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    Do you use protection?

    For your riding I mean. After a nasty crash and a couple days in the hospital with broken ribs and a punctured lung, I decided it was time to think about some padding. I saw this Troy Lee Designs Protective Shirt (BP5850HW) on the web and with some rave reviews so I ordered it and it arrived this morning. All I can say is wow! I haven't ridden with it yet, but it is unbelievably light, seems to be well vented and has padding in all the right places that at least would have mitigated my injuries. I know all you youngsters out there are invulnerable and like to brag about broken bones, but when you get older you tire of the pain and down time that seems to get longer and longer with age. I'll post a later review after a few rides but I won't guarantee a fall.

    BTW, I already have two rides in and the ribs are doing great. Starting next Monday I'll be back to regular rides.
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    I've got a 661 coresaver that I wear when riding downhill. It wouldn't have protected my shoulder in my last get-off, but it does provide great protection for the spine and torso. I don't wear if for ss riding though it's probably not a bad idea...

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    I don't use protection for anything.

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    i wear a helmet. i keep telling myself im gonna pad up but it never happens.

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    safety thought

    I just thought of something, we've been riding together for around 10 years and I've seen you tip over... but never crash.
    During our tenure you've broken ribs more than once, got stitches in your head WHILE wearing a helmet, dislocated your shoulder a least once and I think broke your collar bone.
    Do I keep you safe?
    I think I'll order one of those fancy shirts.

    Looking forward to our next ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by I am Spike
    I just thought of something, we've been riding together for around 10 years and I've seen you tip over... but never crash.
    During our tenure you've broken ribs more than once, got stitches in your head WHILE wearing a helmet, dislocated your shoulder a least once and I think broke your collar bone.
    Do I keep you safe?
    I think I'll order one of those fancy shirts.

    Looking forward to our next ride!
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    It def makes you look younger, Brad.

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    661 has released a similar shirt. I'm going to try it soon. But I don't think it will help against broken ribs. But you're right, with age injuries take longer to heal. Depending on the type of riding I always wear the maximum of protection, for DH even down to a Leat Brace. Not everyone has the skills of a Sam Hill, so a bit of extra protection is always welcome if things go wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmx1
    661 has released a similar shirt. I'm going to try it soon. But I don't think it will help against broken ribs.
    Perhaps you mean <a href="http://mania.com.pricepoint.com/detail/17108-535_SSOAS8-1-Clothing-14-Protective-Gear/661-Assault-Pressure-Suit.htm"> this one </a> ? If so I agree the rib protection looked minimal at best
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    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    For your riding I mean. After a nasty crash and a couple days in the hospital with broken ribs and a punctured lung, I decided it was time to think about some padding. I saw this Troy Lee Designs Protective Shirt (BP5850HW) on the web and with some rave reviews so I ordered it and it arrived this morning. All I can say is wow! I haven't ridden with it yet, but it is unbelievably light, seems to be well vented and has padding in all the right places that at least would have mitigated my injuries. I know all you youngsters out there are invulnerable and like to brag about broken bones, but when you get older you tire of the pain and down time that seems to get longer and longer with age. I'll post a later review after a few rides but I won't guarantee a fall.

    BTW, I already have two rides in and the ribs are doing great. Starting next Monday I'll be back to regular rides.
    How's the shoulder protection on the Shirt? I broke my clavicle from a hard fall directly onto my shoulder. I'm thinking something like this could protect that shoulder in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Econoline
    How's the shoulder protection on the Shirt? I broke my clavicle from a hard fall directly onto my shoulder. I'm thinking something like this could protect that shoulder in the future.
    All I can say is there are shoulder pads and they would certainly mitigate any fall. If you are unsure you can always add additional pads that are designed to work with the shirt.If you are not so concerned about ribs, you might want to look at the 661 I referenced to dmx1, the shoulder pads look a bit more substantial.<a href="http://www.vitalmtb.com/forums/The-Hub,2/Troy-Lee-Designs-Shock-Doctor-gear-review-ride-and-crash-tested,4839">Here's</a> a review of the Troy Lee Designs shirt I bought with some different pics and some of the additional paddings.
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    I used to wear 661 evo knees all the time and the elbows when i was doing a ride where i rode to the top and it was all down from there on in.... this was for about 6 months after a nasty knee injury. Ive been slack lately , no doubt it will come back and bite me in the ass but its too warm here in Oz to wear protective gear if you are pedalling and sweating.
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    i do ever since some sweet young thang gave me herpes. she was friggen hot.

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    @ aka brad : no, it's this one, it's called Subgear Compression Suit
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    No protection. Whenever I'm about to crash, I just pull out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmx1
    @ aka brad : no, it's this one, it's called Subgear Compression Suit
    I saw that shirt also, and it appeared to have substantially less protection than the Troy Lee Design and nothing for your ribs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    I saw that shirt also, and it appeared to have substantially less protection than the Troy Lee Design and nothing for your ribs.
    I called 661 about this Subgear line several months ago. It is not intended to provide any protection against abrasion, so it would have to be used as a base layer (subgear?) under an armor layer.

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    661 Veggie shin gaurds. I kept on getting little dotted marks up my shins where my pedals or sprockets had attacked me. Funnily enough, in 3 years of riding i've only ever actually come off in a wonderful way once, but the shin gaurds have taken a hammering from heaps of times where my foot has come loose and been prone to slice 'n dice.

    Protection is also pretty sweet for winter riding, so you don't have to wear pants if it's freezing, just pop on the shin guards and you have some cozy warmth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Econoline
    I called 661 about this Subgear line several months ago. It is not intended to provide any protection against abrasion, so it would have to be used as a base layer (subgear?) under an armor layer.
    huh? surely those shoulder pads and elbow pads would guard against abrasion

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