Protective Gear Recommendation

  • @DavidJohn If the ease in which I hurt myself at the gym is any indication, I'm sure I will find a way to bang myself on the OW, and I'll probably be smiling the entire time. I'll make sure to wear a helmet and I'm leaning towards some sort of wrist protection as well. I may opt out of the knee and elbow pads but we will see.

    I imagine I'll find a park or somewhere with grass to learn on... there are plenty near by. I am planning on checking out the beach as well although I need to read a little more about how to protect/clean the beast after those types of adventures. There seems to be a few people here who meet in the LA area so I hope to join that group once I've graduated in skill past the point where I'll be an embarrassment to them. =)

  • @OriginalEric said:

    @DavidJohn I'll make sure to wear a helmet and I'm leaning towards some sort of wrist protection as well.

    To be clear, the main reason to wear wrist guards isn't to protect your wrists (although it helps with that too), but to save you from taking all the skin off the palms of your hands when you try to break your fall on the asphalt.

  • @chabis Wrist guards are controversial because they can transfer the energy of a fall proximally up the arm and may, MAY cause a trade-off injury. I would much rather have a mid-shaft long bone fracture than to break anything near a joint, though, so I wear them.

  • Gotcha... sounds like I may just have to get real good at the old tuck and roll.

  • @OriginalEric I'm with @thegreck on saving the palms of my hands - I find wrist guards uncomfortable and as a snowboarder, I've learned to fall on more on my forearms and with a tuck. While I've been learning I've just been wearing bike gloves and making sure I've had long sleeves. I'm considering impact shorts etc. for when I start trail riding but until then... I'll just take my falls. The couple of wipeouts I had were pretty well distributed force on my sides, hips, shoulders so I figure elbow and knee pads probably wouldn't have helped much anyways.

  • My wife used to play roller derby and insisted I spend the money on good elbow and knee pads rather than wrist guards. She pointed out that with good pads and a helmet, it's much safer to just ball up when you fall rather than try to catch yourself.

    I bought the G-Form pads that were linked above and they're pretty damn nice. I've landed directly on the end of my elbow with them on, and it was no worse than landing on the couch. :)

  • @akraut Yeah, I think learning to properly fall is a great idea. I should probably practice that more. On grass, that is.

  • @thegreck Have a couple beers and do it in the grass with full pads while the ground is soft. It's actually really fun to push the board past its limit and let it chuck you into a tuck and roll as long as you're prepared for it... like amusement park can't stop giggling fun. You will condition yourself to do it automatically when you endo. Its also good for learning how the board behaves when you push it too far. Probably every new rider should do it once they get comfortable with the basics.

  • @bmtka Haha... that sounds kinda freaky! I'll give it a shot and hopefully won't be posting photos of my X-rays when I fall wrong.

  • Hah... I figure I'll do a bunch of my learning on the grass or a soft surface so I'll let the wipeouts there tell me whether I ought to invest in more padding than a helmet.

    That said, I really do appreciate the insight from everyone and I'm definitely considering all of it.

    2 more days and a wake-up... I can't wait!

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