D3O Ghost Back Protector Wins ISPO Award For Revolutionary Lightweight, Flexible Impact Protection

June 7, 2023

Leading global sports platform ISPO recognizes D3O’s Impact Print™ technology in the Ghost™ Back Protector for bike, moto, and snow sport enthusiasts.

MUNICH, GERMANY / 06 JUNE, 2023 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – D3O, the world’s leading impact protection solutions company, has won a coveted ISPO award for their Ghost™ Back Protector with Impact Print™, a lightweight, cool, flexible solution featuring D3O’s innovative non-Newtonian material.

Using the revolutionary D3O® Impact Print™ technology, the Ghost™ Back Protector is a fit-and-forget solution for people who would otherwise practice their sport unprotected. Benefiting from breathability and a low profile, its users can push their limits while enjoying CE protection, the standard of safety from European Union regulators.

“During development, our team set out to address flex and comfort while making sure that the product durability standards were met in a host of usage scenarios,” says Mostyn Thomas, Global Brand Director at D3O. “This meant several testing sessions, in the harshest conditions, on the trail and in snow, to make sure that the protector comfortably exceeded high standards and testing requirements.”

Unlike traditional rigid protectors, the D3O® Ghost™ Back Protector easily flexes and twists with the user, both on and off the bike, snowboard, or skis. This makes it easier for beginners and elite athletes to focus on their learning and performance without being distracted by uncomfortable back protection.

The weight of the protector is around the same as a small loaf of bread at just under 15 ounces, and its thickness is just over one quarter of an inch. Its slim profile and tapered edges mean it fits seamlessly and unobtrusively to the wearer’s back inside both dedicated back protector vests as well as everyday jackets and baselayers.

“When you’re out riding on two wheels or skiing, comfort and flexibility are vital,” says Kevin Fleer, Head of Product at D3O. “You want to be able to do what you love doing with total freedom and confidence, without being inhibited by bulky or restrictive armor. The Ghost™ Back protector provides just that: world class impact protection coupled with superior comfort through freedom of movement.”

The ISPO Award Jury reported that the D3O® Ghost™ Back Protector is “lightweight, breathable, and super-flexible when wearing. This back protector takes away the rigidness and stiffness without sacrificing safety. It’s easy to integrate and fit with different solutions.”

The D3O® Ghost™ Back Protector will be available for purchase through leading action sports brands soon. For more information about D3O and its innovative material, visit www.d3o.com.


About D3O

D3O is a leading impact protection solutions company that uses patented and proprietary technologies to create high-performance, shock-absorbing materials. Its non-Newtonian materials are used in a variety of applications, including protective gear for athletes, industrial safety equipment, and consumer electronics.

About ISPO

The leading global sports platform ISPO honors the most innovative products and services in the sports industry with the ISPO Award. The winning products are spotlighted at the OutDoor by ISPO and ISPO Munich trade fairs and also benefit from international coverage year-round on ISPO.com, the sports-inspiring magazine.

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