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Spidi Defender Armor Vest 

It's born from the need to protect the chest and the kidneys and from this need the combination of a back protector and a chest protector. Big safety performances together with innovative lightness and comfort, always observing the 2nd level CE rules. 

The Warrior technology is based on highly shock absorbing light composite cell materials. The tangible result is a cat. 2 CE certification with an average shock absorbing factor of 9 KN. During certification tests for this kind of protectors, 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 applied at safety equipment. 

This protector evolves the idea of the improved comfort as a factor in improving safety, because it makes riding easier and let the rider concentrate better. 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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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
This a must have for extra safety Excellent product easy to use specially on hot days April 7, 2014
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
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
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
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
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DYLAN T: Great Protection! Jul 21, 2014
edward l: few people have it Jun 21, 2014
Kartik G: After research this seemed ideal for my needs. Waiting to receive it to see if this is what I wanted. May 20, 2014
Paul D: 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.
Feb 11, 2014
parker j asked: 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, Apr 29, 2014
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Ahmad S: 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 May 25, 2014
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A shopper asked: 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
Jun 16, 2014
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Brian P: I got the 170 180 depending how tall you are Jun 17, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is the front of the vest CE level 2 as well? Sep 14, 2013
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Paul D: Although the chest protector has no visible labeling the documentation defines the back protector as level-2 CE and the chest protector as CE. Sep 21, 2013
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