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Old 03-19-2013, 04:52 AM   #39 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by tokyo_dom View Post
I guess one thing that got me thinking about this stuff is this niggling desire to try a backflip (wildcat), or at the very least a tamedog, which, while still past my current ability, would be much less scary with neck/back protection. Feeling safer on the bigger jumps would be a bonus

And the unfortunate thing is that i cant try any of these on in the shops here (they have generic brands, but i havent seen azzpadz or Demon stuff). And even the generic stuff is more expensive than the prices i am seeing in the US.

So is the flex force pro top basically just like padding for your back? does it have any hard shell protection in there? Anything that would save you lets say falling back onto the knuckle that bends your back? Not that i have ever had this happen, but just in case i guess...
It does have some hard plastic shell protection, but it isn't super burly - it is mostly padding. To be honest, nothing is really going to "save your back" very much if you manage to taco onto the knuckle (just like helmets don't protect NFL/NHL players from all concussions).

Too bad you aren't in the States - I actually have an old version of the Flex Force Pro size Medium that I would sell you for $20 + shipping.

Anyways... for wildcats, pre-snow training is probably going to be your best "protection". Here is a video that an instructor I know (Chris Hargrave) made:



Here's me at the same training facility (admitted I didn't follow all the steps he suggested as I went before the video was made).

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