RED designed the Impact LS2 Vest for hard-core spine protection.
RED's Impact LS2 Vest has removable spine armor. Keep it in for your I-can't-believe-I'm-dropping-into-this-days, or go without for your slightly less aggressive runs. The stealth back padding design fits comfortably under your jacket, and midweight microfleece material gives you some extra warmth. Rock out to your favorite play list with your music safe and sound in the iPod pocket. Secure the Impact LS2 Vest with a two strap Flexfit belt and charge the gnar. - Fall 2008.
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Back of Vest
Here's a picture of the back. You can kind of see the outline of the shell, but it's really hard to tell it's an impact vest....just leave it on and grab a beer.
What's the back look like? Does the armor...
What's the back look like? Does the armor show or does it look like a vest from both sides?
Is it color matched? The men's waist coat looks to be white on black and the women's black on black.
One the back there is a thin plastic exoskeleton that runs down the spin. So, yes it is visible from the back.
It looks like a vest on both sides. Black on front and back, and white on the sides. You access the pads from the inside so they're covered by fabric on the outside. The outline of the pads can kind of be seen but it's pretty inconspicuous. You can wear the vest in the bar after riding and not look like you're dressed for halloween. I'll post a picture of the back.
turtle shell love
I picked up this vest for a little extra protection. It fits extremely well and you can't really notice you are wearing an impact vest. I did have to remove the bottom pad since it was pushing on my belt line but after that was removed it fits and feels great. I agree with the other review that if you are wearing a beacon this vest doesn't have a high enough collar and the strap will rub on your neck. I've worn mine every time out since I've purchased it. Good buy.
Comfy Back Protection
So I broke my back last winter and forced by my Mom to get a spine protector. I decided to go with this vest and have been pretty please with it so far. Its comfortable and the two strap flex belt is pretty cool. It kind of provides some lumbar support which is kind a cool/comfy feeling when you're skiing. It's also pretty light weight which is nice and you don't lose very much movement which I was kind of worried about when I purchased it. You can kind of see the pads but most people wouldn't know what they are so its no big deal. The vest hugs your frame well too. Only beef I have with it is that the collar doesn't cover your neck well. This is a bad deal if you wear a transceiver. I've had some bad rubbing on my neck (I used to always wear a vest to protect against this). And the other thing that has already started to wear out after 10 days of using it is the flexfit belt (doesn't secure as tightly). Other than that it provides decent warmth and cozy snug fit. I would recommend it to a buddy for sure.