No one likes sporting a body cast.
Hospitals are boring and expensive places to spend time. Luckily, Pro-tec created IPS Back Pad to offer hardcore rippers injection molded, hinged cap spinal protection. This exoskeleton protects your back from hard landings in the park and otherwise catastrophic big mountain crashes. Pro-tec layers compression-molded EVA, foam, and an ABS cap into each of the IPS Back Pad's spinal caps for maximum impact absorption. The IPS back pad attaches with two wide, stretchy shoulder straps and an adjustable waistband for all day comfort.
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So far so good
I'm 5'8", and I bought the medium originally, and then immediately exchanged it for a large once I tried it on. Both fit well, but the Large offered me more back protection, so that was the obvious choice. This back protector is super light, and offers a great deal of breathability. It's been getting pretty warm lately, and I haven't been uncomfortable, or overheated yet. It offers a pretty good range of forward motion, so you are not restricted when buckling your boots or strapping on your bindings. The closure system is great and has a pretty wide adjustment range to dial in a great fit. There is a wide elastic and velcro closure system for the waist, and the backpack style shoulder straps, work really well too. It doesn't offer any neck protection, but only the POC one does. It does offer pretty good coverage throughout the rest of the back though. One of my favorite things about it is how comfortable it really is.