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post #1 of 15
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Been thinking more and more about this, but there are so many choices... any reviews, thoughts, experiences?
post #2 of 15
Its all just precautionary and offers some protection, but it wont make you invincible.

I fractured my vertebrae and thumb while in full regalia last January. Still I am as armored as it gets at all times I ski, including a full face helmet.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
What do you wear for armor? Have you tried various types/brands? Any criticisms about what you have?
post #4 of 15
Reusch or Leki GS gloves, HEAD full back armor, Dainese protective shorts, medical grade knee supports, Salomon full face race helmet.

When I race, I have all of the above as well as a padded GS suit. It all works the way it is meant to, but they all are limited as to how much protection they can offer. I have not tried other brands, but since everything is basically the same design, there shouldn't be too much of a difference in performance only fit.

Next on my list are serious knee ligament protection....but at $500 a knee I have been shopping around.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
Been thinking more and more about this, but there are so many choices... any reviews, thoughts, experiences?
You might want to check out Aegix Gear (www.aegixgear.com).

More info on their stuff in this older thread of mine:
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=60924
post #6 of 15
What size are you? I can get a CIRAS releasable vest with plates that'll stop 30.06 AP rounds and some side armor plates, too, if you need em. Comes with a MICH helmet (stops 9 mm rounds)...

: Oh sorry, I'm on the wrong forum!!!!
post #7 of 15
Here's another site http://www.sixsixone.com/ I use a SixSixOne Core Saver. I have had some problems in the past and want to protect my core area from further damage.




This is for motocross. They also make ski and cycling specific gear.
post #8 of 15
Yeah, I've been skiing with a Stilmotor Vertrabelt motocross armoured
lumbar belt for 20+ years (on and off during the seasons) after breaking
one lumbar backbone in a bike accident. This to protect the area and to help sustain my back since the muscles did not totally came back after one month of lying down in bed...even today if I do not keep doing some activity the muscle tone drops dramatically in a perceivable way...
This is the up to dated model, the armor look is different but the basic design hasn't changed in 20+ years...

The elastic band is going to loose its elasticity and break so, sometime soon I'll need a replacement...the core jacket above looks interesting.
post #9 of 15
I've been using the core protector for a couple of weeks now. Nice snug fit. It holds across my stomach area and along the my sides just below the ribcage nicely. There is a plastic plate in the front that extends down the sternum and covers the solar plexus nicely. It appears to protect the areas I'm concerned with well. I removed the shoulder pads because I'm not concerned about that area.

Nobody, do you have a website for the Stilmotor Vertrabelt? That looks interesting to me.
post #10 of 15
I've tried wearing spine protectors and full on padded MTB tops. Both were very uncomfortable, sweaty, and would ride up or slide around and not fit right. I also don't think they protect against anything other than direct impact from rocks or trees.

I currently just wear padded shorts, they have some soft pads with hard plastic over the hips and tailbone. They are pretty comfortable, not too sweaty unless you're hiking on warm days, they don't slide around or ride up, and most importantly, they seem to absorb a lot of impact in normal crashes. I've started paying attention more during crashes since I got them, and I have noticed that in almost every crash I land hard on one of my hips at least once.
post #11 of 15
No first hand experience but I noticed several ski shops with similar stuff featured in their windows in Chamonix last winter so maybe the Euro suppliers are ahead of the US.
post #12 of 15
Oh forgot to mention I did own a Six-Six-One Pro pressure suit, the one that looks right out of a supercross race (full upper body protection including arms and shoulders). Too bulky, and would not fit over my arms even in the largest size. Returned it. Seems that they are made for spaghetti arms.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by T-Square View Post
I've been using the core protector for a couple of weeks now. Nice snug fit. It holds across my stomach area and along the my sides just below the ribcage nicely. There is a plastic plate in the front that extends down the sternum and covers the solar plexus nicely. It appears to protect the areas I'm concerned with well. I removed the shoulder pads because I'm not concerned about that area.

Nobody, do you have a website for the Stilmotor Vertrabelt? That looks interesting to me.
Here we go :
http://www.sxpstilmotor.com/inglese/index.html
http://www.sxpstilmotor.com/inglese/...p?categoria=b2

But then, a Dainese back protector comes in different sizes and models, the "smallest" (or simplest, the wave belt evo) of which is very similar to the vertrabelt (or supervertrabelt as the name goes now)...
http://www.dainese.com/eng/coll_ski.asp
post #14 of 15
Normal ski day I don't wear anything special but last year I tried snowboarding and suited up with helmet, motocross jacket with pads, and hip/tailbone pads. Very wise decision in hind sight...OK...bad joke but glad I used the equipment.
post #15 of 15

Trees are solid!

I wear the Rockgardn flak jacket like this one -

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=19527

Other than being a little warm at times (core vent chest pockets and pitzips are a def. plus with this) I find it is very comfortable and stays put very well. I also wear 661 hip/tail protection shorts. I like the idea of the Aegix clothing with integrated protection tho - here are some others I came across.....

http://www.crash-pads.com/intro.aspx?dept=snow
http://www.skeletools.com/index.html
http://www.bohnski.com/
http://www.betterbraces.com/ViewProd...eBrace/54.aspx
https://www.asterisk.com/secured.php
http://www.proline-sports.co.uk/

HTH
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