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post #1 of 10
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Anyone know where you can get a set of old style fist/forearm guards?  Used to be (in the 90's)  that you could buy molded plastic guard that strapped around your forearm and also bubbled over your fist.

 

I've been skiing some Nastar and winding up black and blue from my knuckles almost to the elbow.  I don't wear a speedsuit, so the only padding is my jacket and some non padded gloves.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 10

Just get padded gloves (although honestly any armor seems overkill for NASTAR). Forearms are one thing, but there are zero instances where you should aim to hit the gate with your hand/wrist in GS. I've always used unpadded gloves and never had a problem in racing more serious than NASTAR (SL & GS). Forearm guards would be nice though.

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Originally Posted by mjp5 View Post

Just get padded gloves (although honestly any armor seems overkill for NASTAR). Forearms are one thing, but there are zero instances where you should aim to hit the gate with your hand/wrist in GS. I've always used unpadded gloves and never had a problem in racing more serious than NASTAR (SL & GS). Forearm guards would be nice though.



Seriously?  Do you hit the gates softer when the flags say Nastar on them?  I'd love to just get padded gloves like I used to have but it appears that Reuch seems to be the only one making a long cuff glove with a forearm protector any more, and $280 for a set of gloves isn't really an option.

 

Might not be good form, but the reality of the way that I ski the courses that they set around here is the outer gate gets hit about 50% of the time, either with my fist, forearm or shin and outer arm (when I get too close).

 

I did find these, which look like they would work

http://www.the-raceplace.com/POC-Classic-Forearm-Guard-p/8288.htm

post #4 of 10

check out ebay, i saw some old style ones there

post #5 of 10

I want to buy a set of Forearm Guards! I used one of my friends at practice and i was amazed at how I didn't wake up with black forearms.

post #6 of 10

Several companies are making them now.....but they are new style not old style.  

post #7 of 10

Get 'em here.  At checkout enter the coupon code of nastar4arm to get an extra $20 off.

post #8 of 10

OK.  This is how to do it on the cheap but  two years ago I didn't have pads (for NASTAR - PVC pipe hurts the same when its cold whether its NASTAR or Master) so I took my daughters (jr size) soccer shin pads, put them on my forearms and they worked great!  The part her ankle went it was a little tight on my wrist but it was OK. You can always cut it and add a velcro strap at the bottom instead. Without much effort you could modify it so the ankle part covers the back of your hand.

 

Its more forearm than back of hand but helps quite a bit. Doesn't cover your upper arm either.  You could probably put another set on your upper arm.  You can get them for about $10 a set and not $150 +

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Originally Posted by oldjeep View Post


Might not be good form, but the reality of the way that I ski the courses that they set around here is the outer gate gets hit about 50% of the time, either with my fist, forearm or shin and outer arm (when I get too close).

 

Bad form is correct..... you should be hitting the gates with your hip and somewhere mid to upper arm, not your shins or fist.  They make gloves with armor not so that you CAN bash the gates with your knuckle, but if you accidentally do, you will be fine.  Watch this video to see great form.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP2QYBHy0J0 and also you can see a person who uses more arm, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqKPUebeL4I&feature=related.
 

 

post #10 of 10

Was looking for this video, couldn't find it but here is some really good form.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjYMafNPFFE&list=LL1ttb3Z2TLDu55MM9b1fwQg&index=1&feature=plpp_video  check out 1:29 to see some hip angulation in a tuck.

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