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.
From the post above:
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.