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Old 06-03-2014, 09:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey,

I just got some gloves for free, they are 7 years old, and they have inbuilt wristguards, Level gloves with Biomex Plus Protection wristguards.

I was wondering if anyone knows how long wristguards last? In other words, would these wristguards that have taken a few hundred falls in its day still be able to function properly? They don't look damaged or anything (though there is some rust on the metal part), but I'm not sure how they're made so I'm not sure if they lose durability after falls.

I'm asking because I've actually broken my wrist once before while wearing wristguards >_<, so I want to be on the safe side.

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Not sure that they work like helmets do. Helmets are designed for a "one 'n' done" type protection. Wrist guards are generally used over and over. Never heard of anybody getting new guards cuz they had a fall and didn't break their wrist!

I expect you broke yours while wearing guards because they weren't designed to protect properly. I really can't speak to the medical or scientific accuracy of their claims, but I understand a lot guards aren't. (....that is if you believe the Level V marketing hype.)

I own a pair of their mitts, had them for 3.5 seasons. Although, nowadays, I fall so infrequently I'm just as prone to wear them without the inserts as with.

Your biggest concern for proper protection is the right size and fit!!! Especially with second hand gloves. If you are fitted properly? I don't think you have anything to worry about, but if you are really concerned, I would suggest e-mailing the company and ask.
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Don't catch your falls with your hands. Tuck and roll...
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Don't catch your falls with your hands. Tuck and roll...
Oh yeah,.. That too!
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Waterproofing > Warmth > Style > inbuilt wrist protection
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Don't catch your falls with your hands. Tuck and roll...
Haha yeah, that too :P I was skating the other day and my board stopped and somehow managed to tuck and roll that fall, good thing too because if I put my wrists out I probably would have broken them haha.


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Waterproofing > Warmth > Style > inbuilt wrist protection
cold and damp hands > broken wrists

but it's not the inbuilt wrist protection that will make the mitts less warm/waterproof.
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cold and damp hands > broken wrists

but it's not the inbuilt wrist protection that will make the mitts less warm/waterproof.
It's also not the wrist protector that'll prevent the broken wrist.
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It's also not the wrist protector that'll prevent the broken wrist.
it will most of the time. read this: Wrist guards for snowboarders - www.ski-injury.com - Ski Injury
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OH MY F$#KING GAWD!!!!!!

These are some fucked up pics!
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This was with the wrist guards?? Fuck!!
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