When I first began riding a motorcycle, my cousin was right there, pressing me to make sure that I always wore my protective gear. After all, he’s older, wiser and was simply looking out for a new rider, his baby cousin. But of course, as the years went on, I became more comfortable. And as a result I found myself riding around with only a helmet and gloves. Which is to say I stopped thinking of the consequences; getting in an accident with a motorist.
So when I was offered the Forcefield Pro Sub 4 Back Protector, I couldn’t help but think it would be a great addition to my already minimalist riding style. Sure, it still doesn’t cover my whole upper body like a jacket, but it does protect one of the most important parts of the body: my spine.
After a couple weeks of riding with it, here are some quick thoughts:
- Peace of Mind: I don’t know if it is just me, but when I ride I think worst case scenario. However, when I had the back brace on, I felt a little more secure knowing that if (God forbid) something were to happen, there was a greater chance that I would walk away with just a little less of an injury.
- Can’t put a price on safety: The back brace will run you about $200 dollars. In the grand scheme of things, that’s nothing. Don’t buy a round of shots next time you go out to the bar. There you go. For what it’s capable of doing (preventing serious back injury) and the amount it might save you in the long run, it’s well worth it.
- Safety and Comfort can go hand in hand: The back protector is light, breathable and adjusts very quickly to your body. It feels like you’re wearing a small backpack and not some burdensome piece of equipment. That being said, even for as light as it is, the multiple foam layers feel extremely durable. It might not be the most stylish back brace out there, but at the end of the day it works, and that’s all that matters.
Author: Gabriel Soufo