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SAS-TEC Back Protector

Cutting edge SAS-TEC material is intelligent armor constructed from visco elastic soft foam smart molecules.  It has earned the highest CE rating available (CE level 2), during an impact, the armor freezes and hardens, absorbing the shock and distributing its force over a large area to reduce the risk of fractures. The protector is not destroyed by impact, but reverts back to its original state and maintains its capability to protect from multiple impacts.

SAS-TEC Armor has a soft and pliable exterior (as opposed to rigid KNOX armor) which offers a great deal of comfort and mobility. This protector is anatomically designed and  fitted to provide superior spine and back protection as well as the base of the neck /between the shoulder blades.

SC-1/11 Measurements (approximate):

  • Height: 16"
  • Width (at widest point): 11"
  • Thickness: 3/4"

SC-1/12 Measurements (approximate):

  • Height: 19"
  • Width (at widest point): 13"
  • Thickness: 3/4"

SC-1/16 Measurements (approximate):

  • Height: 21 1/4"
  • Width (at widest point): 13 3/8"
  • Thickness: 3/4"
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The best choice when it fits.
As others have noted, Revit really should put higher grade back protectors in their jackets, especially the more expensive, "up the food chain," ones. I have a Cayenne Pro which had an MSRP of $600. You'd think they could do better than a 25 cent back protector - and I'm not kidding - that's what the stock foam probably costs to produce.

The SAS-TEC replacement, which Anthony calls "Level 2, plus," is an enormous, positive upgrade.

However, I have in my possession a Forcefield Sub 4 Back protector. Forcefield claims that this armor provides the worlds best back protection. This claim is pretty close to Anthony's, vis a vis the SAS-Tech back protector.

A comparison is called for, but how would you do it? Crashes at various speeds is the obvious answer. I wonder why no one has gone that route? We also rejected that approach.

What we needed was a scientist to design a rigorous experiment comparing the two. We found a scientist; he said we would need a volunteer, a baseball bat, and a person willing to hit the volunteer in the back with increasing enthusiasm.

There being no one else available, the scientist also served as the volunteer, and his wife agreed to swing the bat, with steadily increasing enthusiasm in each of the two trials.

The volunteer first put the Forcefield Sub 4 back armor over his bare skin.

The bat was a 24" aluminum model like one might find at a Little League.

The hitter began to strike the volunteer, gently at first, but by the third swing, it hurt. He withstood two more, harder swings, before indicating that the trial could be stopped.

He then put on his Cayenne Pro Jacket, with the SAS-TEC back protector. The hitter swung five times and the impact of the bat did not hurt as badly as the third swing at the Forecfield armor. He asked the swinger if she was hitting harder with each swing, as instructed. She said she was, A sixth very hard swing was delivered. The volunteer certainly knew he was hit in the back but the pain was not as bad as the third swing with the the Sub 4.

Hitting the pavement is very different from being hit by a basball bat. The Forcefield armor covors more of the back, and it is attached to your body. In the Cayenne Pro jacket the SAS-TEC could slide or twist away from the impact area and fail to provide much protection at all.

With these caveats noted, within the limited context of this obviously somewhat casual experiment, the SAS-TEC fared better than the Forcefield Sub 4.

I doubt very much if the new back armor Revit has come out with for their jackets matches the SAS-TEC, but that is speculation. A volunteer, a batter, and a baseball bat could provide interesting empirical evidence bearing on that question..
July 3, 2013
Ride:
2001 Honda XR650R
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Fantastic back protection!
I bought this back protector because I could not find a back protector to go into my Triumph Lawford leather jacket. I bought the size 1/12 to go into my size 38 jacket. I used an Exact-o™ knife to cut my back protector to fit the slot in my jacket. (Cutting the SAS-TEC protector will void the warranty, FYI). It is VERY easy to cut. I cut the top notch off the protector and shaved a little off the top and sides and it was a perfect fit.

The protector is very malleable once it warms to your body. The fact that it is so flexible makes it the most comfortable protector out there. I have an AlpineStars protector in my other jacket and that one feels like I have a skateboard attached to my back. No flexibility.

I plan to buy the SAS-TEC protector for any other jacket I purchase in the future.
May 26, 2011
Ride:
2008 Suzuki SV650
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Good product at a great Revzilla price
I bought this to fit inside my Aerostich Roadcrafter. It fits perfectly in the Transit Adapter (if you match up the sizes). Identical product for significantly less $ than Aerostich wanted. The pad is flexible and comfortable to wear -- no pressure anywhere on the spine.
March 9, 2016
Ride:
2012 BMW K1600GT
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Great Armor
Bought as an upgrade for the OEM armor in my Scorpion Stinger Jacket. The SC-1/11 fit right in.
May 23, 2013
Ride:
2005 Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom
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Can't beat this protection
as an engineer i love the technology they're putting into this armor. As a rider I love the protection that it offers. Very very flexible when it's warm out. I don't even notice it. I had to cut it down to shape to fit in my rev it Air jacket. It cut really easily and I had read in a few places to cover the cut parts with tape to try and keep moisture out, even though the molecular structure shouldn't be affected by it anyways.
May 23, 2011
Ride:
2003 Buell XB9R Firebolt
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Great protection in a high quality product
I used this to replace the back pad in a Tourmaster jacket. This pad was not the same shape as OEM so I had to cut it to size. The material is very dense and does not lose integrity when cut. I was happy to do so because the SAS-TEC material provides excellent impact dampening.

The back protector itself is harder than other pieces of SAS-TEC that I have for shoulders and elbows in my jacket. This is primarily due to it being thicker. I haven't crashed with it and I hope I don't have to.
August 17, 2015
Ride:
2015 Yamaha FZ-07
Great Replacement Armor
This is great replacement back armor for most any jacket, unless you have one with a really odd / proprietary size. The pad can be cut and trimmed to fit most jackets on the market. I recently purchased 3 of them. 2 for Revit Jackets, my Sand and my wife's turbine. I also purchased one for my Triumph H2 Sport Jacket. The pad is thick and a little tough to cut, but a box cutter razor works well. It is recommended to cover the exposed edges with duct tape to keep moisture out. The pad does feel a little stiff when cold, but warms quickly with body heat and becomes more flexible and forms to your back / riding position. Not extremely breathable, but that is likely by design, Do yourself a favor, protect your back. Get one!
March 11, 2011
Ride:
2009 BMW G650GS
Amazing how it conforms
I have the Rev'it Dragon Ladies Jacket and bought this to replace the foam in the back. Yes, as the video shows, I had to trim it down by using a Sharp utility knife, Ezy Peasy. I placed the foam against the sas-tec, drew around it and then trimmed on a slight angle. Fits like a glove! Seems stiff, but as soon as you put on your jacket, bam it warms up and conforms...you won't even know its there! I love it, may just buy another!
March 15, 2011
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Peace of Mind
I purchased the SC 1/12 model, which is a perfect fit for my REV'IT Turbine Jacket. It slips in easily and is quite comfortable - with one exception. It is hotter than the flimsy foam that comes standard, and it does work against the purpose of a mesh jacket with very poor venting through the armor. That said, it works for the real purpose of having gear -- protection, and my jacket is still very rideable even in 90+ degree humidity. The armor is also much more in keeping with the other protective features of my jacket lacking in the stock back foam, offering CE level 2 protection, great fit and a good value for the protection you get. I feel much safer having real back protection and, if I ever do go down, I know I'll be happy I made this purchase.
June 13, 2011
Ride:
2010 Kawasaki EX250F Ninja 250R
CE2 rated back protector at a great price
How does it fit? - Rev-It does not list different sizes for this product since they have the size that fits their jackets. These however fit me perfect and in a competitors suit none-the-less. I'm 5'-8" usually wear a size 40-42" jacket to give you and idea of the fit. So if you are a bigger person this may not cover all the areas recommended by the manufacturer Sas-tec.

In my touring suit which has a little more room, I barely notice it installed when riding. It curves to your body well. I have another tighter sports jacket and with this protector in it it is a bit of a squeeze since the protector is a bit thicker than the useless factory foam back pads. Will provide update to review once I ride in warm weather to see how it breathes.

Overall a great product at the incredible price. Highly recommended for that extra protection. Hoping not to actually experience/use the protective qualities of the protector, but its really good to know it is there.
October 25, 2010
Ride:
2000 Honda VFR800 Interceptor
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Why did you choose this?
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upgrading some of the protection on my earlier jackets
Henry L G on Sep 25, 2016
recommended to me me buy your team fits Joe Rocket velocity jacket perfectly
J B on Aug 28, 2016
upgrading some of the protection on my earlier jackets
Henry L G on Sep 25, 2016
Fit my revit jacket perfectly
david w on Sep 8, 2016
recommended to me me buy your team fits Joe Rocket velocity jacket perfectly
J B on Aug 28, 2016
This works great in my aerostich roadcrafter with their transit back protector pouch. Revzilla had a good price on it.
BensOpins on Jun 27, 2016
I added this to my Scorpion Hat Trick II jacket which already has Sas-Tec CE Level 2 elbow and shoulder pads.
Jeremy M on Apr 30, 2016
I was able to stand up after a 60mph crash wearing this back protector. I just bought one more for another jacket.
Radu G on Apr 30, 2016
Higher-level protection.
Stephen P on Apr 7, 2016
Same reason as Held, CE 2 and improve protection
Elizabeth K on Apr 3, 2016
It was a nice upgrade for my tourmaster jacket, nice fit too.
terry h on Feb 2, 2016
Bought it for my AeroStich Denali jacket. It was 50% less here.
Keith F on Jan 25, 2016
Awesome protection
gary m on Dec 30, 2015
Upgrading armor in old Rev-It gear
Seth G. on Nov 15, 2015
Upgrade my every day commute jacket
Arturo J on Nov 2, 2015
I wanted greater protection.
Hector M. A on Aug 10, 2015
LIghtness.
M O on Jul 17, 2015
I believe SAS-TEC provides the best armor that exists. (Read my review.) I have one installed in a Rev'it Cayenne Pro jacket and another in a Rev'it Everest jacket, both of which they were designed to fit. The third I installed in an Icon Accelerant Leather jacket, using a box cutter to obtain a near perfect fit. In my Roland Sands leather and Alpinestars mesh jackets I use D30 as upgraded back protection. Ya know, I think I know why my wife thinks I have too many jackets.
John H on Jul 8, 2015
Safety first!
Mark N on May 20, 2015
It was probably one of the best back protectors at the time. I am thinking of upgrading in the near future...
O F on May 6, 2015
Latest technologies to protect my back and keep very good comfort in my REVIT Defender GTX
Alfredo D on Apr 2, 2015
fit both my Tourmaster 3.0 and Scorpion SP2 perfectly. Wanted better protection than was offered in jsckets.
Harold T on Mar 27, 2015
Wanted to upgrade the back protection on recently purchased Rev-it jacket
Lynn H on Feb 15, 2015
Better back protection to fit one of my jackets.
Stephen A. on Feb 6, 2015
Seems to be the best of the best which is what I require from my protection. Thanks Revzilla!
Barry W on Jan 15, 2015
This item is the optional armor for for KTM Jackets
John W on Dec 29, 2014
Great reviews for a CE level 2 back protector.
Joseph W on Oct 16, 2014
upgrade
DiavelMademe2it on Oct 7, 2014
Upgrade to Rev'it Dragon Jacket. Cut down to fit the pocket and replace OEM foam backpad.
A s on Sep 17, 2014
All the gear all the time.
Parker J on Sep 4, 2014
Because Rev'it! Jackets don't come with real back protection.
Dave G on Aug 18, 2014
Best Back protector for me. I trimmed mine to fit my Rev'it jacket (2 of them actually). Make sure to Watch the video on this one, it does what they say. Worth the money to be comfortable and maybe one day to save your back. Itsa yeh from me!
Roberta S on Aug 14, 2014
There is no back protection in my Steve McQueen classic jacket and I don't want to ride with out protection.
Duane C on Aug 10, 2014
Superior protection to current stock pad at an affordable price. Good reviews and sizing looks right.
Chris B on Jul 10, 2014
To upgrade and protect
jcwvfr on Jun 19, 2014
Purchased for my Rev'it Airwave jacket, seems to offer great protection, but slightly uncomfortable to wear. I have since switched new back protection, which flexes better in cold (Forcefield brand).
Nathan W on Apr 24, 2014
I really like how during the summer it molds to your back and is very comfortable. I would reccommend this to anyone who wants to upgrade back panel.
Henry R on Apr 11, 2014
Replace foam on alpine star gp pro jacket
Holden A on Mar 22, 2014
I bought a First Gear "Rainier"and its back protector made me afraid. So I got this and cut it to fit my Jacket. Kinda stiff in the cold.
David G on Mar 21, 2014
Had Cayenne jacket for several years and this is a good upgrade..comfortable once warmed up by body heat.
cannuck on Mar 18, 2014
I bought TWO of these! I replaced the cheap one in my Joe Rocket Summer ballistic jacket last year and liked the fit and feel of this item so when Fall came around and I moved to my Tourmaster Transition 3 jacked, I got one for that too. Found that replacing back protectors is a little cumbersome and this is not a very expensive piece of gear given what it provides so I felt comfortable buying a second one.
Richard A on Mar 7, 2014
replacement
B R on Mar 6, 2014
The stock Revit inserts are light foam pads. This would be the only Revit shortcoming, but very common in riding gear manufacturers. I bought this to replace the Revit foam pad. I had to trim it a bit, but it is perfects, and about 1000 times more protective than the light foam pad.
David M on Feb 26, 2014
Because I enjoy controlling my bladder and bowel habits and do not want to be a paraplegic.
Greg W on Dec 14, 2013
Wanted sastec for my back too. The foam pad just seemed a little insufficient to me.
Jane P on Dec 11, 2013
To improve back protection in TM transition 3 jacket. Cut to fit.
Andrew S on Nov 25, 2013
better back protection than the foam in my spectrum.
JuanCristobal F on Nov 23, 2013
Awesome protection and (knowing it will void the manufacturer warranty) can use in any jacket (cut to shape)
Allison H on Nov 15, 2013
Wanted better back protection in the Scorpion Passport Suit. The suit only comes with a flimsy foam back pad.
Loren G on Nov 14, 2013
to put in my C-pro jacket
Andrew M on Nov 5, 2013
Seemed like the best, high tech, back protection that would fit (with some minor adjustments) into my existing textile jacket.
S T on Sep 12, 2013
Superior back protection for my Rev'IT jacket
Brenden C on Sep 4, 2013
Fit my revit jacket perfectly
david w on Sep 8, 2016
This works great in my aerostich roadcrafter with their transit back protector pouch. Revzilla had a good price on it.
BensOpins on Jun 27, 2016
has anyone actualy had a crash with a cut-to-size sas-tec protector to vouch for it
A shopper on Apr 19, 2012
BEST ANSWER: had a 30 mph lowside with mine, rolled once on my back with no ill effect... this is a fairly lowspeed low damage example though. considering the sastech in my elbows and shoulders did great my non sestech armor on my knees left me with considerable bruising. since i mainly hit with my sholder and knee the sastech did much better than the regular ce armor in my knees.
Hi,

I've hear that this jacket stiffens in cold temperatures;
I'm going to use this in Western Australia which has hot summers and mild winters (no less than about 5 degrees celsius) so would this jacket still flex easily?

Also does this offer more protection than a D3o Viper insert?
Richard P on Sep 1, 2013
BEST ANSWER: If you leave in in the cold or expose to the elements it will stiffen but if its cold you'll be wearing it and you 97 degrees Farenheit so it should be flexible even if its cold. This gives great protection as this material is used to line the bottom shoe of a bomb specialist. Call your local store to show you the difference between those materials. They should have a demo ball on both materials. The ball that bounces less absorbs and disperses the energy better. If I were you I would also consider Tpro level 2 back armor they absorb and diapers the energy real well. Check out YouTube people talk and have opinions on this materials under different temp and forces its subjected to. I have both Sastech and Tpro and I like them both for back protectors but for elbows I like Sastech better due to the fact it's low profile and molds to the body better but if its cold and suddenly flex it can break but the back protector has moreaterial and I don't think can snap that easily however I never tried. Good luck and rubber side down.
Hi!

I have a Rev'it women's Airwave size 34. I was wondering if SC-1/11 would be an appropriate fit? Or should I go for a larger one as I would need to trim it?

Thank you!
Genevieve G on Aug 12, 2013
BEST ANSWER: I have the Tornado Rev'it vented jacket size 56 and my wife has the womens version in size 40. The back protector is the same size for both and I had to trim the SC-1/11 a small amount on the top end and top corners to get it to fit. I don't know if the Airwave and Tornado have the same size back protector. Larry
Hi,

I'd like to order the SAS-TEC back protector and trim it fit my Icon Accelerant Jacket. I understand that cutting the piece voids my warranty on the product, but anything is better than the foam piece that is currently in my jacket; unfortunately, Icon's own Stryker Back Protector does not fit inside my accelerant jacket.

Can you please let me know how the sizing works with the SAS-TEC, the sizing choices are: 1/11, 1/12 and 1/16. Which is the largest of the three? I'd like to order the largest one to make sure I get the largest piece and trim off the excess.

Looking forward to hearing from someone soon.

Kahlil
A shopper on Apr 1, 2011
BEST ANSWER: Dimensions from sas-tec.de

All measurements are L/W/H in mm.

1/11 - 400/280/19 mm
1/12 - 490/330/19 mm
1/16 - 540/340/19 mm

HTH
May I know if the SAS-TEC Back Protector fit into REV'IT! Airwave Jacket?
Tan W on Jan 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure how well the SAS-TEC back protector will fit your REV'IT jacket, AS IS, but it is amazingly easy to trim down to fit almost any jacket. It cuts very easily with either a strong pair of scissors/shears or a utility knife. I bought mine for a Joe Rocket jacket and the SAS pad was too big to fit into the existing mounting pockets--I merely placed the original Joe Rocket back protector on top of the somewhat larger SAS one and traced the outline with a pen, then trimmed off the excess with a pair of scissors. It took all of 5 minutes. Honest.
I have a Rev'It air force jacket and was wondering if the SAS-TECH back protector would fit in as a repalcement? If not, what would the best one?
A shopper on Aug 22, 2011
BEST ANSWER: Measure the foam back pad that came with your jacket. Pick the size below that is the closest match. Keep in mind how differences in shape might have on what size you need.

1/11 - 400/280/19 mm
1/12 - 490/330/19 mm
1/16 - 540/340/19 mm
Any idea which size I need for my Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0 size MED?
A shopper on Sep 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: My SAS-TEC fit my Harley Davidson jacket size large. The jacket came with a rubber pad 1/4" for back protection which really is useless. I would recommend buying a small SAS-Tec being you have a Joe Rocket Medium jacket. The SAS-Tec was very snug in my LG jacket but fit without bulging.
I just bought a Scorpion Helix jacket that has a foam back pad in it now, would this SAS-TEC protector fit? In the video on the jacket they said to get a KNOX back protector, but I would rather have the SAS-TEC. Thanks in advance.
A shopper on May 30, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I've put this excellent protector in several jackets from different manufacturers. It fits because it's easily trimable with a pair of decent sized scissors. If your Helix came with a back protector, just use it as a template. If not, try fitting it into the protector slot in the jacket and progressively trim it back so that it eventually fits.
I just bought a dainese mugello str jacket. It accepts the dainese wave g back protector. Will the sastec fit with trimming? What size should I buy? My jacket size is 38us/48euro.
A shopper on Dec 7, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Any jacket that normally takes the Dainese Wave can be fitted with the SAS-TEC 1/12 with some simple modifications. Make a template for the back protector pocket on your jacket and *trim the SAS-TEC as needed.

This can be done very easily, however there are 2 caveats:

1. You void the warranty on the back protector
2. If you are in a prolonged downpour, since the internal foam is now exposed on the SAS-TEC it is possible it could absorb water. Make sure to air-dry it if you suspect it has had a good soak.

*Per the manufacturer, cutting the back protector will not change its protective qualities."
What size Sas-Tec back protector will fit a 2012 FirstGear Kilimanjaro jacket (Men's Medium)?
A shopper on Nov 10, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The shape of the back protector inside the current 2012 Kilimanjaro resembles the Knox TP2 or the Viper D30 insert. Thus, you can use a SAS-TEC 1/12 with some simple modifications. Simply remove the temper foam back pad which came with your jacket and use it as a template to *trim as needed. This can be done very easily, however there are 2 caveats:

You void the warranty on the back protector
If you are in a prolonged downpour, since the internal foam is now exposed on the SAS-TEC it is possible it could absorb water. Make sure to air-dry it if you suspect it has had a good soak.
*Per the manufacturer, cutting the back protector will not change its protective qualities.

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