Iztech Kart Seats have teamed up with sports body armour specialists Forcefield Performance to create the all new Iztech Rib + Chest Protector.
Combining the expertise of the two companies Iztech’s managing director Kevin Nuttall believes they have created a very special product.
“By using the soft armour technology that Forcefield implement across their entire range and combining it with our knowledge of seat construction we have ended up with a rib and chest protector that is both thin and flexible giving you superior feel and feedback from the seat and kart as well as being the first Kart protector to carry a CE approved certificate which guarantees its ability to perform.”
By using a combination of specialised high-tech energy absorbing materials, we can provide protectors that are less bulky than our competitors whilst offering unrivalled protection.
REPEAT PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGY
The materials we use offer repeat performance technology. Hard shell protectors can only take one impact and should be discarded immediately after a significant impact.
This patented technology allows protection evenly across it surface. Most hard shell/plastic protectors will perform differently across its surface. You never know where the impact will strike!
A combination of Nitrex technology and Multi layers has enabled Forcefield to offer more lightweight and flexible protectors. This allows the armour to flex with the body and not be restricted by it.
The unique triangular Nitrex outer grid has been designed to allow vent holes at the base which allows breathability but also reduces weight.
It is a common misconception to believe impact protectors just “absorb” energy. In fact, to absorb the high levels of kinetic energy that are created when, for example, a mountain bike rider or motorcyclist falls from their bike and hits the ground would require padding very much thicker than could actually be worn. How would you like to try riding whilst encapsulated in a cube of foam more than a metre thick? Could a footballer evading an opposing player, or skiers and snowboarders weaving through the slalom, realistically function whilst wearing pads that stand proud of their limbs by several centimetres?
How impact protectors actually work is that they slow the rate of delivery of transmitted forces to a less-damaging or non-damaging rate. If someone punches you hard with their fist it will hurt you more than if they use the same energy to push you away. The punch is a sharp, sudden delivery of force; the push is a slower, more drawn out application.
A direct knee impact with the hard surface of the road or ground is sharp and sudden, but a good impact protector compresses slowly between you and the ground and spreads out the energy over a longer time. Thus the protector reduces injuries. Your kinetic energy still passes to the ground, but slowly enough to not injure you or to dig a hole! The differences in timescales involved are measured in milliseconds, but a millisecond is a long time in the world of impact protection!
The Forcefield technology development team specialises in optimisation of materials performance with engineered product design, to bring you the ideal combination of protection and flexibility with exceptional comfort; all at a realistic price.
Impact protection from Forcefield: developing tomorrow’s protection today.
|IZTECH RIB & CHEST PROTECTOR SIZE CHART|
|CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN 4 SIZES|
|8-10 YRS||60-68 cm|
|11-12 YRS||69-78 cm|
|13-14 YRS||79-83 cm|
|15+ YRS||84-94 cm|
|21+ YRS||94-104 cm|