Friday, 30 April 2010

'New' foldable back protector wins award 10 years after Knox

"THE Soul Race MF Bender foldable back protector has won the prestigious Italian Young Designer of the Year award for Manuel Franzan of Franzan Design" reports motorcycle trade magazine International Dealer News. "The back protector is made from polyurethane and can be folded in two and stored easily under the seat of the scooter or in a bag, backpack or rucksack. Last year it also won Motociclismo's 'Best Innovation for Motorcyclists' award".

Described as "The first and unique back protector bender" by the Italian manufacturers, the Soul Race MF Bender is certainly not the first foldable back protector by a long way. Ten years earlier, in 2000, British impact protection specialists KNOX unveiled the Stowaway - the world's first CE-approved foldable back protector.

Motor Cycle News was quick to recognise British safety innovation and voted it Product of the Year at the prestigious MCN Awards ceremony.

Now in its third generation and called the Kompakt, the highly successful Knox foldable back protector is exported around the world and retails in UK shops for £69.99. See the original award-winning foldable back protector at

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