Reviewed by: Mikko Nieminen // RRP: £59.99–£99.99 // Sizes: 4–9 plates // Colours: Black/white // Info: www.planet-knox.com
I’ve been using the Aegis back protector from Knox for the last three months, and in this time it has become a part of my standard riding kit.
What I was most surprised about was how quickly I got used to wearing it. Looking at the size of the protector and feeling the weight of it, I was expecting to find it a bit restrictive on the bike, but this was not the case. The first ride with the protector felt a bit odd because of the added bulge on my back, but I quickly got used to it and didn’t really feel that it impeded on my riding in any way.
The Aegis is Level 2 CE-certified to the new Motorcycle Back Protector Standard EN1621–2:2014. This is the highest standard currently available. Compared to in-jacket protectors (which are usually Level 1-certified) this is a serious piece of kit and certainly fills me with confidence in a way that a bit of foam on my back never would.
The protector features a multi-position waist strap system to give the best individual fit, and extra side adjustment straps provide a more secure fit against the spine. It’s easy to use and once adjusted to the right length there is only one strap that needs adjusting when you put the protector on. Quick-release soft shoulder straps can be crossed over for increased comfort, but I found that they worked fine without crossing them.