Already one of the most convenient back protectors on the market, Knox has thoroughly redesigned the Kompact for 2009, making it safer, more comfortable and easier to wear. The Kompact is the only back protector we'd use that also rolls up for easy transport and storage. That, combined with its snug fit and slim profile removes the most common barriers to back protector acceptance: that they're inconvenient to carry off bike, uncomfortable or won't fit under jackets.
By employing an internal honeycomb structure, the new model becomes the
lightest CE-approved back protector on the market without sacrificing
safety. Comfort is improved by the use of wide stretchable straps that
fit over the shoulders and waist. The company claims that the waist
strap also serves as a posture aid, further improving on-bike comfort
over long distances. A Knox chest protector can be retrofitted, further
I was wearing another, similar Knox back protector when I crashed last
April. In that crash, despite wearing an Arai RX-7 Corsair and an
Alpinestars suit, I gave myself a severe concussion and shattered my
left arm. My back was the largest uninjured area on my body. Once
you've experienced the reassuring safety of a real back protector, like
this Kompact, you'll never be comfortable riding without on again.