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Old 09-30-2008, 08:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi people,

I'm relatively new to snowboarding but have recently become hooked. After having my lessons to enable me to recreational ride at Xscape I have been considering buying some gear.

As I am still a novice, i would really like to start with some protective gear. Can anyone reccomend the kind of thing i should be looking for? I have been told about a type of shorts with padding that you slide into pockets? Can anyone shed any light on this?

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Old 09-30-2008, 10:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Last season I loaded up on protective gear since I moved to Michigan from Tahoe and started riding the park more. Some people might give you sh*t for wearing protective gear but it allows me to ride all day and still go to work the next day. My key components are a helmet, wrist guards and some crash shorts if it's an icy day.

Helmets - look for something that fits well and has good venting, comfort is the most important thing here. A helmet is the difference between nothing and a concusion, or a concusion and serious brain damage.

Wrist guards - Probably my most utilized piece of protective gear. I use the burton RED guards because they are the only ones I could find that comfortably fit under my gloves. The protection is minimal but helps avoid sprained wrists for small crashes. If you crash hard you could still mess yourself up though.

Crash Shorts - Great for icy conditions. After slipping of a box or rail I no longer have to leave the hill early due to a sore tailbone. Again it won't save you in a hard crash but might be worth it for general soreness.

I also use a set of kids size soccer shin guards above my boots for rails and boxes.
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Old 09-30-2008, 10:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Are the crash shorts the ones where you put pads in pockets? Or are they just lightly padded shorts? I think that these are a must for me, as i tend to fall on my side or back.

Also the other two will be a definate purchase as i'm still learning!
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes, crash pads are essentially shorts with padding. Lots of different companies make them, usually they are a combination of some sort of foam, or foam layered with some hard plastic. I use skeletools shorts, basically just spandex shorts with pockets containing 1/2 inch foam rubber shapes. In hind sight I might have gone with the pads that are layered with plastic but just the foam does OK.
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Old 09-30-2008, 01:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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if you're a noob wrist and helmet mos def. Helment is pretty self explanatory but a lot of people don't think about thier wrist.
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Old 09-30-2008, 03:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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helmet and an a**pad that isn't thin as heck foam. OMG the one i got was useless as all heck...

foam + plastic would probably fair better. when you fall, make sure you're not falling on your hands. try to fall like a boxer protects his/her face?
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Old 09-30-2008, 03:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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anyone have suggestions on crash pants? i've seen the RED ones and they don't seem like they have much protection. i want something that will actually help me when i miss a rail or jump.

how are the skeletools? hows the protection? mobility?
Skeletools Products

i also looked into POC Loin shorts - POC Loin Pants, Body Armour, - OneBelowZero.co.uk

RED shorts
Burton Total Impact Short : Snowboard Pads

Burton RED Mens Impact Shorts : Snowboard Pads

same goes for wrist guards. what does everyone use? what have you tried? what would you reccommend?
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Old 09-30-2008, 05:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i have a protec helmet & freefallgear shorts: Free Fall Gear: Protective wear for extreme sports - Free Fall Pro Shorts
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Old 10-01-2008, 05:21 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the help guys.

Where would I be best looking for such items? I'm in the UK, are there any good sites?
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:37 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Clenching your fist has helped me before..Althou im looking to get some wrist guards this year. Ass pads are a must, nothing like a bruised tailbone to ruin your week. I had a pair of reds and those are good not bulky and you can remove some of the padding if you feel you dont need it. Knee pads are also good, not the hard skate type,but the foamy ones from (triple 8).Helmet a must.

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