Forcefield Pro L2K back protector, £99.99 and Race-Lite chest protector, £44.99
Tester: Tony Hoare
Time tested: Three seasons of club racing
What’s good? Despite several broken ribs, at least one collapsed lung and a broken shoulder blade, I survived being run over by a motorcycle travelling at close to 100mph. I put the majority of that down to the Forcefield back and chest protection. Both are very comfortable to wear so there’s no reason to ride without them. Chest protection is largely overlooked, but it covers vital organs and momentum usually carries the rider forward in a crash, leaving these areas vulnerable.
What’s not? Other than being unable to resist broken bones in all impacts (an impossible ask), the back protector is faultless. The chest protector is great when worn with leathers because the suit holds it snug. Under textiles, it is a faff to secure it in place with Velcro straps.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 5/5