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post #1 of 27 Old 10-16-2016, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone wear armor underneath jacket?

I have a decent Olympia jacket, and I know it would protect me pretty well in a slide, but I am wondering if I should consider some sort of chest protector?...I have been thinking about an airbag vest but those things are expensive.
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I use this


without the kidney belt.
The back armor is removable as well.

I often ride with it alone.

I have ridden with it under my Joe Rocket jacket and the armor on the shirt stays in place and is more extensive than the pocket armor in the jacket.

However unless your jacket is a loose fit you will need to remove the pocket armor.

On a hot day an armored shirt is terrific....I'll often throw a loose fitting fishing shirt over it and wear it next to my skin.....then I look like the hulk
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I have a decent Olympia jacket, and I know it would protect me pretty well in a slide, but I am wondering if I should consider some sort of chest protector?...I have been thinking about an airbag vest but those things are expensive.
I have the Force Field Elite chest protector. It just covers my breast plate to about the collar bone. I bought it for driving after cardiac surgery as airbag protection. Its a little bulky and warm feeling as it straps on. I would prefer something built into a jacket etc and havent been using it very often. It feels like a good area protector but its not doing much sitting on a work bench. I DO wear my armor jacket pants and boots.
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Axo air cage under a slightly large mesh jacket.

That combo because it's usually hot here and the ventilation is needed.
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When I ride offroad I do, Fox Airframe under an enduro jacket.

On the street I much prefer a touring 3/4 jacket with armor already there.
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When I ride offroad I do, Fox Airframe under an enduro jacket.

On the street I much prefer a touring 3/4 jacket with armor already there.

Off-road armor is for impact protection (primarily) vs. road armor that is mostly for abrasion protection.

Typically you don't slide very far in the dirt when you hit the ground. A hard shell chest protector might have you spinning down the road like a turtle!

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Off-road armor is for impact protection (primarily) vs. road armor that is mostly for abrasion protection.

Typically you don't slide very far in the dirt when you hit the ground. A hard shell chest protector might have you spinning down the road like a turtle!
Well true enough BUT. I'm not riding a GSXR, DL 650, and most of my time is commuting. Impact is for damn sure more of a consideration than abrasion there.

Even at 80kph - a sane speed on a lot of the back roads around here - impact would be more of a risk than abrasion.
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Well true enough BUT. I'm not riding a GSXR, DL 650, and most of my time is commuting. Impact is for damn sure more of a consideration than abrasion there.

Even at 80kph - a sane speed on a lot of the back roads around here - impact would be more of a risk than abrasion.

Off-road gear has hard shells mostly to protect from debris being flung at you or you running into branches and stuff. Usually when you hit the ground you don't slide you tumble. No need for abrasion protection typically.

On the road armor is usually soft and is under an abrasion resistant garment. The new bio armor will firm up at the initial impact but goes soft again. Impact protection is less of a consideration because of the forces involved. Hitting a car for example, armor can't absorb that. Soft armor under a good shell can absorb the slide down the asphalt.

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