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Old 01.12.2009, 15:34
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Skiing / boarding back protectors

a quick headsup Aldi are selling back protectors for 49chf at the moment, you'll have to be quick as they seem to be going fast!!!
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Old 01.12.2009, 15:41
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a quick headsup Aldi are selling back protectors for 49chf at the moment, you'll have to be quick as they seem to be going fast!!!
Sounds like a good deal - is it a specific brand or a no-name product?
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Old 01.12.2009, 15:44
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Re: Skiing / boarding back protectors

http://www.aldi-suisse.ch/ch/html/of...3_DEU_HTML.htm


they don't look that great.

But amazing price
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Old 01.12.2009, 15:46
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Re: Skiing / boarding back protectors

no make, but better then nothing, they seem ok, padding under the plastic etc, ce marked.

eta - no make I have heard of anyway
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Old 01.12.2009, 15:51
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Re: Skiing / boarding back protectors

Looks like Tchibo is selling almost the same product but at 69.95...
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Old 01.12.2009, 15:59
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Re: Skiing / boarding back protectors

Safety equipment is not something I would save money on.
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Old 01.12.2009, 16:01
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Safety equipment is not something I would save money on.
I assume there should be a few people here doing winter sports and the season seems to kick-start from here on... can you or others give some good recommendations? For the not so versed people this may be a good pointer... also for helmets of course... I have no knowledge about these brands and have yet to wear a helmet since I started out...
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Old 01.12.2009, 16:09
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Re: Skiing / boarding back protectors

as long as its tuv / ce approved then its passed all the safety requirements.

There is always a huge debate on biker forums about helmets and costs compared to level of safety etc, never seen a conclusion to any of these debates. Personally I'm not keen on paying 4x as much for some of these brands just because they have to pay for shaun white to endorse it, they are all made in china probably in the same factory
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I assume there should be a few people here doing winter sports and the season seems to kick-start from here on... can you or others give some good recommendations? For the not so versed people this may be a good pointer... also for helmets of course... I have no knowledge about these brands and have yet to wear a helmet since I started out...
I personally can't give a recommendation for back protectors as I usually don't use one when skiing or snowboarding. I have my reasons which I won't get into as I don't want to use my reasoning to dissuade others from using one if they feel it will benefit them. On the rare occasion that I might need one, I have a MTB full body armour which includes a back protector which I can use. (It is also suitable for snowsports in case I hear someone calling me a hypocrit on saving money for safety! )

As for helmets, Fit is important. Most brands will offer the same minimal level of protection, once you have that it should fit properly. I have a Giro one which I find quite comfortable and have no complaints with. I would advise going to a specialist shop and try on many brands until you find one that fits best and is comfortable enough that you will want to wear it. Also it might be worth while paying extra to get a lighter helmet with as high a level of protection as possible. This will reduce your heads momentum when it hits something in the event of needing the helmet!!!
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Re: Skiing / boarding back protectors

We've just bought a nice biking jacket, galoshes and even sport sunglasses. The jacket and galoshes are of excellent quality. All bought at Aldi.

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as long as its tuv / ce approved then its passed all the safety requirements.

There is always a huge debate on biker forums about helmets and costs compared to level of safety etc, never seen a conclusion to any of these debates. Personally I'm not keen on paying 4x as much for some of these brands just because they have to pay for shaun white to endorse it, they are all made in china probably in the same factory
Yes... but I have seen no name ones that have no approval. And specifically with helmets the branded ones tend to do more research into how the helmet can best dissipate force and protect the head.
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Old 01.12.2009, 16:12
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Yes... but I have seen no name ones that have no approval. And specifically with helmets the branded ones tend to do more research into how the helmet can best dissipate force and protect the head.

yes def get one that has been tested and approved, I think you'd be hard pushed to find one that hasn't here though, well in a proper shop anyway.
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Old 01.12.2009, 16:16
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Re: Skiing / boarding back protectors

On the subject of back protectors for snowboarding - are they solely protecting your back from an impact such as hitting a rail, or do they offer any other protection, i.e. support for the back against excessive manipulation?
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yes def get one that has been tested and approved, I think you'd be hard pushed to find one that hasn't here though, well in a proper shop anyway.
Very important point!
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Old 01.12.2009, 16:18
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On the subject of back protectors for snowboarding - are they solely protecting your back from an impact such as hitting a rail, or do they offer any other protection, i.e. support for the back against excessive manipulation?

the work much the same as the wrist protecting gloves, they should stop your back bending the wrong way, and also cusion the blow if you fall backwards, and hopefully hurt the next idiot skiier who ski's into me.
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Old 01.12.2009, 16:23
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the work much the same as the wrist protecting gloves, they should stop your back bending the wrong way, and also cusion the blow if you fall backwards, and hopefully hurt the next idiot skiier who ski's into me.

That's what I would have thought - but a few shops have told me that they won't help there - they said they're for crashing into rails etc when doing tricks.

I'm interested as I had a couple of interesting falls last year that left me with bad back pain for the rest of the season.
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Old 01.12.2009, 16:27
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Re: Skiing / boarding back protectors

A back protector will ONLY protect you against a point impact to the area the gaurd covers. They do not provide enough support to act as a splint and prevent any kind of rotation or flexion/extension trauma. This is a common misconception, and one I fail to see how anyone could actually think that it could provide enough support to prevent injury in this manner. This is the main reason why I usually don't bother with them.
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Re: Skiing / boarding back protectors

agreed if you do somthing really silly they are not going to save you, but I'd rather wipe out wearing one then wipeout without.

I only bought a helmet after I knocked myself out
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agreed if you do somthing really silly they are not going to save you, but I'd rather wipe out wearing one then wipeout without.

I only bought a helmet after I knocked myself out
I usually ride with a backpack if I am in difficult terrain. Except for a small area by the coccyx it does much the same thing. (Depending on how I pack it! )
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A back protector will ONLY protect you against a point impact to the area the gaurd covers. They do not provide enough support to act as a splint and prevent any kind of rotation or flexion/extension trauma. This is a common misconception, and one I fail to see how anyone could actually think that it could provide enough support to prevent injury in this manner. This is the main reason why I usually don't bother with them.

yet soo many riders wear them here. Lame.

Such a poser sport.
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