Does your body protector fit properly? Here's how to check.
We're proud to offer a range of body protectors that are synonymous with performance and comfort. We combine this with protection from the latest European & BETA safety standards.
Importantly though, this is reliant on riders having a correctly fitting body protector. Below, we run through some simple checks you can do to make sure you're properly protected. The correct fit and areas of coverage are universal, so you can follow these steps even if you don't have a Racesafe body protector.
How to check the fit of a body protector
- Check the chest & waist
- Check the body length
- Check the back length
You can also download our fitting & size guide for reference.
Step 1 - Chest & Waist
The first step is to take a chest measurement. Wearing a light layer, measure around the fullest part of your chest.
Take a note of this measurement, making sure the tape measure is taut.
All current Racesafe models use an elastic adjustment system at each side, the benefits of which are two-fold. The stretch allows you to breathe and move easily whilst having a snug fit. It also allows you to easily self adjust the fit depending on what you're wearing.
Step 2 - Body Length
Your ribs are an important area of protection and should be covered by the front of the body protector.
Feeling for your bottom ribs, they should be covered by the foam panels. If they're exposed then the fit is too short in the body. Likewise, the front should not come down too far and beyond your natural tipping point, or it's likely to become restrictive whilst riding.
The examples show the ProVent 3.0 standard fit (Childs X-Large) fitting too short in the body and the tall fit (Childs X-Large Tall) fitting correctly.
All our sizes are available with a choice of 2 body length fits, standard and tall to suit riders of all shapes. The tall fit has an extra row of foam panels at the front for longer torsos.
Step 3 - Back Length
For the correct back length, we are looking for lower back protection, but with enough clearance to stop the saddle interfering. The exact length is down to personal preference, your saddle type and its intended use.
Sitting in your saddle, use your normal range of movement whilst riding and check if there is the necessary clearance. The width of 3/4 fingers between the body protector and the seat of the saddle is also a good guide to use.
You can see the regular back length in the first example is a good length, with the short and long back options shown being on the short and long side respectively.
Traditionally there was a tendency to fit body protectors too long in the back and some people thought they were designed to cover coccyx, but that isn't the case! Most of the issues we see from badly fitting body protectors come from them being fitted too long.
Each of our sizes is available with a choice of 4 back options to achieve the right length for each rider.
We strongly believe that with current lightweight, breathable designs, body protectors no longer have to be uncomfortable or restrictive! If that's something you're living with, we'd encourage you to firstly check the fit and then to try one of our latest models at one of our stockists. You can find your nearest here.
You can find more information and size advice on our fitting page. If you'd like any advice, please feel free to speak to one of our experts.