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back/spine protectors, which one should i get.

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recently compression fractured one of my verterbrea, so natural while i am recovering i am thinking...hey maybe i should get spine protector.  i have seen several styles, from the POC VPD vest to the Armor guard back guards. having never worn one of these things in my life, not sure where to start and what's best.  any thoughts?
post #2 of 9
I am in a similar situation.  I have just ordered a POC armor tee on the recommendation of a few ski shop owners in VT.  (no one had one to try on - they are hard to find this late in the season.)  It should arrive Friday and I will let you know after trying it.   I am fortunate to get about 40 days per year and  have lost a day of skiing in each of the last 2 seasons due to falls - last year hit from behind by a snowboarder (not much you can do about that), and this year caught an edge and did not recover due to self stupidity.   No serious injury but enough to limit skiing the next day.  My thought is the vest would have prevented the loss of the ski time, and perhaps would prevent much more if the accidents had been a bit worse... 

PS, my wife snowboards and wears the protective shorts that guard the coccyx, etc, and she swears by them.
post #3 of 9

Check out Slytech at www.slytechprotection.com who use a foam technology.  I've noticed that more and more of the racers are wearing backprotectors and the local ski shops are recommending Slytech.

post #4 of 9
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 i was looking at the POC, looks pretty cool.  i wear a water backpack, so i am curious how that would feel with the  backpotector.  the butt pad shorts make sense, wonder how movement is with all this stuff....by the time i'm done i will be  huge marshmellow. 
post #5 of 9
I too suffered a compression fracture 2 seasons ago.   I was wearing HEAD back armor when it happened.....none of the back protectors will help you against such an injury.  Those back protectors only protect your spine, to a limited degree, agasint a blunt impact directly to the spine.   Other than getting hit from behind, its a very unlikely scenario.   But having fallen and landed on my back on hard ice a few times, I decided its worth wearing, and helps me stay warmer.   I also wear Dianese padded shorts.   I too carry a hydration back pack, a rather large one at that...you get used to it and then feel naked if you dont have it on.

Pro racers wear the back armor mainly for the aero advantage and warmth.....less accomplished racers just do what the big boys do. 
post #6 of 9
Update on the POC Armor Tee.  This is a zip front coolwick type "tee shirt" with chest, back, and shoulder armor permanently attached.  Bottom line - I found it comfortable enough to ski in and it clearly offers protection. However the fit allowed the pack protector to ride up dangerously on my neck creating what felt like a fulcrum the neck could press against.  I was unable to adjust the fit and stopped wearing the vest since I felt this was very dangerous. 

The Good:  Other than that fit problem this is clearly a well  designed and sturdy product.  it feels bulky at first, but was easy to put on and was fine doing regular and fast "all mountain" skiing. It did not  limit body nor arm movement.  I did not try it in any race events.  Others have said it was too hot, but I did not experience this,  I did wear one less layer, and skied it on a 20 degree day.  

The Bad: none except this fit problem that caused the back piece to slide up on the neck.  (kind of a big problem).  They make a small add on neck protector that may correct this, I have ordered it.  Unfortunately this stuff sells out quickly at the beginning of the season and I was unable to find it at any local dealer and thus ordered it on-line.  If this does not work then shortening the back piece is the only option. ( it also looks like you added 20# ) 

The Stupid:  I bought this on-line.  It clearly should be fit by someone who knows what they are doing.  There was no price savings doing so, but no availability other than the on-line order.  I found it in stock at very few .com ski shops.

Conclusion: I like the idea and the design of this protection - it is clearly a well made product. However get the fit right - it makes no sense to injure your neck with the product made to protect the rest of your body. 
post #7 of 9
 Motorcyclists (I) have been using these for a long time.  I've always been a fan of Dianese products.  they don't have any ski related materials or anything, but as far as protection and ergos go, they are pretty nice and have a few different versions (ones that snap into a coat and have a strap, or ones that wear like a vest.  
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Originally Posted by guroo270 View Post

 Motorcyclists (I) have been using these for a long time.  I've always been a fan of Dianese products.  they don't have any ski related materials or anything, but as far as protection and ergos go, they are pretty nice and have a few different versions (ones that snap into a coat and have a strap, or ones that wear like a vest.  
Dianese has a whole line of ski racing protective gear.   Askel Svindal, one of the wolrds best ski racers, is sponsored by them.
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Dianese has a whole line of ski racing protective gear.   Askel Svindal, one of the wolrds best ski racers, is sponsored by them.

 

 I did not know that!!  Italian and Japanese stuff is the best (for the most part).
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