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Matthew S: Had a tumble got some cracked ribs also bruising to the chest and back. Anything to make track and race days safer...Jul 1, 2015
Tyler W: more protection that can be used on the street and dirt.Mar 26, 2015
Tim R: First track day coming up and this seemed like the most seamless solution to use with my Alpinestars Motegi one-piece suit. I'm hoping it doesn't add too much thickness to my suit since I can barely breath as it is.Jan 2, 2015
David D: I wanted to use race level protection on the street.Dec 21, 2014
David Ryan S: Fits perfect for my Astar GP-R JacketNov 12, 2014
RevZilla:The Bionic Race back protector comes in 3 sizes, and the correct size that you need depends on how you use the back protector. If you use the back protector with an Alpinestars Jacket or Suit that accepts the snap system from the top of the back protector you will want to follow these guidelines:
Size Small Back Protector: Men's Jacket/Suit size 46, Women's Jacket/Suit size 38-40 Size Medium Back Protector: Men's Jacket/Suit size 48-56, Women's Jacket/Suit size 42-50 Size Large Back Protector: Men's Jacket/Suit size 58+ If you plan on using this back protector without a jacket or suit that works with the snap system, you will want to base sizing on the following guide:
Size Small Back Protector: Torso height of about 20inches, waist size range of 20-43.5inches (widest area across the top of the protector is 9.5inches) Size Medium Back Protector: Torso Height of about 20inches, waist size range of 23-46.5inches (widest area across the top of the protector is 9.5inches) Size Large Back Protector: Torso height of about 23inches, waist size range of 28-49.5inches (widest area across the top of the proteNov 8, 2012
Christian B:Hey guys ! I got a GPR jackes size 56eu. I'm 5'11" tall. tried a M from a friend of mine. protector seems to fit very well but i wasn't able to close the waist strap in a way that it felt comfortable due to my waist size. Is there a waist strap extension, do I have to go a size up, what would be your suggestion, besides loosing some weight ;-P ?!
A shopper asked:Does the white version come with the snap system? I can't find a stock photo of the white version with the snap system.
Also, another question on the size: You mentioned that you should get a small up to size 36. That was when 36 was available (i.e. the current GP Pro suit starts at size 38). I'm 5'6 and I have the current gen GP Pro suit size 38). Should I go Small or Medium?
A shopper asked:Is this a suitable back protector for a two piece suit or will it get in the way of the pants/jacket connection? For example an AS Celer jacket connected to an AS Track Leather Pants? ThanksAug 9, 2013
Michael P:This back protector connects at the top with a male snap at the top center of the plate. I use mine on a one-piece Alpinestars suit that has a female snap on the upper inside (just below the neck) mounting point. This is how the back protector is stabilized up top. It is stabilized on the lower section by the use of the waist straps. The lower section will not get in the way of the jacket/pants connection as it is strapped against your back by the waist straps. If your two piece jacket does not have this top snap then I would think that you would either have to modify the jacket or buy a back protector with shoulder straps. Or if your jacket has a pocket for a back protector insert, use one of those. I would also recommend a quick call to Revzilla customer service and they can verify the compatibility of your gear.Aug 9, 2013
Matt P:I've worn mine with a one piece suit or with a jacket and riding pants. The very bottom of the Bionic Race will ride over the top of the pants. Not a big deal for me. In your case, it would depend on how close fitting the combo is at the pants/jacket connection. Something else to consider: The Bionic Race has a button snap on the top, designed to be tethered to an A-stars jacket or one piece to keep the protector in place. Having said that, I've jerry-rigged a solution that worked. Without the tether, the waist strap may not be sufficient to keep the protector in it's proper orientation in the event of a crash.Aug 13, 2013
Khaled S:It should not get in the way of the connection, BUT I stopped using it because I crashed with it and it did not offer any tail bone protection and minimal shoulder protection (in other words, it sucked and I got bruised pretty bad). I suggest something with a little more coverage like the Forcefield Pro Sub-4 Back Protector. That will be a little annoying when you are trying to zip the pants to the jacket, but I think it's worth it. If you can do a one piece suit, I would suggest that as an alternative. Otherwise, pants/jacket should have a 360 zipper, not just a partial connection... I hope that helps.Aug 9, 2013
Brian M:It will not interfere with the pants-jacket connection. The only attachment to your jacket is the one single snap at the top of the shell (your Astars jacket probably has a matching female snap (or row of 3 snaps: Lo-Med-Hi) in the lining). Other than that one snap, this Back Protector is worn like a separate back protector. I got mine for my one-piece suit, but I plan to wear it under other jackets, even non-Astars; it just won't snap in place at the top. It will go a little below your waist, so your pants have to have a little extra room, but not much.Aug 9, 2013
Thomas O:(Sorry it got cut off) You will feel it hitting the zipper a bit based on body position, but I don't notice it too much. Order it too long, and then it will extend beyond the 360 zipper and be really uncomfortable when your top is zipped to your bottom. I use one with a gpr and air flow pants, and I have had no interference. Just make sure you order the correct size based on revzillas recommendation, that's what I did, and I have no problemsAug 9, 2013
Bruno B:It is suitable - I have combination of Alpinestars GP Plus pants(size 54 tall) and GP-R jacket (size 56). Back protector fits nicely on mid and lowest position of the attachment lip within the jacket.Aug 9, 2013
David V:Not sure about that jacket/pants combo, but the protector doesn't go down to the tailbone so it should be ok. It's a nice protector and you forget you have it on ... very comfortable.Aug 9, 2013
Wayne J asked:I wear a non-A*Stars suit for track days and am looking for some added protection as I get a bit faster. How well will this stay in position under a suit without the snap attachment? I assume the waist belt should hold it in place fairly well, but just wondering if anyone else uses it in a non-A*Stars jacket or suit. Thanks.Feb 20, 2015
Randall M:Find a better solution. The only reason I bought this back protector was the snap in feature with my A-Stars suit, but that arrangement is a total PITA. You need to find help to align the protector and dig the straps out, which are usually self-velcroed to the lining of the suit. A stand-alone protector - with shoulder straps, works much better. This model has no real differentiation as a stand-alone back protector.Mar 7, 2015
RevZilla:Theoretically it could be used with any proper-fitting race suit or jacket as the tension of the garment will likely help keep it in place. For a more universal fit and greater peace of mind, you may want to consider the Alpinestars Bionic Back Protector instead as it is the same back protector but includes shoulder straps.Mar 8, 2013
Mark d:I wear this spine protector with all jackets and suits, every time I'm on a bike. It's always where it should be.
(My suit/jackets are snug and I never wear [slippery moisture-wicking] fabric underneath. I'm in good shape and ride with good posture, the none-race version can give you better belly/ posture support, and can be worn with a puffier jackets)
(I crashed my track bike at 140mph/225kmh into the dirt, and hit a wall at probably about half that speed. Witnesses thought I broke my back. (I broke my wrist, everything else was 100%) This protector looked a little dented. but was still forward-flexible and still doesn't allow hyper-extension. CE-level2 protection is important. I'm buying a new one and one for passenger.)Apr 4, 2014