AFTER the Christmas spending spree funds, like my waistline, can be tight so it's a good time to keep an eye out for bargains.

Bargains like the new offering from Knox incorporating a substantial CE-approved back-protector into a zip-up gilet that is comfortable and convenient to wear all day long and sells for the budget price of £59.99. This new addition to the Knox's market leading range of impact protectors is called the FastBack, because it is quick and easy to put on or remove.

At the core of the FastBack is a full- sized CE-approved back protector that covers the spine and shoulder blades and is manufactured by Knox to surpass the tough new EN1621-2 standard (Level 2).

The back protector utilises a venturi cooling system, a simple yet ingenious design consisting of ridges that act like chimneys to draw hot air up and away from the body.

Those ridges also act as extra energy absorbers as they compress and change shape in an impact.

Knox chose arrow netting for the main body of the vest, an ultra-strong sport mesh designed to look "as cool as it keeps the wearer".

Fastened by a central front zipper, the Fast-back is held firmly in place with a dual fastening Velcro waist belt that will suit most shapes and sizes.

Waist adjustment is provided in the form of IPS side straps (increased posture support).

These pull the back protector close into the small of the back for enhanced comfort on arduous rides.