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Old 03-19-2013, 04:47 AM   #41 (permalink)
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I tried last years model of the DS 1120 and ended up taking it back because it was a bit too uncomfortable for me to ride in. Felt like it had good protection though.

I now have a Forcefield Race Lite vest. I was a little unsure before buying it as it doesn't look like it has as much protection as the Demon. Now that I've got it though I can vouch for the fact it is definitely solid! The back protector bit is tough against impacts but molds comfortably to your body. It is also removable if you want to just use the vest bit on a gentle day.

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Old 03-19-2013, 10:37 PM   #42 (permalink)
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DS 1650 Flex Force PRO Top, this is the cheapest, and its a full upper protector. Doesn't seem to go into detail about the back protection abilities though)
I've got this jacket armour and it's pretty damn good. I actually don't think there's any hard shell armour on the spine, only approx 10mm padding. I've tumbled onto my back lots with it and it feels great, like Lonerider said nothing will save your back if you taco on a rail or knuckle! lol

I ride quite aggressively, and sometimes take some nasty falls, and so far the armour has saved me from getting seriously hurt more than a few times.
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I've got this jacket armour and it's pretty damn good. I actually don't think there's any hard shell armour on the spine, only approx 10mm padding. I've tumbled onto my back lots with it and it feels great, like Lonerider said nothing will save your back if you taco on a rail or knuckle! lol

I ride quite aggressively, and sometimes take some nasty falls, and so far the armour has saved me from getting seriously hurt more than a few times.
I have a friend who bought the whole setup from skeletools (sp)?
I tried it on at his house, makes me look like a Superhero.
That said, If I ever get the courage to start doing tricks on rails again I'm going to rock it.
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That said, If I ever get the courage to start doing tricks on rails again I'm going to rock it.
Yeah you definitely look like a power ranger with armor on, but who cares. If it can save me from being hurt, and keep me on the hill, I'm all for it!

I'm not a big park rider, but have fun on the kickers. Where I usually get hurt is going too fast in unknown territory. But even for that random ice sheet you hit, it's nice to know you're not going to smash an elbow or shoulder TOO bad if you wipe. I've fallen backwards over rocks and just went into the fetal position as best as I could and came out fine. It doesn't make you superman but it helps!
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:12 PM   #45 (permalink)
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I smacked my elbow bad this year, couldn't lift a glass of water to save my life for 3 days. I'm glad it healed reasonably fast, I was getting pretty freaked out for a few days!

That's when I started asking my buddy about that stuff, haha.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:30 AM   #46 (permalink)
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As an update to this, i tried out some hardshell spine protectors today, and to be honest i dont think it will give me any troubles on the snow. I can feel its there, but no more than a backpack or something.

So i think i will do that for now, and a pair of azzpads
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:28 AM   #47 (permalink)
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I love my spine protector, iv got the demon one with plastic plates to protect your spine I realy wouldn't leave home with out it. Only last on a freestyle night at my local dome it saved me from a more severe accident
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:06 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Having spent an enormous amount of time shopping for, trying, and using armor, I'll add what I've been using. I too am in my late thirties and ride fairly aggressively.

Things I generally look for:
  • customizeable pads: most body armor contains more padding that targets areas for which I have no need in snowboarding. I want to be able to take out, or switch up any padding I want.
  • Fit and breathability: it has to be able to move with your body or it's going to impact your riding and enjoyment. Also, I don't want something that's going to be a hot box.
  • Shell protection: I like it to have some sort of plastic or stiff material on the outside of softer material. If you want something that's going to reduce impact, this is a must. It acts as a shock absorber (dispersion of energy) and results in less bruises, breaks, and pain imo. I think this is an underrated feature. Doesn't even have to be super stiff either.
  • Reasonable cost: I don't mind paying, but I think there are tons of reasonable options without spending $400 on a upper body armor.
My MO has been to ride until I hurt something and then add a piece of equipment to compensate. Not the best idea as I seem to get injured a lot. That said, one only has so much money, and every extra piece of equipment I buy is another thing I have to carry and put on.

Most important to least: Helmet > impact short > wrist guard > upper armor > knee pad

Things I currently use:
  • Helmet: RED Mutiny II. It's ok. I think I will upgrade to a Solomon Prophet Custom Air next. I want to get a brighter dome for backcountry work too.
  • Impact Shorts: This is the toughest to get dialed in imo. I've settled on the Skeletools Impact Short for now. I needed hip and ass protection (with FULL coverage of those areas), and these have the plastic outer shell I like. Plus all the pads are removeable, so I can get rid of the ones on the lower part of my thighs that I never seem to need. Increases my maneuverability. Absolutely hated Crashpads and a set of demons I got. One was too thin and had no shock absorption, and the other didn't give full coverage.
  • Wrist Guards: Flexmeters have blown away everthing else I've tried. The progressive flex is awesome, and these things just flat out work. I think the single sided is the way to go, as the double sided only seems important for skateboarding. The single sided are easier to fit under gloves too.
  • Upper body armor: This is perhaps the second toughest to get dialed in. It depends on your needs. I wanted some spine protection, a bit of clavical and rib protection (as I broke some ribs this year). I've been through some demon, crashpad and skeletools and all have their pluses and minuses. I started investigating moto/bmx pads and found Troy Lee Designs BP 7850. It's totally customizeable, allowing me to eliminate most of the padding in the front, which I prefer. It's warm, but breathable. The padding is a double layer honeycomb material (see pad on right hand in pic), the bottom layer being very soft, while the upper is very stiff (but still moves). It's not bulky at all, much less so than the skeletools UBA. Also, it works. I went backwards through the air and slammed my spine into a tree on Tuesday (don't ask), and I'm left with only a small contusion.
  • Knee pads: This really depends on what you are doing and what you are looking for in a pad. My main criteria was flexibility, fit (I didn't want to feel them, and hard shell protection (for East Coast tight trees and ice). I only needed minimal shock absorption. I decided on the Black Diamond Telekneesis. These fit all my criteria to an absolute capital T. Added bonus: they are super light, easy on and off without removing boots, and are better at shock absorption than I thought. These own ice and trees.
I haven't hurt an elbow yet, but if I do, I may upgrade to the long sleeved version of the TLD body armor above (there are some good shots of this here).

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Old 06-10-2013, 11:50 AM   #49 (permalink)
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Sorry to revive this yet again, but I need specific advice. The end of this past season I caught an edge as I was turning to the treeline and hit a tree at 35mph. I had 7 rib fractures, 3 vertebrae fractures, a collapsed lung and a lacerated kidney. So I'm not looking for primarily spine protection, but rather full core protection. I want a vest/jacket that will protect ribs, chest and spine - and kidnet protection wouldn't hurt. Any thoughts?
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Man bro, I don't know that anything short of an airbag surrounding you would have helped. That's a nasty collision, sounds like you're lucky to be here.
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