Dainese Spine back pro­tec­tor £79.96

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Tested by Bruce Dunn Time tested Five years

What’s good? Ex­tremely light­weight and com­fort­able, this back pro­tec­tor has been part of my rac­ing and track test­ing kit for many years. Made from an ar­tic­u­lated plas­tic outer shell, the Spine al­lows me a full range of move­ment mean­ing that I’m not un­com­fort­able when tucked in to a rac­ing crouch. Ce-cer­ti­fied to Level 1 stan­dard, the soft Imola 3D pad­ding will help dis­si­pate im­pacts mean­ing that less than 18 kilo­new­tons of force is trans­ferred to my back. This was ev­i­dent af­ter a high­side at Cad­well Park when I was flung from my bike and onto my back but es­caped with no in­juries to my back, ribs or or­gans. It se­cures with two shoul­der straps and a waist belt, how­ever I choose to re­move the shoul­der straps for ex­tra com­fort.

What’s not? It can be a little fid­dly to put on, as with­out the shoul­der straps fit­ted it can move out of place when I pull my leathers on over it. It al­ways helps to have some­one on hand to straighten it out. Con­tact www. dainese.com Qual­ity ★★★ ★★ Value ★★★★★

Like an ar­madillo, the Spine is hard on the out­side, soft in the mid­dle

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