5 Of The Best Protective Riding Pad Inserts

From top to bottom, gear yourself up with better impact protection.

Most riding jackets come with subpar impact protection, but you can upgrade many of them easily. This Alpinestars Hoxton jacket has a compartment for a chest protector.
Most riding jackets come with subpar impact protection, but you can upgrade many of them easily. This Alpinestars Hoxton jacket has a compartment for a chest protector.Alpinestars

A riding jacket without protective armor is just regular street apparel. Inserts and pads play a huge role in increasing impact protection in the case of an accident, and could very well be the final word in your overall safety. To ensure your physical well-being (and peace of mind), upgrade your favorite riding jacket or pants with real armor to give your body that extra layer of protection in the event of an unforeseen meetup with hard objects. All of these CE-rated protective insert packages have been designed with riding comfort and impact absorption in mind, and sport some of the most impressively designed materials around. Don’t trust your safety to just any old piece of foam—get the best protective inserts available and ride with confidence.

5-Piece CE-Certified Advanced PU Armor For Motorcycle Riding Jackets

5-Piece CE-Certified Advanced PU Armor For Motorcycle Riding Jackets
Upgrade almost any jacket with this complete package of pads.Amazon

For riders in need of a complete package of pads for their trusty jacket, this five-piece combo is a winner. The package includes two shoulder pads, two elbow pieces, and one back protector. The top-grade PU material of the armor pads is ruggedly stiff, and offers a level of protection that other packages featuring normal double-density foam simply can’t match. Even compared to injection-molded plastic armor, these advanced PU pads can provide extra “bounce” in the case of impact. All five protector pads will fit most jackets, and can easily be trimmed for a perfectly tailored fit. Try to find a better deal on a complete body armor package around—we’ll wait.

Joe Rocket CE Standard Elbow-Knee Armor

Joe Rocket CE Standard Elbow-Knee Armor
Owners of Joe Rocket apparel can easily upgrade with this armor set.Amazon

If you’re the owner of a Joe Rocket riding jacket, pants, or suit, you can add or replace worn elbow/knee armor pads with these OE high-density foam replacements directly from the manufacturer. These pads come perfectly contoured to fit within Joe Rocket riding gear, while fitting the body comfortably and snugly.

Klim D3O Back Pad Level 2 Viper

Klim D3O Back Pad Level 2 Viper
Increase your impact protection along with comfort.Amazon

If you’re looking to replace the D3O Viper back pad in your Klim brand riding jacket (or other jackets that come with this particular pad), here’s a great way to continue covering your back with one of the best pieces of armor in the industry. Even if your jacket has some other sort of ill-fitting, poorly performing skimpy “padding,” upgrading your protection level to the D3O Viper is always a wise decision. It has been proven time and again to be extremely comfortable, and boasts a high level of flexibility and protection that is simply too tough to top.

Surlim Hip Protector CE Armor Insert

Surlim Hip Protector CE Armor Insert
Protect all your impact zones by getting CE-rated pads for each one.Amazon

The ones shown are a pair of CE Level 1 hip protectors, but Surlim also offers a full list of CE armor inserts that will cover you from top to bottom. It has flexible, protective pads that can shield the back, elbows, shoulders, coccyx, and knee areas, making for a comprehensive protective barrier. Take full advantage of each individual pad’s excellent impact resistance, lightweight comfort, and breathability as well as a price point to fit all budgets. They are all CE certified to put your mind at ease when your knees are cutting through the breeze.

Alpinestars Nucleon KR-Ci Chest Insert

Alpinestars Nucleon KR-Ci Chest Insert
Most impacts come from the front, so a protective chest insert is always a good idea.Amazon

Alpinestars’ Nucleon line of protective inserts are noticeably more lightweight than other armor you may have experienced before, and as a bonus, all those holes within the pad also deliver optimum temperature stability. This pair of divided chest pads fit perfectly in Alpinestars riding jackets that have pockets to accept them, and the level 1 CE items are designed with Alpinestars’ proprietary viscoelastic material, which has a memory-type feel that will deliver just as much impact protection as it does all-day comfort—and that’s an impressive combination.