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Old 07-02-2013, 05:55 AM   #16
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Doing some research on protective gear. This article here states:
For spinal injuries, foam back inserts actually correlated to an increase in risk of a soft tissue injury to the spine or back. This finding suggests that more study on the design of body armor for the back and spine is needed.
Check the percentages in the table there. Any insight?
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:15 AM   #17
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Yes, every time I ride. It's either Forcefield pro back insert in my jackets when I commute or Forcefield strap-on back protector that I wear on long ride / weekend ride.

I wear it mainly to protect me from impact or hit from behind. I had a really close call when an idiot on a bike almost hit me. His hand clipped my elbow, he lost control of his bike and crash right there in front of me. Had it been some 10 cm more to the right, his handlebar would've hit me and I would have bruised or broken ribs.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:46 AM   #18
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I had one of the forcefield rubber floor mats for a while
did not like it
the 'waist adjustment' aka kidney belt drove me nuts
the darn thing kept creeping up,
even after I switched to their female cut

now I have a Spidi Defender
which I love since I cut off the kidney belt,
it stays in place just fine without
I normally wear it under my Stich or HG jacket with the sleeves zipped off
rather than removing shouder + elbow armor from the jackets
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Old 07-02-2013, 11:23 AM   #19
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At the moment, the best back protector in terms of force trasmitted, is the forcefield pro sub 4 ( or the kevlar version, if you want to spend some more, I think the difference would be in terms of comfort, but I'm not sure )
I use the halvarssons back protector inside of the safety jacket, the protector is made by forcefield.
I've noticed the lack of airflow in the protector zone, but I thinks it's pretty normal, unfortunately :\
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:44 PM   #20
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I wear a back protector; one of the Icon Stryker ones like this:

Actually, I have become such a fan/proponent of this type of thing that I ended up going with the entire series:

I have the armoured shorts coming too:

I see this stuff as my "base layer". No matter the pants and jacket I wear I have a good base of armour to help me with impact and some abrasion protection.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:43 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by trc.rhubarb View Post
Good news! 1 more year and my risk of injury drops to about 10-11%
Just ordered my first rigid back protector and now it looks like I wont need it.
you never need it until you need it.
I have a feeling that there are some decisions being made on certain teams lately to make things more complex in order to ensure a certain technological standard of confusion is met.
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