Knox Aegis level 2 back protector, £89.99
Time tested: 900 miles
What’s good? I’ve never worn a back protector before and wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of comfort, but once I’ve got this on and positioned properly (it needs to sit lower than I initially thought) I soon forget it’s there. There’s good waist and shoulder straps that mean it only moves if I want it to, and I wear it under a rucksack all the time with no problem. It’s rated to the higher Level 2 CE standard as well, which is reassuring, but the hard plastic plates are in individual plates, which mean the protector bends to fit my spine, so I’m getting the best of both worlds. That I wear it every single time I’m on the bike without a second thought is the best recommendation I can give.
What’s not? The stitching that holds one of the shoulder straps to the back protector has come loose, pulling the buckle away from the material a little. It’s not a major issue at the minute but it looks like it’s going to get worse and eventually come off.
Quality rating: 4/5
Value rating: 4/5