I have been wearing Forcefield back protectors for years, so I was eager to try out the new Forcefield Mons Vest.
I tested the Forcefield Mons Vest out on a short snowboarding trip to Tignes. The first thing I noticed was how lightweight this back protector is. And, because the back protector is incorporated into a vest, it was a snug fit without being uncomfortable. There is an optional waist fastener to make it a more snug fit, but I didn’t need it.
Forcefield have also managed to give the vest a low profile so fits nicely under a jacket and no one would even know that you are wearing a back protector. I was wearing the vest over my base layer and under my shirt, which fitted well. Although, the vest is still categorised as CE level 2 which is ideal for snowsports.
I also like the new styling from Forcefield. They have moved away from their signature light blue to a two tone combination with royal blue. This may only be a small detail, but one that I welcome.
The Forcefield Mons Vest was perfect for snowboarding as it was so light I completely forgot I was wearing one. I also had complete freedom of movement as the back protector didn’t restrict me at all.
Fortunately for me, I didn’t have any big wipe outs so didn’t get to test out the credentials of the back protector. It does have a high energy absorption so softening the blow for your back. If you do have a slam, the Mons Vest has repeat Performance Technology so it can be used again and again. Forcefield is a brand that protects some of the UK’s finest pros like Jamie Barrow. Considering that barrow is officially Britain’s fastest snowboarder, if it is good enough for him then it is good enough for me!
Another great feature of the Mons Vest is that it is machine washable. Simply remove the back protector from the inside and bung the vest in the wash. The material is also anti-bacterial so should last you a few days on the mountain before needing a wash.
The vest has a highly breathable fabric that utilises BeCool technology. This works like your very own climate control system for your skin, removing wet or hot air to regulate your body temperature.
If I was to spend time in the park hitting rails and getting big air, I would probably choose the Forcefield Ultra-Lite Back Protector. But for long days shredding the slopes, where comfort is needed with the protection, the Forcefield Mons Vest will be my choice for this season.
- CE LEVEL 2 (back)
- New two-tone colourway
- Removable CE level 2 back protector fitted into internal pocket
- BeCool™ 4-channel base layer technology for increased breathability and wicking
- Heat activated 3D body moulding
- Highly flexible & breathable
- Machine washable (with the armour removed)
- RPT (Repeat Performance Technology)
- Front zip fastening
Good for: Skiing and Snowboarding
Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Mark is also the manager of Jamie Barrow (Britain’s fastest snowboarder)