Klim D3O Viper T5 Pro Back Protector
Value for money
Initially seemed like it was a good all round back protector at a good price. Having tested it on the track, I think I found it's only fault and broke 4 ribs in the process. The centre section of the protector protects the spine well but the edge of the protector is quite thick and is solid without the wavey absorption material. I just happened to land on this thick edge which had the "ouch" factor. Manufacturer should re-design the edge to be less thick or extend the absorption waves right to the edge.
March 3, 2014
I've been following this company for years. From the very beginning before they ever used it in Motorcycle gear and a lot of it was in Beta, D30 has been a remarkable product. Every time I check back into the manufacturer they are creating something better, stronger, and more versatile. I truly love D30 and that Revzilla is offering it.
Pros: Great price, protection, flexibility
Cons: ....don't have any yet. But I can imagine since it is a soft, flexible material, that it can probably deteriorate with heavy/aggressive use. My is still goin good after 3 yrs though :)
January 3, 2014
Excellent Upgrade for Body Armor...
Excellent value to upgrade to CE Level 2 protection for your back armor. Fits well into the First Gear Kilimanjaro jacket back slot, almost as if it were custom made for this particular jacket. The D3O armor is fairly flexible, however I have noticed that it stiffens up when I am using it in colder weather...40's and below. I would recommend this armor upgrade to all riders who adhere to the philosophy..."all of the gear...all of the time"...
December 31, 2013
happy to have
It seems to be just what it claims to be. I'm not entirely sure how to rate it. Fortunately, I haven't tested it in any meaningful way, but it seems pretty high-tech and feels impressive, substantial. It articulates well, almost eerily so (feels like it's moving of its own accord in my hands). I had to cut mine down to fit the women's Kilimanjaro jacket I own, and I was able to cut it down to size and reshape the edges with a pair of large household scissors. I'm just happy to have something more substantial than the back protector that came with my jacket.
December 22, 2013
Great back protector
Luckily I haven't had a chance to test how well it protects my back, but it's comfortable and light for a CE level 2 back protector. I wear it in a dainese cage.
December 16, 2013
provides upgraded protection without being restrictive
it was easy to cut to fit jacket and provides great increased protection without being stiff or restrictive
December 16, 2013
Works great in FirstGear Kilimanjaro jacket
I bought this to replace the flimsy piece of back pad foam that came with my FG Kili jacket. The Klim D3O pad fits in easily and fills up most of the space that the previous pad did. It is flexible and comfortable and I know I will be much safer should I have to actually use it..
November 25, 2013
Much Better Than Foam
I've seen it many times in other reviews, I hope I never find out how well it protects. I do think it's the best you can get for the money, and a lot better than foam.
Slid right in to the pocket on my Dainese like it was made for it. The jacket was a tight fit anyway, but the fit didn't seem to change. Love it!
November 23, 2013