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Old 02-19-2013, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How many of you ride with Impact gear?

I've never used and I'm just curious how common it is. I've recently took some pretty wicked falls trying to progress in the park on larger features. I've got 5's down (well.. kinda!) and I'm getting better on rails, but I'm usually pretty beat up by the end of the day.

I'm really thinking about getting some shorts/kneepads and maybe even vest. I'm guessing I'll just use the shorts for the most part but I might as buy the whole setup! I was looking at the "Skeletools" website - Do these restrict movement or annoy the fuck out of you?

I would of never thought about this 4-5 years ago, I must be getting soft as I age!
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I bought butt pad and wrist guards after my first time out on the mountain. After awhile I can't even tell i was wearing the pad. The wrist guards does kind of get in the way, but it's better than visting the doctor.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Knee/shin pads, padded shorts, spine protector, helmet. With snowboarding clothing, you can't tell if someone is wearing armour or not.

Interestingly, now that I'm used to wearing it, I actually don't ride as aggressively when I don't have it on.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've never used and I'm just curious how common it is. I've recently took some pretty wicked falls trying to progress in the park on larger features. I've got 5's down (well.. kinda!) and I'm getting better on rails, but I'm usually pretty beat up by the end of the day.

I'm really thinking about getting some shorts/kneepads and maybe even vest. I'm guessing I'll just use the shorts for the most part but I might as buy the whole setup! I was looking at the "Skeletools" website - Do these restrict movement or annoy the fuck out of you?

I would of never thought about this 4-5 years ago, I must be getting soft as I age!
I wear skeletools to help absorb impact in hopes of protecting from aggravating my lower back and they don't restrict movement at all. You don't really notice them when you're riding. It does kinda feel like you're wearing a diaper when you first put them on but you quickly forget about them.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You certainly need them if you are trying out or learning new park tricks. With them on, you actually learn more rather than limited by aches here and there. But still, play sensibly and also wear a helmet.
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I wear full upper body armor, no wrist guards... Looking at getting a full lower soon too. If something can keep me on the slopes more days out of the year, I'll do it.
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I wear full upper body armor, no wrist guards... Looking at getting a full lower soon too. If something can keep me on the slopes more days out of the year, I'll do it.
You mean you have an upper body armor that includes spine protector, shoulder pads, clavicular pads and elbow guards all in one piece?
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Impact shorts. First time I went snowboarding, I couldn't sit for 2 weeks and I really wish I was joking with that. Bought some Demon Snow Hard Tail shorts from Back Country(gotta love that unlimited lifetime returns if you hate them) and last week when I first tried them out I could hardly feel any falls on my butt or tailbone. I had no soreness/injury whatsoever and could have gone snowboarding the next day guaranteed...as opposed to what I was doing the first time which was squatting over the toilet when I had to go #2 because I just could not put my butt down on the seat because of the pain(you gotta do what you gotta do bro). Worth it.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Armor shorts and a backpack.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:58 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Noob here, but getting butt pads and wrist guards. Oh and have a helmet now

I'm still on the lookout for knee pads. I fall on my knees a lot and they were sore for weeks after the last trip. Seriously, my butt had healed but my knees still hurt! So yeah... I'm into strapping pillows to myself, they are for sure cheaper than doctor's bills and I don't want any long-term effects of being a clumsy noob on a board
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