Fox has managed to fit an EN Level-1 back protector, chest padding and hip pads into its slimline Baseframe Pro Sleeveless body armour vest.
With no side closure, getting the Baseframe on is simply a case of slipping it over your head, although that’s easier said than done because it’s quite a tight fit.
Once in place, it’s incredibly comfy and goes almost unnoticed once you pop your jersey over the top. The figure-hugging fit means it doesn’t feel at all bulky, and movement remains free and easy.
Because the flexible back protector stops a good few inches above the waistband of your shorts (to leave room for small stash and zipped pockets), it leaves the lowest part of your back feeling a little exposed. The flipside is that it won’t interfere with your shorts – a problem I’ve had with other back protectors in the past.
Thanks to the mesh fabric and perforations in the padding, the Baseframe doesn’t get too sweaty too quickly, and I’ve never felt like I was going to overheat.
This, along with the impressive level of comfort, means I’ve worn it more for everyday trail riding than I ever expected to, where it adds peace of mind on gnarlier terrain.