In The Press

FreeLite features in Motorcycle Sport & Leisure magazine

17/08/2018 09:50:00

Here's a great review of our FreeLite back protector in the September issue of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure magazine.

  

RiDE Magazine reviews our Sport Jacket 1

14/08/2018 11:57:00

Below is a review of our armoured Sport Jacket 1 by RiDE Magazine. This will appear in the October 2018 issue.

  

The Forcefield Pro Vest X-V 2 features in International Dealer News magazine

09/08/2018 09:52:00

Our Pro Vest X-V 2 features in the latest issue of International Dealer News magazine.

  

Ride Expeditions recommend our '5 star' Tech 2 base layers

08/08/2018 11:34:00

Ride Expeditions have given our Tech 2 base layers an overall star rating of 5/5. The company runs motorcycle adventure tours and recently tested our base layers during a 2000km tour of South Africa as well as clocking up 1000km in the UK. Their review covers durability, comfort, appearance and value.

View full review on the Ride Expeditions website here.

  

Bike Radar reviews our Pro Shirt X-V 2

07/08/2018 14:48:00

Here is a review of our Pro Shirt X-V 2 by Bike Radar.

'Given that this body armour suit is listed on various motocross webshops, we figure there must be ample protection for the committed mountain biker.

The suit features chest, back, shoulder and elbow pads, protecting you to CE2 levels. These are mounted on a stretchy baselayer top with a full-length zip down the side to give access. There are thumb loops at the end of the full-length arms to keep it all in place.

The pads are flexible, should dissipate crash impact forces well, and they’re held behind a mesh that Forcefield claims is super strong.'

This review was first published on 3rd August 2018 at https://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/mondraker-foxy-chrome-hunt-4season-11spd-52759/

  

Blood Biker featured in Motorcycle News wears our Pro L2K Dynamic

06/07/2018 10:43:00

Here’s a great article about Blood Biker, Geoff Brown, who covers 20,000 miles a year delivering essential medical items for Severn Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service.

He wears the Forcefield Pro L2K Dynamic back protector because ‘It’s CE2, flexible and, crucially thin because my leathers are getting tighter each year! I have to be able to tour in my track kit so all-day comfort is as important as crash protection.’

  

'Clever bits of kit' - Motorcycle Sport & Leisure magazine reviews our Tech 2 base layers

05/07/2018 12:40:00

The July issue of Motorcycle Sport & Leisure magazine features a review of our Tech 2 range of technical base layers.

The Tech 2 Shirt, Pants, Balaclava and Neck Tube are described as 'clever bits of kit'.

This range, and other Forcefield products, are available from selected retailers.

  

The Bike Shed reviews Forcefield Action Shorts

19/06/2018 10:27:00

Here is a review of our Action Shorts by The Bike Shed, first  published on their website at http://thebikeshed.cc/forcefield-armoured-action-shorts/

'After countless crashes, drops and slides I finally destroyed my Knox armoured shorts – with a washing machine. Yes, yes, I know you’re supposed to remove the pads before washing but frankly there’s just hasn’t been enough turnaround and faff time recently.

So I thought I’d try a pair of Action Shorts from another British company, Forcefield. Quite a few people in the DTRA paddock swear by this gear and you can usually spot a Forcefield body armour wearer by the massive chest protector. The Action Short is similarly chunky with burly thigh protection as well as the familiar hip, butt and coccyx armour. Multiple layers of foam make-up a more traditional padding, where other models in the Forcefield range utilise squishier and more pliable shock absorbing compounds. Although with body heat the thick foam does mould to one’s contours. The pockets for the armour are individually sectioned which firmly locates the pads, not just important in a spill but also to avoid irritation while making weird shapes on track. You’d think this would be the norm but I have tried some gear that allows padding to ‘float’ and move out of position easily.

Once on, I felt like I could take a swinging kick from Bruce Lee and then have him run me over with a tank, these things are stout to say the least. If you wear tight trousers you might need to go for the Contakt with its slimmer profile padding but I like to feign invincibility.

The drawstring around the waist might seem an obvious benefit but most shorts don’t have this feature and tend to slide up and down, which is annoying. The material is a wicking synthetic type (BeCool) and not like the shiny cycle short lycra of some. Comfortable against the skin with a proper waistband. Even in 30 degree Florida heat during a trip to the Johnny Lewis 10 Training Camp my plums didn’t perish.

Trying to slam a flat track bike on its cases and bend extensively at the hip did cause a bit of digging-in but that was easily remedied by peeling off one of the foam layers to allow a bit more room under rather tight 250 London trousers. I’d imagine these would be great for enduro, supermoto or pretty much anything including the Dakar. Even the sharpest rock would have a job making it’s presence felt.

For the purposes of a thorough review I had a crash. Turning-down the front to scrub speed was the newly acquired skill of the day, but not yet mastered. I nearly endoed a bike with no front brake and tumbled multiple times across a rock-hard clay track. The orange dirt suggested I should have had ouchies on my thigh, left bum cheek, hip and shoulder…. yet nothing. I couldn’t even tell I’d hit the deck, but was soon reminded by my mates chuckling and the omnipresent GoPro footage. I’ve since been on a few enduro and trials schools and completed product testing bumps with nothing more to show for my efforts than torn trousers.

Not that I go around sniffing my pants you understand but the Action Short has remained aroma free (must be the trademarked BeCool stuff) after some incredibly sweaty outings, I can’t say the same for the rest of the pungent items in my kitbag. Again, I had no choice but to wash the Action Short against the manufacturer’s instructions with the padding still in place. They came out just fine and I’ll be using them for the rest of the 2018 flat track championship. A really decent piece of kit.

I do like the idea of having my thighs protected but if my leather race suit doesn’t allow the room I’ll probably go for the all-new and slightly more svelte Pro Short X-V2. Now, I used to be a 32″ waist but recently my metabolism has flatlined and I now find a 34″ trouser pinches but the Forcefield sizing is generous. I have a medium which leaves plenty around the waist and even fits my girthy thighs. Charts available on the Forcefield website.

We’re already out of space in our shop so can’t stock much in the way of armour but Forcefield is available from J&S across the UK, Infinity Motorcycles in London or try ordering from your local Snow & Rock or Ellis Brigham – snowboarders favour this level of protection too.'

STOP PRESS
'Since writing this review I was able to fully test these shorts, again. After being collected by another competitor at the MCN Festival I ran out of track and my bars tangled with the airfence, ripping them from my hands. After that all I remember is landing hard on my coccyx. The shock was sizeable and sudden, my brain rather than pain receptors suggesting a significant injury. I was winded but able to clamber to my feet to check on the other downed riders. Once the adrenaline washed away and my chance of making the final diminished I headed to the van to inspect the damage. One deep bruise above my knee and that was it, the thigh pad had borne the brunt of the impact, leaving  just a shallow witness mark in the foam. My arse was tender but I wasn’t about to give that a close inspection. I’d broken the lockstops off my fork yokes and bent the bars – the damage beneath the thick padding? Ziltch.

Had I been wearing thinner, less protective shorts, or none like many in the paddock, I’m 100% sure I’d be ordering a standing desk. Thanks Forcefield, you did actually save my butt!'

  

Italian magazine, Miss Biker, tests and reviews the Pro L2K Dynamic back protector

08/06/2018 09:53:00

Here is a review of our Pro L2K Dynamic back protector by Italian magazine, Miss Biker.

(Translated from Italian. Review published at MissBiker.com).

Forcefield PRO L2K DYNAMIC LADY Test: Women's Protection
‘We start from a fundamental concept: every biker must think first of all to safety. This is why it is of primary importance to wear safe and certified protections that adequately protect the body, especially the spinal column.

Today we tell you about the back protector Forcefield Pro L2K DINAMIC LADY that has some really interesting features: it was designed to be soft, flexible and comfortable while providing maximum protection from impacts and being in conformity with EC regulations EN1621 – Level 2, as high as possible.

In case of Impact, the Nitrex viscoelastic polymer structure is temporarily compressed. The impact spreads evenly towards the adjacent spaces, causing the shock force to reduce.

After impact, Nitrex slowly releases accumulation energy due to its viscoelastic feature to return to its original shape in a short time.

All this guarantees a Repeat Performance Technology (RPT), which means that even after multiple impacts there is no loss of performance in the protection.

Forcefield Pro L2K DINAMIC LADY is built in multiple layers that are sewn with Kevlar ® thread for greater resistance and perforated in such a way as to allow the partial movement of the inner layers.

This movement has a twofold purpose:
– It makes the protection more comfortable allowing it to adapt to the shape of the body;
– Helps ventilation in the back.

The fully adjustable shoulder straps and the double waist adjustment ensure a correct fit for different body shapes and sizes.

Our TEST
Comfortable and simple to wear, Forcefield Pro L2K DINAMIC Lady fits perfectly to the female build.

The structure is not rigid and allows you to follow the silhouette of the back protecting completely (you can choose between medium and Large in the Lady version). Excellent closure in life that, thanks to two other elastic bands with lateral velcro, allows greater adherence to the body.

Ventilation holes do not help as you hoped ventilation on your back but considering the protection guaranteed by this back protector is a negligible detail.

With a weight of 670 grams, one can certainly not say that Forcefield Pro L2K DINAMIC Lady is lightweight but hides many features of note.

The thickness is not little (about 2 cm) and requires a jacket not too tight to be worn.

In the saddle Forcefield Pro L2K DINAMIC Lady does not create annoying chafing on the neck and offers a comforting feeling of protection even if on sunny days he lacks ventilation.

Excellent adherence to the body and the fit guaranteed by the adjustments with Velcro and slider on the shoulder straps.’

  

Motoplus.ca on the Pro Vest X-V 2: 'the perfect protection vest for your summer outings'

22/05/2018 14:50:00

Here is a review of our Pro Vest X-V 2 by Canadian publisher, Motoplus.

(Translated from French. Published online at http://motoplus.ca/conso/2018/05/gilet-de-protection-pro-vest-x-v2/)

Pro Vest X-V2 Protective Vest
'Forcefield presents the perfect protection vest for your summer outings. The brand new Forcefield Pro Vest X-V2 vest incorporates a CE approved thoracic spine and chest protector that meets the most demanding standards of the certification body.

Ideal for motorcyclists looking for integrated body armor, the Pro Vest X-V2 Vest offers a CE2 Level 2 back protector and CE chest protector. It has a super light construction and has a central zipper and a removable adjustable belt.

It is made of BeCool, a technical polyamide fabric, open mesh, super-resistant (X Vents) that is even more breathable, yet soft and resistant. The air passes through areas of high heat, and provides unmatched breathability and amazing lightness. It wicks sweat away from the body through the vest so that it evaporates quickly. The thermoregulatory effect generated by the movement of moisture keeps the body temperature at an optimal level for enhanced comfort.

The CE2 backbone has been redesigned and now offers unparalleled flexibility. This multilayered backbone uses Forcefield's Dynamic-Reactive Intelligent Materials (DRI-M) technology.

The Pro Vest X-V2 Vest features foam pads that provide high levels of shock absorption combined with RPT (Repeat Performance Technology) technology. The back protector is held in place by a removable belt adjustable in height.

Thanks to its flat seams, the Pro Vest X-V2 is very comfortable to wear and is forgotten under a jacket or a combination. Stylish, this sleeveless vest features two breast pockets for chest protectors and a back pocket for the dorsal. These protections are installed and removed easily and quickly which allows to wash the vest machine, if necessary.

The Pro Vest X-V2 vest comes in sizes ranging from small (S) to very large (XL).'

  
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