■ Here's the benchmark
by which all back protectors should be judged. A triangular
structure molded into the soft outer Armorflex skin dissipates
impact energy more evenly than hard stuff, regardless of where
it gets hit.
Underneath, layers of shock-absorbing Nitrex foam slow impact
energy to less-damaging levels. The combination transmits less
force to fragile human bits beneath than anything else we've
seen. Tiny holes admit enough air to keep the wearer reasonably
cool. An elastic belt and shoulder straps keep the marvelously
supple arrangement in place with minimal tension. Much thinner
than you'd expect for such world-class protection, the
Forcefield slips under tight leathers without becoming an
encumbrance. It's CE-approved to EN1621-2:2003 and EN340:2003
standards, and is available in sizes XS to L.