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I have never worn body protection, but after a couple crashes last year that left me with bruised ribs I decided I better do something.  I considered the soft armor, even tried the Leatt vest, but it all seems like it would be too warm on those long summer rides.  I already had an Atlas Neck Brace, so the next logical move was to get body protection from Atlas, too.  Their Guardian soft armor looks interesting and not as smothering as some others, but its not available yet, so I opted for the Defender.  The Defender is a next generation roost protector, it boasts some features your standard roost protector hasn't had in the past, and the full version also protects your back.  It has waterproof padding, is made for use with the Atlas Neck Brace (and looks like it will work well with others) and is configurable in 5 different ways.  You can remove the upper back plate and replace it with a clear plastic piece, or you can just remove the upper pads and leave the hard plastic in place.  The front has an upper plate that you don't use with an Atlas Neck Brace, but can be added for use without a neck brace or for use with other brands of braces.  It is vented quite well, and when moving even seems to accelerate the air through the protector and around your body.

 

As for comfort, well its a hard plastic roost protector that also covers your back, so it's not like wearing a t shirt.  The side straps hold it in place reasonably well, but it did have a tendency to ride up on me a little.  The elastic straps at the shoulders do a good job of holding the Atlas Neck Brace in place, and the brace fits nicely with the pads going under the armor in the back and into the open area in the front.  The GoPro mount that mounts in the middle of the chest is a plus, that POV is much better than a helmet mount if you are inclined to film while riding.  All in all, it seems to be a decent product for the money, I found it on sale for under $100.  It comes in white or black.

 

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