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Clevocapri 08-23-2014 03:39 PM

Some upper body protection!
 
Hey,

Im looking into getting some spine/uper body protection for my next Japan trip.

Im finding it hard to decide between a "soft" spine protector like the POC VPD Protection Tee. Or go with something like the Alpinestars Bionic MTB jacket or a similar dainese "hard" shelled unit. I would be worried about loosing too much flex with the hard shell gear.

Anyone had experience with both types?
Whats better for snowboarding?

Not for park, just for tree/rock protection!

Any advice would be good!

Cheers

Brett

linvillegorge 08-23-2014 03:47 PM

Are you planning on playing football on the slopes like a Kennedy?

slyder 08-23-2014 05:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by linvillegorge (Post 1788978)
Are you planning on playing football on the slopes like a Kennedy?

I am !!! On park days I'm getting a hard shell and rib protection. On days Im just messing around and hitting an occassional park feature, Azzpadz is all I sport

Not much help ...

Clevocapri 08-23-2014 05:49 PM

I ride groomers and pow/tree runs. Nice carves.

I would class my self as of intermediate level. Im pushing my speed abit more now.

Ive searched but there wasnt realy much that gave a good argument for soft or hard shell spine protection.

Cheers

Donutz 08-23-2014 08:05 PM

I use a hard spine protector - the kind with overlapping plates. It doesn't impede my flexibility at all. In fact, if I could bend as much as that thing, I could join Cirque du Soleil.

Clevocapri 08-24-2014 05:26 AM

Thanks for that. What brand/style was yours?

Mizu Kuma 08-24-2014 05:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Donutz (Post 1789106)
I use a hard spine protector - the kind with overlapping plates. It doesn't impede my flexibility at all. In fact, if I could bend as much as that thing, I could join Cirque du Soleil.

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http://cdn.images.express.co.uk/img/...4/150427_1.jpg

GreyDragon 08-24-2014 11:22 AM

I have both the POC VPD 2.0 jacket and the Demon d3o jacket v2 (with the added chest piece).
I like the soft pads that harden on impact to disperse the force from a hit over a hard shell. I like the fact that they mould to your body and move with you.

Both pieces are excellent IMO.
I got the POC jacket first and find the protection to be excellent.
However, the spine protector pad is relatively thick, making the jacket a bit heavy.
If you want excellent protection, I recommend this.

If, like me, you sometimes prefer less weight (not bulk!), the Demon jacket is a very good alternative. The spine pad is not quite so heavy.

Clevocapri 08-24-2014 12:16 PM

I would sacrifice carrying more weight for more protection to be honest.
I just want to be sure the "soft" back armour can protect me in as many situations as the hard shell gear can. All while giving me more/better flexibility.

As for circ de sole. The things I would do to that!

aiidoneus 08-24-2014 06:46 PM

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I wear this sometime when doing downhill mtb. Considering wearing it sometimes when practicing something new and crashing a lot. I forget it is there it is so comfy. Easy to get on and off too.

https://www.troyleedesigns.com/products/5203-02


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