what about an integrated armor system in pants ad jackets? I know spyder is working with that company for DH suits, but are there any free-ride oriented gear products? The poc vest and spine protector look like good pieces of gear. I guess I would try it on and see how restrictive it is. I would like some sort of padded pants and or spine protector if they are comfy. I know comfort is bullshit when we are talking about life ending or changing accidents but I am hesitant to wear anything more than my helmet at the moment.
I've got an appointment at a shop next week on saturday to try their POC body armor stuff, I'll give you an update. They've told me their back protector is pretty comfy, and told me it's suitable for freeriding (so not to many restrictions), the whole jacket isn't so much because of the shoulderprotection and the overall "buffyness", but if you buy the jacket you can detach the backprotector, so if you're into skierX and freeride it's a good choice if you like the fit.
You can also look into Komperdell who makes Airshock backprotectors, haven't had one of those on but I can imagine it being pretty comfy too.
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Combining jackets and pants with decent protection is problematic. If you are planning on using hard shell protection (soft shell really doesn't do more than an extra layer of clothing would) it needs to be attached to your body. If it is loose, say just inside your outerwear's lining, it will crash into you during an impact, causing more damage. The protective pieces would need to have their own support system that fit against your body while still being attached to the outer shell. I can't really explain it that well without drawing a picture. Anyway, if you still want your outerwear to appear baggy, the offset between the pads and the shell would be substantial. It would work, and none of the pads would be visible from the outside. I don't think anyone would buy it, though, because it would be too weird.