Forcefield Pro L2K back protector, £104.99
Miles covered/time: 1000/two months
What's good: I'm in the fortunate position of not having crashed recently, but if it does happen this back protector ought to prevent soft tissue damage and the like. I'm basing that assumption on its reassuringly sturdy feel and that fact it's passed CE Level 2 testing, which is the most stringent official test for body armour. It's not a single-crash item either. Forcefield say that the impact-absorbing material is designed to offer protection in multiple crashes. Not only that, but Forcefield have won both MCN Awards and Best Buy ratings from our sister publication RiDE magazine. Comfort and fit are no problem, the shoulder straps and broad waistband have more than enough and once it's on the back protector feels like it's offering a warming hug.
What's not: No back protector (or any form of body armour) can protect you from every eventuality, so you shouldn't be lulled into a false sense of invincibility. It does a fair job of keeping you cool, but you can feel a bit warm on hot summer days.