The clue's in the name with this one with d3o padding used to protect the back and shoulders. This super flexible material is perfect for body armour as it bends along the spine, following the natural curve of the body. The spine protector on the Grizzly is split into three segments for even better flexibility and is far longer than on any competitors for added protection. The d3o inserts are supposed to be removable so that you can chuck the armour in the washing machine and keep it smelling fresh, but the shoulder pads are clearly stitched in, so maybe stick to just hosing it down in the garden instead.Buy Body Armour on
Chest protection comes in the form of EVA foam inserts, which will take the edge off a slam, but don't offer the same padding as d3o and are certainly far more rigid, almost bulky in comparison. It's certainly very obvious that you're wearing this armour underneath a t-shirt or riding jersey, which may deter some users.
We would certainly recommend the Grizzly B&S to anyone after a set of upper body armour. If you want a more minimalist armoured vest check out the d3o Lite, which features just the back protection, but whichever padding you choose to shell out for definitely try it on before you buy.
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This review was in Issue 19 of IMB.For more information visit Bluegrass
By Nigel GarroodNigel Garrood was one of the instigators of the IMB project and has been with us since the very beginning. This loveable rogue has more stories than the Bible and is known to enjoy a beer or two. On the bike, he’s fast and loose and often puts younger riders to shame. Equally he’s been known to suffer from the odd crash and carries the scars to prove it. He was once referred to as being a robot sent from the future to save us all!