[Products We Rate]

Review: Axo Pentagon Morpho Armour

6 months ago | Words: Grant O’Brien | Photos: Donat O'Kelly

A product the Transmoto team has tried, tested and would recommend to a mate.

WHAT IS IT

The Pentagon Morpho armour is one of two new chest/back protection products introduced by Axo in late 2017. It has certified level 2 protectors in the full back, shoulders, chest, and boasts a one size fits all from Small to Xtra Large with a very affordable price tag.

WHY WE RATE IT

PROS…

  • Protection – The reason we wear chest/back protectors is to protect our ribs, spine and internals from harsh impacts, and thanks to the Pentagon Morpho’s external plastic shells with shock absorber foam it does that well.
  • Adjustment – Adjustable velcro shoulder and waist straps allow you to easily adjust the armour to suit your body type.
  • Ventilation – The inner padding that’s covered with breathable and antibacterial material receives good airflow from the large number of slots in the front and rear panels, which keeps your body from overheating in hot conditions.
  • Neck Brace-compatible – Designed to accommodate neck braces the Pentagon Morpho armour also has a neck brace dispersion area to help absorb impacts.

CONS…

  • Comfort – 1.5kgs doesn’t sound like a lot of weight, but when you pick up the Pentagon Morpho armour it feels a little heavy, and it certainly feels that way when you wear it. The front panel fits well to your chest once the straps are clicked in, but the back panel doesn’t naturally align that well with the curve of your back.
  • Construction – While the materials used in the Pentagon Morpho are of high quality and the stitching solid, the thin velcro straps on the shoulder pads that attach them to the main armour and fit around your arms are a bit of a letdown, and tend to move out of place easily.

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

Priced at $154.95 the Axo Pentagon Morpho armour comes in at half the cost of the premium armour on the market, and for that price, we think it’s good value for money. But that old saying ‘You get what you pay for’ rings true as whilst the armour does do the job, and offers good protection, on the flipside, overall comfort isn’t the strongest point.

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