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10 Critical Pieces of Motorcycle Body Armor


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Chest Protector
He may look like a character from "Star Wars," but that chest protector is helping to keep his vital organs safe.
He may look like a character from "Star Wars," but that chest protector is helping to keep his vital organs safe.
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Rather than protecting your chest from bending (like a back or neck protector), chest armor is built to absorb the force of a blunt impact. And while armor that's molded into the appearance of chiseled abs might be awesome, what you want is a solid shell that distributes the force of impact across ample underlying padding.

You can go as high-tech as you like, ranging from what are effectively couch cushions on one end of the spectrum to a honeycomb of aluminum composite on the other.

Again, no matter your price point, make sure your chest protector has two things: a hard shell to distribute force and padding to absorb it.


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