wtf....snowboarding vs dh biking. Op save yer $ take lesson on how to fall or bail and lessons on how to ride a board. You will quickly not need any protection except for a helmet. As for dh, full face and neck brace (at least) and good hard shell (unless perhaps ur riding soft loam)...yer gonna to fuck yer shit....$300 helmet and $400 neckbrace is cheap compared to your pending medical bills. My daughters dh stuff...I'm too much of a chicken shit to do dh...and I ain't a retard yet.