Gear check ride out from Marseille for a tour of Le Mont Sainte-Baume: this time it’s a new back protector, worn with a base layer under the one-piece perforated leathers. A three-can ride because of the afternoon heat, plus a cool-down at a village spring. Not easy in midsummer heat in Provence.
Great to rest up in the relative cool of the pine and oak forest at about 700 m. altitude on Sainte-Baume with half a dozen different species of butterflies and moths fluttering around.
Leathers peeled off pretty wet and fragrant back in Marseille: the afternoon was a lot hotter than the forecasts: I saw 34°C on a pharmacy thermometer in Gémenos.
The Dainese Pro-Speed Back Protector is a snug fit and didn’t chafe or feel hot, except the straps. Possibly it helps with the air back ventilation. No problems with a small rucksac. I’d prefer it was built in to the suit (as they used to be) but there’s more protection with the armour separate.