with all this talk on squids, i wanna say that i take protection pretty seriously so i wear the full gear, that is helmet, gloves, jacket, back protector, textile pants, boots. i've ridden around a few times with sport shoes and no back protector and i found it much more comfortable. i was getting more feel through the feet since the boots i wear are quite chunky and i felt more free with nothing strapped to my back. i understand that boots are very important so even though i have less feel through these i'll continue to use them but i'm curious about the back protector. i just go cruising around no valentino stuff. so what i wanna know is who here has felt that the back protector has minimised their injuries? or who here wears one? is it overkill in protection if your not flying around like rossi?