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back protectors

 Poster: A snowHead
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Anyone here used one? Had a painful back for a couple of years after a fall once, and apparently more and more people are wearing one these days, so it might make sense. Looks uncomfortable, but I suppose you get used to it. See..... BACK PROTECTOR
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They are good but also a bit hot and sweaty. only really good for protecting from impact injuries. you still can whiplash your back in them although it is not as easy.

also good for busting breakdance backspins on the dance floor!
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Use a daysack with fleece in it - unless your racing of course. Very Happy Laughing
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I was skiing with a german spinal surgeon last weekend, all off piste and he didn't wear one, and felt that your neck would go long before your spine....
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Steve Sparks ... still, I wonder how many ear, nose and throat specialists there are out there who haven't given up smoking ....
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There's a really smart Dainese shop just down the road from me, and I've considered the idea of buying one - mainly for off-piste or playing around in the park. Plus it would be a good excuse to go in and talk about motorbikes!

A mate of mine wears one (on of those body armour suits) and doesn't have a problem with it (though he did say it can a bit warm) - incidently he has an apartment in Bourg St. Maurice PG.

It's probably a bit like wearing a helmet - strange at first, but don't notice after a while. You can also buy ruck-sacks with back protectors built in.
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Red Dave, I'm thinking about setting up an agency for letting self-catering aparts in the area owned by Brits - there's enough of us in the area!

Back protectors make a lot of sense - I landed badly on hardpack in Les Orres a while back, trying to follow the kids over a series of jumps - bad idea. Start of the season, not fit enough, over-enthusiastic, usual thing. High up on the spine, wasn't right for a good two years.
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PG, I think that could be a very good idea. Actually the guy I know has a small apartment within spitting distance of the station. He's just bought a larger place a bit firther out (still close to town) to do up, and I think he plans to rent out the smaller place when the new one is ready - he might be interested.

I can't resist any jump I see, so I should really get one. They're compulsory in most freeride events now - not that I'm that level mind!
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I NEVER Board without mine or the armour pants, cant recoment it high enough (see my history) Skullie
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I use one after I fell on my head two years ago - compressed my vertebrae. I know that it won't protect me if I do that again but any protection is worth the money is my philosophy.

It doesn't get hot and makes even the most uncomfotable backed chair comfortable cos it spreads the pressure over the whole back.
It's the greatest thing and you don't notice you're wearing it until you have to take it off.

PS I also have a helmet so didn't just buy the back protector!!
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Karve wrote:
only really good for protecting from impact injuries.


Not so. They almost all have a wide kidney belt; this gives significant extra support to the lower back and can help prevent displacement (I think that's the term) injuries.

I wear one all the time as well as a helmet. If I am doing stupid stuff or skiing fast in the trees I also wear a full jacket with shoulder, elbow, forarm and rib protectors; the back protector zips ont this.

I know the place you mention Red Dave. I had a couple of very expensive visits there a while back. Dangerous shop. Lucky I didn't need any motorbike clothes or i would have bankrupted me.
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I fractured 3 ribs near where they connect to my back in a fall several years ago and now I always ski with a back protector. I don't find it particularly hot or restrictive, but it is supportive.
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Welcome to snowHeads, philbski1, snowHead

Having just started snowboarding I'm interested in protective equipment, since it seems to involve falling over pretty much as a matter of course.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
philbski1, Welcome. Not a few kids are using them in races these days, and I've heard that the powers-that-be are thinking of making it compulsory. FIS must have done some research before coming to the conclusion that they offer at least some protection for racers, so we're thinking of trying them. Our kids already have them, but don't use them all the time, just for racing.
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One of my other hobbies is racing motorbikes and i use a back protector every time i ride and ski its like everything you get used to it to a point where it feels strange when your not wearing one highly recomended and they are really cheap if you go along to a motorcycle event like british super bikes etc as are good qualitly goretex gloves who knows you might like it and be trying to figure out ways to carry your ski's on a bike instead of taking your car to the dry slopes Wink
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Also thinking of getting back protector.

Of the people who've got back protectors >> what type/make/any recommendations ?

The Dainese sleeveless one looks very practical to me but don't want to be sweating my nuts off.
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the dainese ones are the best out there they are expensive compared to others but worth it cant remember the name of it but they do a light weight one that would be ideal for snow sports and shouldnt make you sweat too much bearing in mind that i wear mine under leathers dont find it much different to when i'm not wearing one for around 50 quid its gotta be worth a try
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Knox do a MX jacket for the true nutter and Dainese is terrific kit - the spine protector is articulated and locks to prevent whiplash. Go for last years stuff since the latest armour has deformable alloy honeycomb as part of the impact protection, once 'used' has to be replaced - not expensive, but dam inconvenient.
None of the stuff makes you sweat any more than usual.
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PG, cracked ribs on three trips in a row, very painfull. Twice the brakes were on the front, from landing on my fists and poles. I now wear an equine eventing back protector, which when zipped up forms a very supportive shell, protecting front back and collar bones. I just wear one base layer and a shell on top, works great, but takes up a seat in the bars! Deb refused to ski with me unless I bought it, great value for money as I haven't crashed while wearing it.
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