MXA PRODUCT TEST:
ACERBIS INFINITY CHEST PROTECTOR
WHAT IS IT? The Acerbis Infinity chest protector bridges the gap between conventional chest protectors and those that are neck brace compliant.
WHAT’S IT COST? $139.95.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Acerbis Infinity chest protector.
(1) Fit. The Infinity required a few motos of riding before it molded to our torsos and felt comfortable. Initially, the upper portion of the protector was tight, while the bottom was loose. The adjustable straps helped, but saddle time was the end-all solution. Sizing was spot-on for most testers, although bigger-framed riders will find that the Infinity comes up short of protecting the stomach area. The Infinity is one-size-fits-all and comes in black, white, blue or red.
(2) Neck brace compatible. Most conventional chest protectors are designed to protect a rider from rocks and roost; however, they often fail to work in conjunction with neck braces. The Infinity is comprised of four plastic plates, and the top plates on each side of the protector can be removed to expose more surface area around the neck. Removing the attachment screws allows for a large enough opening to fit a Leatt, Alpinestars, Omega or EVS neck protection device.
(3) Protection. The Infinity can fit over or under a jersey. Acerbis built the chest protector to appropriate dimensions, as test riders looked sleek and—dare we say it—non-Euro, when the Infinity was worn under a jersey. The chest protector does a standup job of protecting against flying debris in its conventional form, but when the plastic plates are removed for neck brace fitment, a portion of the rider’s chest is exposed to roost (where the base of the neck brace and the chest protector meet). Only an inch of area is vulnerable, but that small space will feel like you’re riding naked once you catch a rock in your chest. The Infinity also comes with detachable arm guards.
(4) Price. The Acerbis Infinity chest protector is right in the ballpark with the Fox RaceFrame ($139.95), Thor Force ($149.95) and Troy Lee Designs Bodyguard2 ($135.00). With the option of being neck brace compatible or remaining conventional, we think that the Infinity is a price point contender.
(5) Weight. With all four plates attached, the Infinity weighs 1.55 pounds. When the top two plastic plates are detached, the weight drops to 1.25 pounds. To give you an idea, in neck brace compatible form the Infinity weighs about the same as two magazines.
(6) Place of manufacture. China.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? When the components are removed to complement a Leatt Brace, coverage is decreased, thus exposing certain areas of the chest.
This is a five-star product if you wear a neck brace, a four-star product if you like a durable under-the-jersey chest protector, and a three-star product as a conventional chest protector.