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Starting from the ensured success of BUMPER and following the changes in the karting scenario, today BENGIO technology evolves towards the new AB7 RIB PROTECTOR, the first rib protector of BENGIO family homologated underFIA standard 8870-2018.
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AB7 RIB PROTECTORrepresents the edge of this evolution through the combination of:
TOTAL BODY SAFETY The ordinary lateral protection is integrated with new elements for the protection of sternum and back of the drivers to gain an all around safety where the whole torso area finds protection and comfort.
Back protector: Tested for impact energy at 100 joule Chest protector: Tested for impact energy at 60 joule Rib protector: Tested for impact energy at 100 joule
FIA standard requires that the maximum peak force recorder at any time during the impact shall not exceed 1kN. AB7 tests obtain largely superior results to the standards required.
DESIGN AND ERGONOMICS AB7 layout allows a better adherence to any part of the driver’s body. The new shaping of lateral rib protections grants a better fitting in driving position, while the elastic shoulder straps allow an adjustable regulation for any body structure.
CLOSURE SYSTEM Thanks to the new closure system designed and registered byBENGIO, the driver can wear and adjust the rib protector in a simple, fast and safe way being sure that the protective areas stay in place during the driving session in compliance withFIAsafety standard.
MATERIALS The use of composite fibers grants the highest standards of resistance and safety in case of accident even after several uses. The internal padding in high shock-absorbing foam allows the dispersion of impact energy and vibrations to which the driver is subjected during the karting session.
MADE IN ITALY CRAFTMANSHIP AB7 is completely hand-made in Italy. The in-house development and manufacturing of any component allows a close control on the quality of BENGIO products, guaranteeing the safety that is promised to every driver choosingBENGIOrib protectors.
According toFIA 8870-2018 Standard, the proper size has to be chosen with reference to the user’s height and then in correspondence to the measures of the chest circumference available.
Moreover It is recommended to tryAB7 RIB PROTECTORwearing it in driving position
BENGIO Frequently Asked Questions:
- Is the sizing chart accurate?
Yes. To determine your size simply measure the circumference of your chest at it's widest point under your armpits. Match that measurement to the corresponding size on the size chart. You can find a video that shows this in more detail on the Bengio product pages on our website
- What is the difference between Standard, Carbon, and Kevlar?
The Standard rib protector uses fiberglass for the hard shield. The Carbon has a layer of carbon fiber over the fiberglass, and the Kevlar version has an additional layer of Kevlar fiber over the fiberglass and carbon layers. The Kevlar is the stiffest, with the Carbon slightly less stiff, and the Fiberglass less stiff than that. They are progressively better at absorbing and dispersing impact.
- What is new about the 2020 version of the Bengio Rib Protectors?
The 2020 Bengio Rib Protectors feature a new Velcro closure system that eliminates the pinch point of the old double d ring closure system. It also adds an extra level of padding to the front of the rib protector.
- How durable are the Bengio Rib Protectors?
All Bengio Rib Protectors are very durable. The straps are thick elastic strapping that are riveted to the shield layers. They employ high strength Velcro and extra stitching where needed. The shield layers are highly resistant to cracking and wear although some wearing of the surface finish is normal.
- What is the Integral Rib Protector ? How do they differ from the other Bengio Rib Protector
The Integral is generally intended for young drivers that need additional chest and back protection, although they can be used by any age driver looking for more protection. They have a separate hard padded chest plate and the back padding extends further up and down the back.
- Is it to be worn under the suit or over the suit?
It is designed to be worn under the race suit. Most racers wear it over a light Tshirt.
- Can I return it if it doesn’t fit? Who pays for the shipping when there is an exchange?
Italian Motors does not accept returns but exchanging for a different size is possible. If you accurately measure yourself against the sizing chart you should have no problems but if you receive the rib protector and it does not fit correctly it can be exchanged. You will be responsible for return shipping and the shipping charges for the new size.
Please contact Italian Motors via email (email@example.com) or give us a phone call (360-988-5104) if you have any further questions and we will be happy to help.