|REAL RIDER: Chris Green|
I have never been a fan of wearing bulky chest protectors because of the limit on movement. In fact, most of the time I don’t even wear a chest protector. My only protection from roost has been my jersey, which doesn’t do much more than keep bugs from splatting on you. With the $79 EVS Revo 4 Hazard Chest Protector, I was introduced to a product that truly is a hybrid mix between a traditional hard shell chest protector and soft, slightly padded undergear.
It is worn under your jersey but still provides a hard front shell that shields your body from roost. The back section consists of three hard plastic pieces that bend together to defend your spine from impact. It has all the features of a traditional hard shell protector with the flexibility of undergear to keep you moving freely and comfortably on the bike; it is just lacking the common hard shell shoulder protection of a typical protector. The lining material used on the Revo 4 is very comfortable. There aren’t any areas that irritate your skin, so it can easily be worn without an undershirt. The negative about wearing it over bare skin is that your sweat is going to cause the chest protector to stick to you and feel hot. It is a one-size-fits-all, but there are adjuster straps around your chest and shoulders to set you up with a snug or loose fit depending on what you want. I would recommend blocking the rocks with the help of EVS’s Revo 4 Hazard Chest Protector so you can keep your mind off the pain and focus on throwing down some solid laps.