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What protective gear does my son need for slalom racing?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

My 14 year old son is going to slalom race this year. What protective gear does he absolutely need? I don't want to spend a lot, but figure  he needs some. I am thinking ski pole hand gards and a face guard for his helmet. Does he really need shin guards and forearm guards? Could someone explain why?

 

Thanks in advance

post #2 of 23

Pole guards, shin guards, and face guard are necessary. Forearm guards are generally used for GS, not necessary

post #3 of 23

I'm just now collecting some SL gear for Masters SL next season, so I'm no expert.  

 

He absolutely needs protection for chin, shin, hands and forearms.  Nothing less or he will be bruised and sore and stop skiing a tight line.  Do it right.  This stuff can be bought used on the cheap.   Have fun!

post #4 of 23

Forearm guards are for GS (and super g).  You will never use them in SL.

 

Defiantly get a chin guard, and pole guards, also highly recommend shin guards (not as important as pole guards but can help especially as your son progresses and gets more aggressive in the course.)  

post #5 of 23

   Padded suit as well....Spyder comp gs has thigh/knee pads for inadvertent impact.

 

   zentune

post #6 of 23

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   Padded suit as well....Spyder comp gs has thigh/knee pads for inadvertent impact.

 

   zentune

post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone for the  info.

 

Scott B.

post #8 of 23

I got away with pole guards and shin guards only for my 4 years I raced/trained slalom... I only had one gate to the face incident and it really didn't do all that much. Used to run slalom gates 3-4 times a week, 8-10 runs a training day. I know other people that have gotten away without the face guard. Just be aware that some states (like NY) absolutely require using one, though NH, VT, and ME don't.

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I got away with pole guards and shin guards only for my 4 years I raced/trained slalom... I only had one gate to the face incident and it really didn't do all that much. Used to run slalom gates 3-4 times a week, 8-10 runs a training day. I know other people that have gotten away without the face guard. Just be aware that some states (like NY) absolutely require using one, though NH, VT, and ME don't.

Yes, i have noticed a few WC racers not using the face guard. Personally I would highly recommend it though.  You would be surprised how much these gates hurt when they hit you and I have seen people get cut up pretty badly when they take a gate in the face.  It is also pretty common when you start out in slalom that as you progress you start to take gates in the head before you progress to the stage of getting your upper body fully inside the gate.   Also note that if he is using the same helmet for GS he MUST remove the guard for GS races.  

 

Don't know what size he is but if you are interested I have a small/medium briko slalom helmet with chin guard in good condition that you could have for $25 + shipping.  

post #10 of 23

I have personally taken a number of gates to the face (forehead area), especially when i was just starting out.  I also know two kids who lost teeth from taking a gate to the jaw in SL, after this happened they made face guards mandatory in my league.   I don't see the reason to chance something like that and you get used to it pretty fast but it is also personal preference.

post #11 of 23
one word....DENTIST;)

zentune
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one word....DENTIST;)
zentune

 

its not easy to find white teeth in snow.

post #13 of 23

I would also recommend a protective cup - seriously - because straddling slalom poles isn't very nice to the "family jewels."

 

Otherwise, the aforementioned equipment is all spot-on.

post #14 of 23
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I would also recommend a protective cup - seriously - because straddling slalom poles isn't very nice to the "family jewels."

Otherwise, the aforementioned equipment is all spot-on.

Even less nice when you straddle the poles holding the B netting at super g speeds ,frown.gif
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Even less nice when you straddle the poles holding the B netting at super g speeds ,frown.gif

 

On multiple levels, yes: that will leave a mark....

post #16 of 23
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I would also recommend a protective cup - seriously - because straddling slalom poles isn't very nice to the "family jewels."

 

Otherwise, the aforementioned equipment is all spot-on.

 

I think even the most ergonomic cup would adversely affect my skiing. I've had such straddle incidents before, and all I can say is it will teach you very quickly to keep a hand in front of you while in a flush. 

 

I never wore a face guard but I definitely should have, as I took multiple gates off the goggles/face. The future dentist in me definitely recommends a slalom bar for helmets. 

 

You don't need padded race gloves if you have a full pole guard, but they do help and I find that they are the warmest gloves available. (I like Reusch, Auclair, and Leki WC)

post #17 of 23

While the padded gloves are not usually necessary for SL, I can (v)ouch for the fact that you need them in GS. So once you have them, good to wear them even in SL.

post #18 of 23
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While the padded gloves are not usually necessary for SL, I can (v)ouch for the fact that you need them in GS. So once you have them, good to wear them even in SL.

 

Yeah, the first time you reach across with the inside hand to clear a GS gate and take it across the knuckles you will appreciate this protection...

post #19 of 23

I think all skiers should consider using knee bindings to reduce the risk of ACL injury.

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On multiple levels, yes: that will leave a mark....

yup.  Funnily enough when patrol disentangled me from the nets, they seemed more concerned about my head and my back than my groin!!!  wink.gif

post #21 of 23

Didn't see anyone mentioning a backplate, it's mandatory in most places.

 

ck

post #22 of 23

Not for tech, and certainly not for SL

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Didn't see anyone mentioning a backplate, it's mandatory in most places.

 

ck

post #23 of 23
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Not for tech, and certainly not for SL

 



Interesting. It is over here. They won't let a kid participate in practice, not even SL technique training sans gates, w/o a back plate.

 

Ck

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