Who rides with elbow pads and do you have any recommendations?



  • As it's been cold here since I bought my OW I've never been out without wearing several layers, but once the weather picks up and I want to ride in a t-shirt I'm wondering if I should get some elbow pads.

    I saw a YouTube clip of some OW riders going downhill on some bike tracks and one of them had some really nice-looking pads on. They were really streamlined-looking and not goofy like some pads look (I'm already aware that riding around on a OW draws attention, so prefer to not look too stupid if I can help it!).

    Anyone here wear elbow pads or got any advice?

    (I already own some wrist guards - bought them before I even got on the board for the first time. Own a helmet too but don't wear that so much now)



  • @AdamDoubleG Were these the ones? http://amzn.to/1TWDkhI



  • No, more along the lines of this (from what I remember): http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/race-face-indy-elbow-guard-2014/rp-prod122224



  • @AdamDoubleG Also, I think the helmet is the most important pad you should be wearing. You won't have much need for your elbows with a serious head trauma injury.

    The second most important pads are wrist guards, as that's generally how you try to save yourself if you fall on this thing.

    The third thing I wear any time I ride is impact shorts. They're pretty much undetectable, even under shorts, and they'll save you a lot of pain and bruising from one of the most common falls on a OneWheel, which is sideways onto the pavement on your hip.

    I've had a few decent spills, and the helmet, wrist guards, and impact shorts all came into play and kept it from being more serious. I actually was able to just get right back up and ride and the only injury was slight muscle strain from catching myself when I hit the ground.



  • @thegreck Good info. Do you have a brand recommendation for impact shorts?



  • @AdamDoubleG well, having ridden mountainboards, freebords and longboards in my past i still had a pair of these laying around and i will continue to ride with them. they're very comfy and give you solid protection when really pushing limits: https://vimeo.com/67055689 and i'm obviously wearing elbow pads and a helmet. a helmet is a MUST. really. as @thegreck said: it is the most important pad you should be wearing. read this: http://community.onewheel.com/topic/1216/tl-dr-please-wear-a-helmet/12

    edit:
    @TxdoHawk as for impact shorts: i'm currently not wearing any whilst riding. but i'd probably aim for something like hillbilly's. they seem to be pretty good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v1gg3_tqv8 not quite sure if they're too heavy though. i guess it really depends on your style and terrain preference of riding



  • @chabis said:

    @TxdoHawk as for impact shorts: i'm currently not wearing any whilst riding. but i'd probably aim for something like hillbilly's. they seem to be pretty good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v1gg3_tqv8 not quite sure if they're too heavy though. i guess it really depends on your style and terrain preference of riding

    Yeah, that's the thing, some of these look hella thick and I'm not sure what the best padding/safety trade-off would be. I think I will start with a helmet + wristguards.



  • @TxdoHawk said:

    @thegreck Good info. Do you have a brand recommendation for impact shorts?

    I do! I got ShockDoctor impact shorts and I love them:
    http://amzn.to/1R1zio0

    They might look like heavy body armor in the photo, but they're very light and breathable, with flexible foam pads in all the spots you need them (tailbone, thighs, and hips). It also comes with a cup, but I took that out as it seemed like overkill.

    I've worn them under my pants when I commute to work, then am able to sit at my desk all day in these things and they're perfectly comfortable, and not bulky at all. No one will even know you're wearing them.



  • @thegreck said:

    @TxdoHawk said:

    @thegreck Good info. Do you have a brand recommendation for impact shorts?

    I do! I got ShockDoctor impact shorts and I love them:
    http://amzn.to/1R1zio0

    They might look like heavy body armor in the photo, but they're very light and breathable, with flexible foam pads in all the spots you need them (tailbone, thighs, and hips). It also comes with a cup, but I took that out as it seemed like overkill.

    I've worn them under my pants when I commute to work, then am able to sit at my desk all day in these things and they're perfectly comfortable, and not bulky at all. No one will even know you're wearing them.

    Sounds good to me. Thanks for the recommendation.


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