Tailbone Protection pls!
Hi all. I am a new boarder, practising linking turns and riding goofy, and have hurt my tailbone (coccyx) twice now while boarding! Injuring myself repeatedly really sucks and affects my confidence and my desire to go down the slope, so before winter and more snowboarding I really want to invest in some great protection for my tailbone - but I'm really not sure what to go with!
I've looked at some threads (including on this forum) and know about the d30 Azzpadz. I've also read positive reviews about Demon's Flex Force Pro Women's Snowboard shorts and Forcefield Boom Shorts Impact Shorts. I'm not too concerned about looks, as my pants are loose anyway, but I just really want something which provides me with really good protection. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions re these or other products?
I should say, I did once try a pair of slightly too small impact shorts (not sure what brand they were but they had orange pads in them that were pretty firm), and they worked to some degree. However, I still bruised my coccyx with them when I fell after catching my edge once, and it took me one solid month to recover (admittedly, this was way better than the 4 months it took me to recover when I wasn't wearing protection!). Ironically, to date, the best method I have found for protecting myself is to use a really light weight sleeping bag and just stuff it down the back of my pants so it's really packed around my bum and back. I've fallen plenty times on the sleeping bag and I've never hurt myself!
I'm female, 5ft8" (172cm) and waist size 28" (UK size 8-10, US 4-6), and if any of you have any guidance or can point towards one of these products, or any others, as the optimum solution, that would be brilliant and very much appreciated!