Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector
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
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