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Alpinestars Bionic Air Back Protector The Bionic Air Back Protector is CE certified to the latest back protector standard, enabling the development of an ergonomic, compact protector that focuses protective coverage around the central back. Features CE Certified Level 1 to the LATEST back protector standard (prEN1621-22010) allowing a slimmer, more ergonomic design. Innovative Dual Density Honeycomb Technology (DDH) combines two different honeycomb structures to offer lightweight impact protection with exceptional breathability and comfort Outer Honeycomb plate - Made of Polypropylene provides an outer structure to protect the back from penetrating injuries, as well as dissipating impact force over a wider area Inner Honeycomb foam - Made from a special elastomeric compound, this light and flexible impact foam absorbs transferred energy. Protection plates have special lateral wings that flex to fit to the movement of the shoulder blades and wrap around the kidneys when in the riding position
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
So comfortable, I use it every day
PostedNovember 3, 2013
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SoCalAustin
From La Jolla
State:CA
Rider Type:Commuter
Age:25-34
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I wanted some back protection that extended lower than the CE insert in my main jacket, but was comfortable and easy enough to use that I would actually wear it when daily commuting. The Bionic Air back protector fit the bill precisely. I looked at a few other options, but this seemed to be one of the best.
This comfortably wraps around and tucks into the lumbar curvature and follows up the back nicely. I'm 5'8 and slim-to-athletic build and the size small worked well. There's some adjustment available in both the shoulder straps but also the velcro that secures the lower portion across the torso. Once you've adjusted it, there's no more need to fuss with adjustments. The shoulder straps are elasticated, so it's easy to slip on without having to do yoga contortions. I've also found that after a bit of time, it tends stay in the shape of your back making it even more comfortable.
I'm still able to easily sit down, lean, and move about without really noticing it's there at all. Under my jacket, it's not perceptible and people are generally surprised to see that I'm wearing it when I take the jacket off.
Airflow is quite good even though it's fairly snug against the back. I've since removed the insert from my jacket and prefer to just wear the Bionic Air protector. This also allows me to wear the jacket on it's own without too much bulk and protrusions from the back insert (I just leave in the shoulder and elbow pads as they're a pain to take in and out and not noticeable on the jacket at all.)
Would definitely recommend this one.
Rides: 2012 Honda CBR250R
Yes, I recommend this product.
 
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