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Old 02-21-2013, 08:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default FlexMeter Demon wrist guards?? Or what are "better" wrist guards out there?

I currently use these Dakine's wrist guards but would like to try something better.
Dakines are comfortable to wear and thin enough for any glove to fit "like a glove" over them which I defiantly like but every time use them I feel weird soreness type pain in my wrists for a few days after I ride. Seems like they protect your wrist at the moment of impact but aftershock (if that's the wight word for it) lasts for a few days.
They are also one sided which is better then nothing but I'd like both sides to be protected. Maybe that's why my wrists are sore??

Amazon.com: Dakine Men's Wrist Guard (1 Pair): Sports & Outdoors



So after some research I find FlexMeter Demons. They look like what I'd imagine my perfect guards to be but would like to bounce it off you guys first.

Any feedback on double sided FlexMeter Demons?
Any other brands/models you would recommend instead?

Flexmeter Wrist Guard Double Sided



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Old 02-25-2013, 11:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Anyone know anything about wrist quards?
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Buy a pair of Level gloves with the built in wrist guards and don't look back. I personally have the half-pipe model and my hands never want for anything.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah a couple of years ago someone on here referred me to level snowboard gloves and they've been pretty awesome. Make sure you look at their "protection" line that has "biomex" protection in it. They're expensive but much more comfortable than anything else on the market and I've had mine for 4 seasons before ripping through the kevlar finger tips. Im just using some burton pipe gloves for now until I get a new pair. Really miss them already, they made hand plants a lot softer.

Take a look at this page to learn about their tech, its well-explained: Gloves Snowboard Gloves Snowboarding Mittens Gloves Ski - Level Gloves

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Not sure which exact line/model it was but I tried Level gloves with built in wrist guards 2 weeks ago at the store. According to saleman these were top of the line from last year. Cost was $119 irrc. Are these the gloves you guys talking about?

If so unfortunatly I didn't like them. They were just way to big/bulky looking on my hands as wrist guard felt very small to me even thou my hand is a regular medium size, not large by any means.
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I've been using the Demon Flex wrist guards this season and they've been great.




I used to have the Dakine ones that you have, but I didn't like them because there was nothing on the back sides to actually stop my wrists from flexing in that direction too far, which would cause a sprain. They were also uncomfortable and kind of bulky.

The Demon Flex ones are so much better- they're completely low-profile, have splints on both sides, lighter, offer better protection, and are so comfortable I literally forget I'm wearing them.

Another benefit I have from them is that they keep my jacket's wrist gaiters in place. They used to pull back behind my thumb every time I bent over to strap in (because I'm kind of tall), which was uncomfortable on my hands. Now I wear them over the Demon Flex guards and they haven't been a problem- it's actually made the wrist gaiters more comfortable to wear.
So they have a lower profile, lower price, and offer just as much protection as the Flexmeter wrist guards. And putting my gloves on over them is insanely easy

I would grab a pair of these if I were you. The reason I got them in the first place was because for the last 5 seasons I've sprained my wrists multiple times, which was annoying. Hasn't happened with these!

Here's a link to them on Demon's website. If you do get a pair, make sure you check the size chart first.
http://www.demonsnow.com/store/Demon...0wrist%20guard

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Here, I have some fancy pictures for ya.



Yes, they really are this low.


I know from experience that they're good for punching skiers with.


The inner material conforms to the shape of your wrist.


Under the wrist gaiter. If you're someone else and you weren't looking for it, you wouldn't notice it.

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Not sure which exact line/model it was but I tried Level gloves with built in wrist guards 2 weeks ago at the store. According to saleman these were top of the line from last year. Cost was $119 irrc. Are these the gloves you guys talking about?

If so unfortunatly I didn't like them. They were just way to big/bulky looking on my hands as wrist guard felt very small to me even thou my hand is a regular medium size, not large by any means.
The small size of the wrist guard in the Level gloves is precisely how they are designed. Go to the link that was posted earlier to see the science behind the design. It was designed to move away from the traditional splint style wrist guards which are prone to transmitting the force higher up the arm still causing fractures just higher up. The Biomex actually disperses the forces in many different directions. I don't find the gloves any bulkier than any other high end gloves that offer the same level of warmth and dryness.
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i dealt with weak wrists for years from a broken scaphoid and ruptured bursa and in my experience learning to tape your wrists correctly is far safer and easier to ride with than any wrist guard. for my wrists i just needed about three bracelet style wraps and i'm good.
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You're the first person I've come across who didn't like Level gloves.. But hey its good you got a chance to try them on in the store and know you don't like them before dropping the dough on them. They are definitely bulkier than pipe gloves but as mentioned earlier they really aren't any bulkier than other thick/warm gloves. To each his own though, you'll definitely be saving money with the flexmeter/demons. However, according to Level's marketing/research, you increase the risk of breaking your wrist 3 inches up your radius/ulna

I just found/picked up a pair of level half-pipe mitts (goretex) for $56 shipped, on eBay. So stoked... thanks for this thread haha, wouldn't have been stimulated to look without it
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