Anyone ride in a back protector

Star the Fell

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Jun 14, 2015
Rather than a body protector?
I find my body protector so uncomfortable even though it was professionally fitted.
The main problem with it is the padding at the sides. I can never forget that it’s there and have to ride with my arms sticking out like wings in order to not feel it.
I have seen back protectors for sale, which just have mesh down the sides. They look a lot more comfortable.
I only hack out and school, no jumping, or cross country etc.
Or can you recommend a decent body protector?


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Dec 21, 2003
My bp allows my arms to hang straight. But some I tried on did not. Get one properly fitted Padding was increased in latest standard but even so one should ride as if it wasnt there

Mary Poppins

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Oct 10, 2004
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I ride in an AirOWear body protector as that is what fits me best. I barely notice I am wearing it to be honest. It is very tatty though and needs replacing so I will be on the lookout for another soon. I will be interested in any recommendations.

Lexi 123

Sep 9, 2019
Yes I do the problem with wearing it everyday is that they stinks of sweat and no amount of washing will get the small out.
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Dec 20, 2004
Suffolk, UK
I don't use either, I have an air vest. I find body protectors too stiff and bulky and they negatively effect my riding, that's my personal choice. I have seen a few of the back protectors (only have padding on the back) creeping into the market the last few years, I think they were originally popular for motorbikes and have started to filter through as so many things do. I'm not really sure about them, I guess it is about prioritizing injuries, you can live with a few broken ribs and 99% of the time heal completely, but a broken back can be more challenging/life changing. I rode in a Mountain Horse jacket once that had the protection pads in it (back, shoulders and elbows from memory), that was comfortable and inhibiting.


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Dec 21, 2003
Mine is airowear outlyne. But it doesnt fit me as well as the old unisex onesused to. As I have narrow shoulders and 34 bust. But very wide square rib cage. Other brands are worse tho .
My first bp which was really too small was a champion which laced up the sides like a race safe. That lace type tighten over ones waist and ones breasts together which I dont like and may hurt after a breast op.
I cant post properly just now as am away with only my phone


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Apr 20, 2003
I can't do body protectors anymore, they just don't fit me right. I had a Mountain Horse bodyguard which was great, I swapped it for a motorcycle jacket with padding as it had hi viz on it as well, it's just as good as the bodyguard and was cheaper.
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