Bluegrass Announces New Seamless Back Protectors with D3O Inserts

Mar 25, 2021
by Bluegrass Eagle  
BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS B S D3O and BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS LITE D3O


PRESS RELEASE: Bluegrass

Back protection is one of the most underrated pieces of a mountain biker’s kit. How many times is it accidentally forgotten? How many times is it a target for complaints about the fit, the look, the comfort, and even the smell?

With that in mind, we decided to start from scratch and offer the ultimate back protectors. By using the best fabric, the innovative Dryarn® microfiber, coupled with a seamless construction, we achieved the perfect comfort, breathability, and dryness. Made in Italy and using D3O® inserts, they represent the next generation of back protection, without any compromise!

Photo ulyssedaessle

Suitable for all Mountain bike and E-Mountain bike use, they are the go-to choice of our pro-racer Kevin Miquel, like us on our after-work rides. The protective inserts are discrete under the jersey but efficient with impact thanks to D3O® technology. These all-new Seamless Back Protectors D3O® perfectly complete our existing back protector range.

Like a second skin, our two new Seamless back protectors D3O® provide comfort, breathability, and dryness like never before.

Forget all the excuses of leaving your back protector at home – jump in!


BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS B&S D3O®

BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS B S D3O
BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS B S D3O


Thanks to the seamless construction, the most comfortable and ergonomic fit has been achieved. Like a second skin, the fit is unisex and accommodates all body shapes. Being very stable, the fabric holds onto its elastic properties for the lifetime of the product.

The Bluegrass Seamless B&S D3O® is a unique body armour made from 90% Dryarn® microfiber; an innovative material that guarantees the highest level of performance for next-to-skin fabrics. The fiber works to regulate body temperature; driving perspiration outside without absorbing it. The armour dries quickly, ensuring skin remains fresh and dry.


Features
▪ Seamless construction
▪ Dryarn® microfiber
▪ Unisex fit
▪ Protectors compliant with EN 1621-2:2014, Level 1
▪ D3O full back protector (removable)
▪ D3O shoulder shells (removable)
▪ Made in Italy
▪ Weight (S/M): 580g
▪ Sizes: S/M, M/L
▪ MSRP: 250€, £230, 300US$, 350CAD, 400AUD
Bluegrass website


BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS B S D3O
Seamless construction and Dryarn® microfiber

Featuring D3O® technology, the Seamless B&S offers the thinnest and most advanced protection against impact. Utilising the new D3O-BP4® back protector, it outperforms its predecessor with increased ventilation and flexibility.

The shoulder shells stay firmly in place with backpack strap compatibility. They won’t interfere with your arms movements and they are not annoying on your clavicles. Giving you confidence and comfort during the ride.

BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS B S D3O
New D3O-BP4® back protector
BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS B S D3O
Shoulder shells

Two rear pockets are a convenient solution for snacks and other small or soft items that would not pose a hazard in case of an impact.

The bottom of the armour is purposely longer than traditional vests. Dressing it into the pants, it helps to maximise stability while rinding.

BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS B S D3O
Rear pockets
BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS B S D3O
Long length

The fiber is 30% lighter than traditional fabrics and thanks to its second-skin fit the Bluegrass Seamless B&S D3O® body armour goes unnoticed under the jersey.

Thanks to its elastic properties, we can guarantee the perfect fit and comfort for all body shapes. We offer two sizes, S/M and L/XL.

Photo ulyssedaessle



BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS LITE D3O®

BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS LITE D3O
BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS LITE D3O


The Bluegrass Seamless Lite D3O® thanks to the seamless construction has the most comfortable and ergonomic fit ever been achieved. Like a second skin, the fit is unisex and accommodates all body shapes. Being very stable, the fabric holds onto its elastic properties for the lifetime of the product.

This unique body armour is made from 90% Dryarn® microfiber; an innovative material that guarantees the highest level of performance for next-to-skin fabrics. The fiber works to regulate body temperature; driving perspiration outside without absorbing it. The armour dries quickly, ensuring skin remains fresh and dry.


Features
▪ Seamless construction
▪ Dryarn® microfiber
▪ Unisex fit
▪ Protector compliant with EN 1621-2:2014, Level 1
▪ D3O full back protector (removable)
▪ Made in Italy
▪ Weight (S/M): 360g
▪ Sizes: S/M, M/L
▪ MSRP: 190€, £170, 225US$, 300CAD, 300AUD
Bluegrass website


BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS LITE D3O
Seamless construction and Dryarn® microfiber

Featuring D3O® technology, the Seamless Lite offers the thinnest and most advanced protection against impact. Utilising the new D3O-BP4® back protector, it outperforms its predecessor with increased ventilation and flexibility.

BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS LITE D3O
New D3O-BP4® back protector

Two rear pockets are a convenient solution for snacks and other small or soft items that would not pose a hazard in case of an impact.

The bottom of the armour is purposely longer than traditional vests. Dressing it into the pants, it helps to maximise stability while riding.

BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS LITE D3O
Rear pockets
BLUEGRASS SEAMLESS B S D3O
Long length

The all-new Bluegrass Seamless Lite D3O® feels like a base layer but works as a full back-protector. The fiber is 30% lighter than traditional fabrics and thanks to its second-skin fit the back protector goes unnoticed under the jersey.

Thanks to its elastic properties, we can guarantee the perfect fit and comfort for all body shapes. We offer two sizes, S/M and L/XL.

Photo ulyssedaessle



185 Comments

  • 157 52
 If mountain biking as a sport is serious about making sure every rider ends a ride safely and without serious injury, then something needs to be done about the insane pricing of items.

I get it that R&D costs money, as does the tech involved in making back, head, eye, elbow and knee protection but when stuff retails for £150, £200, £250+ I just think its instantly pricing many riders out of purchasing things.

I'm sure people will say 'what price can you put on safety' yadda yadda yadda, but the hard truth is when stuff costs this much, many folk just won't buy.

You only have to look at the sale prices of most gear to see how much profit is built into items. If we're serious about safety, these companies have got to step up and offer real protection at realistic prices.
  • 72 47
 Hi! All of our products are priced accordingly. Lots of time, research and development go into each item to ensure that we create the best possible products. These back protectors are made in Italy and use the best fabric available which has been an important factor in their pricing. We do offer a variety of products at different price points which all guarantee a high level of protection, you can view these here - www.met-helmets.com/en/class/gravity/bluegrass-protections/#bluegrass-protections
  • 35 4
 A brief web search finds products at the price you’re looking for.
  • 10 158
flag getsomesy (Mar 25, 2021 at 2:01) (Below Threshold)
 there are other cheaper ce upper body armor... although im a fan of cheap dont go sobbing and blaming them fore making something beyond low costt can tell your a libtard from here
  • 32 1
 Waiting for Decathlons RockRider Back Protector
  • 18 1
 by insanely priced "items " do you include bikes ? i certainly would include them .
  • 24 8
 Says a guy whos profile seems to indicate he's dropped over £15k on bikes in the last 4 years...

There are plenty of companies offering 'real protection' (with MIPS/D3O etc) at realistic prices - just because you see an item with a big discount, that doesn't mean it was overpriced to being with. On protection, dealers make between 40-55%, the brand who's selling it often makes no more than 20% (before you consider all of their R&D, Staff, Marketing (and riders should get paid more, right?).

No-one in this industry is driving around in Lamborghinis, taking holidays in the Maldives.
  • 24 1
 This is obviously a premium product with a premium price, it’s a press release for a single item not their entire product lineup for 2021. Take a breather before smashing your keyboard.
  • 17 5
 Costs about the same as a new bar and stem or a front brake so in the scheme of things it seems reasonable to me.
  • 7 3
 @willf28: My bar and stem were £50...
  • 6 6
 You can't put a price on decent protection. Cheaper options are out there but likely not as good. It's the buyers choice.
  • 11 0
 @whaddasquid: "No-one in this industry is driving around in Lamborghinis"

Doesn't Cedric Gracia have a Ferrari or Aaron Gwin a McLaren? Wink

I'm being facetious of course, they fully deserve it for investing wisely in their golden days (and of course for being the best in their eras). And now that I think of it, Cedric mainly invested outside the mtb industry so maybe you're right after all haha.
  • 5 12
flag hitmansam (Mar 25, 2021 at 3:27) (Below Threshold)
 @bluegrass-eagle: And after those costs are covered, what is your profit margin? Yes developing things is expensive, that's what dictates the cost price. The sales price however is an entirely different thing.
  • 4 0
 There is always an alternative: www.x-factor.pl/product-eng-277-Duro-protection-shirt.html
This one made in Poland for 125EUR, so half the price. Probably not as breathable.

But I admit I ride in POC VPD System, because it is the most breathable thing I have found. I was able to hunt back and chest for about 200EUR total (on sales).
  • 5 1
 @whaddasquid: "the brand who's selling it often makes no more than 20% (before you consider all of their R&D, Staff, Marketing (and riders should get paid more, right?)."

Nope, that stuff is part of the cost price, not the retail price.
  • 8 0
 @bananowy: Matt Jones - Lamborghini!
  • 13 1
 @fruitoftheloam. You're bickering about the price of protection when you're sitting there with 3 to 4 thousand dollar bike frames lol ok bud... I'm broke as f*ck still riding a 2012 giant reign and an 2008 Rocky mountain flatline and I still don't feel the need to complain about the price of quality protection.
  • 8 1
 @mhoshal: I've never paid full retail for ANY bike related item I've ever bought.

And whether someone owns a bike that costs £500 or £5000 doesn't mean they can't shout up when they have an opinion on the price of stuff.

It's clear from the up and down votes that my original post has split opinion which is exactly what I expected would happen (and is the right thing TO happen).

But a couple of posts have brought my profile, bike history and - supposed - cost of those which I don't think has any bearing on the original subject matter (as well as the figures being spouted being way off the mark).
  • 7 2
 @Freakyjon: . . . which is a rubbish position to be in. Why should someone who has the means to spend £200 on bike protection be safer than someone who can 'only' afford £50?

If we take a car analogy then it doesn't cost you more to get a 5 star NCAP rated car; you can pay £5000 to get one or £50000 to get one. Sure, they both offer different things in terms of quality of materials, brand image etc etc etc but the fundamental aspect of safety isn't compromised at either price point.
  • 6 0
 @hitmansam: I don't think that's really a fair question to ask. They are a company looking to turn a profit. InsteD of asking "what's your profit margin?" I'd be asking "what's your after sales support and warranty look like?" Often times a price is inflated due to a great warranty. That is ultimatly what your paying for.
As everybody else has stated, there are likely options to suit your budget.
While protection is highly reccomend, it's also optional.
Much like helmets; You can purchase a helmet for $100 or $500. While they both protect you, the $500 helmet will likely have more features.
You get what you pay for.
People look at mountainbiking products and think "need". While that is somewhat subjective, ultimately none of this is a "need". You define how much you wanna spend on something that makes you happy.
  • 1 2
 @Niseach1: if you're a You-Tube influencer with lots of followers you have to aspire to owning a Lambo.
  • 1 1
 Er'body talkin' safety & I'm sweating down my butt crack just imagining how suffocating body armour & aerobic activity are.

It's all I can do to not overheat slipping knee pads over my calves & y'all wanna saran wrap your whole carcass in hero pads?
  • 1 0
 @cuban-b-can-blow-me: I hear ya, but I rode with the RaceFace Flank Core all last season, NE hot humid nastiness, and it was totally tolerable. I'll admit, on the really hot days I just wore that and looked like a complete goon, but who the f*ck cares if it can save you from a life altering (or ending) injury? It's also reasonably priced: www.amazon.com/RaceFace-CL4871-P-Flank-Core-Guard/dp/B00PUGZKZY
  • 1 0
 @Niseach1: Nice! And I just remembered Bernard Kerr's sweet classic air-cooled 911.
  • 6 0
 @bluegrass-eagle: are the airbrushed abs included? If they are, people at Home Depot are just gonna have to get used to me wearing it
  • 3 0
 it's a brand new product. new tech and new products are always more expensive, then as they sell more units they can bring down pricing due to increased production capabilities. Bluegrass probably is a smaller company and floating a new product. It'll get cheaper before long.
  • 2 1
 True, I’m 16 and have just spent all my money on a bike, I’m now riding at speeds where I k is it could go wrong so easily. I have a long list that I need to save for but because of the price of stuff it’s going to take me months
  • 2 0
 Maybe we should start buying $4,000 bikes and not the $5000 bikes.....and we can spend the balance on the safety if it was important to us as the consumer....What does it men "something needs to be done" like what???
  • 2 0
 @bluegrass-eagle: Super glad to finally be seeing EN1621 Moto level protection trickle down to the MTB world, people don't realize the difference this makes in an accident. kudos for putting this out there, it definitely looks like an amazing product.
  • 3 0
 This is a back protector with a Motorcycle rated level of protection, it's not just a foam pad like a lot of protectors that you are most likely wearing.

For comparison, the same protection on Moto gear would run you $250 (www.klim.com/Tactical-Shirt-4034-000). so i would say this is more than fairly priced.
  • 3 0
 Dude, neck braces?!? Soo f*cking expensive. So important, but out of reach.
  • 1 0
 I thought the price included the front abs insert as well! No?
  • 2 0
 @marcoaml78: That Klim is interesting. Any idea if the padding they use is as good, or better than D3O?
  • 2 0
 Seems like there is an opportunity here to advocate for health insurance providers to provide stipends for safety equipment. Far less expensive for them than doling out for medical services. I'd gladly purchase far more safety gear if my insurance would pay for it.
  • 2 0
 Go back to the SRAM GX Wireless article and see how many people are stoked to spend $600 just to lose a cable you have to replace once a year (at most).
  • 3 0
 I dunno, $225 is way cheaper than a wheelchair and catheter.
  • 4 3
 @jomacba: I see no moral imperative for generating a profit.

The staff that design the stuff don't make a profit.
The staff that manufacture the stuff don't make a profit.
The staff that run the warranty department don't make a profit.
Etc. Etc. Etc.

They get paid a wage for their work and then the owner of the company keeps the profit. Crap arrangement of you ask me.

PS. Warranty is also to be included under the cost price...
  • 1 1
 @hitmansam: it's that way because of your level of engagement in the company, and often the structure of the compensation program for that particular company. Often times high level executives that have to generate massive amounts of revenue and thus have more under their prospective job requirements, are given some percentage ownership/stock in the company, if it's public.

I'd argue that if I take the effort to bring my idea of a business model/product to the market and turn a profit, it'd be a crap arrangement if the kid I hire to answer phones for me gets anything but what the value of his contribution is.

There is no moral imperative for profit I'll give you that, but I don't think that saying profit is immoral is necessarily true or fair.
  • 3 1
 @hitmansam: So are you saying turning a profit is immoral?
Likely the owner is NOT the one keeping the profits as that's not how most businesses work. Especially on a larger scale. Too much liability.
Likely the owner benefits from the use of company assets, as well as the ability to write off certain taxes. In fact, if I had to guess, he's yearly salary is not much more than the people that work for them.
You are correct, however in each worker working for a wage. That's how it works. They are employed by a company who takes risks with money to turn a profit, and in turn provide secure and reliable wages for its workers. It's a balance of things. I'm not sure how your situation works, but if your making a killing sitting back and sharing the profit with the owners of whatever your doing, hats off to you sir!
Although I doubt that's the case as you complain about the price of a premium product in a sport that is not at all inexpensive. I suggest the buy and sell. That's where I prlurchased alot of things including premium protection at a fraction of the cost of new when I was younger, and didn't have the money to go far.
Instead of saying "I can't afford that!",
Ask yourself, "how CAN I afford that?"
I cannot stress enough, that this industry is full of luxury items. In fact, most of the low end stuff is.
I fully support any business turning a profit, while producing a product that they are truly passionate about.
That's the dream isn't it?
  • 1 1
 @fruitoftheloam: is your argument that high quality merchandise should be as cheap as inferior quality merchandise? Safer cars are generally more expensive because the cost of production to make them safer is somewhat proportional to the increase in cost.
  • 1 0
 @fullendurbro: Which cables are you using?!
  • 2 0
 @jomacba: @TotalAmateur: I'm an engineer at a company that makes automotive parts, you don't need to explain corporate structure to me.

If you believe the majority of company owners don't make more than their employees you'll believe anything.

The ideas being brought to market are rarely the owners ideas and even when they are, they are brought to market by the staff that work for them just as much as the owner.

You'll also notice I didn't complain about the price. Just the justification for the price.
  • 1 0
 @willf28: no one just buys a front brake!
  • 1 0
 @hitmansam: again it's just the way things go with new product, you have to charge more to cover your production until you can lower costs of production.
  • 1 0
 @SuperHighBeam: HSA spending account.
  • 2 0
 @hitmansam: I think the perspective can get quite convoluted.
My example was actually more of a smaller more boutique outfit.
That being saint's it's fairly dependent on the size of the company, and how it's structured.
While I will fully agree there are many large corporations whose sole function is to make money, and make it for themselves, we also can't throw every company into that catagory.
Your correct, alot of ideas under the brand are the brainchild of people like yourself.
While at the same time, if you look at We are one composites, these are people who live and breathe what they do. They have turned their passion into success. Call me naive, but I like to believe that they are the ladder.
There are many companies in the industry that are driven by the wrong reasons, and I think its fair to say these companies tend to lose their reputation along the way.
If we had to choose a company who is providing good products, at a variety of pricing, and having good after sales support, while hitting the "corporate" box at the same time would be Fox Head. I won't say they make the best stuff, but it's very good, and any issues I've had with their stuff, they are quick to warranty. The prices are fair, and ultimatly I happy with what they provide.
  • 1 0
 @Niseach1: and a gt3RS......
  • 2 0
 I dont think the prices are unreasonable tbh. I remember when i started DH 15-16 years ago, the price of Dainese body armour was about the same as it is now.
  • 2 0
 @fruitoftheloam: You can't compare car NCAP ratings, that's not even slightly the same thing. That's more to do with product failure and safety as a whole. Example, if you brought a car and decided to start doing track days you'd likely look to get a roll cage installed, maybe engine support struts etc, but it's optional and more down to the level you're doing things at.

For MTB it's the same. Yes there's cheaper protections options available, but if you want the best materials, newest most advanced tech and maybe more protection for what you're doing then you pay more, it's all pretty simple really.

And honestly, if anyone can afford expensive bikes they should be able to afford the protection they need. Personally I'd rather save some money on a high spec bike if it ensured I'd be able to ride to with the protection I feel I need, rather than have a high end bike and end up with brain damage in hospital, just becasue I didn't want to buy a decent helmet.
  • 1 0
 Comes down to cost risk analysis. The price of safety gear the cost of medical bills or long term effects of injury. The same guys who pass on paying for safety gear, spend that and then some on bike bling. Fact is safety is the riders responsibility. Folks spend more money on cars with added safety features for a reason.
  • 1 0
 @hitmansam: I believe what you have described is the scene in OfficeSpace where the main character is interviewing the bobs and explaining why he doesn't bother putting much effort into his job...because any additional doesn't result in any additional reward to them, so why bother. I agree, profit sharing should be a thing in all companies so that employees have a more vested interest in being productive. Greed stands in the way though. A business owner got into business not just to make cool things, but to also turn a profit. Profit gets really small if you share it across the workforce. This is further complicated if you're a corporation with shareholders as they are entitled to the profit. The best approach I've seen to vesting employees in the success of the business is through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (which is ironically and hilariously the thing the Bob's of OfficeSpace propose to improve employee motivation), but that is contingent on stocks being equally accessible to all members of the company.
  • 1 0
 @MattyBoyR6: Sort of, but that is still you're own money only in a special bank account. I think it would be a fair tradeoff to inform the insurance provider of the activities you participate in. They would would then adjust your rates in accordance to the risk presented by those activities and provide a stipend for safety equipment for those activities to reduce the chance for significant liability on their part. They'd be saving themselves money by paying for safety gear since they would be paying for any injuries that would otherwise be preventable or greatly reduced with safety gear. Problem is most people don't want their insurance premiums to be impacted by their lifestyle or other life factors. Can't have your cake and eat it too.
  • 1 0
 @Rockin-Roller: Currently safety is the riders responsibility, but an insurance provider should have a vested interest in the safety measures used by their clients in their hobbies. The decisions of the healthcare recipient impact the provider if the recipient gets injured. An insurer wants your premium money, they do not want to pay for medical expenses. It would be far less expensive for an insurer to cover safety expenses than the medical expenses that could be incurred in the absence of safety gear. You're absolutely right though, many people would rather buy bike bling than safety gear, but bike bling does nothing for the insurer. "Folks spend more money on cars with added safety features for a reason", yes and no. People will gladly buy vehicles that come standard with loads of safety features. Few will pay extra for additional safety features. Then there's the fact that we see smushed cars far more often than mangled bicycles and severely injured bicyclists, and that compels us to buy safer cars because we perceive severe injury as more likely in a car than on a bike (and that is likely true) but that doesn't mean the risks are not also significant in our hobbies too just because we don't regularly see carnage.
  • 1 0
 @RBalicious: Glad I'm not the only one who feels this way.
  • 40 2
 Judging by the videos and photos as well as on trail experience there seems to be a backlash against wearing any protection, even gloves. As for me, I look like a knight in armour compared to the youngsters.
  • 57 3
 We prefer to call you adults ‘stormtroopers’ Wink
  • 1 0
 Scoyco k360 is the way to go Cheap,reliable and saved my spines countles times...
  • 38 1
 I'm a youngster and I look like a knight in armour too! I even use neck brace and full body armour for enduro rides... But you know... falling is part of this sport and I want to keep doing it until 2080!
  • 4 0
 @Iron-nick: Way to go! Wish I could upvote more than once... ????
  • 3 0
 @Iron-nick: You, may young friend, have a bright and long future ahead of you! And if you still have the opportunity, become an orthopedist and live a life most can only dream of!
  • 2 2
 Most protective gear kinda sucks. Knee pads chafe. Elbow pads slide. Back protectors make comfy fall days feel like roasting summer ones.

I personally roll with knee pads on every ride and elbow pads on most of them. But it totally makes sense to me why the youngsters, and also a lot of old guys, go without. There is just something free-ing about being padless (something something bad condom joke).
  • 6 1
 I'm almost fully armored (knee, elbow pads for sure often hips and a shirt like this from someone else) for most of my rides. My home trails are desert rocky with most having a good amount of exposure and I don't heal like I used to.
  • 5 0
 I used to ride with almost nothing.

Then I hit my late 20s and ground start to hurt a lot more, and slowly the injuries I *thought* I had healed from in my youth started to make popping sounds when it was about to rain.

Now I wear as much as I can.
  • 5 0
 The metal plate in my elbow says rocks are hard. Would have also hit my face if I hadn't had a full face on. Considering my rides are all pedal up and ride down I now carry elbows in my hydration pack with the chin bar for my Bell Super DH strapped over top. Hated the elbows at first, now it feels weird to ride without them. Rocks are hard.....
  • 35 1
 Banana pouch sold it for me
  • 24 0
 I thought “banana pouch” was a euphemism for a D3O-protected crotch — but no, there’s a literal banana pouch!
  • 6 0
 The banana pouch is solid but what want to know is, are the abs also included?!
  • 31 0
 It looks like a BDSM kit for beginner!
  • 7 0
 why the put the banana in the add.... subliminal messaging
  • 19 1
 Waiting for German PB users for more sex-related comments.
  • 29 0
 @Tasso75:
We don‘t have sex in Germany, that could be fun and we don‘t have fun in Germany...
  • 10 0
 I like how you say this is beginner stuff, you must be a true man of culture Wink
  • 3 0
 They did a good job hiding the straps that help restrict movement.
  • 20 0
 if i wear this I will 100% look like sex robot from the 80`s! (must add mullet/rat tailes)

I think its a good direction for our sports look and feel.

I`m buying!
  • 11 0
 Black in back, I've hit the track, been broken too long it's good to be back. I've been, cut loose, from the cast, that's kept me from walkin' around yeah, I've been lookin' at the sky, cause I'm lying on my side, forget the ambo, cause I got the bluegrass on my mind!
  • 1 0
 @T4THH: That was amazing
  • 1 0
 @seanb4: Happy to spread limmy anywhere I can!
  • 1 0
 @T4THH: ???????!!!!!!!
  • 14 0
 Damn does it come with the abs?
  • 10 0
 Not sure why people are getting upset about the price. If you dont want to pay for it, dont buy it. If you want something to be cheaper, buy in the sale or second hand. Bluegrass are a company not a charity. The bigger issue I see around protection is image and shaming of people who use it. People drop comments all the time about people who wear body armour, neck braces, full face helmets because they think they are cool by not wearing it. Its not really an inclusive approach, especially for beginners.I dont listen to the sniggers all the 'cool kids' have for me using it but it does have an impact on my sons view of what he is willing to wear and thats lame and unhelpful. If you dont want to wear it, then dont. If other people wear it, leave them alone and dont judge.
  • 1 0
 @bomdabass: that's a very good point. I always wait until your'e well past me before I joke about your riding kit.
  • 9 0
 Looks really good! Please do a version with a chest protector as well. There has been some deaths with people having not huge crashes getting their torso smashed in by a treestump or similar. I use the POC VPD chest+back thingie but i do love the look of this bluegrass protector, pockets are spot on as well.
  • 2 0
 Curious, do you ride with a neck brace as well? I've been looking at some back and chest protector combos, and the way you wear them looks like it would interfere with wearing a neck brace. This option from Bluegrass looks great for back protection while permitting one to wear a neck brace, just no chest protection.
  • 2 0
 Exactly, I want this with chest protection too. Hard to find something with both protection that stays breathable.
  • 3 0
 @jpat22: I got one of these end of last season. Not cheap, but pretty nice. Arms with elbow pads zip on and off, ok chest protection, full zipper. Obviously not as breathable as something like this, but not full bike park armor either. For long climbs, easy enough to just unzip, or even remove arms if you're wearing them.

www.ebay.com/itm/RACER-Motion-Top-2-Full-Body-Armor-Protector-MX-Motocross-BMX-MTB-ATV-DH-Gear/184366081798

Oh yea, and works fine with my Leatt neck brace.
  • 10 2
 Or just wear a back protector backpack. If you're going to get a sweaty back from the back protector, it may as well make itself useful the 99.99% of the time you're not scorpioning round a tree. Then you can't not bother to wear it on the one day you need it. Cheaper too.
  • 4 2
 back[acksp protectors r shorter and dont perform as well 4 high intensity riding
  • 5 0
 the last time I crashed into a tree and the last time I did a scorpion my back protector didnt get a mark on it. however the impact on my chest from the scorpion blew out 3 ribs. would never buy pads that dont have chest protection.
  • 1 0
 Ya I’ve tried these underwater protectors and they have a couple fundamental issues.

First, in order to fit snugly enough that they do not slip backward (and end up applying like pressure to your throat) you need to wear a very tight fit that borders on uncomfortable.

Second, they’re hot. Mesh may help with heat, but all I can envision is my nip slipping into one of those holes and chaffing like a wet taint on a sandpaper seat.
  • 1 0
 *underwear
  • 8 0
 this company knows how to handle themselves in the comments section. Unlike troy lee.
  • 9 1
 Is that banana part of the protection too?
  • 16 2
 that’s no banana, the protector suit is only happy to see you
  • 15 0
 Sorry, banana not included!
  • 3 0
 @bluegrass-eagle: can you include a plastic banana? or even better rubber?
  • 4 0
 It's just one of the handles from the banana-nunchuks. The other is concealed.
  • 2 0
 @bluegrass-eagle: banana is like mips for your back
  • 6 1
 Now THAT is useful and mtb specific unlike mtb shorts. i might buy this as my balance has gone from worse to worser and approaching worstest. if i fall at my age , i'm fucked . very cool .
  • 4 0
 The abs on these marketing pieces are f-ing ridiculous, such a bad photoshop job, they look like misshaped and misplaced plastic inserts, I bet that dude and girl have nice abs on their own, why make it look like that? End of rant.
  • 4 1
 Can you confirm the coverage of the shoulder inserts? the picture makes it appear that this is just giving coverage over the deltoid and not the top of the shoulder or the acromion process. It would be nice to know that this covers the AC joint and might to a slight degree mitigate shoulder separation. Cheers
  • 5 0
 Hi! I can confirm that the D3O inserts do cover the acromion and the AC joint. The pictures give that effect as they are in a resting position, in a riding position when the shoulder is more prominent the D3O inserts cover as intended. Smile
  • 2 0
 This is what I was wondering too. I've actually utilized the shoulder protection more than the back protection on my current protective shirt, so effective shoulder protection is important to me.
  • 3 1
 This looks a lot like the 7iDP shirt I have, but with less back coverage and a higher price than I paid in 2014. I want as much spinal coverage as possible.

Getting it on isn't much of a problem. Taking it off after a day of riding in the summer and the shirt is soaked with sweat is a different story... and makes me search for similar shirts with a zipper.

Hand-wash makes it a complete no-go for me. If I can't machine-wash it on the delicate cycle with the rest of my cycling gear (pads removed), then it's too much trouble.

I'm all for back protection whenever I'm doing gravity riding. I am convinced the 7iDP shirt is the reason I can still walk after a bad crash back in 2015.
  • 2 0
 I have the same shirt. My wife finds my comic strip show when removing it a can't miss post ride activity. I do like the 7idp shirt a good deal and it has definitely saved my shoulders a few times. The underarm seam often feels uncomfortable when standing around before rides and I've considered splitting it, but I don't really notice once I start riding.
  • 2 0
 You have GOT to be shitting me. Seriously? I can literally go out and buy a high-quality motorcycle back protector /MX or full body protector for the same price.

This should be MAYBE $100-120, and I now know to never spend a penny with BlueGrass.
  • 2 0
 I’ve literally just bought the B&S Armour, as well as the knee & elbow pads & im really happy with the fit, but if I’d know this new one was coming I may have waited, but & it’s an important one, I bought the protective top mainly to protect my shoulders as I’ve already suffered one AC separation, from a heavy impact, so what I’d like to know is why is the shoulder protection on the new armour not over the shoulder?!
It seem to be protecting the outside of the arm, which strikes me as being in completely the wrong place?!
  • 2 0
 I completely agree, having had shoulder issues incl. AC separations, frozen shoulders, rotator cuff tears etc.... why is this not giving coverage of the acromioclavicular joint? bonkers... SOoo... I just thought that's the way the models are wearing the stuff.. and when riding it will bunch up to cover that crucial area.... so as a UK resident I looked to buy today. No chance,.... why launch the product line with not retail infrastructure in place.. c'mon. Basic comms.
  • 3 0
 Developing products sure costs money, but if you can get the d30 back protector inlay itself for 35$, i doubt the fabric alone costs 260$ ?

www.d3o.com/partner-support/products/viper-stealth-back-protector
  • 1 0
 I have Alpinestars Paragon Plus Prot Vest, it's very similar to this vest but has a zipper (and costs half as much). I can't imagine how it would be like to take this vest off without a zipper, especially when it's all sweaty.
  • 1 0
 The shoulder protection seems to be fine for falling over sideways but not so much for frontal impacts with trees and such while still upright and pedaling (maybe I'm the only one who hits trees). Nor does it appear to be able to help with vertical impacts like those encountered when inverted near the earth (again, maybe it's just me that goes over the bars and lands head first). And nothing on the sides for kidneys. But the fit and the ventilated back protection look great.
  • 1 0
 is it just me or does it look like the "shoulder" protection pad is more of a upper arm pad? looks insanely low to me. shame, these actually looked good, and the back goes lower then for example my race face.
@bluegrass-eagle: Why is the shoulder pad so low? are the photos of a pre-production model or something?
Grazie.
  • 7 4
 Why does this remind me of the muscle suit George Michael wears to impress Maeby?
  • 4 0
 I'm gonna pick one up for my German nightclub excursions. TechnoTechno
  • 3 0
 I love it - sort of - I wish the shoulder protection actually went up over the shoulder instead of on the side.
  • 3 0
 @bluegrass-eagle hats off for choosing models to make it look good. Italians are beautiful
  • 1 1
 Kind of useless to post this in the US as it's not even available to us. I realize that Pinkbike is looked at in many countries but I have to think the the US is probably 50% plus of readership. I would be interested if it were available in the US.
  • 4 1
 This suit is inspired by "teenage mutant ninja turtles"
  • 3 0
 Yes!! Finally I can like like the black power Ranger on my bike!!
  • 1 0
 He was green!
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: oh the green falcon, quality
  • 1 0
 vest looks nice but, I really want something with minimal spine protection. Can't stand feeling like I've got a door strapped to my back
  • 4 0
 Thanks! Fully agree with you, that's why we used the latest D3O. It's a really big difference compared to the old one. It's the most flexible option which guarantees proper protection to the spine/back Smile (EN 1621-2:2014, Level 1)
  • 1 0
 @bluegrass-eagle: UK availability please?
  • 1 0
 @ovadebarz: they will be available in UK bike shops by mid-April, but you can already find them on our online store Wink
  • 1 0
 @bluegrass-eagle: cheers, is that store in Italy?.... some idiot seems to have removed my country from a free trade agreement.... I don't fancy paying a ton of import duty. LOL... which UK shops will be stockists please? So I can keep an eye out. Thanks.
  • 3 0
 Cool promo shot! Ebike going off trail being a skidiot!
  • 1 0
 at that price point, I'll stick with Leatt's body armor. Quite satisfied with what I have from them. Very breathable, full coverage. Have done plenty of pedaling in it.
  • 1 2
 This only works if bat-man suit abs are somehow included. Otherwise this is a hard fail. You know what works as a decent enough back protector? A lightweight riding backpack. Its not perfect of course.. but its saved me quite a few times... and bonus - it carries stuff too (not the least of which is hydration).
  • 2 0
 I think our president might want to wear some of this stuff under his suit, next time he attempts boarding Air Force One.
  • 1 0
 "it helps to maximise stability while rinding."
If a "g" was left off, I'm curious and interested. If an "n" was added, not so much.
  • 2 0
 Seems cool but the price is out of this world for some fabric and fancy foam.
  • 1 0
 I do like Leat offerings basically when I need back protection I need chest as well, so this is quite missing part for that offering
  • 1 0
 LOL $300 cad for this? You can get leatt or dainese at this price or less with better protection and it doesn't look like an outfit a hooker would wear
  • 5 2
 This looks great!
  • 2 0
 Would be interested is they made sized to fit anyone but tiny people.
  • 2 0
 A banana in my pocket has saved me more than once....
  • 2 0
 Any reason why there isn't anything protecting the chest?
  • 2 0
 Its pretty cool. Are people wearing stuff like this trail riding?
  • 2 0
 Ben Stiller Dodgeball that’s where I’ve seen this
  • 1 0
 Uh...I'll just put a pillow in my camelbak than you very much... I'll see myself out.
  • 1 0
 FINALLY!! Now the Chippendale dudes can ride straight from a session to work at the club!! lol
  • 1 0
 Anyone else feel like health insurance should cover sports safety equipment?
  • 1 0
 I just came to say, that I appreciate that they included a banana in the marketing. That is all...
  • 10 9
 But no chest protection so pointless
  • 14 2
 It would still be pointless if it had a chest protector, there would still be no protection for your achilles tendon, ear lobes, Adam's apple or no claims bonus.
  • 2 2
 not sure why you would get down voted for that. I agree that it should have at least an option for chest protection - afterall you are a lot more likely to hit your chest on most crashes (trees, otb, scorpions) than your back (and yes I know your back is more important).
  • 7 0
 @harvUK: Well, there are other products for that I guess... I think OP got downvoted for calling it "pointless" instead of just saying it's not for him. It's not pointless, it just addresses a different need. It's not supposed to replace full stormtrooper DH armour, but rather replace no protection at all. It's by design a compromise between lightweight/comfortable and protecting a key area.

It's like those lightweight "trail" kneepads. They're only supposed to save you from getting skinned when you slide out on those rides where you wouldn't wear any pads otherwise, not for bikepark days. Doesn't make them "pointless".
  • 2 0
 chest protection won't keep you out of a wheel chair
  • 4 0
 @dingus: Take care of those ear lobes!
  • 5 0
 Both of these were designed to provide the best breathable protection and go unnoticed under your jersey which is why there is no chest protection. You can find chest protection on our Armour B&S D3O Wink - www.met-helmets.com/en/shop/gravity/bluegrass-protections/armour-bs-d3o
  • 1 0
 @bluegrass-eagle: would be better off with some light weight chest protection and gaining back some of the breathability by cutting off those sleeves along with the shoulder pads.
  • 1 0
 @bluegrass-eagle: is it somehow just the image or does the shoulder protection look to be in a very different place on the Armour B&S than on the new shirt?
  • 1 0
 @bananowy: but who wants a back protector and shoulders without a chest plate? Seems in between two uses to me. Trail no armour, Gnarly enduro and dh see above
  • 1 0
 @bluegrass-eagle: Any plans to get it in the US?
  • 1 0
 @bluegrass-eagle: wish this Armour B&S D3O was available in the states. Too curious, does the female model in this ad ride bikes?!?!
  • 1 0
 @nojzilla: No but it might keep you out of a coffin
  • 5 5
 Mate this things gunna be minging! just in a few missed washes, cool idea tho
  • 6 1
 Hi! It's handwash only and thanks to the properties of the Dryarn, the fabric will not lose shape or elasticity over time.
  • 7 0
 @bluegrass-eagle: It's going to be saturated with sweat after every use, so will need washed every time. Who wants to hand-wash items or to have to machine wash them separately when they've got a bike to clean and a load of other dirty kit to wash. Bike armour manufacturers must realise that armour needs to be machine washable - is it just that they don't want to warranty products they know won't last under heavy use?
  • 8 0
 @bluegrass-eagle: hand wash only but made for mountain bikers? Sorry, but have you completely lost your goddamn minds?
  • 4 3
 @Malky79: We know you’re putting much love into your bike and gear so there are no excuses! Smile But don’t worry because thanks to the properties of Dryarn it doesn’t need to be washed after every use. We know back protectors in general are not always washed after each ride. With Dryarn, sweat is transferred from the skin to the surface of the fiber, quickly and efficiently. It is also odor-free. As a team of mountain bikers, we have tested these first-hand, alongside our pro-riders too. Liam Moynihan put both back protectors to the test over one year in soggy Scotland during our development.
  • 4 2
 @RadBikeBro: Crazy, right!? It doesn't need to be washed after every use due to the properties of Dryarn Wink
  • 5 0
 @bluegrass-eagle: I'm not trying to give you a hard time, the product looks quite good, but the whole magic fabric claim has been done to death in the outdoor industry. There's no material or combination of materials that's going to keep me dry whilst biking. I accept that I need to wash my kit after I ride, I just wish that manufacturers would do the same.
  • 7 0
 @Malky79: wash you clothes or smell like a member of GWAR. Easy choice.
  • 5 0
 @RonSauce: After a few wears, plastic based "tech" fabrics usually allow you to do both.
My bike gear was encouraging social distancing long before covid.
  • 1 0
 @bluegrass-eagle: mud repellent is it?
  • 2 0
 It’s got my thumbs up
  • 1 0
 This reminds me of the ninja turtles lol Razz :
  • 1 0
 Does it get me those abs as well?
  • 1 0
 Not available in the US darn. Looks very good.
  • 1 0
 Banana for scale....lol. This does look good for enduro racing TBH.
  • 1 0
 Sorry but i'm looking for clavicle protection!
  • 1 0
 This will go well with my fishnets!
  • 1 0
 and my assless chaps.
  • 1 0
 So how long before Helite does a mtb specific airbag vest?
  • 3 1
 Nice Fake abs!
  • 1 0
 It comes with a banana hammock , NICE!
  • 1 0
 My new protective rave shirt!!! So psyched!
  • 1 0
 We need more biking wear fashioned as lingerie.
  • 1 0
 Hey this Bra comes with a Back Protector ! Bonus
  • 1 0
 For me the made in Italy makes the price more negotiable.

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