Why MTB riders should wear back protection

Considering riding with a back protector? Here's what you need to know

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So what is the difference between the various safety ratings?

Editor’s Note: The sponsored post if courtesy of Art’s Cyclery.

Considering riding with a spine/back protector? Here are two great options: the CamelBak Kudu 10 and the Alpinestars Paragon vest. Both provide a CE-rated stamp of approval, but which one is best for you? Watch the video to find out.

Safety Ratings Explained

CE level 1 protection: A pad is rated at CE level 1 when the maximum transmitted force is below 18 kN, and no single value exceeds 24 kN many slim back protectors on the market carry a CE-1 safety certification.

CE level 2 protection: A pad is rated at CE level 2 when the maximum transmitted force is below 9 kN, and no single value exceeds 12 kN. Many thick back protectors on the market carry a CE-2 safety certification.

Don’t end up like the watermelon on the left.

Check out Art’s Cyclery to see a full line of packs and safety gear.


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  • Jim says:

    I injured my c1-c4 vertebrate. Does the Camelback extend to your lower back?

  • Michael says:

    This is garbage, you don’t break your thoracic or lumbar spine because of a direct force. It is likely a result of an axial load or a flexion/distraction force – none of which are prevented with this.

    Also, does nothing for your cervical spine

    • Will Urich says:

      Hiya Michael, is their a product on the market that would help prevent the injuries you’re talking about? I don’t know very much about spine injuries, but I know over the years hucking jumps skiing and biking has done a number on my lower vertebra.

      Thanks and ride safe and happy everybody! We’re all in this together!

    • Ted says:

      Thanks for the suggestions, though.

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