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Published 2020

How to Measure for a Racesafe Body Protector

Racesafe body protectors are chosen and worn by riders worldwide thanks to the superior comfort and protection they offer. In order for your body protector to be as comfortable as possible and provide maximum protection, it needs to be the right size and fit for you.

This article is a guide to measuring yourself for a Racesafe body protector. We recommend visiting one of our stockists for a fitting. However, if you would like a guide on your size or are unable to visit a stockist, this video and article will show you how to get a recommended size, with a step-by-step process.

Before we get started

You may want to ask for assistance with this from a friend or family member, particularly with the back measurement, but more than likely you’ll be ok on your own, providing you have a mirror to help you.

You’ll also want to be wearing a lightweight, base layer style top, to ensure your body protector will be a neat and close fit.

6 steps to measuring and fitting a Racesafe body protector

  • Take your chest measurement
  • Take your over the shoulder measurement
  • Take your back-length measurement
  • Determine your size on the chart
  • Find a stockist (online or instore)
  • Check the fit of your new body protector

You can also download our fitting & size guide for reference.

Step 1 - Take your chest measurement

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.

Step 2 - Take your over the shoulder measurement

The next measurement is called over the shoulder, and measures the length of your torso.

At the front, we’re measuring from where we want the body protector to come down to. This should cover your bottom ribs but still allow you to bend freely at the waist.

Ensure your bottom ribs are covered by 2cm and this should be near your natural tipping point when you bend forward.

With your hands approximately 2 cm below your bottom ribs, lean forward and check they are near your natural tipping point.

Then holding the tape measure at this point, Measure up over your shoulder and down to the point level on your back.

It may help to use a mirror or get some help for this stage.

Make a note of this measurement.

Step 3 - Take your back-length measurement

The final measurement is your back length. Unless you are feeling particularly flexible, ask someone to help with this stage.

Locating the prominent C7 vertebrae at the base of your neck, start the measurement from the vertebrae below. Measure down to where you want the body protector to finish.

It's best to do this when you are sat in your own saddle, so that you know the bottom of the body protector has a hands width clearance.

The best way to do this is while you are sat in your saddle, and a good guide is to leave approximately a hands width clearance with the seat of the saddle. You need to be able to move in the saddle without the body protector interfering.

Alternatively, if you are happy with the length of an existing body protector, you can measure that back length.

Make a note of this measurement.

Step 4 - Determine your size on the chart

To find your recommended size, you now need to refer to the size chart with these measurements.

Firstly, Find the size that your chest measurement falls within. Due to the range of adjustment, there is cross over between many of the sizes. If your chest measurement falls across two sizes, choose the smaller of the two. 

Due to the adjustability of the body protectors, there is a cross over between many of the sizes.

Next, see whether your over the shoulder measurement falls within the Standard or Tall fit for that size. It’s important to note that each riders torso length varies, regardless of their height.

Finally, see which of the 4 back options is closest to your back measurement.

You should now have a suggested size, fit and back option for your Racesafe body protector. Remember, for help and advice you can always speak to the Racesafe team.

You can also download our fitting & size guide for reference.

Step 5 - Find a stockist

Now that you’ve determined the best size for you, it’s time to find a stockist. Armed with your size you can easily check with an in-store stockist before making the journey to the store, or alternatively you can confidently order your body protector online from one of our excellent stockists.

Step 6 - Check the fit of your body protector

When you get your body protector, particularly if you order yours online, there are a few key checks you can do to make sure you have the right size. Check out this article, which includes a helpful video showing you how to check the fit of your body protector.

We hope that you are now confident in finding the size most suited to you. There are of course exceptions and so if you are concerned at all then we advise you visit a stockist in store, letting them know ahead of time roughly what size you think you’ll be so that they can be prepared with sizes for you to try. Alternatively you are very welcome to contact the team here at Racesafe for help and advice.

You can also download our fitting & size guide for reference.

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