The Sport Rider:
Dainese Manis — $220
Replacing Dainese’s popular Wave, the Manis expands the area of coverage, adds protection and does so in a slimmer package that can expand, contract and rotate with your body’s movements. Wearing it under a set of race leathers, you can’t feel it back there and it doesn’t impede your ability to contort into correct body position in any way. The flat neoprene shoulder straps and waist belt are both comfy and low-profile.
The Aerostich Nut:
Aerostich TF3 Competition Back Pad — $120
Aerostich’s armor doesn’t meet CE certification because it was around before the standards existed. Nevertheless, it provides excellent protection and I totally trust it to protect me and it actually transmits lower levels of force to the rider’s body than the standard requires. The Competition Back Pad is compatible with any of Aerostich’s suits or jackets and provides the greatest area of coverage, expanding over your kidney and coccyx. As a bonus, it makes a comfy mattress if you’re sleeping in the Aerostich Motel.
The Budget Shopper:
Alpinestars Bio Armor Back Protector — $30
For just $30, the Bio Armor back Protector provides CE1 protection in an insert that should fit most jacket pockets. It’s a little heavy and a little stiff compared to more expensive options, but it gets the job done. As a bonus, it could easily be trimmed to size if the pocket on your jacket is a little small or even sewn into the liner.
These are the protectors that work for us, what back protectors do you have experience with and how have they performed?
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