I'm just curious about this. Many of my friends ride with backplates and helmets all the time. Some of them have never had one on. Are most people using them, or does alot of people ride without them, including pros? Thoughts?
I'll be picking up a spine protector this year. Either the Poc vest or the new Salomon one. Probably picking up a mouth guard, since I don't have any dental insurance. I've worn a helmet, crash pads, and a knee brace for a few years now.
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Negative, this is skiing not football or hockey. I wear a helmet. The back protector does shit all and is hot. I've talked to two orthopedic surgeons about wearing a back protector, and they say it will do nothing to prevent you breaking your back. They said the only thing it will help with is bruises and pain.
That said, the joke will be on me if I break my back "knock on wood" or knock out all my teeth. I just figure if I'm doing something that has a super high chance of fucking me up majorly, I shouldn't be doing it at all.
I don't even go near the hill if I don't have my knee pads, elbow pads, shin pads, back shield, stomach defender, ass pad, fore arm protector, wrist guard, knuckle caps, finger splint, neck colar, calf cover, sternum protector, nose guard, thigh pads, knee braces, ankle holders, toe protectors, riot shield, and 2-3 helmets. I also like to double check that my immunizations are up to date, parks are dirty. Just have to be safe out there, ya know?
Well, I think its much more comfortable to ride. Its soft tho, so I don't know how much faith you have in it doing the job. Me personally, I like the feel of something hard rubbing against my back. Just don't feel that the vest with the soft stuff is ideal, feels sketch but probably gets the job done. It's comfy, but is it more safe than the hard version? I don't know.
yea i know people will hate, but i just cant stand wearing a helmet. I Bmx without a helmet, i skate without a helmet, i like the whole freestyle/skate feel of not wearing any protection. That being said i do own one so i can teach lessons without getting harassed by my boss
Don't forget an athletic cup and ear protection! Everyone knows that the ears are the most commonly injured body part in skiing! But in all reality, I just wear a helmet. The mouthguard is an interesting concept, though. I've never heard of anybody actually wearing one while skiing until I saw this.
Some people are saying that if you're charging in the BC then its probably a good idea to wear a spine protector, and this is going to sound dumb as I've never skied any backcountry, but if you have a backpack, packed full of goods, some soft, some hard (which is important in this context, maybe these hardgoods could injure you) then do you really need a spine protector?
Now if you were heli skiing with no pack, and charging some gnar lines with loads of exposure, I could totally see why you would wear one.
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I know a few guys who wear mouthguards, and it's a good thing they do because otherwise they'd be knocking teeth out daily the way they ski. If you're going to ski like a linebacker, you've got to equip like one too.
Back protectors seem to be really big in the European scene. Lots of people are wearing them, everyone from park rats and backcountry dudes, to the weekend families. For whatever reason that product seems to be having more success in Europe than in North America. Maybe us Americans are just more reckless.
I don't wear a back protector, and rarely wear a helmet. In general I appreciate skiing as a sport with finesse; finesse which is hindered by bulking yourself down with a lot of extra padding. I've got enough gear to keep track of already.
Comes down to personal preference I guess. If you ski like a linebacker, maybe you want the crash pads. If you ski like a ninja, maybe you won't need them.
i do this to pretty much, helmet for the obvious reason, impact shorts for rails mostly and when you land hard on jumps then back protector for my bad back plus it seems to help my confidence with trying new tricks also i have a knee brace due to an injury a few years back.better safe then sorry, would rather wear a bit more protection now then have my whole session ruined with one crash
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