Bluegrass Release 2 New Back Protectors - Pond Beaver 2020

Apr 10, 2020
by James Smurthwaite  

After a year of testing with athletes including Veronika Widmann, Kevin Miquel and Jose Manel Borges, Bluegrass has released its two new back protectors - the Armour B&S D30 and the Armour Lite. The B&S offers a greater level of protection while the Lite is, fairly obviously, a bit more breathable and light for riders who want a bit more freedom on their ride.

Both protectors have been tested to EN 1621-2, Level 1, a motorcycle standard that is specifically testing for back and neck support. While some mountain bike garments do reach the higher Level 2 standard, the lower standard is still a solid level of protection. Alongside the safety features, the protectors offer 3 pockets, hydration pack support, neck brace compatibility and are available in four sizes from S-XL.

Bluegrass Armour B&S D3O

Picture Ulysse Daessle

While both vests meet the same protection standard, the B&S Armour offers a higher level of protection as it has padded shoulders and D30 throughout. Bluegrass say this vest is for, "made for when a total back and side protection is required" so it comes with a large D30 backplate, D30 shoulder pads and further padding on the chest area. The rest of the vest is made from a stretch mesh fabric that is aimed to maximise breathability, ventilation, and drying.
Features
▪ Protectors compliant with EN 1621-2, Level 1
▪ D3O full back protector
▪ D3O shoulder shells
▪ Soft body shells
▪ Stretch mesh fabric
▪ Slim-fit construction
▪ Hydro pack compatible
▪ Three rear pockets
▪ Neck brace compatible
▪ MSRP: 190€ - £170

The shoulder pads are a bit further back than you might normally find on a mountain bike jacket, apparently putting them in the correct spot for when you're riding in the attack position, they are also removable if you want a lighter garment for a longer ride. The spinal protector has also been designed around riders and is shaped so it doesn't ride up and interfere with a full-face helmet.

Bluegrass Armour Lite

Picture Ulysse Daessle

The Armour Lite is more of a vest than a jacket which means it doesn't include the shoulder protection of the B&S. It also uses an EVA protector, not D30, however it meets the same certification of its bulkier counterpart so you aren't losing much in terms of safety where it really matters. Bluegrass are aiming for riders to use this on a short ride where you want to be as light as possible but also protected.

Features
▪ 3-Layers EVA full back protector
▪ EN 1621-2 Level 1 certified
▪ Stretch mesh fabric
▪ Slim-fit construction
▪ Hydro pack compatible
▪ Three rear pockets
▪ Neck brace compatible
▪ MSRP: 130€ - £120

Picture Ulysse Daessle

Bluegrass also mentions that both of these protectors are designed to be worn under jerseys - please take note riders in the Morzine lift lines. The Armour B&S D30 and Armour Lite are both available now.



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23 Comments

  • 28 0
 I'm too sexy for my shirt ,too sexy for my shirt,so sexy it hurts.
  • 5 0
 on the cat walk.
  • 1 1
 Perfect response. Comment of the week award!
  • 7 1
 That thumbnail looks like a giant Five Ten sole #TGIF
  • 2 0
 I'd like to these protectors have something to protect your lower side/rear flank.

An OTB crash in Squamish had me in the ICU for 8 days, spinus-process fractures and major hernia surgery to my right flank from the impact

We all know the tuck-n-roll when shit goes bad. We land on the back of our shoulders then slam down on our sides.

Biking rules.
  • 3 0
 Anyone carry this in the US?
  • 4 0
 I had to purchase my bluegrass helmet online from a British outfit. I would assume it would be similar for this.
  • 1 0
 leatt has some nice options in the US
  • 3 1
 @ThunderChunk: but do they have weird man-nipple pics?
  • 1 1
 level 1 protection in flexible material like this i think is meant for people who never plan to fall. it keeps the dirt out though, which is priceless.
  • 1 0
 D3O hardens under impact.
I have a POC vest with the same kind of material. I can't affirm for sure that's what saved my back but it took some pretty big impacts (mtb and snowboarding) including crashing into trees and it seems to have done it's job
  • 2 1
 @marge88: yep, i have two POC back protectors. the level 2 i like. but if i took a fall and landed on a rock in the level one it would suck. same for the chest in the POC downhill jacket. i like hard plastic (fox raceframe impact), but i am a dirt jumper.
  • 2 0
 This looks perfect. I want one!!
  • 1 0
 @bretttippie, drop us your wish list mate Smile Wink
  • 1 0
 Can you put a water bladder in these like in the AStar paragon vest and jacket?
  • 1 0
 @metareal, yes you can put a 1L water bladder in both the Armour Lite and the Armour B&S Wink
  • 1 0
 Wonder if I could fit in this post quarantine gut.
  • 1 0
 Finally a usable solution
  • 1 0
 Well, nice article showing almost nothing about those new protectors.

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