A back protector is a vital piece of safety gear for motorcyclists. We all know that there is nothing worse than road rash, but if you have never experienced it, it can be challenging to understand just how serious it is.
A motorcycle back protector can help prevent this from happening and can also help protect you from many other injuries.
- Different types of back protectors.
- What are the best motorbike back protectors?
- Do they make a difference in a crash?
There is no back protector as comfortable as this one. Because it is a one size fits all item, it will easily slip into the back of your jacket, specifically for the Oxford Ridewear range.
What are the different materials used in a back protector?
High-quality motorcycle back protectors use memory foam, rigid plastic, silicon, and viscoelastic materials. The regular foam may need to be replaced after a few uses, while the memory foam will last and absorb impacts better.
Silicon also works as a shock absorber. The hard plastic in back protectors is mainly to resist abrasions and punctures.
Viscoelastic is what makes good quality back protectors flexible and malleable. This is used along with memory foam to double up on protection. They are body forming, so you know your back is getting the best support it needs.
How do you put on a motorcycle back protector?
All motorcycle jackets have a rear insert pocket to place your back protector. You should make sure that your back protector is compatible with your jacket for a snug fit.
How important is a back protector motorcycle?
Using back protectors when riding motorcycles is a preventive measure for back injuries. It effectively protects your spinal cord from injuries that might occur when riding your bike. All back protectors for motorcycles are built with shock absorption to help with impact in accidents.
When choosing a back protector for yourself, you should consider getting a CE-approved one. They protect not only your back but also your shoulder blades, the spinal cord and your ribs as well. There are both CE 1 and CE 2, but CE level 2 is ideal since they are much more effective at protecting your back.
Do back protectors work in a crash?
Motorcyclists who wear back protectors conjure fewer injuries upon impact than those who don’t wear them.
Those who use a back protector when riding a bike have three times fewer injuries than those who wear only form inserts.
What do all top motorcycle back protectors have?
The best motorcycle back protectors have memory foam inserts and hard plastic to help durability and effectiveness. Some of the common materials are:
Memory foam is denser and gives you more protection by absorbing extreme levels of impact, and it rebounds slowly even after getting compressed from the impact. Rather than regular foam, memory foam layers in back protectors are much more preventive for injuries.
Both open-cell and closed-cell foam can be used to make back protectors. The density of the foam determines how much protection it provides. For instance, a rigid form will absorb more impact than a soft foam that doesn’t absorb as much. However, once they come into contact with external impact, the rigid form ones need to be replaced.
Viscoelastic is a highly resistant material that can protect you from very high impact. The material is such that it stays soft till it experiences an impact. When there is an external impact, the material becomes hard and acts as a rigid protective layer.
Viscoelastic is used in bike accessories like jackets, armours, hand gloves and many more. While this material absorbs a lot of the impact and works as a highly protective layer, it is still very comfortable to wear since it is not very bulky.
It prevents trauma from occurring in your body through two different methods:
- You are protected since it delays and dissipates the impact on the body.
- It absorbs much of the shock from the impact.
The hard plastic in back protectors prevents any abrasions and punctures upon impact. This is used with other foam or memory foam materials to give added protection.
Some back protectors don’t have foam but a silicon layer which are gel-based absorbers. They are much more malleable and can have a variety of different densities. These protectors are much easier to support the body since they are malleable.
Should you wear a back protector when riding?
Yes, you should wear a back protector when riding your motorcycle. Back protectors are made for preventing injuries to your back, spinal cord and even your shoulder blades. In the case of any physical impact when riding, the back protector will ensure that all the shock from the impact is absorbed, so you end up with fewer injuries than when you don’t wear one.
Are motorcycle back protectors proper?
Yes, motorcycle back protectors are very useful in preventing any back and spinal cord injuries if you collide with any external force when riding the bike.
Should I wear a motorcycle back protector?
It is recommended that you always wear a back protector when you ride a bike, and it is an essential safety element to avoid injuries.
Is my jacket compatible?
Some back protectors are specifically made to fit certain jackets and vice versa. You should make sure that your jacket and your back protector are compatible.
The best part is that this back protector has a cooling system that regulates proper airflow in the back protector. It is easy to insert into your jacket and is not obtrusive when riding the motorcycle.
Helmets are the most popular safety equipment among motorcyclists, but wearing a back protector is vital. They prevent any extreme injury to your back and spinal cord.
We recommend the Oxford RB-Pi2 Level 2 insert back protector because it is very flexible and gives your back complete support. It’s certified Level 2 CE, and since it’s a lightweight back protector, you can wear it comfortably underneath your clothes and jacket.