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.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.
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.
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.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.
Agreed. I wear it all the time and when it's hot I just wear it over a t-shirt. I'll admit to feeling guilty when I ride with guys who are cooking in the heat even with all the vents open. I tuck away a windbreaker and a E-vest for when the sun goes down. I'd like to underline MacDoc's point that these units stay in place when things go wrong including on the second and third bounce.I use this
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
Your helmet is plastic too...the armor would not wear through...it's thick. Of course a ballistic layer is useful but when it's hot the shirt does the trick and most come offs are slow speed stupids and any thing fatal level ...well you have other issues.otherwise it is pretty pointless, that plastic won't last long against pavement.