Knox Track Vest £159.99

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Tester Richard New­land Time tested 14 months / 8000 miles

What’s good I never ride with­out a back pro­tec­tor, but in re­cent years the ram­pant march of prod­uct ‘im­prove­ment’ has al­most unan­i­mously made them all uglier, more ridicu­lously faux-tech­ni­cal, or less com­fort­able. Force­field’s Pro­sub4, and Knox’s Meta-sys be­ing stand­out ex­cep­tions for me – both of which I wear reg­u­larly. But my favourite go-to right now is this CE Level 2 Knox Track Vest, which has been el­e­vated from be­ing my track­only choice for un­der a one-piece, to be­ing my daily go-ev­ery­where choice. For use with leathers it’s su­perb be­cause there are no straps, and it doesn’t move around when you’re get­ting in and out of your suit. I’d shunned it for road use not be­cause it was any less suit­able, but sim­ply be­cause it was a lit­tle too tight to be prop­erly com­fort­able for long pe­ri­ods. A re­cent re­duc­tion in my stature from Bi­son to Friesian has meant that’s it’s now spot-on for my 48in chest. It’s ex­actly the right length, nei­ther foul­ing the seat on cruis­ers, tour­ers and ad­ven­ture bikes, nor pok­ing me in the back of the neck on su­per­bikes. It never moves, works with all jacket and trouser com­bos, and the gilet is wash­able to keep it fresh. For an ex­tra £19.99 you can add a chest pro­tec­tor.

What’s not If you’re a cat­tle-class big unit (like me) then you might find it a bit snug, even in the big­gest avail­able size ( XXL) – so try be­fore you buy. It lacks a lit­tle of that rugged yet tech­ni­cal feel that much of Knox’s range ex­hibits, while it’s been fault­less in op­er­a­tion.

Con­tact Qual­ity ++++ + Value ++++ +

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