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Value of ballistic vest for motorcycle trauma

i recently started wearing a Level IIIA ballistic vest while riding. The material is claimed to resist punctures from ice picks, knives, etc. Any thoughts about the benefit of this vest for trauma in a motorcycle accident?
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I'm no expert but I am under the impression that head bangs are the biggest killer, even with a helmet. But, in general, motorcycle crash injuries are from blunt-force trauma.

So, if you wear the vest on your head...
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I've been in a few bike wrecks and I can tell you that arms, shoulders, hands, elbows, legs, hips, knees, feet, head and butt took nearly all the damage every time.
I only wore vests for warmth.
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Well, it won't hurt you to wear it and it might save you from broken ribs or the off chance of something that would puncture your torso.

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Well, it won't hurt you to wear it and it might save you from broken ribs or the off chance of something that would puncture your torso.
True, like handlebars or broken windshield. And the occasional knife or other vehicle debris.

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I agree that there might be sharp things sticking out during a crash, but the clothing recommended by the MSF doesn't seem to have a "puncture resistant" breast plate. Some of the high-end suits have spinal impact protection but mostly they want to protect shoulders, elbows, butt and knees from impact and abrasion.

In your climate, I think I'd be concerned about the heat being trapped by an insulated vest.
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Those vests would be too dam hot to wear in Florida for my liking. As stated earlier, your "joints" are the most common injury points so consider a "Good Quality" jacket with internal "armor" for shoulders, elbows and back. Hi-Viz might be a good idea too (IMHO). Combined with the "safest" helmet you can find , , , you're good to go.
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I have Tourmaster padded mesh pants.
CycleGear ballistic padded mesh jacket.

The high temps are more comfortable with my jacket and pants than without.

Sun on your skin is bad, period.
Wetting the jacket and pants helps when the temps get over 100+
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Not suggesting he go without protection. Just asked if that armored vest gets hot in the sub-tropic climate of Florida.

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A ballistic vest is designed to take the pin point force of the bullet and spread it over a larger area. It is also designed to slow the speed of that bullet, hopefully reducing the damage to vital organs. Armor designed for riders, including racing, is designed to spread the blunt force impact and spread over a larger area so the force is lessened over bones and joints. The suit or "leathers", also help keep limbs and joints from pulling apart on impact.
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