I like the Demon Flex Force Pro... or if you want to be Fancy the Demon Flex D3O Pro which hardens at the moment of impact.
The Flex Force Pro is exactly what I've got. At least the once pictured in this link... Think I paid about $125 or so last year for it. Felt weird to ride in for the first day or so, now I wouldn't ride without it.
Even when I'm just groomer bombing it's nice to have an extra layer of protection.
Thanks it did, still on the fence about spine protection. What good would it be on rails and jumps? I live in the midwest and thats all i really do.
I did a cab taco on a flat-down box once. Hurt a bit, but if it'd been a rail I think I'd be in a wheelchair. Scared me enough that I started looking for spine protectors the next day.
I've splatted on other occasions, nothing so dramatic, but at minimum the spine protector spreads the impact and provides a little padding. You can still have the wind knocked out of you, but that's minor.
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I'm picking one up this season since I'm getting more daring. To me, its like a bike (not the pedal kind). I wear protective gear incase I go down (i lowsided once and gear saved my ass). Already picked up impact shorts and spine protector is next.
I recommend the upper body worn by several posters inn this thread. It's not just your back that can get injured. Smashed my shoulder at Whistler a few seasons back- ended that trip abruptly!
There are several brands available. I found that I really like Troy Lee Designs upper body armour. Light weight, very flexible, and soft feel padding. I wear the short sleeve version, but there is a long sleeve that protects elbows as well.
Go to Extreme Sports Equipment and Accessories | AllSportProtection.com and read up/watch the vids. They have a good selection.
BTW, if you are mostly jibbing/park riding, that's when you need protection most IMO.
And yes, the looks from others when you take your jacket off is amusing!