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  1. millicat

    millicat Ride Organizer

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    I've been using Zac Speed Exotec armour for about 8 years, mine has started to give up the ghost and it's time to look for a replacement. I've already looked at the current Zac Speed line up and may just end up going with them again, but I figured it's worthwhile to see what's out there now, what other people are using, and see if I might want to try something else new.

    My one complaint, more of an annoyance than anything with the Zac Speed, is the lack of front storage. any time I want to get anything out I have to either have a friend reach into one of my pockets, or else stop, get off the bike, take off the pack, get what i want, reverse the process, pain in the butt.

    So ideally what i'm looking for is:

    integrated armour, chest protector and ideally back protector too
    good amount of storage
    front storage of some kind for phone, wallet, small snacks
    built-in hydration, at least 2L, ideally 3L
    looks good (hey I have my image to maintain trail-side!)

    ok, last item is pretty optional, but the rest of them would be ideal.

    So what so you, what are people using, what would the suggest I consider that checks as many of my wants as possible?

    thanks for the feedback!

    Dave
  2. 3BeeJay3

    3BeeJay3 ODSC Past President

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    I bought my Zacspeed from you & it's still working great. I added a front pouch, which is just a cheap numberplate pack I got from the Wongster. Ive seen other people attach smaller camera bags to the fonts of chest protectors for the reasons you mention.

    Tek vests have front storage, but not as much at the back & they can get hot.
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  3. Chef

    Chef ODSC Executive

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    Tekvest!
    It might not have the storage you are looking for but it has good front pockets to carry phone, papers, snacks etc. no place for tools. I don't think you can find better protection. I bought mine after breaking my ribs at the terra nova enduro, I was wearing a zacspeed.
    My first Tekvest is back at Tekrider showing off the damages it took at an xc race when I got ran over by another motorcycle. I continued to race that day. Based on the damages to the vest Tekrider figures I probably would have had my side ripped open and possible organ injuries. I didn't have a scratch and didn't even know the extent of the damage to the vest until I sent it back for repair.
    I don't ride without my vest! I've had some really good get offs and give the vest credit for keeping me together.
    I purchased a second one from a friend who wore it once. You are welcome to try it.
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  4. millicat

    millicat Ride Organizer

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    Hi Kevin, I'll take you up on that offer to try one day, thanks!!!
  5. CoyoteJeepGuy

    CoyoteJeepGuy Ride Organizer

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    I would second the TekVest and they are great sponsors of the OFTR as well. I have had some great "unexpected dismounts" from my bike and it has always saved my body a lot of damage. The pocket on the back holds a water bladder well and there is a sleeve sewn in for the water tube to go to your mouth so you can drink while riding. Water that is.
    I love the shoulder protection on my Rally TekVest.