KORI began as a groundbreaking innovation for motorcyclists, a vision of perfect freedom and uncompromised safety.
Today, we are growing into a brand with genuinely developed products with high Swedish made quality and we have
taken our vision of freedom and safety to meet sports enthusiasts with different specializations that and likeminded needs.

For us it is the feeling and experience of the sport or activity that sets focus on which needs to be solved and how
the products should be designed.

Our first product, KORI-D3O which is a new concept of back protectors that can be transformed into a back pack.
In this blog you will follow our journey and our inspirations.

KORI Encouraging Freedom. Encouraging Safety.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Using protectors in different sports…

kori back protector for sports
The main issue in this discussion is that if a force hits you during a crash, you do not want the least possible of that force to reach your body. Therefore there are several different types of products out on the market with the aim to protect your body in that situation.

In some cases the crashes and therefore the usage of the protector is frequent and maybe even conscious. This is in sports where crashing is a part of doing and learning, in some sports you even teach and learn how to crash. In other sports crashes are not a desirable part of the sport. But, weather you use your protectors frequently or not and consciously or not, the purpose are the same. And most important, in any sport, the unexpected accident might be just around the next corner, in the next turn or in the next jump.

So, the important aspects of the protectors for different sports are not that different:

Movement of the body. Most sports desirers protectors that follows your body movements, there are some sports with a stiffer usage position that allows for stiffer protectors, but few sports prefers them… So, a flexible and movable protector – no matter which sport. The back protector D3O Viper PRO in KORI is the markets most soft and flexible material which makes it follow every single body movement, like an extra protective skin.

Impact forces – all protectors are developed to protect the body from impact forces. Note that not all protectors are developed to manage frequent impact forces, some protectors are singe-crash-products and should be exchanged after subjected to an impact force. The D3O Viper PRO protector in KORI is of a soft material that reacts with molecules that instantly locks on to each other when subjected to the force and then directly returns to its flexible form, it can be subjected again and again without loosing its protective ability. 

Body temperature – some protectors are said to be specially developed for warm/cold situations. But most important with the protectors is not to provide you heat or cold, rather to obtain and enhance your natural body environment by adjusting to its temperature and humidity (sweat). What is put underneath and on top of the protector will then keep you cool by ventilation or keep you warm by isolation. In KORI the polyester mesh and the ventilated D3O Viper protector helps transport and ventilate humid air (sweat) from your body which is the most efficient aspect to enhance the body environment. 

CE Certification EN1621. There is a standard for protectors; it is based on the motorcycle standard which meets the highest standard on the market. It is divided into Level 1 (lower) and Level 2 (higher). Note that not all protectors are tested and certified for the standard and not all sports requires products with the certification, but the certification is a proof of understanding the impacts, ergonomics and the positioning – all important for the final performance of the protector! KORI D3O Viper Pro is certified withthe higher level of protection: EN1621-2, Level 2.

So.. what differs the different sports protectors from each other is first of all that not all protectors have the CE-certification standard, secondly not all protectors are developed for frequent crashes and thirdly… well thirdly there is no other difference. The differences will come in what you personally prefer and find suitable for your body, your movements and your needs. All sport protectors want to be comfortable and ergonomic and, when the accident is there, all sports protectors wants to protect…