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Chest Protection?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

Does anyone know if there is an improved rib vest protector that fits propertly and is faily breathable?  Some of the rib (and back) protectors developed in the past for bike and motorcross are bulky and hot as hell to wear and not really designed  for skiers.  I'm not looking for heavy body armor, just a layer of protection that will soften an impact to the ribs.  I've also heard of a gel that is used in vests that hardens just before impact to provide an adequate level of needed protection.  I'm not a racer, but just want some protection for recreational skiing in case I go down (age 63) .Any thoughts or suggestions?

post #2 of 23

POC makes a dual chest-and-back protector.  I believe it has a hardened shell that sits atop padding.  Demon Venom is a vest with only soft padding in the front.

 

I agree; if these were comfortable I'd wear them every time out.

 

Additionally, wearing these under your coat, and with a pack, can quickly turn you into the Michelin Man.  Been there, done that.  All that said, I didn't know I was wearing the thing once out skiing.

post #3 of 23
Thread Starter 

Thank you.  I also just discovered in an online search the Evoshield line of products.  They have a very thin t-shirt with rib protectors that slide in on either side.  It's the kind of t-shirt that football players (outside ends, for example) wear (it looks like a muscle shirt) who want something extremely light weight and breathable.  It costs $89.95 and I ordered one and will let you know how it feels.  They are made in appropriate sizes too (large = 40 -44 in.)which POC and alot of the motorcross products don't seem to have.

post #4 of 23

Hello,

You may want to check out my company at www.bodyshieldapparel.com
post #5 of 23
Arrmoured, this is exactlly what I've been looking for. I've been injured by snowboarders every season I've skied since I've came back.

Right now I'm skiing with broke ribs where I was hit by two snowboarders while standing by the side of the trail helping a 6 year old girl get her skis back on... it was either take it myself or duck out and let her get ran over.

I'm going to order this... top and bottom, first thing tonight once I get home, and I'll let everybody know what I think of it as soon as I get it.

Thanks!
post #6 of 23

Here's what I've been using for the last 8 years on the water and the snow.  After a bi-lateral lung transplant and multiple rib fractures from "fun stuff"--skiing and wakeboarding, this provides good shock absorption.

http://www.zoombang.com/

Great rib protection and not bulky.

It's a rash guard like shirt with polymer substance glued on.  Check out the site.

Mine is only now starting to leak water  into the capsules with the polymer.

post #7 of 23
Cool stuff...just wondering what the need is. Anytime I've injured myself its been bone related.
post #8 of 23

against tumbles or falling on poles, etc....sure it's not foolproof.

 

i recall the 1st yr i was out....took ski espri at whistler....overnight we got a 35cm dump...ungroomed snow

....was on my stiff head monsters im77....had a  bad tumble, felt a hard thump on side (must have fallen on pole)
ended up fracturing right side rib as per medical clinic visit later that day confirmed.

 

then on the last day of that same season i was on a blue in blackcomb, on new (used) watea 84 (first time using them)

getting some speed, must have caught an edge and/or just poor

technique...took an even worse tumble this time (it happened so fast, like I was in a dryer)

 felt a wind knocking heavy THUMP in my chest and ended up actually breaking a rib right under my left chest

plate (later confirmed with xrays) .had to take gondola down i was so winded.

..took all summer to heal properly....felt like a friggin' horse had wound up and kicked me.

 

so i've certainly paid my pound of flesh

 

so yes there are a few good reasons for protective armour at times, given age, conditions or ability.

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Originally Posted by swisstrader View Post

Cool stuff...just wondering what the need is. Anytime I've injured myself its been bone related.

Edited by canali - 1/22/13 at 11:48am
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by swisstrader View Post

Cool stuff...just wondering what the need is. Anytime I've injured myself its been bone related.

Ribs are bones.

 

Me: Caught an edge in the trees. "lightly tapped" a tree trunk on my back. Fortunately it's the end of season. Messed up my white water season though.

 

I would prefer also some protection of my spine as well, in additional to ribs.

post #10 of 23

Here's another good site with several brands.  I like the sixsixone gear.

http://www.xsportsprotective.com/
 

post #11 of 23

My personal favorite.

 

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post #12 of 23

or you can try the lighter 'arctic' series...let that 'james bond' come out in you

protect yourself while also hunting down ROGUE skiers who've gone to ''the dark side'' (boarding)jk.gif

Arctic Ski Patrol Figure Set

 

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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

My personal favorite.

 

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post #13 of 23

I always would put my skis in the snow and make a cross sign, just my 2 cents

post #14 of 23

Michael,

 

I own Body Shield Apparel and wanted to get your feedback.  Do you think there is a need for rib protection in a vest for just snowboarders and skiers?  I am in the process of designing stuff for next year with plastic covering the back.  Some of the feedback is that the stuff on the market tends to be bulky and limits mobility.

 

Sincerly,

 

Dan

post #15 of 23
Anyone with experience with the POC body armour? Last couple mins of the video:
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=-VWE7hfZ-Gg&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D-VWE7hfZ-Gg
post #16 of 23
Please let me know if you tried placing and order. For some reason the link to select the size is not coming up. Just let me know if you order it and what size you need.


Sincerely,

Dan Saccani
post #17 of 23

given what happened to me, i think that's a good idea

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Originally Posted by armoured View Post

Michael,

 

I own Body Shield Apparel and wanted to get your feedback.  Do you think there is a need for rib protection in a vest for just snowboarders and skiers?  I am in the process of designing stuff for next year with plastic covering the back.  Some of the feedback is that the stuff on the market tends to be bulky and limits mobility.

 

Sincerly,

 

Dan

post #18 of 23
Just put the new POC body armor on order and will let ppl know what I think after I've had some days on it.
post #19 of 23
Also some decent deals on the POC at a couple places
post #20 of 23

Your kit looks great. Having just broken my ribs on my first two days snowboarding I'm keen to protect them next time.

 

Do you have UK/European distribution of your products?

post #21 of 23
Thread Starter 
Well, I've been using the EvoShield for about two years now. The shirts are light weight, fit snug, and provide good rib protection with pads that fit into slots on the inside of the shirt. You take the pads out of a package, slide them into place, put the shirt on, and the pads harden to the contour of your chest and ribs within a half-hour or so. Really is quite simple. My only complaint is that the pads tend to shift around a bit inside the pockets and can protrude. Also, although the breathability seems ok, the shirt can be quite warm, especially in mild weather skiing conditions. I wish I didn't feel I should wear it but then I'm 65 years old and need some level of protection on the upper body.
post #22 of 23
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Originally Posted by sofort99 View Post

Arrmoured, this is exactlly what I've been looking for. I've been injured by snowboarders every season I've skied since I've came back.

Right now I'm skiing with broke ribs where I was hit by two snowboarders while standing by the side of the trail helping a 6 year old girl get her skis back on... it was either take it myself or duck out and let her get ran over.

I'm going to order this... top and bottom, first thing tonight once I get home, and I'll let everybody know what I think of it as soon as I get it.

Thanks!

You must l arm the porcupine technique. A sharp ski pole point up hill ( or direction you are now likely to get home to get hit from) causes a very strong motivation to avoiding running into as it would mean self for the offender.

You'd be surprised how much control they can actually achieve in avoiding contact at all costs. Best of all its passive and requires no extra equipment.
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post #23 of 23
I'd have to search through my posts to find all of them where I advocate it, but yes, I am a strong proponent o the porcupine defense. It's a valid technique that works!
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