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Back protection gear – what to choose from?

The body rarely forgets an injury. No, no, yes, it hurts in the side, the stretched lower back hurts and you laugh at yourself: old age is not a joy, but youth is disgusting. The spine does not forgive injuries at all. If with a broken arm or leg, plaster cast and temporary inconveniences await you, then spinal injuries are not a joke. It’s not funny. At all. Neither you nor your relatives. Therefore, spine protection is a must for every motorcyclist.

Skeptics will immediately begin to whine that at high speed no protection will save you 100%. But. First, does your motorcycle gearbox only have neutral and speed of light modes? Accidents at low speeds happen with the same enviable consistency as at high speeds. Secondly, with protection, you have a chance to reduce injuries and get off with gray hair after an accident. when without equipment injury is provided, be it low speed or high.

The most common items of back protection equipment:

  • Protective inserts
  • Turtle
  • Back protection
  • Vest

Protective inserts

You buy a motorcycle jacket and you see the protective inserts in it. They can be different in material, shape, quality and price. Read about common D3O inserts in the article “D3O – What else do you need to know about it?” Protective inserts in motorcycle jackets protect the elbows and shoulders more than the spine because they fit better anatomically. The insertion of the back rarely covers the entire length of the spine and does not protect the coccyx in its entirety.

The construction of the jacket itself is an additional layer of protection. The moto jacket loses in damping the impact force, but it behaves with dignity in other conditions, having a wide range of functionality.

“Motorcycle jackets – protection levels and materials. What to choose?”

Back protection

The so-called “back”. Separate construction of protective insert with compression belt (but not always with it) and shoulder straps.

Full-length protection along the entire length of the spine can be made, for example, from polypropylene, ballistic foam. The “back” also protects the tailbone. Good equipment has a movable end, sometimes with hinges for maximum convenience.

It is practical to combine back protection with a jacket. Let’s say you bought a motorcycle jacket, but its native insert does not inspire confidence in you. Then you leave the elbow and shoulder inserts in it, and remove the back insert completely. Wear a backrest instead. Be sure to try on the “back” with the jacket that you plan to wear, do not buy without trying it on!

It happens that because of the back that was bought without trying on, it is not possible to button the jacket or it is inconvenient to wear it with motorcycle pants. Be sure to try on the “back” with the equipment in which you plan to ride.


The turtle is constantly controversial. Some say that it protects gorgeous because of the complex of inserts and an integral system. Moreover, the turtle is ideal for riding in the heat, when the jacket turns into an analogue of a sauna. The turtle is worn with a jacket when a lightweight model is used or does not have protective inserts. Others argue that the turtle’s shields are not connected as securely as they would like, twisting during a fall.

I think that cranking claims should be made for turtles that were bought out of size or with poorly secured belts. It is foolish to deny that the turtle has a decent set of protective inserts not only for the back, but also for the chest.


The first association of motorcycle vests is related to leather vests, which are so respected by true bikers and heavy motorcycle enthusiasts. Now on the equipment market you can find quite interesting models for urban motorcyclists and extreme sportsmen. All of them are united by an increased level of protection, the absence of the elbow zone. Vests made of leather and textiles are usually elongated; vests with protective inserts have additional protection for the tailbone.

The vest is an advantageous offer for active motorcyclists, especially for a hot period, an alternative solution to the tortoise.

As we can see, the rider of any level has a choice of four positions that can be changed depending on the weather. For example, use a jacket with inserts and a “back” in bad and cold weather, and a turtle and a vest in the heat under jersey. The main thing is not to leave the spine defenseless, as his injuries will be a very bitter experience.

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