Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector
It's what I expected
The Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector from RevZilla was exactly what I expected it to be. As other reviewers have noted, about half of the vent holes are left partially or completely obstructed in the manufacturing process. You can call this a QC problem, but it's remedied with five minutes with a small scissors. The back protector fit perfectly in my Joe Rocket fabric jacket. I assume it is ventillating better than a cheaper solid construction would ventillate, but it's kind of hard to tell since it's totally covered by my jacket's cordura and cloth. I haven't "road tested" it and hope I never do, so I can't comment on its effectiveness. RevZilla delivered quickly and I used some leftover RevZilla bucks or whatever they're called to get a better deal than I could've gotten elsewhere. No regrets.
July 13, 2016
Bomber Back Protection!
This thing is beefy in a good way. I bought the Klim D30 not sure if it would be too big for a medium Icon jacket but it fits perfectly. The coverage area with the Kim version is great, and you can also trim the material to custom fit your jacket if needed. Two thumbs up!
June 22, 2016
It is very lightweight and fit perfectly in my fly jacket I can't even tell it's in when I'm riding. For under 50 bucks you can't go wrong just buy it. The one thing you will have to do when you get it is poke out some of the air holes.
May 31, 2016
I purchased the Klim Latitude Hi-Vis Jacket last fall with this D30 Viper T5 Pro Back Protector as standard. About a month ago, I put on my summer mesh jacket with a different back protector and realized how uncomfortable it was. I ordered this protector immediately and trimmed it down slightly to fit my summer jacket. It is a little bit heavier, but it is so much more comfortable and flows air much better. Klim makes an excellent product and RevZilla was fantastic to work with as always!
April 21, 2016
I Love the D30 replacement armor
I've done quite a bit of research about different kinds of armor and it's impossible to get a definitive answer as to what's the best. That said it always seemed to come down to force-field, D30 and Sas-tec. I ended up outfitting all of my riding gear with D30 because it seemed to offer the best coverage and safety for the best price. This is just a phenomenal value!
April 1, 2016
I am retofiting an Olympia Mesh jacket with all new protection.
The back piece works well but is a little large for the pocket in the jacket. One option is to cut it down the other is to let it expand and stretch the pocket. I see no good reason to cut off protection that I might just need.
As the D3o material heats up it conforms to your contours, which took a little getting used to. Now it just feels like an especially friendly pancake.
Really the piece of mind is all that matters.
March 22, 2016
Simple and Great Fit
This product fit perfectly into my leather jacket and bends with my back. Sometimes I hardly even know that it is there.
February 14, 2016
I bought this for my Triumph ISDT jacket which did not come with a back protector. So far it's been great! It seems to get malleable with body heat, so it forms nicely to your back. Honestly, it is more robust than the standard back protector in my other jackets so I am considering buying more. I have not had to crash test it yet (fortunately), but from my own testing (having a friend hit me in the back) it does a good job of distributing force and protecting you.
One thing though, mine came and many of the ventilation holes still had little D30 pieces stuck in them that were not cut out completely. I pushed them out with a pencil and it breathes much better now.
February 2, 2016