BOHN Euro-RR Chest Protector $59
We may have learned about protection the hard way over the years, but many of us now wear full helmets, leather gloves, boots and jackets while riding, and some even fit armor into their gear. Yet abdominal and chest areas are often left vulnerable to impact. It took some racers stuffing foam pads inside their leathers to jump-start the idea, but now there's the Bohn Euro-RR Chest Protector, made for racers and street riders alike. The Protector consists of a thick, perforated closed-cell foam pad, a hard plastic plate in the center and an adjustable belt that fastens around the body. It takes some getting used to, but after a few minutes you pretty much forget you're wearing the protector. The pad does build up some heat over the area covered, approximately from the upper abdomen to the top of the sternum and across the lower ribs, which isn't bad when it's chilly but might be uncomfortable on a hot day.