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Do you ski with armor?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I separated both of my shoulders (at different times) this year, both times taking hard hits directly to top of shoulders. Also a couple nasty contusions from a tumble in a boulder field. I'm in my 40s, so healing up isn't as quick as it used to be, so the idea of armor sounds appealing. However, I'm worried that armor will be bulky or restrictive or annoying or maybe even less effective than I hope it would be.


What's it like to ski in armor ALL day?

Does it really work? 

Any gotchas to be wary of?

Any particular recommendations or non-recommendations?

Do the articulated spine protectors protect against anything other than a direct spine impact?

What about tailbone pads?

Soft pads vs. hard pads?

What's up with Aegix?

post #2 of 13

I bet you'd get more responses on TGR. 

post #3 of 13

My brother-in-law wears one and he's always too warm...

post #4 of 13

I saw a guy with a back protector eating lunch (don't know the brand) and it occured to me that my backpack is probably similar protection -- it has a stiff foam layer.  If I throw in my shovel, it is more protection.

post #5 of 13

Calling Richie Rich!

post #6 of 13

I wear body armor when skiing big mountain comps.  Once in a long while I'll be skiing an area that scares me enough to wear it when not in a comp.  I hate wearing it.  It does provide a moderate amount of protection but is miserably hot.  I use a set made by 661.  I found (after a lot of research) that the armor made for DH biking was a bit more breathable, and not quite as hot as some of the "ski" models.


My setup provides chest pads, forearm pads, shoulder cups, and back protection down to the waist.  I do have some impact shorts for hip protection, again, only in comps.  I don't feel like my range of motion is as good with the armor on and the level of protection is moderate at best.  I wear it in order to reduce the psychological worry of hitting something hard enough to throw off my line.  I know that if I really take a tumble the foam and plastic won't do a thing

post #7 of 13

Best deal ever:


IMO they tend to run a bit small -- so given what they have, this works if you are usually sort of between a L  & XL.


The Aegix jackets feels heavy & bulky when you pick them up, but  you don't notice them at all once you put them on. I mean not at all - except on the lift you can feel the spine guard a bit. 


One of my kids took a pretty major high speed wipeout earlier in the season when he clipped something lurking... & figures the Aegix jacket saved him a couple of busted ribs. (he's decently qualified to make that assessment). My kids' jackets each had a minor issue with the way the powder skirt was taped in, but for the price & the protection - no one is complaining. And presumably if they get into production, they will be tidying up those kinds of things next year...


As far as where they stand and what is happening for next year - ping the Aegix folks over at TGR...


note - they still have a couple other models at AMZN too... including the A1 in XXL...

post #8 of 13

 I wear armor for DH mountain biking. Rarely wear it for skiing. Don't expect it to protect you from a separated shoulder. It will spread out the forces of an impact over a wider area but unless you go full NFL it will not help you with the shoulder.

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post #10 of 13
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No doubt. $92 is a great price for ANY decent ski jacket. Thanks!

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

I owe Spindrift huge. Had you not tipped me off on the sweet deal, I wouldn't have been wearing my Hux jacket yesterday. You are the man. Free beers on me.


I "tested" my $92 Hux jacket yesterday against a tree. Hit hard on my upper back (see pic).  I am convinced that the back protector made a difference.


The funny pattern in the bruises is the texture on the back protector. The two lines running thru the bruise are where the shoulder pad meets the back protector.


Link to thread with pics of jacket pads (actually Tyrone's, but same jacket/pads):


Please forgive the crappy cell phone pic: 


(edited for brevity) 


Edited by hoody - 5/15/2009 at 04:44 pm GMT

Edited by hoody - 6/18/2009 at 07:11 am GMT
post #12 of 13

Well, When you're trying to have fun with ski, you have to wear some protection. It will make ALOT OF DIFFERENTS when come to accident.


Ofcourse, you need some flxibility also.


here what i sugguest:

Suit: Icebreaker's Atlas Half Zip

Helmet : POC's Receptor Helmet


If i can find other goodies, i'll let u know.

post #13 of 13
661 here. Core saver and hip pads. Only wear the core saver when hitting some areas that are sketchy or when it is Texas spring break (no offense). Core saver is unfun to wear. I wear the hip pads almost every day and highly suggest others do as well. Bruised hips are easy to come by and suck big time.
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