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Old 01-23-2011, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default d3o impact material: good for protection?

I am seeing this gel used more often. But feel a bit scared to test it.

Anyone used it?
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I wouldn't buy it. Theoretically it works better than foam but I don't think that it is better than CE approved hard shells. If the material is that good, why don't they prove it with motorcycle indursty standard EN tests? (which requires a maximum 9kN energy transmission on a standard crash) (I know I'm not giving specific test names and etc. but just google it)

And this simple funny test says they aren't better
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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any update or longtime review?
I am torn between these and Dainese protection short.
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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d30 is quite nice, absorbs impact really good and it flex's with your movements.For snowboarding I would say they provide ample protection.
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thanks a lot
I am not completely totally sold on this new technology, I remember watching a video where it showed not a clear victory over traditionally shells
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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but is the area they cover big or little? I am scared that if the area isn't big enough, after snowboarding few hours shorts will move, and protection will go off most important area
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Old 09-05-2011, 04:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have not tried d30 impact short's, just knee and elbow pads. To be honest you don't need serious motorcycle armor while snowboarding, that will constrict your'e movement too much.Just get something that's not to bulky.
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:03 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The purpose of the D3O isnt to be the best protection. It is supposed to be the best protection that doesnt hamper your freedom of movement. For that purpose it works pretty well
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The purpose of the D3O isnt to be the best protection. It is supposed to be the best protection that doesnt hamper your freedom of movement. For that purpose it works pretty well
Exactly. If you don't like wearing helmets, they have beanies with d3o in them. It offers some protection, and some freedom. I personally prefer a helmet though.

Long term, after more testing future iterations of the product it might eventually compete though.
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm a bit of a tech nut, and D3o fascinates me to no end, so I've ended up using or at least looking very closely at most of the snow d3o stuff on the market. It absorbs impact like a champ (the thin kneeguards that come with the sessions bottoms allow me to drop straight down onto my knees on a hardwood floor with absolutely zero pain) and has little to no movement restriction depending on the design of whatever it is you're using. Both my wife and I always wear pretty much a full suit of d3o every time we go out, and I've put it through its paces in terms of impact, it has yet to disappoint.

Are there any specific questions you have? Recommendations for gear?
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