Personally I think those are just a waste. I started snowboarding last year at 29, and I am moderately athletic. Needless to say my ass was fine, and same with my wrists. The warning I always heard was your first few days your going to kill you ass and your wrists, neither were true for me. I saw your other thread and you sound way more naturally athletic than I was and far more in shape. The number one thing I can say is lessons, I took 3 lessons last season. My very first day, my second day, and like my 7th. Maybe it was the lessons that kept me off my ass. Either way, don't think I would worry about too much as your probably only going to wear them for 2 days then say fuck it.
........Then again maybe it was the super deep pow we had last year that saved my ass!
Try landing on your ass on a box or rail and tell me you don't want some extra protection. Or landing on a chunk of ice at the end of one.
I finally got a set of impact shorts this year and am planning to just wear compression shorts under them. Tried them on like that and threw on a pair of my pants and it was comfortable. I rarely wear base layers in general because I get hot easily tho.
There are those who say if you aren't falling on your butt you aren't trying hard enough
But those people probably aren't in there 30's have have to go the work the next day
I think of it like a seat belt, 99% of the time you don't need it... but fall with that one time you do need it and it's a day ending, potentially season ending injury.
Im 27 (28 next month) and I generally agree with that philosiphy. I feel if I'm not falling I'm not trying anyhing new or progressing. Now I'm not saying I'm hucking myself off huge jumps and shit like that I keep within myself, but lumps on the ass and little shit like that happen.
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