Bluegrass Grizzly Lite d30 Vest£119.99

Minimal spine protector

BikeRadar score4/5

This Bluegrass Grizzly Lite d3o vest is about as minimal as it gets in the way of spine protectors, with a d3o spine protector board inside the thin, well-vented vest jacket.

Thanks to the minimalist approach, it’s one of the best-fitting back protectors we’ve ever had the pleasure of riding in – ideal for races where a back protector is compulsory.

The front of the vest is a thin, well vented yet smooth-to-the-touch mesh, so is pretty comfy and stays as cool as an extra layer ever would. Over the d3o protection is a layer of thicker and much more durable reinforced mesh, which is still smooth on the inside. 

The vest doesn’t bunch up anywhere either and stays comfy for a whole day of downhill action.

Almost £120 for a back protector might seem steep, but for this level of comfort, we think it’s worth it.

Freelance Writer, UK
Jake comes from a downhill background but now spends most of his time smashing shorter-travel trail and enduro bikes down those same downhill trails. He's well known for pushing components and gear to their limits, and a little further.
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