After some research, I have narrowed my choices for a back protector to the following:
- TPro Forcefield Back Protector (Distributed in US/Canada as Joe Rocket Speedmaster Back Protector)
- Dainese Parashiena Wave (Model #1875731)
- Knox Ricochet (Distributed in US/Canada by Teknic)
In an article by UK's Ride Magazine, it rated the TPro Forcefield Back Protector as the best in terms of impact protection, body coverage and comfort. So I ordered one in, but I found that there is no solid parts on it. It's all honeycomb structured padding. Don't get me wrong, it is very well-built and comfortable. It may only be slightly thicker than the back padding of my Teknic leathers, but I am 100% sure it will give you much better impact protection.
My questions are:
Does having solid plastic parts necessarily mean better impact protection?
There are back protectors out there that have solid interlocking plastic plates that only allows your back to bending one way and not the other. Shouldn't a back protector with this feature be always better than back protectors with only high-impact impact protection?
If there are any experts out there, your input would be much appreciated. Thanks.