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Old 12-21-2009, 10:26 PM   #21
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I know this about back protectors, but in relation to Icon stuff...

I bought an Icon helmet to try them out. I gave it away to a friend that never would wear a helmet. I would have tossed it, but I figured if someone that didn't normally wear a helmet would, it's better than nothing.

Worst quality I have ever seen. I would buy and wear a cheap Pep Boys helmet before another Icon helmet, and I have worn lots of different brands. If ICON would put their name on a helmet that was that poorly made, it convinced me to not buy any of their products.

I'd go with A* or Dianese as well. Good quality products from what I have seen.

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I am in the market for a back protector as well...looked @ the Dainese and the A* but I have an issue with both - both waist straps aren't long enough for me! Any suggestions on what I can do for back protection that has longer waist straps or no waist straps? I want to avoid embedded back protection as I plan on having a variety of jackets/leathers/brands...
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I am in the market for a back protector as well...looked @ the Dainese and the A* but I have an issue with both - both waist straps aren't long enough for me! Any suggestions on what I can do for back protection that has longer waist straps or no waist straps? I want to avoid embedded back protection as I plan on having a variety of jackets/leathers/brands...

http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/...-35-DA-13.html
I've got one of these, still stays on even if you don't have the waist straps secured. Also comes in a variety of sizes.

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Old 01-23-2010, 05:08 PM   #24
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http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/...-35-DA-13.html
I've got one of these, still stays on even if you don't have the waist straps secured. Also comes in a variety of sizes.
I tried both the Dainese and the A* back protectors on and while both fit fine, the waist straps couldn't even reach each other The guy @ Cycle Gear suggested I don't use the waist strap but I dunno about that...it's there for a reason. Maybe I should just buy the A* one and get a velcro extension
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:39 PM   #25
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[QUOTE=Ares;2360178] Icon and Fieldsheers look exactly the same. I was actually wanting to find some rib protection but found no vest that actually protects the ribs...

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Take a look at T-Pro Forcefield body armor. They make a shirt type product, sort of an underjacket that looks promising and Forcefield body armor has gotten great reviews for protection.
It does have a downside of being a little heavy but it apparently works good. (I don't have any but I have heard and read good things.)
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:09 PM   #26
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Checked it out. Shirt looks like awesome but does not have rib protection. They do offer a separate rib protector.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:11 PM   #27
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Checked it out. Shirt looks like awesome but does not have rib protection. They do offer a separate rib protector.
I'm not sure I understand what you are looking for... Doesn't chest protection mean the same as rib? or do you mean around the sides too?
If you are talkin about chest that shirt thing has chest protection.
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Any other personal input on the Dianese 7 Back Protector? I tried on a L @ Cycle Gear and it fit! ...might get an XL if it doesn't add too much to the length.
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Anyone have a REAL review of the Alpinestars bionic vest? How's fitment?
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:33 AM   #30
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Anybody got the Alpinestars Track Protector?
http://www.kneedraggers.com/details/...t--656318.html

It looks like its got soft armor over the ribs, the sides, kidneys, shoulders and collarbone - all places everybody else ignores. Cheaper than the top BMW or Dainese ones, too. Anybody know if it works?
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Old 04-30-2010, 10:37 AM   #31
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I do not have the Icon Vest nor I recommend it. The reason for that is the protection level according to CE standard. Yeah, they look "cool" but on their website they do not provide what level of protection they are clearing. Search the web for details on back protectors CE standards.

Having said that, I do have a back protector. The eropean manufacturer is forcefield but the american equivalent is the Joe Rocket Speedmaster Back Protector. The simple reason for my selection was the highest protection level I could find/afford (Level 2). At the end, it is my spine what I'm protecting.

Recommendation, buy a back protector. If you can, buy it CE approved. If you want to be safer, buy it Level 2 certified (forcefield, alpinestar, Joe Rocket, Bohn).

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If the back protector bends more then your spine, weigh your options.
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