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Ribs are pretty important, inside that cage of bone is all of your important organs and damage to your ribs can not only be very painful, but it can put you out of action for months while they heal up. Not good at all. So to stop this happening you’re going to need to buy a rib protector, these vary in price but also vary in styles and features. Here are five good ones for you to consider that won’t break the bank.
Alpinestars Bionic rib support
It may not have the smoothest name but this mid-range rib protector from Alpinestars is packed with ergonomic features to optimise driver safety and comfort. The Rib panels themselves are made up from 3mm dual density padding with a polymer shell to dissipate energy away from an impact. It is also fully adjustable in the form of the front and shoulder straps as well as velcrow adjusters in the back for a comfortable and secure fit.
Sparco Kevlar rib Protector
This Sparco rib protector has rigid sides made from a Kevlar composite for strength and lightness; this combined with the padded inner lining makes this rib protector very strong. It also has adjustable shoulder straps and a large velcrow front strap for comfort and a secure fit.
Tillett Ribtec rib protector
The design of the Ribtec is a simple one, but it’s very effective, the hard shell distributes pressure across the body while the soft inner lining absorbs impact. It has holes for efficient ventilation and one large strap at the front for adjustment. Accessories are available in the form of shoulder straps for extra comfort.
OMP Carbon Rib Waistcoat
This carbon rib protector from OMP has been redesigned to allow the maximum driver mobility whilst maintaining a high level of protection. All closures are buckle-less for safety and the tough carbon outer shell is very light and the padded lining is very comfortable, all this makes for a very un restricting rib protector.
Sparco SPK-7 Rib Protector
Sparco have improved the design of the previous rib protector and this time it includes protection to the chest in the form of breast plate on top of the protection to the ribs shoulders and back. The padded inner provides protection and comfort while the adjustable straps make sure the protector stays securely in place.
This article was published in Karting magazine in September 2015 and was written by Michael Killingworth