Review: Knox back protector

Product name: Knox back protector, £99.99
Miles covered/time: 10,000/six years

What’s good? Unlike other back protectors I’ve worn, this big old beauty covers the kidney area with hard armour, wraps half way round your body and really does give a feeling of utter protection should the unthinkable happen. I’ve never crashed while wearing it (touch wood), but comfort under leathers is pretty good. 

What’s not? It can be a little restrictive. Tipping into Park corner at Cadwell recently I couldn’t get right off the bike because it felt like I had a concrete slab tied to my back. Although the fit is good, it does have a tendency to ride up and poke out the top of my one-piece suit.  

Stars (out of five): ***