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Spidi Defender Armor Vest 

The Spidi Defender Armor Vest was born from the need to protect the chest and the kidneys. From this need came the combination of a back and chest protector. 

The Warrior technology is based on highly shock absorbing light composite cell materials. The tangible result is a cat. 2 CE certified back protector, and a cat.1 CE certified chest protector. During certification testing for this type of protector, the required value of residual energy must not exceed 18 KN. The residual energy of a Warrior technology based protector is 7.8KN. 

Surprisingly light, thin and comfortable, this safety vest redefines the concept of comfort when applied to safety equipment. 

This protector evolves the idea of improved comfort as a factor in improving safety, because it makes riding easier and lets the rider concentrate on the road/terrain. The air canalization system and the internal mesh are aimed at improving Air Circulation, averaging 50% more than regular back protectors. 

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  • MD: Chest 31.5" - 39.5"
  • LG: Chest 39.5" - 47"
4.1 / 5
Bang For The Buck
4.1 / 5
Protection & Durability
4.1 / 5
Features
4.2 / 5
Comfort
4.5 / 5
Style
4.4 / 5
Air Flow
4.1 / 5
Fit
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Large
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
MD / 4'-9" to 5'-4" 563978 NZ119-016/Z119-016-M In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
MD / 5'-4" to 5'-7" 563979 NZ120-016/Z120-016-M In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
MD / 5'-7" to 5'-11" 563980 NZ121-016 170-180 cm/Z121-016-M In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
MD / 5'-11" to 6'-5" 563981 NZ122-016 180-195 cm/Z122-016-M In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
LG / 4'-9" to 5'-4" 1103029 Z119-016-L In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
LG / 5'-4" to 5'-7" 1103031 Z120-016-L Available: Requires 5-7 business days lead time prior to shipment
LG / 5'-7" to 5'-11" 1103033 Z121-016-L In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
LG / 5'-11" to 6'-5" 1103035 Z122-016-L Available: Requires 5-7 business days lead time prior to shipment

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4.1 / 5.0
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4.1 / 5
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4.5 / 5
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4.1 / 5
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2 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
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4 / 5
I look like a bug
Overall, the Spidi Defender seems to be well thought out and well engineered. Heres some of the ups and downs of this rig.

Pros
Looks better in person than in the picture
Very comfortable
Will fit under your motorcycle jackets
Fits under regular jackets
Can be worn over plain clothes
Offers a good amount of coverage
Very quick and easy to put on and take off
Light weight
Doesn't hold in a lot of heat - would be ok for warmer weather
Fit is pretty much true to size but runs slightly big. I'm 6', ~180 pounds, ordered the largest size, and I have to pull it down as tight as it will go for it to fit and stay in place properly. I probably could have gotten away with one size down.

Cons
The biggest and just about only con is the price for what you get. I knew what I was getting when I ordered this, but after seeing it, I really have to ask how Spidi is able to charge three hundred dollars for this and actually sell it. You can buy the top of the line Spidi back protector for just over one hundred and the chest protector for about fifty bucks.... so is the harness itself and the ability to wear this vest standalone really worth one hundred plus dollars?
Even though I said it looks better in person, the only other con is - I look like an insect if I wear it over regular clothes.
I'd still rather *look* like an insect than *be* a squid.
May 29, 2014
Ride:
2014 Suzuki DR650SE
Not as great as I expected
Not crash tested.

Contrary to the others I am not as high on this product for several reasons. First off, I am 6'2" and I found the protector's length to be a bit too short. It didn't adequately reach and cover my tailbone.

Though it is a nicely designed and good looking piece of protection, it just didn't feel as though it would hold up to substantial impacts. The armor was plasticy, and didn't seem to provide the level of shock absorbtion that the Forcefield Pro Sub 4 did based on a simple "elbow me in the back" test. It was thin (which is nice to a certain extent), but not confidence inspiring. The breathability of it seemed to be an issue as well. I also noticed that it wasn't as broad along the top as the Pro Sub 4, so it didn't provide as much shoulder blade protection.

The one really strong point was that it is very comfortable in the suit and moves quite well with your spine's curvature. The straps seem well constructed too. All in all, I could recommend this to a street rider who doesn't ride in very hot climates. But I would not recommend this to a racer of track day enthusiast. Instead, those two types of riders would be better served in the Forcefield combo which I also reviewed.
January 31, 2011
Ride:
2003 Yamaha YZF-R6
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
4 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Good protection option - may not fit well with neck brace
Even though I had to send mine back I wanted to review the product in case it helps someone else. Overall this armor offers really decent chest and back protection and if you are a guy then this will probably fit nicely. For thin people like me (waist 28"), there's not enough Velcro on the sides (the straps are too long) so I couldn't cinch it tightly enough. I might have been able to modify the straps but there was a second problem - it didn't interface very well with a Leatt neck brace (two prongs in rear version). I found the prongs to align exactly at the edge of the back protector in a way that compromised fit of the neck brace. The size armor I tried was 5'3 - 5'7" version. The other thing to note is that it did feel hot to wear it even in the house while test fitting. Thankfully Revzilla made returning it painless.
July 4, 2015
Purchased
1 year ago
Ride:
2013 Yamaha XT250
Comfortable Protection
I had recently purchased a mesh jacket which had hardly any back protection. I also use a textile 3/4 jacket which suffers from the same problem, The Spidi Defender allowed me to pull the skimpy pads from the jackets. Since broken ribs have been known to damage internal organs I welcomed the extra, frontal protection.

On a recent 4 day tour of California's central and southern coast, the Defender proved to be very comfortable, if a wee bit hot in the chest section. Spidi touts a ventilation feature in its advertising but I didn't notice much fresh air getting to the chest. It is possible to get some air behind the chest plate by hunching the shoulders every so often. In all fairness I should say that at present I could stand to lose a good 25 pounds. Perhaps it's the extra "padding" which interferes with the ventilation.

I would stress that the heat and humidity is only felt in the chest portion - not the back - and it's not terribly bad - it's just noticeable. I subtracted one star in the rating for this but I would have only taken off a half of a star if that would have been possible.

The back protector's fit and comfort was flawless. If a bit of chest sweat bothers you, you might consider a "back-only" protector. But if you're like me you'll feel a bit safer with the sternum and frontal rib cage protection the Defender affords.

I really appreciated the sizing options - There are 4 sizes available for people from 4'9" to 6'5". This assures a great fit, with the armor snugly following the curve of the lower back. I was happy to see that the "tail" of the back protector didn't stick out from under my riding jacket, which had been a problem with other protectors.

It's light weight, well made, and very comfortable. Buy it, wear it, and most of the time you will forget you even have it on.
July 7, 2010
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Air Flow
5 / 5
Perfect
I wanted a chest and back protector. This fit the bill exactly. My main reason for purchasing this over other options is because of the shoulder straps. They are simple straps, not bulky at all. This fits in perfectly with the rest of my setup, including a jacket with shoulder and elbow armor.

As far as protection goes, I honestly feel that this is extremely durable and strong. No issues at all with the material. It's going to take a lot to get through this.
October 29, 2012
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Fit
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True
Large
Air Flow
4 / 5
Good stuff
Just two track days on it and no problems. For me, the rear protection should be longer for more coverage.
November 10, 2014
Ride:
2014 Triumph Speed Triple R
A size for everyone and for everyone ... protection!
Very comfortable - you'll forget you have it on. Kudos to Spidi for making it available in four different sizes. Nice to find a protector that doesn't hang out the bottom of my riding jacket. Only small quibble is that in hot weather the chest can become a bit hot. Not a deal breaker however and easily overlooked when you consider the level of protection you're getting.
July 12, 2010
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
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5 / 5
fits under my jacket with comfort and ease.
This chest and back protector is light weight, comfortable and fits under my jacket or suit with ease and you really don't realize that you are wearing it.
April 28, 2015
Ride:
2005 Yamaha YZF-R1
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
The only way to protect the chest
Having broken ribs from a crash, I never wanted to repeat that feeling. So this time around, I got the vest to not only replace my spine guard, but protect the chest as well.
It adds an extra step when gearing up, but those couple of minutes are worth the protection.
March 7, 2015
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
3 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Well fitting and comfortable
This armour fits very well, the construction seems to be of very high quality. It fits nice and snug but can ride up a touch in the back. I am 6'0 and the large fits well.

I can wear this all day and it is still comfortable. It is also vey low profile and discreet.
September 7, 2015
Ride:
2005 Husqvarna SM 450RR
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Why did you choose this?
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Really good track protection.
Ted B on Apr 2, 2016
Extra safety
Mychael R on Nov 12, 2015
Really good track protection.
Ted B on Apr 2, 2016
Fits under my Dianese jacket provides superior protection over jacket inserts.
Moataz H on Mar 30, 2016
Extra safety
Mychael R on Nov 12, 2015
While I love the olympia air glide jacket, it doesn't have a chest protector and I wanted something more to protect my back.
Robin G on Nov 11, 2015
california weather and leguna seca is within spitting distance
Leonardo N on Aug 8, 2015
its black and yellow (my favorite colors) and i needed some protective gear when i ride.
Sean P on Jun 26, 2015
Great Protection!
DYLAN T on Jul 21, 2014
few people have it
edward l on Jun 21, 2014
After research this seemed ideal for my needs. Waiting to receive it to see if this is what I wanted.
Kartik G on May 20, 2014
Provides integrated back and chest protection in a single piece of equipment.
The L2 product is very comfortable for street riding that allows body heat to vent for summer riding.
Paul D on Feb 11, 2014
Fits under my Dianese jacket provides superior protection over jacket inserts.
Moataz H on Mar 30, 2016
While I love the olympia air glide jacket, it doesn't have a chest protector and I wanted something more to protect my back.
Robin G on Nov 11, 2015
i know it is frowned upon , but im looking for back protection that is incognito under a t shirt for our very humid days. will this fit the bill or is it sort of like a turtle shell? i always wear ankle protection and a helmet,
parker j on Apr 29, 2014
BEST ANSWER: In fact, this is the most comfortable and non bulging well concealed under clothes protection. It does the job perfectly, l forget at times l have it on
Will the bottom of the back protector get in the way of the jacket/pants connection zipper. I have the standard 6in connection zipper between my Joe Rocket jacket and Harley Davison pants? I would think the bottom of the back protector would have to be tucked inside the pants at the back but it may be too thick to fit?
A shopper on Apr 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It should not be a problem. If it extends, it should just tuck into the pants. Thats whats its designed to do in full race leathers.
Hello,

i want to buy the defender Chest & Back Protector on the net.Please can you tell me the difference of Sizes 160/170 and 170/180 ?
How much difference are between both items as cm ?

Best Regards,

Levent
A shopper on Jun 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I got the 170 180 depending how tall you are
Is the front of the vest CE level 2 as well?
A shopper on Sep 14, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Although the chest protector has no visible labeling the documentation defines the back protector as level-2 CE and the chest protector as CE.