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    Roost guard over pressure suit

    I just picked up the POC Spine VPD 2.0 jacket. It's pretty nice, but I would like to add a bit more protection for my upper body through, primarily, the use of a roost guard over the armor? Will this likely work? Is it unheard of for people to wear more than one type of armor? I was also considering getting something like the g-form compression shirt to wear under the POC armor--would that work? Ultimately, I'd like to combine all three for ultimate upper body protection, but I don't know if it'll work. I was also considering the Alpinestars A-8 protection vest to wear over the POC armor as an alternative to a roost guard and the the g-form shirt...it looks like it has great abdominal coverage and the spine is removable so it shouldn't (?) interfere with the VPD spine. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated as I had a violent wreck my first weekend at Northstar (which I luckily was okay from) and would really like to protect as much of my upper body as possible.

    Thanks!

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    You should get more responses in DH.

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    Wear whatever makes you feel safe/comfortable/ confident. I will say that I think that each of those protection devices are designed to be stand alone devices and wearing all 3 will compromise ventilation and mobility. I've never seen anyone wear that much armor to answer your question but that doesn't mean that it can't be done. What is the POC jacket lacking that makes you want to add a roost guard and what makes you want to add the G form shirt?
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    Wear what makes you feel better but a roost guard will do nothing on a bike.

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