Think of the Flank Core Guard as putting on a layer of confidence. The Flank Core offers a second-skin fit that keeps the targeted D30 high performance shock absorbing protective foam in place even when the trail is at its most technical. Removable D30 at shoulders and spine give the ability to customize the amount of protection. Day in the bike park? Run the full spine and shoulders. Trail day with hydration pack? Remove the spine and just run the shoulders, the versatile Flank Core Guard has you covered in a variety of situation.
Race Face Flank Core D30 Body Armor Features:
Removable D30 High performance shock absorbing protective foam at shoulders and spine
Custom Heat-Molded foam chest piece
Works in conjunction with leading neck braces
Strategic fabric mapping: highly durable dense mesh throughout the core ensures second skin super fit to keep targeted protection in its place and allows for maximum venting
Lycra stretch panels are integrated with flatlock seam finish to ensure mobility and comfort through the athlete's full range of motion
Sizing is built for snug fit
Waist: Measure at narrowest circumference.
Chest: Measure at fullest circumference, keeping tape up under arms and across shoulder blades.
Hip: Measure around the widest part of the pelvis, around the buttocks.
I really wanted to like this, but had to return it. Raceface makes great stuff and I've liked other products from them such as their knee pads. Out of the box it looked a bit flimsy. Trying it on, it was clear that even the XL was about 3x too small for me. I'm not in the best shape, so I don't think its a knock if something like this doesn't fit me. And I realize that its a compression fit garment, but this was extreme. My measurements do fit into their sizing guide. Another thing I noticed while trying it on was that it made a lot of stretching sounds and seemed like it would tear easily. This made me stop short of even getting the thing all the way on. The stitching and fabric isn't as beefy looking as something like the Leatt AirFit line.
All that said, if you are super thin or small framed, then I think this could still be a good solution for light weight body armor. The large pad used for the spine was impressive, and the piece is very light and flexible.
After going over the bars a couple of times last season, was looking for some back protection without getting into a suit of armor. Was apprehensive about buying this looking at the other review, but trusted the Race Face brand and was not disappointed. This stuff does run small, went with extra large size (5'7" - 200lbs) and glad I did. Very well made product, super light and well ventilated. The impact foam stays put, does not ride up and molds to fit you back, but is well ventilated, and you forget you're wearing it. The shoulder foam is small, I was going to ride without them, but they are super unobtrusive, so wear them full time. Believe it will be durable - but size up!!!!
Their sizing guide is not correct. You should go always with a bigger size that the one is shown on their size guide. When you get the correct size is very comfortable to wear, even on all day long rides. I used for the past weekend on 4 hours rides and even climbing it felt ok. The only thing is that you are going to feel heat on your back with or whit out your camelback. It doesn’t matter if is a cold day, it’s going to make you suet. I like that when you are wearing it, you don’t look all padded like the Michelin logo guy. Is a low profile protection. The impact foams stay in place all the ride.
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