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Is a spine/back protector worth it for racing?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

So I was reading through the forums, trying to kill some time cause its still the off season (Who doesn't want to kill time so they can go skiing)....

Anyway, I ran into a few threads regarding back protectors.  I am a high school racer who skis both slalom and gs.  So my basic question is, is wearing a spine protector worth it for my level of racing?  Thanks for reading

post #2 of 11

I would say yes to a back protector, especially for GS, but a good idea for SL as well. You can find them relatively inexpensive online. One fall with your back into a gate, fence post, ski or pole and it'll be worth it. My 17 yr old (now a FIS racer) always wears one and has since hitting U14, racing and training.  Oh yeah and a mouth guard - always.

post #3 of 11

I don't race.  This thing has saved me several times since I got it. 

post #4 of 11

Some programs are starting to require them just like they require helmets.

post #5 of 11

It's a great idea - I always wear one when skiing gates and think the mouthguard a great addition also!

post #6 of 11

In case cost is a factor, you can't beat this deal from Reliable Racing - $5

 

http://www.reliableracing.com/garagesale.cfm?gs1=1?goto=1#top

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all your suggestions.  Will definitely be purchasing one in the near future! 

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Jacques View Post
 

I don't race.  This thing has saved me several times since I got it. 

 

Im also using this kind of harness except its from POC. What I like about the one above is the fact that it has elbow protectors as well. What brand is that BTW? Im using mine for all kind of skiing, racing included, and I would deffenetely not ski without a back protector. Same goes for my kids. In SL for instance its dangerous to ski without a back protector because if you fall and slide over a gate sideways that has not been set deap enough you might have your spine injured pretty badly. That being said, my harness did not prevent a rotator cuff injury to my ledt shoulder last year. Question is if it had been worse without one.

post #9 of 11

The brand name is in the video title!  Dainese!  I've been very happy with it.

post #10 of 11

The Dainese Ultimate vest has the same articulated plate back protector as the one in the video, but without all the other stuff that restricts range of motion. This is what Heluva has, and I ordered one as well after a bad crash last year scared the hell out of me. 

post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by doublediamond223 View Post
 

The Dainese Ultimate vest has the same articulated plate back protector as the one in the video, but without all the other stuff that restricts range of motion. This is what Heluva has, and I ordered one as well after a bad crash last year scared the hell out of me. 


One thing I love about my Dainese Protection Jacket is there are no straps to adjust,and IT DOES NOT RESTRICT ANY MOVEMENTS AT ALL!

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