I wear dainese hector wrist guards every time I snowboard. Dainese and Flexmeter are probably the best wrist guards on the market.
They mainly limit bending the hand back, but also limit bending forward and side to side. They are more flexible than typical rollerblade wrist guards which tend to limit wrist movement too much. There are no pressure points, which means it would take a very nasty fall to injure wrists with these wristguards on. They seem superior to many gloves with built in wrist guards (the plastic part there is often too short and too hard). They are offered also in dainese gloves, but I wouldn't buy those as gloves may get cut or burnt (if you smoke
) and may need to be replaced.
They are made of plastic and neprene. New gloves will probably be needed, I found Burton gloves perfect for them.
Its important to get the correct size. Dainese have a size guide on their website. Choose the nearest size, if too small, exchange for bigger. I wear size M and have normal hands. Males with large hands will need L, women probably S. For the hand on the image the wrist guard doesn't seem to be a good fit - it seems to be too large. The neoprene part has to fit around the hand like a glove with no space around it.
+ excellent protection. If you injure yourself while wearing these, you better switch to skiing
- difficult to to put on/off, which means you will have to put them on in the morning and wear them all day, also for lunch
- neoprene may irritate skin due to overheating and lack of breathability. In my case skin gets irritated after I take them off, but applying Nivea body milk solves the problem.