This review of the Dainese Flexagon Waistcoat back protector was carried out over a period of 4 days in Les Menuire, in The Three Valleys, France.
Hexagons are known in science at the building block shape of life. Dainese have cleverly used their versatility for the design of the Flexagon back protector pads embedded in the waistcoat.
The overlapping layers of Crash Absorb® memory foam give good freedom of movement as well as protection. The waistcoat was very comfortable to wear.
Because the back protector is built into the waistcoat, the garment also acts as a mid layer. It certainly felt warm but when I was wearing it the season was edging towards the end and I was snowboarding in mild conditions. For this is was ideal.
Also, being a waistcoat, the back protector is held into position nicely and does not slip or move. It can also be secured into place even more by a large Velcro strip that secures across the waist.
My only issue is that the back protector pads cannot be removed from the waistcoat for bunging in a washing machine. For this reason it has to be hand-washed which is a bit of a faff.
I really liked the Dainese Flexagon Waistcoat. It is both comfortable and stylish, and although not testing the credentials of the protective pads (I didn’t fancy being a crash dummy to test it out!), they feel that they would do the job if need be.
At £135 it is a bit pricey for what it is. But, if you are starting out snowboarding, spend more time lapping the park than on the piste, or love exploring off-piste, then a back protector could be a good idea.
Good for: Snowboarding
Rating: 8 out of 10
Mark is also the manager of Jamie Barrow (Britain’s fastest snowboarder)