Body armor is very personal: you have to find the kit that fits your specific body shape and riding style. For us, this is it. We love the Forcefield ADV harness because it’s simply the best moldable, soft-armor pressure suit we’ve ever seen. There’s nothing else like it. You can wear this kit for years on both singletrack and ADV trips, crashing over and over in it, and simply spraying it off with a hose when it’s dirty.
In that brief second of awareness when you realize you’re flying over the handlebars: this is the armor you’ll be glad to have on.
Ratings: CE: EN1621-2 Level 2 (Back). SATRA M28:2007 [impact], prEN1621-3:2013 (2103-10) [sizing & ergonomics] (Chest). EN1621-1 Level 2 (Shoulders).
Put my first off road miles on the Forcefield EX-K Harness in the bogs and backroads of the Adirondacks last weekend. Probably the best review possible is that I never once thought about it during two sweaty and fun hours on the bike. The anatomical fit just melted into my frame and it quite literally never crossed my mind again until I was done. Took me a minute to get the attachments correct because I'm lazy and don't pay attention to "right" and "left" like I should. It's an easy on and off and the lumbar belt is ample and cinches my belly like a good pair of spanx (I assume). Anyway, this was a welcome replacement for the well worn shirt style system I had before and it will NOT carry the smell like all the fabric on that previous one did. I'm 5'9 and 180lbs, I chose the medium so it would be body hugging and break in to a comfortable wear, it was snug but plenty comfortable right off the bat. I'll write more later on impact protection when I next hit the deck.
I used this on a 3-day trip that was 95% offroad. Temps ranged from the 50s in the morning to the 80s in the afternoons. First of all the gear fits much slimmer under a jersey than my prior gear but the construction is noticeably higher quality. Rather than a hard plastic plate in front of foam, this is a 3D solid mesh that absorbs impact but flows a lot of air. The back protection is a lot more substantial than my old gear, covering my upper and lower back, including my tail bone. This felt a little different at first, but after a couple of miles I didn't notice it. As with the chest and back, the shoulder pads sit closer to the body, making it easier to remove a jersey over the gear. I like that the elbow/arm pads are connected to the rest of the gear. Keeps it in place when you're riding and makes it easier to get on and off. There's also more coverage of your forearm to protect your arm from the stray tree branch. The only potential minus is that it feels a little heavier than all of my old gear, but that's because it's beefier. After using this I'm not going back to the old stuff.
Why sold out so fast?