Six Back Support Belt Choices That Could Save Your Spine on The Street Or In The Dirt, But Which Is Best?
by Scott Rousseau, photos by Dave Searle & Gina Ciolo
Excerpt taken from Motorcycle Consumer News, March 2012. (click here to read full pdf here)
There are hundreds of back support belts on the market today, including motorcycling specific styles ranging from basic motocross-style kidney belts to more substantial belts designed for long-distance road riding. Some motorcyclists believe that weightlifter-style belts are the best choice, while others swear that the utility-style belts, such as those worn by warehouse workers, are the hot ticket. So, we compiled six belts that represent the various styles of back support belts on the market today and put them to the test.
Our findings? When it comes to managing back pain, anything is better than nothing, but some models that we tested did stand out, and one of them offered just the right combination of support, comfort, fit and value to earn our MCN Best Buy recommendation.
MCN first presented the BackA-Line Dynamic Support belt as one of our Innovations of the Month over a decade ago, in our June 2001 issue. The belt’s basic design hasn’t changed since then, and it hasn’t needed to.
The Dynamic Support features a patented, rigid lumbar support pad that covers virtually the entire lower back area (see inset)—the only belt in this test to do so. This support pad is gently curved on the inside surface and provided with a channel to avoid direct contact with the spine. The pad’s shape is designed to encourage the natural curvature of the lower back for proper posture while offering lumbar and kidney support.
The curved back area of the Dynamic Support measures 8.25″ top to bottom at its tallest point. The belt is initially closed via a 4.25″ wide strap that uses hook-and-loop material. An additional 2″ cinch strap wraps across the abdomen, through a steel loop and doubles back for added security and support and is also secured by hook and loop material.