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    Calling those that crash and wear armour. (will accept those that wear armor)

    Hi,

    I am about to head to Fort William for the first time and was curious about body armour.

    High speed DH guys tend to wear, chest plate, shoulder pads, spine protector, kidney strap, etc etc.

    I am going to be falling on sharp rocky terrain and falling off northshore, but I will not be going very fast compared to DH guys.

    So my question is this:

    What torso protection is needed for lowish speed crashing on hard terrain.

    The knees, elbows, and FF helmet are in place, but what is needed in the middle.

    I was thinking of just getting a back plate and kidney strap, i,e,

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=39502
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=36873
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=34189


    Do I need more coverage?

    Where do people hurt themselves?

    please advise.
    Why would I care about 150g of bike weight, I just ate 400g of cookies while reading this?

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    I would suggest this... http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=24907

    I just got one last Friday then rode and raced at Snowshoe Mtn. over here in the states on Sat. and Sun. The plastic back and shoulder pieces are super absorbent to impacts. It even got its first full test Saturday when I ran into some dude who decided to stop on the trail. I went over the bars and did some flips and rolls down the hillside for about 25ft. I got up as if nothing happened. The mesh or w/e material it is sleeves make it super breathable and comfortable as well so no overheating.
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    RockGarden would be my choice.I had two nasty spills up at Santa Barb. Granite, nice and sharp. Shoulder and ribs were tender, but not broken. No lacerations either. This product is also Leatt neck brace friendly.

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    I rock the Rockgardn Trailstar with elbow pads and knee pads. It's fairly light, real easy on/off and has done a pretty good job saving me from some solid crashes. Also, it's pretty cheap. The 2010 model, which is out now, is even nicer if you can track one down. It doesn't take much for those to come in handy. It all depends on where and how you fall.

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    Whichever brand you buy, I would definitely go for the shoulder protection.

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    So everyone here is saying everything, matched with AM forum!

    dammit, this will not be cheap.

    One of the reasons I was wanting just the back is sizing just covers the length.
    I am 6'7 but normal build.

    Does anyone know of any brands with a long backplate?


    My wife has a similar problem, she bought this

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...x?ModelID=9569

    But I think she is too tall for it. The waist strap covers the bottom of her ribs, no lower.

    It this too short?

    Thanks,

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    I had three days in fort bill last september.

    We did a mix of the WC course and the red route.

    Like you I already had the Full face and legs/shins and arm pads but I bought http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...x?ModelID=7088.

    I like the fact the arms are attached as it stops them sliding down and they are more secure in a crash.

    I definitely wouldn't run DH without wearing it now, and it really isn't that uncomfortable once worn for a few hours.

    Dont forget to take some goggles too!

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    With my slow speed crashes (with rocky landings) I am happy with FF, arm, leg, and a sturdy backpack for back protection. I'm using a Deuter Attack, which gives more protection than a normal pack.

    At slow speeds, I don't think you need chest/torso if you're confident that you can fall onto your elbows.

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    High speed DH guys only wear knee guards, gloves, and a helmet, and maybe a neck brace. At least that's what all of the World Cup racers I've ridden with and seen wear.

    If you're crashing a lot, get an armored jacket and shorts, like the Dainese Performance Jacket and Shorts.

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    You should start by planning to stay on the bike. Planning to fall is setting yourself up for disaster. Walk the trail first as well to see if it's within your skill level and to scope lines. Suiting up in full armor and throwing yourself into something that you know you won't be able to handle is a bad idea and the armor may not help you anyways. That being said, you should try on as many different options as possible to make sure whatever you do decide on fits you. Good luck

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    I don't know why more mtb dudes don't wear mx chest protectors. If I ever go to a dh park (I want to go to diablo this summer), I'm just wearing t-shirt, thor sentinel chest protector, and kyle straight knee guards. Knowing how to crash is a big part of crashing. Overkill on protection puts unsafe confidence in riders and makes you lazy when crashing, if that makes any sense.

    For helmet I usually use fox transition on the mtb, but I will use my mx helmet (thor force) for dh park.

    What you said your wife has is very similar to the thor sentinel, just soft. Google the thor sentinel and check it out. It's a very low profile design and has saved my butt many times on the mx bike (though I did just collapse a lung with it on a few weeks ago, I didn't break any ribs during the process which had doctors pretty astonished).

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