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post #51 of 62 (permalink) Old 06-10-2013, 12:26 PM
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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?
Yes. I can't recommend the jacket in my above post enough. You can get the long or short sleeve version. I have the short. Got it after I broke a few ribs and it works a treat. I then put my spine into a tree later in the season, and came away with only a small bruise.

Sizing is a bit temperamental, but once you dial that it, it is light weight, breathable, not restrictive, and offers great protection. It's actually a motocross vest.

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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. Note, be sure to NOT get the TLD BP 5850. It doesn't offer as good protection.

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.

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I am indeed very lucky to still be here. And I'm not looking for something that would prevent any injuries in a similiar event. Just something to provide some support/protection from basic falls as well as piece of mind. Because I've already bought my season pass for next winter so I'm back out on the hill!
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Yes. I can't recommend the jacket in my above post enough. You can get the long or short sleeve version. I have the short. Got it after I broke a few ribs and it works a treat. I then put my spine into a tree later in the season, and came away with only a small bruise.

Sizing is a bit temperamental, but once you dial that it, it is light weight, breathable, not restrictive, and offers great protection. It's actually a motocross vest.

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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. Note, be sure to NOT get the TLD BP 5850. It doesn't offer as good protection.

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.
Thank you - sounds like a great product that did the trick for you.
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Forcefield Extreme Harness Flite | Forcefield Body Armour

While offering protection, it is not a cure for pain, i cracked 5 ribs broke 1 while wearing this, but the plus side is that it does not wear out like traditional body armour...

It is easily cleaned by sponging down, but is a little bulky and can be a bit restrictive...

I wear this on mad days through the trees, sbx, learning rails etc, but otherwise just out chilling with mates on a lazy day, then i use this...

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Forcefield Extreme Harness Flite | Forcefield Body Armour

While offering protection, it is not a cure for pain, i cracked 5 ribs broke 1 while wearing this, but the plus side is that it does not wear out like traditional body armour...
Wait a minute, so what's the point of that thing??
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I have been wanting some armor for awhile. End of last season (October) I got this FlexForce X D30

I didn't get a chance to use it until the other week at an indoor snow center. It is a little bulky and quite warm but it works nicely. The shoulder and elbow armor do move around a bit but there are straps to tighten the sleeves to help prevent this. I can't wait to try it on the proper snow. My mates think im a bit of a dick for buying it. I don't care much what they think! You can't really notice it under the jacket (you just look more of a muscle man :P)

Next on my list are these Men's Flexforce X D3O Long Pant

Having a hard time finding them in NZ though. Right now landing on my knees/ass hurts. Landed on my back/shoulder a few times at the indoor place with none of the usual impact pain.

I should add that I am a fan of D3O. Nice and flexible until impact.
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What a dumb fucking post...the dude is looking for some help and is actually getting some decent and helpful information, then you gotta douche it up. In case you weren't aware, Lithuania is its own country, not a city in the US like you must think. Hopefully you were just having a bad day and felt the need to kick the dog...hopefully you feel better.

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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).
BIG +1 for the TLD upper body armour. I've used it the past two years and it protects your entire torso without being restrictive.

Interestingly, I bought the long sleeve version near the end of last season (can't remember why right now) and actually found it MORE comfortable than the short sleeve version! I was very surprised because I thought it would feel more bulky, but it fits really well and the extra elbow AND forearm protection is no encumbrance - actually feels more secure.
It can easily replace a mid layer in your riding gear.

Strongly recommend this for anyone considering body armour.
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How easy is it to put on and take off? It does not have a front zipper (unlike the Demon models) and I read on some motorbike forums that people found it hard to get into/out of it.
Another plus for the long sleeved version.
Yes, the short sleeve version could be a little difficult getting off (not on), while the long sleeve version was actually easier because of the long sleeves. Plus the added protection and better comfort IMO.
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Another plus for the long sleeved version.
Yes, the short sleeve version could be a little difficult getting off (not on), while the long sleeve version was actually easier because of the long sleeves. Plus the added protection and better comfort IMO.
Interested to hear that the long sleeve is more comfortable. Is it hotter in warm weather? I'd rather be warm than cold of course.

I've found that there is a relatively simple technique to getting it off. I pull one sleeve over my elbow, and then riggle my arm out. I then do the same for the other sleeve. Lastly, I tug the shirt from the neck up over my head and slide out. I never have any problems.
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