Alpinestars Bionic Back Protector
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
Product of highest quality. Alia comfort with safety. Neither looks like I'm wearing a guard column. Not to mention that item is indispensable if one wants to ride a bike.
March 18, 2013
Not crash tested, but fit is pretty comfortable
Fits really well under my existing jacket, good coverage of my entire back and surprisingly comfortable to wear. I'm a little skeptical about the velcro waist fastener, but only time will tell about that. A HUGE upgrade over the foam back pad my jacket came with.
December 10, 2012
the straps keep it in place so that is nice also has good airflow
July 4, 2012