, the weight of it, etc; it quickly molds to your body with heat even better. Speaking of heat: yes, I could feel that my back was hotter with it in place than wearing the leather track suit before... see above about cleaning up all the ventilation holes.
* I was happy that this back protector fit the mesh pocket in my super old-school (probably 15+ years old) Euro 52/US 42 Fieldsheer suit without any trimming. MEASURED DIMENSIONS: 17 3/8" top to bottom, 10 5/8" at widest part (across the "wings"), 7" to 7 1/4" across the top section (which is 3" tall from the top to where it goes wide for the "wings"), 6 5/8" across the bottom section (which is 5 1/2" tall from under the "wings" to the bottom). Trimming it would be super easy with any sharp pair of scissors though.
* The Klim 3DO Viper back protector weighs 1 lb, 1 oz (482 grams).
June 6, 2015
I purchased this item to replace the flimsy back protection that came with a jacket. Be sure to measure the insert sleeve as this back protector is a bit larger than a few other ones I have. It seems like it should be a good upgrade, very cool material that hopefully will not need to be tested.The air flow should be a bonus over other protection for the summer.
May 22, 2015
Great No Frills Protection
I bought this back protector when purchasing my RevIt Airwave Jacket. Fit right into the back protector pocket without any trimming needed. I don't even feel it when it's on!
Very lightweight as well. Really no complaints!
May 12, 2015
great protection, but why the high price?
i don't feel like the relatively high prices are set by revzilla, but why does klim charge such high prices for these products? how can a bit of molded foam cost this much? me thinks it's gouging but what choice is there?
April 28, 2015
Klim D30 Viper T5
This is an amusing piece of gear. Unlike the alpinestar backprotector this is real durable/mushy til you smack it with something quick. It tenses up real hard, I keep this in a dainese avro c2 jacket and its super comfortable. Only pro I had was theres air holes, and of course. 80% of them werent stamped out correctly. I spent 20 minutes, putting a knife in each hole and twisting it, basically slicing down the rubber like material and opening the holes.
After that though, the back protector does fine. Its a little stiffer when its cold, but warm its pliable as playdough.
April 25, 2015