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Old 01-05-2010, 03:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Impact Gear that actually works?

I've done some research online and here on the forums and I keep seeing the same names come up. SixSixOne, Forcefield, R.E.D., Hillbilly Dirt Gear, Azzpadz, Demon, etc.

But there doesn't seem to be a consensus on what really works. I've narrowed down 3 pieces of equipment that seem pretty legit. Azzpadz for tailbone protection, SixSixOne core protector, and Forcefield Pro L2. These pieces won't work well together obviously, but I'm interested in hearing the opinions of the people who have owned this gear.

661 core protector looks like it might be a little bulky, but will take some hard hits. I think that's why some people spring for the pressure suit.

The forcefield Pro L2 Back seems to take care of the back and tailbone, but it looks so low profile, I wonder how well it actually works?

The forcefield seems to have the most coverage, but I'm assuming it's not going to be the best at everything. It would be nice to find some all-in-one gear that protects the spine, kidneys, hips, and tail bone.
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They absolutely work!

I own a pair of impact shorts by red and use them when I work on tricks.

Depending on what your trying to learn will dictate what areas need protected, but I highly recommend protection, and on your head first.
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They absolutely work!

I own a pair of impact shorts by red and use them when I work on tricks.

Depending on what your trying to learn will dictate what areas need protected, but I highly recommend protection, and on your head first.
Oh yeah, I always wear a helmet. I don't really understand the rationale for not protecting yourself. Being crippled, vegetative, or dead is not awesome.

Oh btw, to clarify, I mean, "work as advertised". I'm sure they all work to some degree.

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Also, I wonder if this is legit:
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It mentions how most of the pads have spaces in between them. Scroll down for a pic of the gear.
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Oh ya sorry about that, I was replying from my iPhone and misread the title for you asking if impact gear actually works.
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I use the azzpadz for tailbone protection and they absolutely work. Its easy to get them on and off. Not bulky at all and comfy to wear. Ive taken major spills on my bum and not a scratch or bruise. Ive also used the RED total impact shorts and those are a piece of garbage. The crappy padding on the tailbone and everywhere else sucks. Provided no protection at all.. just gave me more bruises than I wanted to. Getting them off is a pain since you have to take everything off and it just feels very bulky compared to the azzpadz. I havent used any other gear besides a helmet. But for tailbone protection azzpadz is the way to go.
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I use the azzpadz for tailbone protection and they absolutely work. Its easy to get them on and off. Not bulky at all and comfy to wear. Ive taken major spills on my bum and not a scratch or bruise. Ive also used the RED total impact shorts and those are a piece of garbage. The crappy padding on the tailbone and everywhere else sucks. Provided no protection at all.. just gave me more bruises than I wanted to. Getting them off is a pain since you have to take everything off and it just feels very bulky compared to the azzpadz. I havent used any other gear besides a helmet. But for tailbone protection azzpadz is the way to go.
Cool, thanks for the info. I wish azzpadz made something that protected the hips too.
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I use the Demon Shield Hardtail pants. Got an actual solid plate to protect the tailbone.
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I use the Demon Shield Hardtail pants. Got an actual solid plate to protect the tailbone.
is it bulky? Has it saved your ass so far?
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Also, I wonder if this is legit:
SnowboardingTips.com - Your complete online resource for Snowboarding information.

It mentions how most of the pads have spaces in between them. Scroll down for a pic of the gear.
looks like a nice product, no spaces in the pad layout, rather expensive compared to others, the r.e.d. shorts suck, i basically gave mine away ... i saw a nice pair like on the tips site when i was in the shop at okemo, they were $50, i should of scooped them
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