I wear spine armor when skiing high consequence big mountain stuff, or when competing in freeskiing events.
Jon wears that POC spine armor every time he puts on skis...
Depending on what and how hard you ski, how good of shape you are in, and how invincible you think you are, its probably not a bad idea....although probably unnecessary most of the time, but thats up to you to decide.
Well, if you get the new Full Tilt Hot Dogger there will be no need for pads because you will instantly ski like Tom Wallisch.
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I wear crash pads for my hips/tailbone almost every day. After a couple days, you don't even notice them. I've had more than a few times, my board has slipped out and came down on my ass, and the pads have taken the impact pretty well. Plus, they add a bit of comfort when sitting on the chair lifts.
I could see wearing something like that for big mountain. My skis flexed out on me at alta last season and i hit a tree pretty hard with my back. That would have come in handy in that situation. I probably wouldn't wear it for park or anything though.
i always wear a backprotector and helmet, and when i go freeriding gnarly terrain i sometimes even wear kneepads, they don't bother me at all, kneepads are even rather nice when you're digging on your knees somewhere....
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I don't as much now because I ski much less aggressively, but I always wore hip and butt pads, and would probably wear a back protector if I could do it again. I can't count then number of times it saved me from not being able to walk for a few days.
Ive bought one for this season... just imagine that you paralyse yourself skiing whilst not wearing one... every day for the rest of your life you would ask yourself why didnt you just wear a back protector.
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POC...probably has the best back protector on the market! Slytech is a trusted company as well! I know Head makes some pretty decent crash pants, like long-johns but spongy with butt and hip padding! Better safe than sorry...if your throwing big!
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im really old and now broken. I no longer go huge. I do wear a poc torso suit when i ski park and am skiing lines that are at least moderate consequence. Any one has gone down on a rail on their back and broken ribs knows how painful that can be (Ive done it with and without protection). I would highly advise young guys to wear protection...its not particularly cool and I know its tough to think about your future but it is becoming more and more high consequence every year as the sport progresses.
wearing pads does not affect your skiing and you wont even notice them while you ski.
I once forgot my spineprotector home and i knew something was missing but i didnt realize what, untill i got home and saw in on my bed..
slytech back protector is actually really comfy. keeps you warm to. its made out of this foam that gets hard on impact so it is flexible and fits to your back perfectly. i don't use mine all the time just for downhill and super g racing.
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i ski with a little wrist brace, but thats because i broke the same bone in my wrist twice, the second time being in july, and my wrist and my wrist still gets very sore.
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I saw some park shorts with pads in the hips... I'm seriously thinking about pickin them up this season. I'm constantly falling on my right side. Or maybe i should just learn to spin the other way and balance out the bruises on both sides.
If you wanna be geared up and about as protected as you can be go with a spine protector, impact shorts, helmet and mouthguard. mouthguards are incredibly underrated but most concussions come from slamming your teeth together. Ever fall, not hit your head but have a killer headache? mouthguard would have prevented that.
There's no reason not to gear up and be safe. I also always wear a pair of cheap knee braces for a little extra stabilization too.