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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-19-2019, 07:08 PM
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The ballistic vests manufacturers are more than willing to claim a life saved statistic for motor officers wearing their vests in a crash. Certainly the vest can provide protection from penetrating and traumatic injuries. Yes they are hot but certainly there are thousands of these vests worn every day in warm/humid environments.

But if I were to spend money I would lean toward one of the inflatable vests. Alpinestars has just released their street version (which requires a new jacket as well) and Hit-Air looks promising if you can find one.


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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-19-2019, 09:58 PM
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As a retired Law Enforcement officer that wore a vest every day, you are much better off having your protection in a jacket. I worked in the So Cal high desert and the vest was so hot in the summer. But, my life was more important than a little discomfort. Your body core will get warmer because it can not cool itself. We had tubes that hooked up to our AC vents in the vehicle to blow cool air under our vests.

As others have said, get a good jacket with armor in the arms, shoulders and back and you will be much more comfortable. Your body will thank you. You will have the protection from the more common injurie areas that have been talked about.

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Generally, injuries from a bullet or knife aren't the same as you'd sustain in a bike wreck. It's comparing apples to oranges. It it were me getting armored up for riding, I'd rather sweat off my behind in something made for a bike wreck - breaking/bruising the knees, hips, elbows, shoulders and spine with a whole big bunch of protection from road rash. Sliding down the road is fun for about the first one tenth of a second and after that it's pain. Been there, done that...and a ballistic vest IMHO isn't going to cut it in a bike wreck. The probability of a ballistic vest actually doing what it's intended to do in a bike wreck is minutely small. So it would make more sense to prepare for the things that will most likely happen.
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I think you gain very little actual protection tbh. But a spinal protector and a neck brace can help a lot.

Neck brace especially is a bit much for a casual cruise though, but that's just me.
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Having also worn those vests for years I could not imagine doing it on a bike. You still want some protection on your arms/shoulders/etc which means you will probably also wear a jacket. Ballistic vests do not breath for squat. As others have said, a riding jacket is much more reasonable.

Not to mention that some folks are not even allowed to possess ballistic vests.

I have my old vest in my locker at work, my current vest is getting replaced within the next couple months. Can't imagine even the newest iteration being comfy enough to ride in. Less than 5 years to go...
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