Alpinestars Bionic Back Protector
This offers the highest level of protection from alpinestars back protectors. I wear this under my Stella T-GP jacket. It has great adjustability, it's comfortable in riding position, allows decent airflow even with my jacket on over it.
I ordered a Medium but probably could've gotten away with wearing a small. I'm 5'10, and the Medium offers full coverage from the base of my neck to the start of my butt. When standing it digs a little onto the top of my butt cheeks, but when in riding position it feels and fits great. The Small might have been a bit more comfortable when standing/walking but would've offered slightly less coverage. Since I typically take my gear off once I'm parked I'd rather have a little more coverage while riding than comfort while off the bike.
March 25, 2014
This product has great features
this is the same guard column, I refer to all the Alpinestars brand.
January 20, 2014
Looks cool, seems to be mainly pretty good, comfy dont really notice it on.
December 28, 2013
Thin but great protection
The Bionic protector is a nice, thin item that is nonetheless rated to level 2 CE protection. It fits very well under a Atem race suit (as it should, of course) and provides good coverage. The venting is quite good, too.
November 21, 2013
Solid Choice for Back Protection
Very happy with the Bionic back protector. Superior level of protection versus the existing foam inserts in my two jackets. I pulled the foam padding out and jacket fits comfortably over the Bionic. Not restrictive or too bulky. Forget it's there by the time I get to the end of the street. Wearing it every time out - ATGATT. Wish it was a little less expensive to be well protected and cannot speak to durability yet, but seems like typical Astars quality product.
November 18, 2013
Great protector used by pros
This is a great Level 2 protector. I use it with the Bionic Air Protector depending on where I'm riding. It's definitely hotter because of the strap around your waist and stomach. But it provides much more coverage than the protector inserts. It's very light and well built.
Sizing - I usually wear Medium A/S gear but had to order Small. The waist strap is tight but it's not supposed to be loose. I'm going to probably use this for track duty mostly with the Bionic Air for street use even though it's only Level 1 and doesn't provide as much back coverage. I think you should have both if you ride the street and track.
July 15, 2013
Ordered this for use on the track but now I it only makes sense to ride with it (and a chest protector). Comfortable, straps keep movement to a minimum and it feels like how A* quality should be.
This is my first back protector but I think I made a good choice.
April 24, 2013
Excellent back protector, velcro is poor
Very confident inspiring back protector. Nice design, great fit. Slightly hot in hottest summer days. The only thing that they need to address is the Velcro, for most people I know, it barely last a summer before if doesn't grip enough to hold together. That said I like it so much I'll just have some quality velcro installed on it and should be good for a few more seasons.
March 27, 2013