Hey guys and girls, Happy New Year!
I'm going to do more aggressive skiing and snowboarding with my son this Winter, and looking into getting us geared up with protection to avoid extra injuries.
Dad - Mid-40's, ex- ski racer, race coach and instructor, solid all-mountain expert skier in all conditions. Train on bike, trail running, martial arts, overall decent shape, past knee, back and lots of other injuries. Want to protect myself so I can keep playing like a kid until I pee dust. :)
Son - 13-year-old, solid all-mountain advanced skier in all conditions, rascal, fearless, martial artist, trampoline and gymnastic tricker, not many injuries yet but prime candidate to need protection so he doesn't rack himself up but good!
We already have tailbone protectors (literally saves our a$$es on every mountain trip) and good helmets, now looking to round things out with knee, wrist and back protection. The wrist protection is really just for snowboarding, but I'll use the knee and back protection for both skiing and boarding.
Level Wristguard Gloves:
I have a 10-year old pair of Level wrist protector gloves, but will replace them shortly. Looking at the Level Biomex gloves, and the Dakine Nova Wristguard gloves. Looks to me that the Dakine is old school technology, like a 20-year old skating wristguard, cheaper for sure but maybe not comfortable and not the best protection---while the Level gloves have evolved and seem to have a good (and more comfortable) wrist protection solution.
Anyone using a new or recent Level glove? What's your experience been? Comfortable? Saved your wrist? Anything bad to report? I'd heard some people were experiencing itchy-ness with some Level gloves a couple of years ago.
I liked my old Level gloves, among other reasons, because I could remove the liners in the evenings so they could hang dry and I could start the next day comfy instead of soggy.
Asterisk Knee Braces:
A friend recommended these to me, says they help protect him from further knee injuries on the hill. He's an expert skier, does some OB/Backcountry, jumps, general very aggressive skiing. I've done some research (including reviewing several-year-old posts here), and it looks like they are generally liked, really popular with Moto-X competitors, and there are several other options to consider from TLD, Fox, Pod, Evs, etc. Jim Castillo, inventor of the CTi knee braces is behind Asterisk, and his son Dave runs the company. Very confidence-inspiring.
Anyone ski with Asterisk knee braces? What are your impressions?
Have you used other options? What did you like or not like?
Burton Back Protector:
My son and I are starting to get into park riding and park skiing, spent some time in the park at Steamboat last season, and will be doing that again this season. Will be doing rails, boxes, etc. Some guys I spoke with at Mammoth wear this to save their backs during a slip-up on a rail or crashing on hard objects. I looked at several hard-shell options to compare, and this Burton looks to be lower profile, and comfy.
Anyone using this for skiing or boarding? Any downsides? I'd imagine it might get a bit hot and sweaty underneath the jacket, but I can live with that. I wear breathable underlayers, and have zip vents in my jackets.
Thanks very much for sharing your experiences, really appreciate it!