Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector
For the price you can't beat it. Finally replaced the back armor in my Firstgear Kenya jacket. Fit perfect, barely noticeable and light years beyond the original. I replaced the back armor in my Revit Air jacket with the recommended See soft armor. Yuck! Might as well have a piece of plywood in there. Replacing that now with D3o armor. Love it! It does have ventilation and flexes with my body. You will feel it if you stretch against it, otherwise you won't notice it. Best money you'll spend.
2004 BMW K1200rs
1992 BMW K75s
July 15, 2014
light, cheap and works great. it is build in an itelligent polimer.
July 13, 2014
The material in this back protector is so interesting- moldable to your back when warm, allows air flow, but super protective. A sales rep showed me how it absorbs impact by hitting it with a metal object. I was sold. I use it in my Dainese Laguna jacket and love everything about it. Highly recommended!
June 30, 2014
Looks and Feels Good
Good fit and decent weight. Only issue is what other have said about having to open the vent holes manually as most are closed. Easy to do with a sharp knife.
June 24, 2014
Tested it first ride
While it is by no means a full race quality piece, it does offer a significant improvement over the cheap foam inserts found in many jackets. Compared with my stock Alpinestars protector, it added a bit of weight and thickness to my jacket, but overall comfort was not really affected due to the flexibility of the D3O material. I have not ridden with it long enough to get a good sense of airflow.
That said, I had the unfortunate pleasure of testing this protector the first ride after I installed it. A little over a week ago I was hit from the rear by a sliding bike. The end result was me ending up on the ground on my side, then flat on my back. While I do have sore back, I fully feel that the protector helped keep the injury to a minimum. So once again, it is not a hard race level protector, but it is a very good compromise for something you can comfortably use everyday instead of leaving it at home.
June 24, 2014
CE level two protection, very affordable
I haven't had the opportunity to test it out yet (knock on wood), but it is a CE level 2 protector, and you can't beat the price.
June 17, 2014
bought it as replacement for better protection
Hopefully, I will never have to state in a review whether it worked or not. Peace of mind is worth whatever additional cost, in my book. After several calls made to RevZIlla inquiring on replacement pads for my Cortech GX Sport Air 3.0, I risked it & purchased it. I can say that NO customization of original pad pocket had to be made. It fits perfectly & covers the spine, it may be better just an inch or two higher, but...Ill keep it where its at. Hope this helps someone. Shiny side up, rubber side down! Better safe than sorry!
June 16, 2014
Excellent and comfortable!
I originally purchased the SASTEC level 2 back protector but during the summer, even with my breezy textile jacket, the SASTEC was like a windproof shield on my back. Finally switched to this D3O viper and happy to report it is extremely flexible and lets air flows well. It also is very solid when you punch it.
June 14, 2014