Chest protectors and kidney belts?
Posted April 09, 2000 - 02:55 PM
Posted April 09, 2000 - 03:18 PM
On a Saturday before a motocross race, I changed the oil on my CR250. With shorts and a t-shirt, I started it just for a quick jaunt to make sure everything was OK. I got carried away with the throtttle and ended up laying the bike down. I thought I broke my collarbone. I didn't. My acerbis would have prevented anything from happening. Yes, I swear by them. If nothing else, they make me feel more secure.
[This message has been edited by Kevin in New Hampshire (edited 04-09-2000).]
Posted April 09, 2000 - 04:55 PM
Ive only owned 3 chest protectors but I would go with the MSR, then the Answer, and then the Acerbis. Probably nothing wrong with the acerbis as long as you dont get the plus model. (that is if youre not a big guy)
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Posted April 09, 2000 - 05:06 PM
Posted April 09, 2000 - 06:45 PM
I have an MSR system 6 kidney belt, it seems fine.
I have a Thor "After Shock" chest protector, I forget I have it on, unless I crash I think any of them are fine as long as they FIT YOU. So try before you buy
Chris in the Mojave
Posted April 09, 2000 - 08:21 PM
The gear is all scuffed up but it saved my skin and bones. Ribs still a little bit sore. Try all of them on before you buy one, many have pressure points and feel like they could be uncomfortable on a long ride.
I've got a kidney belt but never feel the need to wear it. Most guys ride with elbow guards, but I don't care for them.
Posted April 10, 2000 - 05:54 AM
As already said, try different ones in motorcycle shops. Some fit bigger people, some smaller.
For my compact 5'8 frame the Fox Airframe is definitely the most comfortable. It is adjustable for bigger people also, so you might consider it whatever your size. Very comfy and well made.
Whatever you choose, wear it. Even on smaller crashes when you have rocks around, the chest protector can prevent a lot of pain.
Posted April 10, 2000 - 12:11 PM
Some say that it is hard to breath with a kidney belt, I don't and think that the alternative (wearing Depends before my time) sounds very good.
Sorry for being so graphic.
Knee pads are also cheap and offer excellent protection.
Bill in NC
Posted April 12, 2000 - 03:18 PM
I just wear it over a t-shirt. It seems strong, I have hit trees, fallen in rivers, and endoed a few times, not to mention the washing machine. I have hit the ground hard enough that NOT wearing it would have been really painful. However the plastic ones probably provide a little better protection for high speed stuff or jagged rocks. I like it. Also it zippers up so you can unzip a little for venting-but it is mesh and doesn't impede airflow that much.
The chest protectors I have tried on seem to bind my arm movement too much, and dig into my neck. My guess is I tried on the crappy ones!
Posted April 13, 2000 - 05:12 AM
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Posted April 13, 2000 - 11:47 PM