Crash Pads for Ski Snowboard Skateboard Biking MX Review
Crash Pads Review of Upper Body and Lower Body Protection
I know what your thinking… Pads are about as cool as wearing helmets, right. Well actually your wrong. Pads are way cooler that wearing a helmet, because you have a little ninja secret. No one will even know your wearing these pads underneath your snow clothes. Picture this, your taking a lap through the terrain park, you decide it’s time to try that front side 270 to pretzel out on the stair feature. Little did you know the rail had iced up over night and wasn’t in premo condition. You take off the lip, only to catch your heel edge on the rail tossing you onto the stairs for a nice full body stair massage. As you try to gather your thoughts while your crawling out of the way, this review might come back to haunt you.
Had you been wearing some Crash-Pads, things might not be hurting so badly. With so many options to choose from, you can be sure your extremities will padded from the abuse you are used to taking. If you are guilty of treating your body like an amusement park when you are on the mountain, do your limbs well with some crash pads. When you are 50 your knees will thank you. We will be taking a look at a few styles of the Crash Pads:
The Pro-Pant with Tail Shield – 2500 (Similar to Quick Dri Underwear 2600, Mesh Underwear 2000 & Outerwear/Underwear 1600)
The Thermal Long Underwear – 2200 (Similar to Gate pant 1400 & Mesh Long Underwear 2100)
The Upper Body – 6100 (Similar to Upper Body with Tail Shield 6000 and Chest and Spin Protector 6500)
You can check out their complete line on their website here http://www.crash-pads.com/
The Pro-Pant With Tail Shield 2500 (MSRP: $80.00 USD)
The Pro pant has to be my favorite pick. They move with the body, padding over all the bones, just look at those two giant pads in the front perfectly placed over the hip bones. They can be used for all types of sports, Snow, Skate, Bike, Motor, Field, Paint ball, and even Yoga on hardwood floors.
These feature a Non-restrictive design, the pads move with you. Be sure to buy true to size, or even the size down. When they fit snug, they seem to work best. Follow Crash Pads Fit Instructions for further information. The pads are made to reduce abrasions and impact by providing outerwear or underwear durability. While the actual pads are fairly heavy duty, the spandex material might not hold up through a high speed mountain bike crash. You’ll want to layer, using the crash pads as your base layer. Most of the padding in these shorts is 1/2 inch thermal formed, scored, flame bonded and high density. Basically, it’s low profile foam that protects the body, while moving with the body. Also nice to note, the fabric is a Dry-Power fabric that wicks moisture away from the body to keep you cool and dry. The main points of protection are the Side hips, Side Legs, Front Hips, Tail bone, and Butt bones. Although the tail bone and butt bone pads take some getting use to when riding any sort of a bike (kinda feels like a small diaper at first) with these shorts on, I think it’s worth the unusual feeling down low to save a few bruises and band aids.
You can see how the foam has ironed out patterns to allow the pads to flex with the movement of the shorts. For the beginner snowboarder, the tail bone pad is priceless. I think I’ll take these next time I go ice skating!
The Thermal Long Underwear 2200 (MSRP $95.00 USD)
The Thermal Long Underwear can be worn underneath your snow pants to save those knees on icy days. Or, protect your lower half when braving the mountain. The big knee pads aren’t the most comfortable thing to be wearing when strutting around the mountain, but again “Function over Form” they will keep your knees from busing, and hips from aching. I would say that the Thermal Long Underwear offers more protection than The Pro Pant. It has plenty of padding in the knees and butt, with the benefit of keeping you warm. It’s also nice to point out that the pads end at the perfect point where your boots begin, offering full leg protection from your hard ski or snowboard boots all the way up to the top of your tail bone. The material is similar to The Pro Pants, but offers a bit more thermal protection. If you’re not interested in sweating underneath, the Long Underwear is offered in a mesh style #2100. The pro’s of this protection undergarment is that it offers far more padding in the behinder region that other competitive pads we have seen. The knee pads although large and bulky are very comfortable and provide a nice warm soft bed for your knee caps. Another point to make is the many applications these pads can be used in, boardercross, Ski park, Snowmobiling, and my personal favorite Larping and stickfighting http://www.crash-pads.com/photos/Crashpds-in-SCA-stickfighting/10.html yup, I’m not kidding.
Crash Pads Upper Body Padding (MSRP: $195.00 USD)
The upper body crash pad is my personal favorite for any type of Ski cross, Snowboard cross, Moto cross, I guess anything with the word cross at the end of it. If you’ve seen Travis Pastrana in his glory you have seen the hard shell protective suit of armor he wears when going into battle with himself and his motorcycle. The Upper Body Padding offers a very nice alternative to the hard turtle shell upper body protection most dirt bike riders are accustom to seeing. The benefits are the flexibility that is offered by not being restricted with hard plastic strapped to your body. Yes you may not bounce off a rock with this thing on, but maybe because of the mobility you wouldn’t have fallen on the rock in the first place! The waist or kidney belt helps keep the back pads in place, and the small Velcro adjustments at the elbows keep the elbows pads well aligned. I love the attention to detail and the padding that lines up with those bones that take the worst beating. For example there is a pad that perfectly covers your funny bone. and the back and shoulder pads seem to fit and move with the body so well. With rumors of terrain parks getting bigger and bigger this season, do your body a favor and pick it up some protection. Crash pads will give you the extra confidence boost you need to push the envelope this season.
Our final verdict is think of crash pads as an investment. The more you save your body, the more days you can put in on the mountains and the great outdoors. The ROI (Return on Investment) for your fun! Take care of your body and it will take care of you. Check out the complete line of all crash-pads at their website http://www.crash-pads.com/