I wear a mesh-and-textile jacket most of the time with elbow and shoulder padding, and a back protector in the back pocket (Dainese Shotgun and Air-Tex jackets, Wave G2 back protector).
I am concerned about how much the armor will move around if I hit the pavement. The back protector in particular is held in a thin nylon pocket that cannot possibly hold together when stressed.
Is anyone recommending one of those neck-to-tailbone back protectors that strap around your waist with big stretchy-velcro straps? Or chest protection? I have not gone as far as that.
I live in hot, humid Bangkok and I need to have some airflow.
I just got one of these: http://www.bikersgearaustralia.com/p...6f91d517600e0b
Back, chest, shoulders, elbows and a kidney belt as well. Good hard protection that is far and away better than the thin stuff that comes with most jackets. Excellent quality, but make sure you really tighten the bolts on the shoulder straps.
Surprisingly easy to get on and off - took about 10 minutes to adjust all the straps.
Perfect for touring. Had several days hard riding in it last weekend that included a 2 x 4 hour highway trips and did not notice any discomfort.
Plus, you feel like a Roman centurian when you put it on.
Of course, you have to remove the armour in your jacket.
As it is mid-winter here, I can't say much about how it will go in the summer. It certainly was no warmer than jacket armour. My suspicion is that it would be comparable to existing armour in the jacket. But, hey, riding in the tropics in the summer is always going to be hot work.
I combine the armour with a Collins Manx style full leather jacket (mesh/textile in summer), 5 racing gloves, Rossi boots, Shark helmet and (when on long rides) leather racing pants with hip, knee and shin protection.