I'm looking into buying some protective clothing for boarding this year, preferably some i can use for mountain biking too in the summer. I for sure am gonna get some shorts/pants with tailbone protection, and maybe knee/shin pads too. I'd like to get soft padding instead of hard so it doesn't restrict movement as much.
I also might get upper body protection, but i'm not real sure about that yet. Something with decent elbow pads, chest protection, and maybe some back protection?
I'm kinda on a budget, so I'm trying to stay under $60 total for lower body pads and under $100 total for upper body if i do get some.
I don't hear much about people who have used protection other than a helmet, can anyone give me some advice or recommend some gear to me?
btw, i don't mind buying used
For superior tailbone protection I recommend Azzpadz
$50. I used to wear padded shorts, but I found them a little restrictive... I've worn Skeletools, Dainese, RED, and Crashpads.
For upper body... I recommend Demo Flex Force Pro
($95). I also like Skeletools
vest ($88 on sale right now). I've worn this downhill longboarding in the summer when it was like 80-90 degrees so it should work for mountain biking too.
Actually what size are you? I am 5'9" 160 lbs and wear size medium gear. I'll check to see what I still have in my old gear box. Ah... I have an older model Demon Flex Force Pro - Men's Medium, that I'll sell for $50 + shipping. I also have an excellent condition Skeletools vest that I replaced the rib pads with d3o - I'll sell that for $70 + shipping. Here are the photos
Demon Flex Force Pro (you can see it has removable segment spine plate, removable hard caps on the shoulder and elbow, and padding on the ribs, and clavicle area). It also as two zippered pockets in the front. The back has compression strap to tighten the jacket to fit better if you are skinny.