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    Armor Question

    Long story short: I've had tons of sports injuries over the years, not all bike related. Latest is a fractured clavicle and multiple fractures in the scapula. My doctor is horrified that I plan to continue riding asap, which also freaked my wife out who drove me to my appointment and came in to the office.

    So, my question, would something like this help prevent broken bits due to direct shoulder impact?

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...tector+07.aspx

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Protector.aspx

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    MX Body Armor

    You're going to get some varying opinions on this, but I'll give you mine based on over 30 years of off road motorcycling and 15 years of MTB'ing. The right upper body dirt motor "style" armor does work. You have to find the units that have true strategic impact padding at the right places. Many MX units are nothing but glorified "roost" protectors...or at least ballistic pieces meant to keep rocks from injurying you from either falls or propelled from the rear tire of other dirt motors. I mean, it's always better to have something than nothing if you fall on a sharp, pointy rock or jabbed by a sharp tree limb.

    The better dirt motor style body armor has impact absorbing material at critical points to actually absorb energy from a fall or such. The bicycle and dirt motor pressure suits have more overall protection, but they obviously can't always be used when higher temps and/or hard pedaling is involved. I have both a 661 high quality pressure suit and an Answer brand high quality set of dirt motor armor.

    The Answer stuff is worn at gnarlier mountainbiking venues, as it has some amazing ventilation, is light, and still very protective. Since most all of this type of armor doesn't come with elbow forearm protection, that's easily addressed by attaching either bicycle or dirt motor elbow forearm units as shown in the pic. I use this set at Moab and some other places where you'd be miserable trying to pedal around using a pressure suit.

    I mainly use my pressure suit for dirt motor stuff when temps are cooler. When temps start to rise I go to the Answer type armor. I like my pressure suit, but it's just too warm if temps are up or you have to work a whole lot...like pedaling a bicycle.

    Back to your question about how effective good upper body armor can be, I'm sure you realize that some injuries aren't usually avoided by this type of armor. Some shoulder and clavicle injuries that come from putting one's hand out to break a fall are not affected by body armor. However, even though some disagree, I will always contend that most upper body compression impacts...like falling into your shoulders at different angles...are eased by properly padded upper body armor. More so in my years of racing/riding dirt motors, I've hit the ground many times in a manner where I know the upper body padding helped absorb the hit to a notable point. In all that time I never had a broken clavicle or serious shoulder related injury...and I rode a lot, raced a lot, and still do. No armor can guarantee absolute freedom from potential injury, but if it minimizes the chances and lessens the injuries, that's about all you can hope for.

    So, in your quest for some cooler, ventilated armor, make sure you look at where and what kind of padding is used. I notice that both the O'neal and 661 units there indicate the use of biofoam. That's good, but it still depends on where it's placed. Spine protection is also important. My Answer dirt motor unit has some biofoam in this area, as well as the fact that I wear a Camelback over the armor. A side benefit is that my armor arches just a hair over my back and keeps a small air space between my and the pack.
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    Good job! RockGardn is Excellent!

    Quote Originally Posted by Voodoo Child
    Long story short: I've had tons of sports injuries over the years, not all bike related. Latest is a fractured clavicle and multiple fractures in the scapula. My doctor is horrified that I plan to continue riding asap, which also freaked my wife out who drove me to my appointment and came in to the office.

    So, my question, would something like this help prevent broken bits due to direct shoulder impact?

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...tector+07.aspx

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Protector.aspx
    Hey Voodoo Child,

    TNC has given you a first class education on armor, he knows whereof he speaks and I agree with his assessment.

    I will add that I use the RockGardn Flak Jacket for max protection whenever the temperature allows:
    http://www.rockgardn.com/items/body-...htm?1=1&menu=1

    When it’s just too hot for the full pressure suit I go to another excellent RockGardn product called the TrailStar:
    http://www.rockgardn.com/items/body-...htm?1=1&menu=1

    Both of these products offer shoulder protection with all the caveats that TNC mentioned. They’ve both saved me from injury on numerous occasions.

    Good luck and keep riding!

    Michael
    If you can't keep the rubber side down......at least smile for the camera!

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    I just put my order in for a sixsixone defender. Maybe my wife will calm down when I finally heal up and hit the dirt again.....maybe

    It'll make my doc happy anyway. Went for an evaluation with a specialist yesterday. He says he doesnt think any surgery is required and I should make a full recovery. Going back for another visit and xrays in six weeks. Left with another supply of happy pills.

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