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This protective jersey is great, it's pretty much exactly what I was looking for. The fit is right on it's pretty light weight and really breathable, the armpits are open so it's got a lot of movement. I haven't crashed in it but I feel like this would definitely take some damage. I'm a long and lean 6ft and 145lbs and got the medium and fits great. I have a little bit of wrist showing but that's to be expected with my body type. All in all great product, and would rather pay for this than a Hospital bill
I bought this with some skepticism but have been thoroughly pleased. Fits, breathes, comfortable and it does it's job at protecting me. I wear a super thin base layer under it or just as is with no jersey over the top and i stay pretty cool. I had a good high side get off on hard pan and rocks, broke my helmet, some teeth a toe and had some major bruises and a concussion but my shock doctor keep me safe and it was only scuffed up a bit. I highly recommend this product and will be buying one when this one is worn out. I love the ease of cleaning it as well.
I am confused by what medesertracer had to say. This body armor is full of plastic. I am sure this is the armor I have. Look at the forearm and elbow...obvious plastic. I have crash tested this armor numerous times. I have yet to knock the wind out of myself, and it is way safer than a plain plastic chest protector. I also love that I can put it under a shirt. I recommend getting a bigger jersey of course. I am a large and I got a XXXL and that was actually a little too big. I searched for years for this good of armor...it is even as comfortable as a shirt.
TLD makes several models in the Shock Doctor protective shirt, 7855 having the highest level of protection(harder padding). I'm into desert racing and was hoping to find something with good protection and lightweight. Although this is advertised as a base layer I thought I might be able to get by using as my only layer.Although I haven't crash tested this shirt I would not recommend it as only layer of protection for XC or desert racing. Here is why: I like the thought they put into this shirt as far as the padding. But there is NO hard plastic. I want hard plastic if I crash to help to disperse impact over a wider area. If you were to impact a rock/limb, unless it hit in an exact spot the padding would have a tendency to shift. The padding is placed in small pockets throughout the shirt leaving small areas a rock could hit and seperate the padding. That being said I believe and intend to use this as my only layer for MX use were I think it would be more than enough. It is as light as a roost protector and better overall protection. I would recommend a kidney belt be used with this product to help keep the shirt from shifting in a crash. Could also be used as only layer for recreational riding, or under riding jacket for street and adventure riders. I am using it as base layer with the EVS Vex chest protector, EVS R4 neck brace and it is perfect for this purpose.
PRO's: Lightweight, Not restrictive, comfortable, quality construction(only a couple weeks of use thus far), some padding is removable which is nice to get outer layers to fit snug, designed to work with leatt brace but will work with other neck braces
CON's: A little warm but you get used to it, wish elbow guards covered a little bigger area, kinda expensive for what it is in my opinion. Wished it was padded throughout entire shirt, bottom few inches are unpadded, which may be a + cause its easier to tuck in pants