Armour - to buy or not to buy? - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
SnowboardingForum.com is the premier Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-19-2008, 06:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
diamondsp
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Armour - to buy or not to buy?

Hi all,

Having been anti-armour for quite some time, I'm beginning to think it might actually be a good investment after all. This came from a recent holiday to Tignes where some friends and I decided to spend some proper time in the board park. They had armour and I didn't, and I think it made them more ballsy on the jumps. Well, that's my excuse anyway!

So what do people think - is armour a wise investment? What is the most essential armour? Where is good to buy? My mates body armour tended to get very smelly very quickly - is some armour better in this respect? Any advice would be good.


Incidentally, I knocked up a video of our Tignes boarding trip if you're interested:

Snowboarding in Tignes

Last edited by diamondsp; 05-19-2008 at 06:35 PM. Reason: Link to web video
  Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-19-2008, 09:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
-LIFETIME MEMBER-
 
nzboardlife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 1,076
Default

i think they are only worth while if you spend alot of time on your ass.

Last edited by nzboardlife; 05-19-2008 at 09:51 PM.
nzboardlife is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2008, 09:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
NickNorth11
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I spend a lot of my time learning new tricks and going big, so I wear helmet, wrist gaurds and butt pads, all of which help me immensely. If you're going to be in the park a lot and hitting the jumps, it can't hurt to be protected.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2008, 11:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
diamondsp
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I never bother with rails any more - I don't think the rewards balance out the risks. basically I get far more of a rush off the jumps, but the falls are potentially so much worse on the rails!

All I am wanting armour for is we have been trying to get better at hitting the bigger jumps in the park (see video in my first post to see how we are getting on!) and the landings in the park are inevitably fairly hard. Wrist guards are an interesting proposition; I hadn't thought of those before but it makes sense. Also do you think then that chest and back guards aren't really necessary for park jumps?
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2008, 11:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
NickNorth11
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I would say chest guards won't help you too much. Back guards may help, but it depends on how awkward you're landing. Based on the video, I would say you don't need a back guard.

Get these and you'll be good to go.
Some wrist guards: Red Impact Wrist Guard : Wrist Guards | evo
Azzpadz: ► Snowboarding: Snowboard Tailbone Protection Equipment from AZZPADZ
Get a helmet that fits your head well.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2008, 11:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
diamondsp
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Helmet is an awkward one for me - I have a pretty large lump in the back of my head from where I got quite a bad beating many years ago. Even pushing it lightly with my hand makes me cringe cos it's very delicate even now, so I basically can't wear a helmet.

Which is a total pain in the ass cos it just gives me that bit of subconscious fear eg when off-pisting when the powder isn't quite deep enough to be sure there's no rocks around
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2008, 12:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
NickNorth11
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I bet you could cut out the padding stuff where the bump is. I took a really hard hit to my head last year and was dizzy for 1/2 hour to the point where I got sea sick. <--no helmet. I took another really hard hit this year with a helmet and forgot about it 30 seconds later. If you're going to go big in the park, a helmet is really important, imo.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2008, 02:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
Senior Member
 
daysailer1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Winter Park & Boulder County, CO
Posts: 316
Default

The full-time Kiwi's, Aussie's, and Brit's who teach freestyle in our school tend to wear the Skeletools shin & knee guards Skeletools. For back armor they use some like Pro-Tec's IPS Back spine protector PRO-TEC 2008 There is something similar over in Europe that is alot more intense and expensive. Back protection is more important when doing jumps. A Scottish doctor devoted a whole area of his website on spinal injuries in snowboarding. Snowboarding Injuries - www.ski-injury.com
daysailer1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2008, 04:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
geoko
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I picked up these wrist guards this season -

Winter Gloves Snowboard and Ski Gloves - Level Gloves

I've liked 'em so far, they're comfy and seem to protect pretty well. BTW, the trick I found to actually getting myself to wear a helmet is having two helmets. I have one with minimal vents for cold days and one with tons of vents for the spring. I'm with snowolf on suiting your protection to the occasion, If I'm just goin' up and doing some kickers or teaching friends or something, I don't really wear any of it. If I'm doing lots of trees or any cliffs, I'll wear it for sure. Let's face - the stuff isn't the most comfortable things to wear, so just plan ahead and bring what you need.
  Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2008, 07:42 PM   #10 (permalink)
Veteran Member
 
Perpetual3am's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Ottawa
Posts: 1,212
Default

Even if its just a psychological boost, I'd say get them. Anything that gets you out there doing what you want to do is worth the investment. Some people don't feel the need, others do, so just do whats right for you. No one is going to notice that you're wearing an asspad when you're floating a 540 off a big jump.
Perpetual3am is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:44 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
VerticalSports
Baseball Forum Golf Forum Boxing Forum Snowmobile Forum
Basketball Forum Soccer Forum MMA Forum PWC Forum
Football Forum Cricket Forum Wrestling Forum ATV Forum
Hockey Forum Volleyball Forum Paintball Forum Snowboarding Forum
Tennis Forum Rugby Forums Lacrosse Forum Skiing Forums