BMW AirFlow 2 armor upgrade

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  1. krokodil

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    I have BMW AirFlow 2 Jacket which I love. It is quite old and I would like to upgrade it with a more modern (CE2) back protector. It looks like the shape of the back protector there is very narrow not like most modern CE2 pads. Did anybody try to upgrade it? Is it worth it?
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  2. Valentino

    Valentino Been here awhile

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    You could check out the size and shapes of Forcefield's Pro Lite K range (to see if any of them match):
    • Shape 001: Suitable for generic brands. (Height: 39cm. Width: 30cm.)
    • Shape 002: Suitable for generic brands. (Height: 45cm. Width: 34cm.)
    • Shape 003: Suitable for generic brands. (Height: 42cm. Width: 27cm.)
    • Shape 007: Suitable for Dainese. (Height: 44cm. Width: 25cm.)
    • Shape 008: Suitable for Dainese. (Height: 39cm. Width: 25cm.)
    • Shape 010: Suitable for Alpinestars. (Height: 43cm. Width: 27cm.)
    • Shape 011: Suitable for Alpinestars. (Height: 50cm. Width: 27cm.)
    I think Revzilla sells some of them but not all; so you may find the answer in the Q&A, as well as the sizing in inches. Other inmates may know who else in the US might sell the full range of sizes.
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  3. krokodil

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    What worries me is that BMW's pad is quite narrow. I am not sure it provides sufficient protection. It is 45cm in height but just 14cm wide on top and 10cm on the bottom.
    See attached pic. I am wondering if the jacket could be outfitted with a wider pad.
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  4. cblais19

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    Does the pocket have space for something wider?
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  5. krokodil

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    Unfortunately, the pocket is quite narrow. But I was wondering if it is possible to buy a wider pocket and fit it in.
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    You can't buy pockets on their own - you're going to have to try and modify it yourself, have a technical garments tailoring shop do it, or buy a standalone strap on back protector.

    The dimensions of that look similar to the Rukka Air Back protector, but not sure if you'll be able to find one still.
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  7. krokodil

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    I've examined BMW's protector and it looks pretty thick and solid. I do not think I can replace it with anything better with the same size.
    The way to get better protection is to fit in a wider one. I will consider the tailoring shop route.

    I still hope I can find a standalone mesh pocket to buy which I can sew into the jacket.
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  8. cblais19

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    That's just not a thing. There's stand-alone protectors made to be worn with racing suits and the like, but there's just not a market or demand for new back protector pockets to be sewn into existing garments. Talk to a local tailor if that's the route you're looking for.
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  9. Peanut_Buttery

    Peanut_Buttery Been here awhile

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    Like many, I’ve used a motorcycle tailoring shop (with excellent results). Are there any tailors locally who specialise in motorcycle leathers?
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  10. krokodil

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    I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and until today I never even heard about "motorcycle tailoring shops." I will be checking to see if there are any nearby.
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  11. Peanut_Buttery

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    I don’t know what’s available in the US. But here’s a UK example of a reputable motorcycle tailor that “can also fit back protectors into suits and jackets.”
    https://www.hideout-leather.co.uk/repairs

    Within an hour of London, there are several motorcycle tailors (one endorsed by Dainese and another endorsed by Kushitani). Hopefully the same holds true for the Bay Area!
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