Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector
I feel safer...
I ordered the back protector to compliment my Klim elbow and shoulder protectors for my Klim Traverse jacket. Everything goes where it should and with ease. The pads obviously add weight and volume to the jacket but I don't notice it when riding the bike. The back protector seems to cut down on the rear ventilation but when it's 95 with 60% humidity I don't think anything short of a t-shirt and shorts is going to make me feel good.
I haven't had to use the pads yet but I'm sure they will be fine. They are a little stiff when you first get them in and I feel like they haven't "broken in" a little bit but then again maybe I'm just used to them now.
I wouldn't feel as comfortable (safe) without them.
August 26, 2015
I've had D3O padding in my street jacket for about a year now and always loved the fit and flexibility. A few months ago, I decided to upgrade my track suit's armor to full D3O padding. Last month I crashed fairly hard at the track, missing a corner at about 50-60mph and losing traction in the grass infield. I slammed down hard on my R shoulder, my R leg slid under the bike for a while, and I spent a fair amount of time tumbling. My only major injury was a ligament strain in the R shoulder that I'm fairly sure could have been worse. I can't say for certain that the D3O worked any better or worse than other padding would have, but I walked away. I'll keep on using it for as long as it's available.
August 24, 2015
Comfortable fit, reassuring protection
This back protector fit well into my Joe Rocket leather jacket, after stitching up the bottom of the pocket to keep it high enough. Protected me well in a crash with a city bus last week!
August 10, 2015
Excellent Back Protection
Material is very pliable, extremely comfortable. Fit perfectly in my jacket.
August 10, 2015
I bought this as an upgrade in my Klim Induction jacket. The jacket comes with a level 1 back protector, and I wanted level 2. Fortunately I have not had to test this out!
August 4, 2015
Best Product your hope you never have to use..
Dump the worthless piece of foam that came with your riding jacket and replace it with a real back pad.. The only con to this pad is that it is much heavier than your old foam pad... I do think it breathes better due to the channels on the inner side of the pad... I used a knife and opened up the vent holes of leftover molding, increasing the air openings... It makes your jacket feel like its the real deal...........
August 3, 2015
Replacement back protector
I ordered the Klim protector as a replacement for the perforated foam pad that came in my XLT size Firstgear Adventure Mesh jacket.
It fits the pouch of the Firstgear jacket perfectly. The D30 protector, weighing more than one pound, is heavy but I think the added protection is well worth it.
I did have to remove some left over material from the ventilation holes, like other reviewers did before me. For the price I would expect a better trimmed product: About 40 airflow holes were clogged from the manufacturing process and had to be cut free.
Other than that Revzilla shipped fast and free. Thank you.
July 29, 2015
This was a replacement
So the only reason I had gotten this armor is because when I received my klim badlands pro jacket, the back piece that was shipped with the jacket was broken in half upon receipt of the jacket. Because Revzilla has such amazing customer service, they shipped me this replacement for free and I got it in the mail in no time at all.
I haven't been able to test it in the real world but I would imagine it would take the force of an impact well.
July 27, 2015