Time tested: 1750 miles/eight months
What’s good? Over the years I’ve found that the key to good body armour is not only the level of protection it provides, but also how comfortable and how well ventilated it is. I’ve used lots of different options when I’ve practiced, tested and raced off-road, but this latest offering from Alpinestars is the best yet. This latest version provides a top-spec back protector with forearm, elbow, shoulder and full chest protection, but the key change to its design over the last generation Bionic Tech Jacket is the size and weight. There is plenty of adjustment to ensure the armour doesn’t move in the event of the crash, but above all it’s lightweight and comfortable.
What’s not? Lots of riders find this sort of protection too intrusive, so wearing something like this can take some getting used to. The only real catch is the price.