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Old 06-05-2009, 09:13 PM   #21
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No. For the same price you can get something track oriented. A* or dianese

Quandry: What else does Icon make that is meant for the track?
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i like my icon vest the a star are made with a cheap fabric that tears easyly the icon is a thick material that will hold up better without ripping IMO.
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Old 06-05-2009, 10:10 PM   #23
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To clear this up, I have owned both. I got the Icon first. Liked it fine, but my A* is 2x the quality of the Icon. I have the A* bionic vest. It has chest, shoulder, and back protection. I have been down 2x in the A*, and it looks like it just came off the hanger.

Icon = Street thus "Street Armour"
A* = Track

Since DC is going to use it under his leathers, I suggest A*
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:19 PM   #24
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Here's the entire A* armor set. The quality looks amazing. (Video reviews included in the sites)

A* armor catalog

Has anyone tried the A* bionic sp vest protector?

Here is the icon one to detail, I would definitely go for the Icon if price was a deciding factor (here it is for reference), but I think the A* SMX bionic vest provides the ultimate protection for track. I think I might order the A* one now....

If Knox or made a vest like the SMX bionic one I would definitely a Knox. They made some awesome back protectors. Too many to count.

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That is the vest I am refferring to in the above posts. A*bionic vest. Great product.
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i have the icon...
apparently it sucks though according to these guys.

dunno man i went down at the track with it on, and tumbled, held up just fine.

its really comfortable, and easy to get on and off, fits under my jacket good.
im sure there are better back protectors out there. but its definitely better than not wearing one.
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im sure there are better back protectors out there. but its definitely better than not wearing one.
agreed, but alot of peeps wear this as outside gear, and that alone........opinions of that option?
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agreed, but alot of peeps wear this as outside gear, and that alone........opinions of that option?
ya i dont agree with wearing the vest and the vest alone. though i know a couple people who do it.

i only wear it under my jacket. my definition of slacking off on my safety gear is not wearing the back protector. and its only if im going across the street for something from target or dinner.
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I decided to go with the Bionic A* for the ability to detach the back protector. + the icon one is just rubber on the front, still better than nothing though.
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i have the full icon field armor,vest elbow pads, and knee pads..i've wrecked off the 12 bar and the vest worked
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After riding TWS (Texas World Speedway) this weekend with my Icon Field armor vest, im having second thoughts about it. Putting it on with a suit is a major pain and it usually ends up scrunched up to my chin making the spine protector not protect all the way down. The stitching came out on one of strap mounts. It is also to bulky for under a suit IMO. I saw someone with an alpinestar back protector. It looked pretty sturdy and offered alot of protection. It also had a chest protector section that velocroed into the front. Im pretty sure i might ditch the ICON
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i have the full icon field armor,vest elbow pads, and knee pads..i've wrecked off the 12 bar and the vest worked
Is the OP wanting this for stunting or track riding? Two totally different needs. The field armour is perfect for stunting but i would leave it at home for a track day...
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After riding TWS (Texas World Speedway) this weekend with my Icon Field armor vest, im having second thoughts about it. Putting it on with a suit is a major pain and it usually ends up scrunched up to my chin making the spine protector not protect all the way down. The stitching came out on one of strap mounts. It is also to bulky for under a suit IMO. I saw someone with an alpinestar back protector. It looked pretty sturdy and offered alot of protection. It also had a chest protector section that velocroed into the front. Im pretty sure i might ditch the ICON
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Is the OP wanting this for stunting or track riding? Two totally different needs. The field armour is perfect for stunting but i would leave it at home for a track day...
im saying i used to wear mine all the time and no problems....seems like alot of people hate on icon and dont even know them...i could care less but a friend of a friend of a friend who rode a ducati said it sucked so ducatis are terrible bikes...catch my drift
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That looks badass! How much is that one? I need a back/chest protector for under my leathers as well
Grayj, I've checked and there are no U.S. retailers that carry this. It's called the Alpinestars Track Protection Vest. Most places that have this vest are overseas. I'm ordering mine from the shop in Italy called MOTOSTORM. The price will be roughly $226 including shipping. Here is the link if this helps.

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I'm not a fan of this vest and here's why.

"-Its not CE rated so it hasn't met any gov. standard for how much impact energy it can absorb. The U.S. doesn't have any standard so any company can slap together some Styrofoam into this cool looking vest and call it protective gear... when in reality it isn't all that protective.

-All gear sold in Europe must meet the CE standards. ICON doesn't really market their protective gear in Europe. Probably because it wouldn't pass the CE standards.

-"From The Street For The Street" is one of their marketing mottoes. I'm sorry but that just doesn't cut especially if you're a somewhat aggressive canyon carver or trackday junkie, I'd think that you'd want gear that is proven to be protective. I rather spend an extra $50 on something protective than thousands of $$$ more on a hospital visit.

-Chest protection... you're kidding me right. That thing covers your sternum and a little bit of your ribs.

If one of my friends were to go out & buy this I'd call tell them to return it & go get some real protection. I don't say this to bash on ICON, they do make some cool looking gear that is protective but when it comes to this type of protection I truly want to minimize the amount of injury they receive. I don't know you personally but I hope that you don't go down. If you do I hope you are protected with the best gear possible.

The most important thing when looking for armor is to make sure that it is CE rated.

I sport the T-Pro/Forcefield armor. I love their stuff. Its flexible, breaths very well, and is reusable if you happen to crash, unlike some from the competitors. I used to wear the Dainese Wave back protectors till I tried on the TPro stuff. My back would break out where the Dainese back protector would sit. On top of that the Dainese one is only useful for one crash, the impact absorbent material is actually an aluminum honeycomb structure. So if you happen to highside and land on your back that back protector is done and you're out $180. Not the T-Pro one and it only cost me $140.

I have their pro version (CE level 2) back protector, back protector insert for my Joe Rocket jackets, Race-Lite chest protector, knee-pads, & padded shorts.

http://www.johnsonleather.com/armor_main.htm
http://www.ridegear.com/b/street-bik...ne_Brand=T-Pro

There's also another company called Impact Armor. They state that they exceed all the CE standards. I don't know if they do or not but a lot of the pro-racers wear them. I can imagine that its hard to get CE certification because the armor is custom made to fit the specific person and test all of them individually can become quite expensive."


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