Upper-Body Protection: STEAKS® Contact Wear

Smackanawa Vest

Increase performance and speed up recovery time with tailored vests and tops offering upper-body impact protection.
45,00 € 109,90 €
Protected Areas
  • collar bones
  • ribs
  • sternum
Find the right size for you. Sizeguide

Your Benefits

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    Skin-Friendly fabrics

  • microbiology

    Antimicrobial impact protection

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Description and Features

The Smackanawa Vest is a soft, flexible, and protective vest with a comfortable fit. Anatomically shaped and low profile impact pads allow free range of movement and are easy to wear - as part of your outfit or as an underlayer. This single-layer elastic vest with padding on the collarbone, sternum and ribs will keep you safe -- and make you feel like a superhero.

This product is available at a highly reduced price in our Spring Cleaning Sale 2024. All sales are final! Policies that do not apply are the 30-day Money-Back Guarantee, Return and Refund Policy and Exchange Policy.

Tested with athletes for the following sports:

Smackanawa FAQ

  • laundry AUAU Athletics® Protective Activewear Care

    The correct care for your AUAU Athletics® product will increase the longevity of your product, which is better for you and the environment. Please follow these instructions.


    Rinse after each use

    Rinse with cold water after every use and hang it up to dry. This prevents unwanted odours and will allow for fewer washes and longer-lasting products. If your product is in regular use you can repeat this for 5-10 uses before a proper wash. But remember to wash your product before storing it for a break.


    Machine wash cold or hand wash

    We recommend washing your product with no more than 30°C/86° F. The Microban® Antimicrobial treatment of our impact foam renders higher temperatures unnecessary.

    Washing your product in an Eco-Washing bag such as the GUPPYFRIEND® washing bag with further increase the longevity of your product while filtering microplastic fibres out before they pollute water.

    If you want to further increase the longevity, we recommend you use a no-rinse laundry product such as SOAK. Soak your AAVA for 15 Minutes, squeeze out water and hang dry.


    Line Dry or Lay Flat

    Dry your AUAU Athletics® products by hanging them or laying them flat. Never put them in the dryer.


    Absolute No, Nos

    Do not store your product in a way that folds the impact foam, as this can cause the foam to break. Instead, lay flat or hang. Do not use softeners or chemical wash. Never put your AUAU Athletics® product in the dryer.

  • contact_support Which Upper-Body Protection is the right one for me?


    The impact protection best suited for you depends on your athletic needs. Check out these padding tips to find out what injuries our padding options prevent:

    • Sternum: many team, contact and combat sports can result in painful hits to the sternum. This is why every model of our STEAKS® Upper-Body Collection offers sternum protection.
    • Ribs: ribs are also vulnerable to impact in any team, contact and combat sport. Therefore, all models provide rib protection
    • Collar Bones: to prevent collar bone bruising. Available in the Smackanawa Vest and Shank Tank.
    • Shoulder: if you are recovering from a shoulder injury or are active in a sport in which shoulders are used to tackle opponents or in which bails result in athletes landing on their shoulders. Available in: Puzzle Full Armour T-Shirt.
  • straighten STEAKS® Upper-Body Protection size guide

    Available Sizes by model

    Smackanawa Vest - Sizes and Measurements

    • XS / EU34: Chest 80 cm/31.50 inches, Under Breasts or Pecs 63-67 cm/24.80-26.38 inches, Waist 64-67 cm/25.20-26.38 inches
    • XL / EU44: Chest 100 cm/37.80 inches, Under Breasts or Pecs 88-92 cm/32.68-34.25 inches, Waist 80-83 cm/29.92-31.10 inches
    • 2XL / EU46: Chest 104 cm/39.37 inches, Under Breasts or Pecs 93-97cm/34.65-36.22 inches, Waist 84-87 cm/31.50-32.68 inches

    Shank Tank - Sizes and Measurements

    • XL / EU44: Chest 105-111 cm/41.34-43.70 inches, Under Breasts or Pecs 101-111 cm/39.76-43.70 inches, Waist 94-100 cm/37.01-39.37 inches
    • 2XL / EU46: Chest 116-122 cm/45.67-48.03 inches, Under Breasts or Pecs 112-122 cm/44.09-48.03 inches, Waist 101-106 cm/39.76-41.73 inches

    Puzzle Full Armour T-Shirt - Sizes and Measurements

    • XS / EU34: Chest 80-84 cm/31.50-33.07 inches, Under Breasts or Pecs 63-68 cm/24.80-26.77 inches, Waist 64-68 cm/25.20-26.77 inches
    • XL / EU44: Chest 96-100cm/37.80-39.37 inches, Under Breasts or Pecs 83-88 cm/32.68-34.65 inches, Waist 76-80 cm/29.92-31.50 inches
    • 2XL / EU46: Chest 100-104 cm/39.37-40.94 inches, Under Breasts or Pecs 88-97 cm/39.37-40.94 inches, Waist 80-87 cm/31.50-34.25 inches


    Sizing Tipps

    The Contact Wear garments are elastic, which ensures a small size margin. How to measure correctly: Always measure standing upright and without clothes. Make sure to measure correctly before ordering.

    • Sizing the Smackanawa Vest: choose the size based on your under-breast / under-pecs measurement. If you’re in between sizes, we recommend the following when choosing the size of your Contact Wear bra or top: select the bigger size if your size is XS-M/L and the smaller size if your size is M/L and up.
    • Sizing The Shank Tank: choose the size based on your chest measurement. As The Shank Tank/Tackle Protective Top was initially sized for the male body, the sizes will differ significantly from the size you normally wear, in case your body type is not cis male. You will have to choose two sizes down for this model. If you’re in between sizes, we recommend you choose the smaller size.
    • Sizing the Puzzle Full Armour T-Shirt: choose the size based on your under-breast / under-pecs measurement. If you’re in between sizes, we recommend you choose the size down.
  • Fabrics
  • 90% Shock Absorption
  • Fair production
  • Experience maximum comfort in skin-safe fabrics. Our STEAKS® Collection is made from nylon and polyester certified with the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, guaranteeing skin safety. The fabric is thick and sturdy (220gr/m2), guaranteeing product longevity. 

  • The impact foam used in the STEAKS® Collection sounds like magic but is actually science. It is remarkably soft and flexible, only 4,8 mm thick, but capable of absorbing 90% of impact energy - stiffening to form a protective shell when under pressure or subject to external impact. It eliminates the bulk that most protective apparel has without compromising protection. Its open-cell technology makes it suitable for repeated impact protection. The material will remain effective and maintain its performance hit after hit. Plus, it features Microban® antimicrobial technology to inhibit the growth of stain- and odour-causing bacteria, mould and mildew.

  • At AUAU Athletics®, we take pride in our production process and the working conditions of our production partner's employees. We source all of our materials from Europe. STEAKS® products were produced in Lithuania under fair working conditions that pay fair living wages. When you buy from us, you can feel confident that you're supporting a company that values sustainability, ethical production, and female and gender-diverse athletes.

We are on a mission to enhance your athletic experience and confidence