New guy - questions about safety/equipment

  • Hello all,

    I preordered the XR and am super excited!! I do have some questions about learning to ride though.

    A bit about me, I've been surfing and snowboarding since the 90s, used to skate some, so decent balance. Crashed plenty of times in those endeavors (when younger).

    I'm 40 now, so the body bag doesn't bounce like it used to, and it would be a major inconvenience to break a bone.

    I'm for sure getting a helmet. Would it be worth it to get wrist guards while I learn the board? anything else? I do plan to start off slow, but the goal is to get to where I can commute on the board.


    Oh yes, what helmets are people using for around town kind of stuff?

  • Wrist guards are also a must. A knee/shin pad or two is worthwhile as well. (I wear one knee/shin guard on my leading leg)

  • That background you'll be fine. I'm the same. 43 took 10 minutes on the + ordered an XR two days later...had to have it

  • also 40; full regalia for me. helmet, wrist guards, knee + elbow pads. i don't care how dorky i look, i type for a living and, as you said, breaking any bone at this point would be a major inconvenience. admittedly, i have put a few miles on it w/out knee pads, but was kinda too nervous fully to enjoy those rides. i'm also only 29 miles in on my plus, as a total noob, with only very distant snowboarding experience, so that also factors in to my road armor decisions. hth :)

  • I'm 32, and taken two good falls so far, both while learning. I've skated and snowboarded all my life, and always been just OK. No triple corks or bluntslides for sure. First fall was the uphill without using 'Elevated' mode... don't push it. Second was the acceleration mistake at start. Don't push it. I've put 100 miles on my OW+ in the last month, and I've only just started riding in the street with the cyclists.

    Get a MIPS equipped helmet. Giro makes one that doesn't look stupid

    There's a lot of controversy on wrist guards transferring the kinetic force up the elbow, making things MUCH worse than a standard wrist fracture. I've been using these, and while I do no intentional sliding/scraping, the pucks have saved me on face first slides and they definitely keep you moving rather than FULL stop which is where you get hurt.

    I'm rocking covert knee pads and elbow pads, both are spectacular.

    Also strongly recommend Serfas lights. Pretty sure you can see em from space. I've got the headlight and tail light, super easy to attach to the helmet, and even a blind person will see you coming.

  • Thanks for all the tips! Thanks for the links to that safety gear, I'd not heard of MIPS helmets, that sounds great, same with the Serfas lights. Just need March 15 to come sooner...

  • I just wear a helmet and gloves. I've had a few falls and if you have a background in skating or snowboarding you'll be fine. I did break 3 of my ribs on my electric skateboard which sucked. I'm not aware of a way to protect against this unluss I wear a full chest plate. Bones heal though so I'm back out riding now. I like to ride fast so I at least wear a helmet.

  • helmet, wrist guards and a motorcycle jacket with elbow/shoulder/spine protection. usually wear big huge knee pads too.

  • I think there is a point of diminishing returns - if not for protection, then what you look like. I for one would rather ride a bit slower with a few key pads and skate helmet than full on motorcycle gear.

  • @hoovdini

    I hear your point, but I was considering a Speed and Skill motorcycle jacket w pads because it looks way LESS obviously padded than my skateboard stuff.

    Maybe the pants, too.

  • When it's cold or cool outside I wear my motorcycle jacket (with built in shoulder, elbow, and back padding) along with helmet, wrist guards and knee pads. When it's warm just my helmet, wrist guards, and knee pads. My motorcycle jacket is also reflective; this helps people see me when on night rides.

  • I ride mostly in a Borat thong and flip flops - but who's looking?

  • @readysetawesome HOLY CRAP what a great idea. I never thought of a motorcycle jacket with all the built in plates.

  • @acecannon The Triple 8 covert pads are sick, no one can tell I've got elbow and knee pads on through my slacks and hoodie.

  • @acecannon I think you mean "Speed and Strength"?

    Off the Chain

    This is the jacket I ride in. I totally recommend it! The hoodie zips out and is comfy to wear around the house. The jacket is nice and doesn't show pads at all... I took the spine one out, but the shoulder and elbow ones are super nice! It also has a CC holster if you pack a sidearm. I have a sig sp2022 and it zips closed over the pinky rest on the magazine, but not by much. I don't like how if you have the hoodie zipped in, you have to unzip it partway to expose the holster, but that's not a deal-breaker. I also just got Chester Shoes and they make such the difference! I feel so locked into the board it's amazing!!!

    I know I'm going to push it, and eating shit isn't a matter of if, but when. I want to protect as much of me as I can. I invest in equipment because I want to ride more, heal less. Ultimately it's your life/time. You can spend it how you like. ;-)

  • If you can afford them, G-Form Pads are phenomenal. I have (unfortunately) tested them in the real world (quite a bit) - and they work as advertised. One tip I'd give is - wear them inside-out. They use a nylon-on-nylon design that allows the pads to slip off the intended area to be protected. But, if you wear them inside-out, the rubber of the pad will stick to the skin and stay where you want it during a fall with forward motion.

    I generally wear: Helmet, lead elbow pad, padded shorts, biking gloves, and if I'm offroad, I'll throw on the trailing elbow pad and knee pads. All pads are G-Form worn inside-out under my normal clothes.

  • @gwinntanamo How do you feel about the G-Form knee pads? I have G-Form elbow pads but have been using TSG knee pads (pretty standard foam pad inside with a hard shell on the outside). I've read that this type is safer for if you slide, whereas G-Forms might get shredded. Have you slid on the G-Form knee pads before?

  • @joshb89 Confirmed! I ride in the same jacket, and it is like the coolest looking piece of clothing I own. And its way faster than putting on even one elbow pad.

  • I got a wrist, knee and elbow pad set for like 20 bucks. It is a must. Even though the onewheel is a tank I am always worried about falling. with the pads I can ride more comfortably. I Feel like the onewheel helmet is possibly overpriced(like a lot of other stuff and the bumpers.) All I have left that I want is a xlr dummy plug and a decent fender. I will probably not be buying either the FM or carbon fiber fender. I might make one or there is another discussion about FM not making a cheap overpriced piece of brittle plastic . Another thing that you might want is shin guards. I got a nasty scrape from jumping off the back foot because of reaction times. Sometimes when riding reverse from your comfortable you jump off that way and get carried in a circle by the onewheel.

  • If you don't like the kneepads look, or just want hip protection football pads might be worth looking into.
    With knee pads


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