Best Chest Protectors for shoulders?
Posted November 01, 2006 - 08:56 AM
Posted November 01, 2006 - 10:11 AM
I know this not a WR make/model question. I have also posted this in the general forum but thought I might get a faster and better response out of my WR brethren. I was in Moab on 10/28 and broke my Right collar bone. I was not wearing a chest protector. Now that I have 6 weeks off the bike to shop. What do you all think is the best chest protector out their for shoulder protection?
Honestly, A broken collarbone is an easy thing to get in a crash and depends alot on how you brace yourself for the hit more than any protector you may have on. It only takes a small amount of pressure to snap a collarbone.
The time I broke mine was when I went over the bars in a bicycle race and braced with my arms and it snapped in 2 places. nasty.
The most important thing is to tuck the arms in and roll if you can.
The one that fits would be the best. Fox makes nice ones that even have an XL size to fit us giants.
Otherwise mfgs of these things are very quick to point out they are rock protectors(not chest protectors.)
Posted November 01, 2006 - 11:36 AM
Posted November 01, 2006 - 02:25 PM
Posted November 01, 2006 - 03:38 PM
I am very interested in those ballistic jackets there are several manufactures to choose from too many to list. After wearing a standard chest protector for many years (and crashes) I can't help but think there must be something better (I am not getting any younger) I am curious about their comfort both temperture and fit/chaffing. I also wonder about their level of protection. The two friends that have them swear by them. theirs are old models some of the new models seem to have even more protection like spine protectors ( maybe too much armor) My questions are what are the pros and cons? How do you wear them (what do you wear them with?) in hot and cold weather. What are the best brands (why?) from those who have tried them.
One more thing I am struggleing to find good elbow pads so this may solve all of my problems.
Posted November 01, 2006 - 07:48 PM
The broken coller bone is a whole nother story. I have broken mine and my son has broken both of his. Most of the broken coller bones I have seen are broken by the helmet as the shoulder is compressed into it.
Like has been said it only takes a few PSI to snap the old clavicle.
Flak jacks and chest protectors have minimal protection for this type of injury
Posted November 02, 2006 - 08:41 PM
Posted November 02, 2006 - 08:59 PM
Posted November 03, 2006 - 03:12 PM
As usual I did way too much research and trying before i bought. I am VERY happy with it and would never go back. The one pice of advice I would give to anyone looking atthe body armor jackets is related to the models that have what looks like very substantial back protection. While this is good, some can limit your range of motion or be uncomfortable when in the seated position on the bike. Just keep that in mind when you are tyring them on. I also found that the protection reality looks a lot different when they are actually on your body vs. hanging on the rack. Mine is the BJ-22, which has the incorporated waist belt. Its ventilation has actually been better than expected. Nothing will prevent evertying, but as I said before I am very happy with the performance and protection, which has been real world tested several times:thumbsup:
Posted November 03, 2006 - 03:21 PM
Posted November 03, 2006 - 09:52 PM
This is what I use. At my age, (40) I need all the protection I can get. I wear a shirt under it and a jersey over it. I get pretty hot when it's really warm out. What's nice is, you can zip out the spinal protection or leave it on. It has a built in kidney belt as well.
Posted November 05, 2006 - 08:30 PM