So what is the difference between the various safety ratings?​

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Safety Ratings Explained

CE level 1 protection: A pad is rated at CE level 1 when the maximum transmitted force is below 18 kN, and no single value exceeds 24 kN many slim back protectors on the market carry a CE-1 safety certification.

CE level 2 protection: A pad is rated at CE level 2 when the maximum transmitted force is below 9 kN, and no single value exceeds 12 kN. Many thick back protectors on the market carry a CE-2 safety certification.



Don't end up like the watermelon on the left.​

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