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Back Protector XF

from £89.90

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Back Protector Epic Pro

from £109.00

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Back Protector XF II Flowers

from £99.90

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Back Protector Vest XT

from £69.90

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Back Protector Flex-Foam II

from £64.90

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Felix Bühler

by KOMPERDELL Back Protector Anatomic AIR

from £139.00

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by KOMPERDELL Back Protector Anatomic FLEX PRO

from £189.00

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by KOMPERDELL Back Protector Anatomic PRO II

£129.00

£179.00
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Size Adjustment Buckle for Back Protectors

£0.99

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Felix Bühler

Size Adjustment Buckle for Back Protectors

£2.99

What is the difference between body protectors and back protectors?

While a body protector provides all-round protection for the upper body, back protectors mainly protect the spine by means of padded inserts. Some versions also cushion the shoulder area or the chest and sides. However, the main focus is on stabilising the spine. This gives back protectors the advantage over body protectors that they are more flexible and allow more freedom of movement thanks to their lighter weight.
In contrast to body protectors, the motorbike test standard EN1612-2 applies to back protectors for riding. Nevertheless, only back protectors designed for this sport should be worn when riding. Protectors made for skiing or motorcycling are not suitable for riding.
In our online shop you can choose between back protectors of different lengths and sizes. They also differ in their cut so that there is the right protector for every rider of every size and body shape. They can be individually adjusted by means of lateral Velcro fasteners and straps.


How big should the back protector be for riding?

To determine the right size of a back protector, the length of the back is crucial. Measure from the top of the shoulders to the waist along the spine. Note that the measurement tables may differ between manufacturers and back protector models. Therefore, always compare the measurements with the size charts of the respective product.
The back protector must fit close to the body, but must not constrict you and restrict your movements. It must also not be too long, otherwise it will hit the saddle, slide upwards and damage your neck.


How long should the back protector be cut?

A back protector should be cut long enough to completely cover the spine. The 7th cervical vertebra must be exposed. Make sure that the lower foam element does not rest on the rear pommel of the saddle. There must be a space of 3 to 4 fingers between the saddle and the back section. The back protector should nevertheless be long enough so that the coccyx is covered and protected by a movable foam element.


Which back protectors are suitable for children?

When buying a back protector for your child, make sure that it has been produced for the purpose of riding. Back protectors for skiing, for example, are not suitable for riding. Of course, you will only find protectors in our shop that are suitable for riding.
You can buy back protectors in children's sizes from us, which can be easily adapted to growing bodies thanks to Velcro fasteners and elastic straps. Check at regular intervals whether the protector still fits your child and replace it promptly. Especially after growth spurts, take new measurements and compare the results with the size charts of the respective protector.
In our shop, you can choose between back protector vests that also protect the chest and ribs, and back protectors for children that also protect the coccyx thanks to movable foam elements.


Does a back protector for riding make sense?

When riding, there is an increased risk potential for the back, which can be minimised thanks to a back protector. Although this offers less protection than a body protector, it still makes sense to prevent serious injuries to the spine. Thus, back protectors are a sensible investment in safety not only for eventing, hunting and show jumping, but also for leisure riders. Ultimately, however, it is up to each rider to decide whether and to what extent they want to protect themselves.
If you want full protection for your ribcage, you should use a body protector for riding. A riding hat is also part of the basic safety equipment of a rider and should be a given.


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