£59.99 | www.nevis.uk.com | Tested by: John Milbank, Editor Motorcycle Sport & Leisure magazine
This CE Level 2 back-protector uses a soft, flexible D3O panel inside a lightweight, adjustable carrier. The shoulder straps are high at the top, keeping the armour tight against your back while preventing it getting hooked into your leathers when you take them off. The ribbed armour design and breathable fabric helps keep the air circulating on hot days.
Being D3O, the Dorsale moulds to your body very quickly and comfortably – once on it doesn’t interfere with your riding or comfort. The orange armour is easy to remove from the carrier, and being a standard size, also fits directly into the pockets of my leather and textile jackets.
It doesn’t offer the length of some larger units – it’s two or three inches from my coccyx – but as it gives you the option of using it in your jackets, or in its own carrier, it’s a surprisingly versatile piece of protection. The back protector insert is also available on its own for £34.99.