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Safety Equipment (1172 Posts)
Product Review
Pro Designed Wrist Guards
On 8/30/2006 gary h. wrote in from United States  (17.221.nnn.nnn)

I just saw this deal on PD's site..... for a limited time Pro Designed has a SALE going on for Wrist Guards, 50% off!
If you haven't used these wrist guards then you haven't used the best wrist guards available! at this price you may want to order two pairs!

here is the link:

http://www.prodesigned.com/salehalfoff.htm

 
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RE: Broke ankle... again
On 7/1/2006 Leafsunbear wrote in from United States  (24.5.nnn.nnn)

I recently fractured my greater trouchanter or top of my femur at the hip. I have been three months without skateing. Now that I am walking on a cain I am having trouble with my foot. I am worried too that I will never be able to ride like I used to. I just turned 30 and I have some bone issues. Scary, to think about how bad of an injury could happen. You Had surgery I luckily didn't. I am going to start back on the longboard soon. Then I will try some pool skating, but I am sure to take it easy. good luck with your recovering and getting back on the board...
Just thought I would share....
LSB

 
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888 anti glove
On 6/18/2006 hc wrote in from United States  (71.141.nnn.nnn)

http://www.xsportsprotective.com/triple-eight-anti-glove.html

 
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mcDavid
On 6/18/2006 hc wrote in from United States  (71.141.nnn.nnn)

http://mcdavidusa.com/hexpadshorts.html

755-HexPad Girdle (the thigh pad is removable and not included)

saw this at sports authority, only $40

 
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skateboardgloves.com
On 4/17/2006 Chris Yandall wrote in from United States  (70.167.nnn.nnn)

Anyone interested in specializing in nothing but skateboard glove safety equipment?

I own this domain and a bunch of others :D

when I skog, my only safety equipment are gloves to break my fall when some darwin-award-creature crosses my path.


cYa

 
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Remedy
On 4/14/2006 Steven King wrote in from United States  (71.134.nnn.nnn)

I used my Remedy for the first time last weekend. I feel much more confident with it than my Giro Semi. It's comfortable and reasonably well-ventilated. It's been in the 50s and 60s in the Bay Area - so I don't know how it will feel when spring and summer finally arrive.

I didn't go for the Carbon Fiber model because the additional $150 didn't seem worth a minimal difference in weight. It would have been cool to have a CF helmet to match the Roe CF decks, but not $150 worth of cool.

It's not rated so I'll continue to use my Snell rated helmet for speedboarding.

 
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How do you like your Giro Remedy?
On 4/13/2006 Kevin wrote in from United States  (72.197.nnn.nnn)

Just wondering what people think of the Giro Remedy helmet...Looks a little bulky, but I guess that's the price you pay for protection. Any riders had a chnce to test them out?
Thanks, Kevin

 
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slider stuff
On 3/8/2006 garage racer wrote in from United States  (71.14.nnn.nnn)

hey goofy foot use slider gloves i use motion longboard slider gloves check out www.motionlongboards.com

 
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Giro Remedy
On 2/16/2006 Judi O wrote in from United States  (69.110.nnn.nnn)

Should be available in March or April. It's a beautiful helmet. I want one too.


Judi O

 
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leathers
On 2/12/2006 dan@csu wrote in from United States  (216.17.nnn.nnn)

i need to buy padded leathers, but dont know where to start. if anyone has some to sell or can point me in the right direction for some affordable stuff id appreciate it. what kind of stuff are the downhill racers using? thanks!

 
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Giro Remedy?
On 1/10/2006 Chris Olden wrote in from United States  (69.233.nnn.nnn)


hey,
Looking to replace my Giro Switchblade, when will
the Remedys be available?
What is the difference between the carbon-fibre
ones and the fibreglass shell ones?
As much as I look like a tool with my Switchblade
on, it's been a comfortable helmet to wear during
the NorCal summers.
chris olden

 
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Boneless
On 12/9/2005 Apryde wrote in from United States  (69.235.nnn.nnn)

....Does anyone know what the status of Boneless Pads is? I recently placed an on-line order with them and paid with Paypal. 1 week later I receive a refund for my order and am told..."Boneless has not replenished their distributors for 6 months".

 
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ProDesigned keeps me going
On 11/29/2005 Gary H. wrote in from United States  (71.139.nnn.nnn)

Thought I'd share a success story...I had off all last week, skated tons. Woke up early on Monday and was skating the local park. Second run I ollied over a hip in the bowl and over shot it, missed all the transition and slammed real hard on my left wrist and left knee. While it really hurt, nothing broke! I want to say that with out the proper safety equipment I'm 100% sure that my week would have been over. ProDesigned Knee and Wrist guards took the impact and kept me riding all week. If anyone is looking for the best pads just follow the link from this site. They make great Holiday gifts too.

 
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No More Semi MX?
On 11/25/2005 Mile High Mark wrote in from United States  (206.124.nnn.nnn)

I was perusing the Giro website, and didn't see the Semi MX listed. Is the Flak the replacement? I really like the Semi (it's my favorite), and would hate to see it go away for good.

 
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Remedy
On 11/24/2005 Judi O wrote in from United States  (69.111.nnn.nnn)

Paul,

The Remedy won't be out for a few more months. Hope you are okay. They are a sweet helmet for sure. Light strong with removable padding. In 3 sizes unlike the old Mad Max which only had two.

Skater for Life.

 
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Giro - Remedy
On 11/15/2005 Paul P wrote in from United States  (72.43.nnn.nnn)

Judi O,

After crashing myself two weeks ago and reading about Geezer-X's crash, I want to purchase a full face helment asap. I checked out the Giro site and found the 2006 Remedy. I have been unable to find one locally. I would like an extra large in matte titanium or black. I don't need carbon fiber. Why is carbon fiber so much more than fiberglass ($250.00 vs $100.00)?? Let me know the total amount with shipping and how I can pay you. Thank you.

 
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Broke my ankle...again
On 10/27/2005 Haim Barr wrote in from Israel  (212.179.nnn.nnn)

I sit here at my desk at work, with my leg in an inflatible boot cast, and ponder...how the hell am I going to continue skating after two fractures on the same leg with only 15 months between both injuries?
The first one was when I landed on the outside of my right (tail) foot when it slipped off after a F/S air - Broken Fibula.
The second one was after a layback on near-vert - I guess I dragged my leg behind me, and broke the Spiral Frature of Tibia AND the Fibula again. This time they operated and put in a plate and screws.
Does anyone know if an ankle brace would help, or would I just end up breaking the bone above the brace? Should I just call it quits? Or reduce the frequency and intensity of my sessioning? Has anyone out there had these type of injuries and continued skating?

 
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Semi
On 10/19/2005 Judi O wrote in from United States  (69.111.nnn.nnn)

Cliff,

I have something you may want to replace your Semi. We will be skating Nov. 5 9:00 am if you can make it down. Same place as last time B street SSJ. Or send me your address.

Take care.

 
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lonerider
On 10/13/2005 Cliff Coleman wrote in from United States  (68.127.nnn.nnn)

lonerider,

I agree with your post. I think that in most cases, riders fall in the direction of travel. It is when you are not moving fast or when, as you said, and hit a rock or branch, that blunt trauma from hard impacts occur. These falls that happen causing blunt trauma from incidents such as you describe happen a small percentage of the time compared to falls that pitch the rider forward in the direction of travel. I would rather use the safety gear, and in this case, slider gloves, that protect me in 90+ percent of the potential falls that I might take. In 45 years of skating, I have never had a blunt trauma injury to my wrists. Yes, I have taken a few spills here and there, ;) Yes, I wear slider gloves 100% of the time when I'm skating.

Cliff Coleman

 
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Definition of Blunt Trauma
On 10/12/2005 lonerider wrote in from United States  (65.249.nnn.nnn)

When I said blunt trauma, I am specifically referring to impacts that you cannot slide out of (by definition, if you were to able to reduce the force by sliding, it wouldn't be blunt trama) or the remainder of the energy after sliding. As you said yourself, this mainly would occur in the skatepark where you falling straight down from a high height. However, it could also occur while sliding/slaloming - like catching your board on a rock or a branch so that it and your feet come to a complete stop and you body flips over into the pavement. It would be hard to slide out such a crash because the whipping motion is primarily rotational.

 
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Lone rider
On 10/11/2005 Cliff Coleman wrote in from United States  (68.127.nnn.nnn)

Lone rider,

I agree with all but one aspect of your post. The part where you think that a wrist guard is better at protecting the wrists from blunt trama. The fact that there is less friction upon impact with slider gloves makes them (MUCH) more protective than a wrist guard would.

My two cents,
Cliff Coleman

 
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Wrist Guards
On 10/10/2005 lonerider wrote in from United States  (65.249.nnn.nnn)

I was responding to Adam's comment about wrist guards in snowboarding. He was the one trying to associate snowboarding injuries with skateboarding injuries. My experiences disagree with him, and so I don't think he can use snowboarding injuries to justify skateboarding injuries.

I definitely agree with slider gloves are essential to downhill safety, but primarily as a braking/steering tool and less as impact protection. My thinking was that for protection against blunt trauma to the wrist, a wristguard is better at that than a slide glove. I always wear my slide gloves... and if it's not too hot, I'll wear wrist guards under them as well

 
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Wrist Guards
On 10/10/2005 Cliff Coleman wrote in from United States  (68.127.nnn.nnn)

Lone rider, you talk about injuries or the lack of them and wrist guards while refering to Snow Boarding. This discussion is about Skateboarding. Falling on snow is vastly different than falling on asphalt.

Wrist Guards are appropriate in the parks as mentioned already.

Riding down hills requires sldier gloves to be safe and wrist guards don't measure up.

In the last five years of Slalom racing, I don't know of one serious injury for riders who were wearing Slider Gloves. On the other hand, Jack Smith, Paul Dunn, Michael Dong etc., have had broken bones while riding with wrist guards instead of slider gloves. Check the record, broken bones and surgeries for those who chose wrist guards and no serious injuries for those who chose slider gloves. That is over a five year period.

Choose wisely,
Cliff Coleman

 
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Properly Designed Wrist Guards (PD)
On 10/10/2005 lonerider wrote in from United States  (67.188.nnn.nnn)

This debate has been going on for decades now. In my opinion I think the anti-wrist guard argument it is basically a variation of the anti-helmet argument (where they argue that a helmet just transfers the force of the impact into the neck). It is true that a badly designed or badly fitting wrist guard can be less than optimal, but I think there are very few situations in which any wrist guard is going to be worse than a slide glide, let alone versus you bare-hand. All the physics that causes a slide glove to dissipate energy is found in a wrist guard and more so.

Ski patrollers only see the people that come into the infirmary. I used to run a snowboarding club that ran weekly trips in New England. We recommended to everyone (beginners to exprts) to they should wear wrist guard to help protect from wrist injuries. Obviously expert riders didn't listen, but the beginners/intermediate did and we say a dramatic reduction in wrist injuries, only a few jammed shoulders, and NO spiral forearm breaks that people always worry about when they give their anti-wrist guard spiel. This was over a few thousand snowboarders. This is of course only my experience, I may be biased by what I've seen.

Clearly if you are smart, you can get by without wrist guards... and it isn't as dangerous as not wearing a helmet, but I think the argument saying that wrist guards are ineffective or even more dangerous are at least out of date. While slide gloves do offer some protection, but they are not protective equipment in the tradition sense (never designed to absorb a real impact) and if you really want to be protected, wear a wrist guard under your glove (Timeship Racing BearPaws fit any wristguard) or a wrist guard alone. Again, I don't mean to start a big debate on this issue, suffice it to say that I am of a different opinion and each person should make their own choice on this matter.

 
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wrist guards...the good kind
On 10/10/2005 GH wrote in from United States  (17.221.nnn.nnn)

I would say if your riding at the skatepark then you should wear good wrist guards not sliders. This is due to the fact that you can still grab your deck for airs, inverts or style. I've fallen going pretty fast while slaloming with ProDesigned wrist guards and they slid fine. I understand why some folks like sliders but I have NEVER had a problem of the injury being transferred to my elbow or shoulders. I guess if your going downhill a hill then sliders would be better especially for sliding.

 
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