Our Choice of the Best Football Back Plates

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We look at ten of the best football back plates that pair really well with your football accessories including your football gloves.

Schutt Varsity Football Back Plate.
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Rawlings Back Kick Plate
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Schutt Sports Air Maxx Back Plate.
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Schutt Sports Varsity Back Plate.
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Schutt Sports Youth Back Plate
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Douglas DP Series Football Back Plate.
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Schutt Sports Air Maxx TPU Protective Back Plate
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EvoShield Youth Football Shoulder Pad Back Plate.
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Douglas JP Series Removable Youth Football Back Plate.
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Gear Pro-Tec Z-Cool Varsity Back Plate.
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Pros
  • It is light, comfortable and offers amazing breathability
  • Has extra grommets for even better attachment options
Cons
  • The back plate might not be wide enough for those with very wide backs
Summary

Starting off our list of the best football back plates is the Schutt Varsity Football Back Plate. This is a corrugated back plate that will give you all the protection you need on the field. It is very wide to ensure that it covers the whole of your lower back as well as some of your lower torso. When used in conjunction with a really good rib protector, the Schutt Varsity Football Back Plate should be enough to keep the injuries that arise from hard hits at bay.

The corrugated part of the Schutt Varsity Football Back Plate is raised to further keep the impacts of play at bay. Apart from that, the Schutt Varsity Football Back Plate is very well ventilated. This is made possible by the 5-millimeter vents that are found on the surface of the back plate. There will ensure that you keep dry and fresh during a game.

In addition to that, we found the inner padding of this backplate to be very comfortable and we were able to wear it for long periods of time without feeling the strain. It is also pretty light for those long games. It does come with a few attachments for both low and high attachment points which is a huge plus for short players. All in all, we found the protection adequate and the comfort satisfying. All of this coupled with how light weight the Schutt Varsity Football Back Plate is, make it our number one football back plate.

Price9.5
Protection9.5
Comfort10
Durability9.5
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Pros
  • The cushioning used on the inside of the Rawlings Back Kick Plate to be quite comfortable
  • The Rawlings Back Kick Plate is also very well ventilated
  • Does come with a number of attachments for your shoulder pads
Cons
  • Has to be coupled with a rib protector if you looking for even better protection
Summary

At number two we have the Rawlings Back Kick Plate. This is another very good backplate as it is made out of material that will go a long way to keep your back and spine from injuries. We also found the cushioning used on the inside of the Rawlings Back Kick Plate to be quite comfortable. This made it possible to wear this backplate for long periods of time without feeling the strain.

The Rawlings Back Kick Plate is also very well ventilated, just like our number one item, which helps to keep a player cool during intense play. We also noticed that it is pretty lightweight and fits really well under our jerseys.

The Rawlings Back Kick Plate also comes with added protection for the lower back. If the rib protector that you have does not come with protection from the lower back, then this is the back plate that you ought to get.

The Rawlings Back Kick Plate does come with a number of attachments for your shoulder pads. This means that you will be able to wear it high or low depending on the height of your torso. The Rawlings Back Kick Plate is a on size fits all adult rawlings back plate. This means that all players who are past the varsity level will find this backplate sufficient for them.

We found the black matte finish to be very beautiful, something that really does work well for this backplate.

Price9.5
Protection9
Comfort9
Durability9.5
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Pros
  • Very comfortable and light
  • It has enough air circulation to ensure that you remain both cool and dry
  • Does come with various attachments for your shoulder pads
  • It has the proven ruggedness to withstand even the biggest impacts
  • It also comes in various colors
Cons
  • Does not really fit those with very wide backs and bodies
  • Summary

    I have always believed in Schutt as far as football accessories are concerned and they did not disappoint with their back plate. This one of the many backplates that we are going to feature on this list. The Schutt Sports Air Maxx Back Plate is very comfortable and light. We found it pretty easy to wear and play in it for extended periods of time. It also fit very well under our jerseys which is something that is very important for all football players. In addition to that, the Schutt Sports Air Maxx Back Plate is pretty well ventilated. It has enough air circulation to ensure that you remain both cool and dry during games.

    The Schutt Sports Air Maxx Back Plate does come with various attachments for your shoulder pads. These allow you to wear the back plate both high and low depending on your torso height. One of the things that we really loved about the Schutt Sports Air Maxx Back Plate is that it fits and works really with shoulder pads from both Schutt and other distributors.

    The Schutt Sports Air Maxx Back Plate is a varsity level backplate meaning that it has the proven ruggedness to withstand even the biggest impacts. Do not be fooled by its modest size, it really is an impressive backplate.

    The Schutt Sports Air Maxx Back Plate is a one size fits all back plate unless you have a very wide back. It also comes in various colors so that you are able to choose one in a color that you do really love.

    Price9
    Protection8.5
    Comfort9
    Durability9
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    Pros
    • Comes in a wide variety of colors
    • Offers amazing protection from all sides
    • It is very light and comfortable
    • It is very well ventilated
    • Its corrugated, raised back helps keep you away from hard-hitting impacts
    Cons
  • Might be a bit pricey on some online shops
  • Summary

    The Schutt Sports Varsity Back Plate is a backplate for those who are looking to make a statement. Starting right off the bat, you will notice that this backplate comes in a very bright yellow, green, orange or red color. This will not only make a statement for you, but you should be able to find one that blends with at least one of your teams colors. Do not be fooled into thinking this backplate is all fluff. We found the inner cushioning to be very comfortable even in long periods of play. Apart from that, the outside is corrugated meaning that it is able to take a lot more hits than most other backplate so this list.

    The corrugated part is also raised to further protect you from impact. The Schutt Sports Varsity Back Plate does come with various attachment points for both low and high attachments points. The attachment points attach to most shoulder pads so this should not be a concern for you when getting this back plate.

    We were really impressed to find out that this backplate does come with state of the art ventilation. This is very important for players who play longer games and who need to stay cool and dry during their matches.

    The Schutt Sports Varsity Back Plate is also drastically different from most other back plates in this list because it offers protection in areas that most other back plates do not offer protection. There are known as body blind spots and it can be very detrimental if you are hit in these areas during a game.

    Price9
    Protection8.5
    Comfort8
    Durability8
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    Pros
    • It offers very good protection if you pair it with a really good rib protector
    • <liTthe Schutt Sports Youth Back Plate very cool and well ventilated

    • There are various attachments available for both high and low attachment
    • The back of this backplate is corrugated and raised to ensure it offers the best protection
    Cons
  • It is a youth back plate and might not be useful for those in the varsity level and up
  • Summary

    At number five we have another backplate from Schutt, the Schutt Sports Youth Back Plate. Although this is a youth backplate, we found that it offered very good protection if you pair it with a really good rib protector. It is made out of ventilated high density EVA foam.

    This foam makes the Schutt Sports Youth Back Plate very cool and well ventilated which is always a plus if you are plying long games in hot weather. The fabric and the straps are also very comfortable nd offer a lot of protection during games. In simple terms, the Schutt Sports Youth Back Plate is the whole package.

    You will also realize that the Schutt Sports Youth Back Plate fits all youth shoulder pads. When paired with a really good rib protector, the Schutt Sports Youth Back Plate is one of the best protective back plates out there.

    There are various attachments available for both high and low attachment depending on your preference. This is a one size fits most back plate that works really well even for us although we do have very small bodies.

    The back of this backplate is corrugated and raised to ensure it offers the best protection money can buy. Remember we talked bout the EVA foam, this is the one thing about this back plate, in addition to the breathability, that we really love about the Schutt Sports Youth Back Plate.

    Price9
    Protection8
    Comfort7.5
    Durability7.5
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    Pros
    • Comfortable and light weight
    • Comes with extra grommets that allow a player to raise or lower the back plate
    • Attaches easily to all brands of shoulder pads
    • Very well ventilated
    Cons
  • Might be overlooked because it is not a well known brand
  • Summary

    At number six, we have a letter known back plate, the Douglas DP Series Football Back Plate. Despite the fact that this backplate is relatively unknown, we were really satisfied with its performance. One of the things that we noticed as soon as we put it on is how comfortable and light weight it is. We also noticed that it fit really well under our jerseys, which is very important for us. All of this to say that the Douglas DP Series Football Back Plate scores major points for comfort and usability.

    Moving on, you will find that the Douglas DP Series Football Back Plate comes with extra grommets that allow a player to raise or lower the back plate. This is so that you have the back plate at just the right height. Granted, this is something that is very important for any back plate as far as we are concerned.

    Although the Douglas DP Series Football Back Plate is made to attach easily to all brands of shoulder pads, it really excels when it is coupled with Douglas DP football shoulder pads. If you do not have this, fear not. You can just attach the Douglas DP Series Football Back Plate to the shoulder pads that you already have.

    Although the back is not raised like most of the back plates on this list, it is still able to offer you protection from hits and impact. This is a comfortable, lightweight, protective backplate that any layer would be lucky to have on their back.

    Price8.5
    Protection7.5
    Comfort7.5
    Durability7.5
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    Pros
    • This is a very comfortable and protective back plate especially due to the TPU cushioning
    • The TPU cushioning also helps improve the comfort of this back plate
    • It has a proven air management system for excellent ventilation
    • It is a very durable and rugged back plate, perfect for all kinds of play scenarios
    Cons
  • It feels a bit bulky under the jersey
  • Summary

    Coming in at number seven is the Schutt Sports Air Maxx TPU Protective Back Plate. This is a very comfortable and protective back plate especially due to the TPU cushioning that it comes with. The TPU cushioning is an improvement over older models. It offers better impact absorption as well as consistency under different impacts and temperatures. All in all, the reliability on this one is strong.

    You will also notice that apart from absorbing all or most of the impact that you face during games, the TPU cushioning also helps improve the comfort of this back plate. The Schutt Sports Air Maxx TPU Protective Back Plate fits on all varsity shoulder pads made by Schutt. That said, it does not leave out shoulder pads made by competitors as it does fit those too.

    This is a one size fits most kind of shoulder pad unless you have a very wide back. It does come with a number of extra grommets to ensure that you are able to attach it to your shoulder pads at hjust the right height. The build is strong and refined and you will find it lasting for a long time and for lots of seasons.

    It has a proven air management system that keeps it very well ventilated and breathable, something that will come in very handy if you play in hot conditions or for very long periods of time.

    Price8
    Protection7
    Comfort7
    Durability7.5
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    Pros
    • Does a really good job of protecting the spine
    • Its very comfortable and lightweight
    • Has great breathability
    • It does attach to a wide range of shoulder pads
    Cons
  • Is mainly focused on the spine and might not protect the rest of the back like most of the pother backplates on this list will
  • Summary

    At number eight we have the EvoShield Youth Football Shoulder Pad Back Plate. It might take on a different shape from most of the other back plates on this list and we say this as proof that this back plate is specially made to protect the spine. It is very comfortable although it is not the best when it comes to ventilation. You might have a few issues of you sweat a lot or if your other football accessories do not have enough breathability.

    This is a youth backplate but we found it sufficient when coupled with a really good rib protector. Speaking of protection, the EvoShield Youth Football Shoulder Pad Back Plate absorbs impact really well to ensure that you remain safe during play.

    It does come with extra grommets to ensure that you are able to attach it to your shoulder pads at just the right height. It does attach to a wide range of shoulder pads which is a great plus for this back plate.

    It is raised to offer additional protection although this does not mean that it is not able to fit under the jersey.

    It offers really good protection and is comfortable and lightweight enough. The only problem we had with it is the ventilation.

    Price7.5
    Protection6.5
    Comfort7
    Durability7
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    Pros
    • This back plate is made for rugged game
    • It is very comfortable and light weight
    • It comes with extra grommets
    Cons
  • Might be a bit small for some of your bigger players
  • Summary

    At number nine, we have another back plate from Douglas, the Douglas JP Series Removable Youth Football Back Plate. This is a youth back plates that we found offers sufficient protection for your young champions. This back plate is made for rugged game play which is very important if you want to keep your champions safe.

    The Douglas JP Series Removable Youth Football Back Plate is very comfortable and light weight which is always important especially for those who are not used to wearing the backplates. It offers all round protection which most other back plates just don't. This means that coupled with a good rib protectors, you can send your young champions onto the field with total confidence.

    It comes with extra grommets to allow for the lowering or raising of the backplate for the best fit. If you re looking for really good shoulder pads that go with the Douglas JP Series Removable Youth Football Back Plate, try the Adams JP youth series. There should couple really well and offer the best protection.

    The Douglas JP Series Removable Youth Football Back Plate is a one size fits most kind of backplate so be rest assured that it will fit your young ones.

    Price7
    Protection6.5
    Comfort6.5
    Durability6.5
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    Pros
    • Provides very good ventilation and air circulation
    • The Gear Pro-Tec Z-Cool Varsity Back Plate very comfortable and lightweight
    • protects you from all sides
    • Comes with adjustable straps for custom height adjustment
    Cons
  • Does not come with grommets
  • Summary

    We finish off our list of the best football backplates with the Gear Pro-Tec Z-Cool Varsity Back Plate. This back plate features the Z-COOL moisture transfer system. This system not only provides very good ventilation and air circulation, it also wicks sweat away to keep you both cool and dry during your games. The foam system on this one is a 3-D Air flow system that offers amazing evaporation of sweat to improve the comfort of this back plate.

    The inner part is made out of reinforced vented inner plastic. This system makes the Gear Pro-Tec Z-Cool Varsity Back Plate very comfortable and lightweight when you need protection and to stay in the game for long. The Gear Pro-Tec Z-Cool Varsity Back Plate does not come with grommets but still comes with attachments that allow you to raise or lower it depending on the height of your torso.

    Coupled with a really good rib protector, the Gear Pro-Tec Z-Cool Varsity Back Plate will allow you to to stay in the game for long will be able to protect you from all sides further ensuring that remain protected through out your games.

    Price6.5
    Protection6
    Comfort6.5
    Durability6.5
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    About the Author

    About the Author: My name is Nicholas Young. I am a twenty-five year old freelancer living in Johnson City of Tennessee. As you might have guessed by now, I find meaning to my life from American football. .

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