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Hi everyone, I broke my wrist when last boarding so have decided to use my brain and actually buy some wrist guards. A friend has recommended Protec. Has anybody used these? Does anyone have any others they would recommend? Ta muchly for your help wink
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I'm a big convert to the Level Gloves with integrated protection, it's far less rigid/bulky than normal wrist guards.

Does it protect better?

Impossible to say, but it does let you bend your wrists more than a normal wrist guard.
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Thanks @vjmehra, I'll have a look
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@Loubylou, yay! Hope you've recovered ok for next season.
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Hi @Scarlet, I'm just thinking about heading to Milton Keynes to see if I'm still brave enough before committing to any bashes. Might try either the pre or end of season......see how it goes.
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I've got some level fly gloves. Way better than separate gloves and guards.
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If you are going to wear wrist guards ( + I never did) not a lot of point ingoing for less than Flexmeters.
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TBH, I just bought a cheap pair of skateboarding ones from Sports Direct.

They worked a treat, then I saw the light and I took up skiing Toofy Grin Toofy Grin Toofy Grin Toofy Grin Toofy Grin
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+1 for level gloves and mitts
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thanks everybody, lots of helpful suggestions Confused I'll get googling all those mentioned
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There is a lot of anecdotal 'evidence' around the subject, so I'd take the time to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Maybe dropping onto you knuckles rather than your fingertips might help most ...... n'est pas ......?
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BCjohnny wrote:
There is a lot of anecdotal 'evidence' around the subject, so I'd take the time to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Maybe dropping onto you knuckles rather than your fingertips might help most ...... n'est pas ......?


^ you got it. Fall right, don't rely on guards to save you. I got mine years back when I learnt, they've been in the kitbag ever since.
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rogg wrote:


^ you got it. Fall right, don't rely on guards to save you. I got mine years back when I learnt, they've been in the kitbag ever since.


Is there really a right way to fall? I mean in retrospect you can't always know when you're going to take a tumble. Sometimes you can feel it and 'brace for impact' but alot of the times it just happens. I still wear my wrist guards though they are part of the level gloves and in cold weather I ride with mitts without guards. Theres something reassuring about having the wrist guards.
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Yes, there's a right way.

Say if you're on a dry slope, you probably don't want to fall with your fingers outstretched as that would be "the wrong way". The risk of that sort of damage is negligible for anyone who's familiar with plastic, yet quite high for beginners. The difference is not that experts fall less (although they do), it's that when they do, they do it right.

Or if you're doing inverted aerials over hard pack, then "the wrong way" is to land on your head, as irrespective of what you're wearing, you're heading for trouble.

I'd imagine that an automatic reaction to a fall is to try to break it... by sticking your arms out. With practice, you'll learn to fall and just ride on; your wrists have nothing to do with it.

Wrist guards didn't exist when the sport started, and by the time they arrived I really couldn't work out why people would worry about their wrists, of all things. I did look up the statistics though, and I think that day one/ day two learners may benefit from them statistically, although even then I suspect that people who fundamentally know how to fall would see little benefit.
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I guess the wrist guards are a belt and braces approach, same as those who wear knee pads etc. Although I know the right way to fall, and managed to protect one arm, like you say: sometimes the shock of going over means all that flies out the window.
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Gainz wrote:
Is there really a right way to fall?


Of course there is ...... if you get the chance.
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BCjohnny wrote:
Gainz wrote:
Is there really a right way to fall?


Of course there is ...... if you get the chance.


There is definitely a right way to fall. Judo helps.
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I fall pretty well, 99% of the time. If I'm up and running, hit a shark, catch an edge whatever I usually use the momentum, roll slide whatever and move on no problems. The only time I seem to have a problem is when I'm stationary and have no momentum, I've overbalanced once or twice while stationary and strapped in and slowly toppled. A real 'pratfall' and as I go I find myself sticking my hands out to catch myself. rolling eyes
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Loubylou wrote:
Although I know the right way to fall,


So you know the 'right way to fall' but still broke your wrist?

I've been hearing this for years and have seen no evidence of it. Let's put this into perspective for a moment. A beginner has no idea what the 'right way to fall' is yet. Even if they were a judo expert. Its a different ball game and they would have no idea when an edge catch would occur. Auto reaction is stick out your arms so you don't smash your face. Consequence; broken or sprained wrist(s).

A more experienced rider doesn't catch an edge as much, positions their body better and can anticipate a fall better. Also they may roll with the fall using their back etc. I did this on a box but it happened so fast that I couldn't turn my shoulder around in time and whacked it on the box edge. Consequence; partial fracture of Coracoid Process. The irony is that if I'd had stuck my hand out the wrist guard would have taken the brunt of the force.

An expert rider rarely catches an edge and has the experience to read any given situation to minimise injury.

So when people say 'learn how to fall' yes it is possible but as a beginner through to an intermediate I'd recommend wrist guards. That's how I see it after 10 years of riding.
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knowing how to do it is different from being able to do it and I never said I could. Considering you have no idea of the situation or context surely it's hard to judge whether that was a "right" or "wrong" fall- maybe I was about to break my neck if I hadn't landed the way I did. The point is my post is a polite request for assistance choosing guards not a berrating for falling over.
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The right way to fall: don't try to break your fall by putting your hand down, but break it by bending your arms and holding them out in front of you so that you can fall onto your underarms. When falling backwards, bring your head to your chest and do the same thing. This is what we teach in Tirol. It's an illusion to think you can do so 'cause your reflex is probably different, but this is what you should do.

Also, wristguards are controversial because the skateboarding ones can actually cause you to break your wrist when falling onto them instead of prevent it. I would go for gloves that have them integrated (I have those myself) because those protectors do not fixate your wrist by going around them, which could cause them to break when falling onto them (my brother had that).

Also, even though you are an amazing snowboarder, you can still evaluate a situation or terrain wrongly and do something incredibly stupid and need them. I don't always wear them, but whenever I plan on doing challenging stuff, I put them on and in the 90+ days ive been on snow last winter, there have been several times where I've been incredibly thankful to have them on 'cause I did some weird stuff that didn't end well and my wrists felt like if I wouldn't have worn them, it could have been way worse. Also, experience does not necessary prevent injury. My "Ausbilder", who was a Bergführer, broke pretty much every bone in his body even though he is an awesome skiër/snowboarder. Also broke his hand in 5 places once because he put it down while there was bad sight. So yeah, definitely think those things are worth investing in Smile
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Thanks @ET, very helpful. I'm going to head to some shops and try some on, but I think the integrated ones sound like a good idea.
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@Loubylou, hey don't get me wrong I'm not criticising you. Sorry if it came out that way. The softer wrist guards are better as they dissipate the forces better, as are the integrated ones which is what I use too. There are always exceptions in everything so my post was a general rule of thumb. Good luck.
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Thanks @Gainz, just need to get my confidence back really and a bit of support for a much weakened wrist. I've managed to get pretty far without ever breaking anything so it's a bit of a shock. Always thought it'd be a ruptured cruciate that got me Laughing
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@Loubylou, another Level fly glove user here, they really are very good.
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