A closeup of the shoulder pad itself - might be able to make something better looking if you can sew, or want to color the armor piece black:
OK, I'm going to try a couple pics to show what I've got. Same materials as listed above, except that due to the size of the shoulder armor piece, I decided against epoxy glue, and just used strips of industrial velcro, which stick wonderfully to the neoprene. I really think the shoulder armor piece would stay in place just with the standard two velcro tabs on the pocket, but I didn't want to take any chances on it having shifted out of place unnoticed, just when you needed it most.
It's very comfortable, neoprene should breathe well enough for heat purposes, and I think it's low-profile enough to wear under the shirt - I just put it over, so y'all didn't have to see my manly chest hair.
@readysetawesome - I (and others) have speculated about whether the increased torque reduces nosedive probability under some conditions. Jury's definitely out: I think it could potentially help, others think it will make no difference at all, or perhaps even allow people to nosedive faster/sooner than they otherwise would.
I'll be watching the reports of people going from + to XR closely to see. I really hope the increased torque helps. If nothing else, like you say, if Delerium is slightly better on nosedives and range is no longer an issue on the XR, then leaving it on Delerium all the time becomes a no-brainer.
@hoovdini As you know, my left/leading shoulder is still messed up. I need something for that.
I just ordered these, with the intent of making my own piece that will hopefully be easy/discreet to wear under my shirt.
I'm getting this:
In that pocket where the icepack goes, I'm putting one of these (this stuff is amazing, soft until impacted at which point it turns rigid and absorbs the impact energy):
I'm going to glue the neoprene around it to hold it in place, with this:
I will report back when I have messed with this a bit.
@ventoriffic I wear these, they are less bulky than the picture looks - I don't think they are really noticeable at all under my shorts.
I haven't quite figured out how I am going to handle it when I get back on, but I and several others have injured our leading arm/shoulder on nosedive.
I'm debating just getting a shoulder brace with a "pocket" for icepacks, and sticking a motorcycle jacket shoulder armor piece in that. I think that would be easy to get on/off, and discreet enough that I can wear it under my shirt.
@mrclowny Agreed, I don't mean to be negative - the overall idea remains super-cool, which is why so many of us got excited about it. I just wonder if there's maybe a more elegant solution? Like maybe Flight Fins just needs to produce their own rock-solid fender, with the Fin system integrated to it, and you buy the whole thing. Or, like I said, maybe some kind of bracket that the Fin attaches directly to rather than to the fender (but the bracket could attach underneath the fender to the same frame screws.). The bracket would have to be strong though, aluminum or steel or something.
I got mine in the mail today, not sure when I will get a chance to attach.
@mrclowny - I am having some of the same reservations. Another solution might be if the Fins had some sort of bracket that attached them to the same screws that hold the fender to the frame (making the Fins independent of the fender entirely), it A. might be less likely to damage the fender, and B. would not even require the use of a fender at all.
The other thing is, such a bracket could maybe make the Fins somewhat adjustable - once I attach these Fins to the fender, I better never change my shoe style to ones with thicker or thinner soles/insoles, or the fit may be off. I could drill more holes to reattach/adjust them, but at some point you start to worry about making the FM fender more breakable than people say it already is.
I dunno. I backed these and will probably attach them when I get them, but I'm having a little bit of buyer's remorse now. Those zip ties make it seem like an idea that's ALMOST ready for prime-time, but not quite.
@aspenlife My first (and only) bad one happened at 256 miles, broke my arm and now have a frozen shoulder I am in physical therapy for, they think six months to totally recup. Flat ground, no issues I can see there (I went back to look at the spot recently), battery at 40%. Like you, no time to react, just BANG down to the concrete on my bicep, all 180 pounds of me.
I THINK I may have overaccelerated from dead stop, but it's weird - I never have before, I'm not a particularly aggressive or "trick" rider, I just like riding around, heading to the pub, that sort of thing. Sidewalk surfing. It's possible I got cocky or careless, but I'm gonna have trouble trusting the board, and myself, for a while when I get back on.
What kind of safety gear are you planning on using when you get back on? I've even briefly considered things like motorcycle armor/jacket, but it's so hot where I live that I probably either wouldn't wear it, or wouldn't ride. I'd like something to protect shoulders/biceps that ISN'T football pads. I did get bicep pads, and I am thinking about those padded stretchy shirts used for contact sports.
@joshb89 As far as the weird board behavior you are describing - I had a lot of trouble with something similar on a windy day, I assume because the wind resistance against my body (and/or crosscurrents) kept dropping the pushback threshhold (because the board was working so hard to both push me forward, and stabilize me). Was it pretty windy?
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