Alpinestars RC Back Protector
Better Than Nothing
I ordered this back protector because it was on sale at revzilla and seemed like good value for the price. It fits well enough, but is a bit stiff and inflexible. I haven't slid on my back on it, but I'm confident it would provide decent protection.
If you can afford a better back protector I'd recommend going for it, but this one is definitely functional and worth the price.
June 15, 2016
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
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
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
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
I would not recommend this product, a real waste of money.
I was very dssapointed in the product.. The back protector is very thick without any flexibility. I repeat NO FLEXIBILITY It seems as if it is better designed as a boogie board in the ocean, not for a motorcycle jacket. I am not sure it would even be able to be put in the jacket, yet this is what was recommended by the staff. This was a horrific waste of money. The back protector I was sold was the discontinued model and I wonder if the new replacement is better. I also wonder if the staff had beed directed to get rid of all of the old inventory first. First time I have been disappointed at Revzilla.
January 15, 2012
It's a solid piece of equipment. It's a huge step up from the foam padding that comes with most jackets. There's a soft shell around a rigid layer, so the piece is stiff but not uncomfortable. It's not very ergonomic but it gets the job done.
September 5, 2011
I purchased this back protector along with Alpinestars Verona Air Jacket. It fits into the jacket but as soon as you wear it it looks and feels like you have a surf board strapped to your back. I have not yet returned this item but I really should since it won't be used.
August 22, 2011