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Alpinestars RC Back Protector

Features:

  • CE-certified lightweight, flexible protection
  • Impact-absorbing expanded polymers and open-cell padding construction
  • Waterproof outer cover
  • Fits standard Alpinestars back protector compartment
  • Use the size chart to find the size RC Back Protector you need to fit your Alpinestars jacket
Sizing
Small 14" Height
9.25" Widest Point
7"  Narrowest Point
Medium 16.5" Height
11" Widest Point
8" Narrowest Point
Large 18.25" Height
12" Widest Point
9" Narrowest Point
3.6 / 5
Bang For The Buck
3.7 / 5
Protection & Durability
3.4 / 5
Features
2.5 / 5
Comfort
2.4 / 5
Style
2.6 / 5
Air Flow
2.1 / 5
Fit
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Large
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3.6 / 5.0
19 Reviews
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Bang For The Buck
3.7 / 5
Protection & Durability
3.4 / 5
Features
2.5 / 5
Comfort
2.4 / 5
Style
2.6 / 5
Air Flow
2.1 / 5
Fit
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True
Large
Bang For The Buck
2 / 5
Protection & Durability
2 / 5
Features
1 / 5
Comfort
1 / 5
Style
1 / 5
More protective than stock, but too fragile and obtrusive
With the CE rating, the RC back protector is more protective than stock. However, it is far too thick, rigid, and obtrusive to wear in an everyday jacket. While you may get used to the feeling of it, it's a little harder to get used to the way it looks. A previous reviewer analogized this back protector to a boogie board. I find this to be an accurate comparison with regards to appearance and comfort, but not durability. A boogie board is far more durable. This back protector easily snapped in half after I sat on my jacket, which was on my bed (oops, but still...). For the reasons stated above, I cannot recommend this back protector. Look elsewhere!
June 26, 2013
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Protection & Durability
3 / 5
Features
2 / 5
Comfort
3 / 5
Style
3 / 5
Air Flow
1 / 5
Your No-Frills, Basic Back Protector Insert
I have this back protector insert in size small, in my Alpinestars SMX Airflo jacket, size 38 (from 2006/2007). I haven't crash tested this yet, but the back protector is pretty basic with no airflow or velcro attachments and is pretty thick for CE level protection.

I have fit tested this back protector in the following jackets and here are the results:

1. Alpinestars SMX Airflo (From 2006/2007): Fits loose but only because the jacket doesn't have a back protector pocket to hold it or any back protectors in place. The back protector insert can rotate and move freely in the jacket, but if the jacket fits right, the back protector shouldn't really move once the jacket is on you. Since I have the small, the back protector seems like it will only protect the mid to lower portion of the back. I would think the medium or large would fit better and offer more protection. Though if it shifts from the "sweet spot" in the jacket as you're about to hit the pavement...I imagine the protection it should offer, will probably be limited to nil.

2. Dainese Speed Naked Perforated Leather Jacket (From 2012/2013: Fit is okay and a too small for the back protector pocket. I would think the medium or large would fit better and offer more protection.

3. Spidi JK Leather Jacket: Fits a little loose and a little small for the back protector pocket. The pocket does have velcro attachments for the Spidi back protector so if you could attach velcro to the back protector, it would stay in place in the pocket. I would think the medium or large would fit better and offer more protection.
September 5, 2013
Ride:
2011 Ducati Monster 796
Bang For The Buck
3 / 5
Protection & Durability
3 / 5
Features
3 / 5
Comfort
3 / 5
Style
3 / 5
Air Flow
3 / 5
It will get the job done
This is the standard A*s back protector, it will fit into most of the A*s jackets (check to be sure) and offers CE certified protection. However, it is somewhat bulky and not the most comfortable or flexible back insert. There are more comfortable options on the market (IMO), but this piece will get the job done. Its definitely better (more protective) than the stock foam that comes with the jacket. Safety first.
June 6, 2011
Found the size chart!
Great upgrade but I'm not sure why it's not standard. Here is the size guide if needed.

http://www.alpinestars.com/features/backprotectorguide1.pdf
May 31, 2009
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
3 / 5
Features
4 / 5
Comfort
4 / 5
Style
4 / 5
Air Flow
4 / 5
Great for the money
I bought this for my older alpinestars textile jacket as the newer inserts wouldnt work. It does add a little bit of bulk to the back of the jacket so if your jacket is already tight on you then this could prove to be slightly uncomfortable in certain riding positions as it does not flex as much as the newer back inserts.

I hope I never have to test out how it works but I dont anticipate it offering complete protection but it will offer more than the standard foam insert that comes in the jacket.
May 20, 2012
Ride:
2003 Honda CBR600RR
Feels Very Protective!
I added this to my leather Alpinestars jacket, because the padding that comes with the jacket feels like it wouldn't do much if you landed on your back...I bought this back protector, put it in the compartment in my jacket, and it fits just fine! I've read a bunch of reviews before I purchased this myself, and a lot of people complain about how rigid & unflexible it is...but honestly, I don't even feel it while I'm riding at all. If I were riding around slumped/laying all over the tank of my streetbike, leaning on the bars...I could see it being uncomfortable. But even when I'm fully tucked down, I don't feel it, nor does it pull the jacket tighter.

Its nice to know that you have that tiny extra bit of protection just in case something happens...and its well worth the price for the extra peace of mind.

Its better to have it & not need it, than to need it because you've crashed, and not have it!
April 24, 2009
Feels Very Protective!
I added this to my leather Alpinestars jacket, because the padding that comes with the jacket feels like it wouldn't do much if you landed on your back...I bought this back protector, put it in the compartment in my jacket, and it fits just fine! I've read a bunch of reviews before I purchased this myself, and a lot of people complain about how rigid & unflexible it is...but honestly, I don't even feel it while I'm riding at all. If I were riding around slumped/laying all over the tank of my streetbike, leaning on the bars...I could see it being uncomfortable. But even when I'm fully tucked down, I don't feel it, nor does it pull the jacket tighter. <br><br>Its nice to know that you have that tiny extra bit of protection just in case something happens...and its well worth the price for the extra peace of mind.<br><br>Its better to have it & not need it, than to need it because you've crashed, and not have it!
April 24, 2009
Found the size chart!
Great upgrade but I'm not sure why it's not standard. Here is the size guide if needed.<br> <br>http://www.alpinestars.com/features/backprotectorguide1.pdf
May 30, 2009
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
3 / 5
Features
2 / 5
Comfort
3 / 5
Style
2 / 5
Fit
Small
True
Large
Air Flow
1 / 5
Cheap but good
Works well for my jacket. It has no vents nor flexibility but it would protect your back against curb damage so it was worth the $20.
December 1, 2014
Ride:
1984 Yamaha RZ350
Alpinestars RC
Very good
January 13, 2010
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gary m on Dec 30, 2015
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gary m on Dec 30, 2015
For use in my summer jacket. Basically a must have.
Ruben G on May 31, 2014
For use in my summer jacket. Basically a must have.
Ruben G on May 31, 2014
Will this item fit the Alpinestars T-GP Plus Air Jacket?
A shopper on Dec 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I put all of mine in alpinestar leather stunt jackets...I will say yes it will fit in an alpinestar T-GP Plus Air jacket
I was given a XL Breeze Air Flo jacket. I'd like to get a back protector. I'm 5 foot 7 inches and 165 pounds. The jacket is large on me but allow sme to wear a light jacket underneath when it is really cold. Which size RC Back Protector would you recommend?
A shopper on Oct 8, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Size XL
For a large T-RC-1 AIR FLO JACKET what is the correct size of RC BACK PROTECTOR?
T-RC-1 AIR FLO JACKET support BIONIC AIR BACK or BIOARMOR BACK? What's the best for this jacket?
A shopper on Aug 16, 2011
BEST ANSWER: The RC, Bionic Air, or Bio Armor back protectors will all fit this jacket in a size large.