Held Sakari back protector, £79.99
Tester: Adam Child
Time tested: 4000 miles/seven months
What’s good? I can’t get used to huge back protectors that make it feel like I have a front door down the back of my leathers. I obviously want the protection, but not the obstruction. This Held back protector provides a great balance between the two - it’s easy to forget I’m wearing it, it’s that comfortable. It’s not made from wood, which is how some feel, because it flexes as I move and it isn’t too wide, which means I can still move around on the bike, hanging off without any discomfort. The bottom section is removable, which is really useful as I can transform it from a long back protector, the type you’d use on a sports bike, to a short back protector that you’d use on a naked bike, when you are sat more upright. At £80 it’s a bargain too and, not that it matters, but it looks great and is very well made.
What’s not? It feels rather spongy, which is great for comfort but it does make my back sweat. It acts like a sponge and soaks it all up too, which is not pleasant. After five days of road testing in Spain it needed drying out on the washing line for a while. Personally I prefer smaller and thinner back protectors like this one, which still meets the higher of two European protection standards, but if you’re used to the larger models this may feel a little small.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 5/5