Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector
Poor production quality
First the pro's:
(1) Super fast shipping from Revzilla
(2) Fits my Belstaff Oliver Mount Blousant jacket perfectly
(1) Very poor production quality; the air holes are mostly closed off and a pain to cut open cleanly. There's also some bubbles where clearly the mould didn't fill out properly during the manufacturing process. Being somewhat familiar with injection moulding, when you set up a production line you need to work out some kinks initially to get the temperature just right, the pressure just right, the fill cycle time just right, and the cool down and ejection just right. It should take a half day and some sample production runs MAX. That's if you put in the effort to ensure that you're producing a quality product, which D30 clearly didn't feel like. Very disappointed to buy a (not cheap) premium product made out of (supposedly) state of the art material, and it arrives looking like something you bought on the street corner in China Town for two bucks. I have the D30 elbow and shoulder pads in my jacket, and these were generally well made.
(2) It smells quite bad. I've been airing mine out, hopefully the smell goes away. I can't put my finger on it, but it has a very familiar and bad smell. Again, my other D30 pads that came with my jacket don't smell.
I clicked the Recommend this Product, because lets face it, if you're buying it you're stuck buying it. There's little to no alternative for the few jackets that this is made for.
September 24, 2015
VERY comfortable and great air flow
I replaced my new Seesoft back protector with the Klim Viper in my Rev'It! Sand 2 Jacket because it was way too hot in the heat. The Viper back protector is vented but also has channels that rests against your back promoting more air circulation. Thinner than the Seesoft and very comfortable during rides. No issues fitting in my jacket.
September 23, 2015
Great protection/ bad fit
Bought this to fit into my jacket I bought. Was told I hade to trim to fit. It fits in back pocket and is kinda loose. No trimming needed.
Jacket is a tourmaster 4.0
September 21, 2015
Excellent, Flexible Back Protection When SAS-TEC Just Won't Work
This armor is a massively more protective version of Icon's much thinner ($25) D30 back armor, which I'm quite sure only meets the Level 1 protection standard.
I believe SAS-TEC is the best armor, whether it be for back, shoulder, elbow, or knees. I have upgraded three jackets using the SAS-TEC back armor that is recommended for Revit jackets - two in Revit jackets, and, with some box cutter trimming, one in a Leather Icon Accelerant.
Apparently, none of the jacket companies has been sued so there must be a statement somewhere in the fine print that says something like, "I understand that fools are easily separated from their money, and that the 25 cent piece of foam that comes with the jacket and which occupies the space where honest, substantial back protection should be, provides absolutely zero - zippo, nada, none - and that unless I am a moron and deserve and/or desire a serious back injury, I will acquire, at my own expense, a Level 2 Protecter."
I purchased an Alpinestars mesh summer jacket that not only had no protecter, it didn't even have a pocket to hold one.
I purchased the Klim D30 Back Protecter for that jacket and paid a seamstress $40 to hand sew it into the lining of the jacket. I originally intended to do the sewing myself, and could have, if I didn't mind the stitches being visible on the outside of the back of the jacket. It proved a bit tricky to insert the needle and kevlar thread through the D30 back protector, into the liner, and back, without penetrating the outside of the jacket.
I think similar sewing, or trimming techniques could be used to add substantial back protection to any jacket that needed it, but especially for casual leather jackets that are designed more for fit and comfort - on and off the bike - than for providing protection in a fall. A good many leather jackets, for example, those made by Spidi, state they are designed only to receive a Level 1 back protectors.
Since this Level 2 Klim D30 Protecter is highly pliant, I suspect it could be fitted, either with the aid of a box cutter, or with the use of needle and Kevlar thread, to provide an additional measure of safety. (To have room to fit the Klim D30 in this manner, in some jackets you'd probably have to go up a size.)
September 14, 2015
Upgraded the stock CE level I back protector in my Icon Hypersport prime jacket. Heavier and thicker, makes me feel way much protected than the original. Have ridden with it several times now in Florida, and it doesn't seem to limit airflow anymore than the original. That said, prepare to punch or cutout the holes yourself in any of these D3O back protectors because at least half are plugged. Slightly wider and taller than level I protector but still fits the pocket.
August 31, 2015
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