Rib Protection - What's Available?
Posted 11 April 2012 - 10:48 AM
Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:26 AM
Posted 14 April 2012 - 07:57 AM
Two different rib breaks were from the lower edge of the FOX chest protector (hard plastic with little padding) jabbed into my side, once on the right, next time on the left.
Switched to a FLY chest protector because it seemed to have more wrap around protection for the ribs. I still managed to break ribs again with the FLY chest protector. This time after a low speed tip over and dropping about 2' into a rut and landing on a rock. In this instance, the chest protector didn't go up high enough to protect the rib cage on my left side.
My primary doc did blood work for testosterone levels and a bone density scan, neither of which showed any deficiencies. He attributed to breaks to plain old trauma.
One of my riding buddies suggested wrapping myself in bubblewrap. Funny guy. None-the-less, at 62 I'm not ready to give up riding my 200XC-W, just looking for more ribcage protection.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 10:27 AM
Edited by vidarapido, 14 April 2012 - 10:27 AM.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:52 PM
Edited by TheIncident88, 14 April 2012 - 04:54 PM.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 04:48 PM
What's the name of the lacrosse equipment manufacturer? I'd like to see what they've got.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 05:00 PM
Dirt as in filth, Bike as in supporter. Mine is a Bike. I got it on ebay.
Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:36 PM
I went through the same dilema as you after breaking 2 ribs. I currently wear football compression shirt that have rib protection on them under my EVS body armour. Feels really good.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 05:08 AM
Moto x vest
Posted 19 April 2012 - 05:30 AM
I've got an air cage and though I like it, I don't think it's gonna do much of anything to prevent broken ribs. But every time I've fallen on my side it's been on my shoulder. Maybe I just perfected my crash technique through 15yr of bmx/mountain biking. Tuck and roll baby.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:24 AM
i hear you on the tuck and roll!!! it is an art. the air cage does offer rib padding which most pressure suits don't. will it protect your ribs from breaking??? probably not in the right crash but still better than most.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:12 PM
Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:17 PM
I'm going to check out the Lacrosse protector.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:38 PM
The other thing I noticed about the RockGardn design was there were no plastic buckles in the rib area to assist the breaking of ribs again at the time.
They have since changed their design and I believe it is inferior to their original design. In my opinion anything I could find last year was either designed wrong as in not as protective as it could be or didn't fit well. Putting buckles anywhere in the rib area is not a good idea as far as I'm concerned.
I was able to find an old style RockGardn suit and snagged it about a year ago.
Posted 07 June 2012 - 06:44 AM
i wish they had elbow pieces with them, that was the only thing that got hurt...here is where i bought mine. i don't ride without it anymore...
Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:15 PM
The fox air frames sound promising. Another problem I have is being 6'1 220lbs with a 44 inch chest, most stuff for dirt bikes is made for smaller guys. I'd love to hear from some bigger guys any protection that has saved them from injury.