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Old November 13th, 2019, 08:31 PM   #1
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Hello guys,

Do you wear protection when skating?

Well after many fails, I using knee, wrist and elbow pads.
I skate at rough surface, so ........
Anyone has a recommendation for protection for comfort wearing?

Thanks friendS!
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Old November 13th, 2019, 11:34 PM   #2
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Hi BMW325TI,

Sounds like you're Speed Skating outside ?? On what kind of Surface ? Concrete, Asphalt, ??

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Old November 14th, 2019, 01:13 AM   #3
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I go no where without a helmet

i find anything else restricts my movement
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Old November 14th, 2019, 06:10 AM   #4
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Hello guys,

Do you wear protection when skating?

Well after many fails, I using knee, wrist and elbow pads.
I skate at rough surface, so ........
Anyone has a recommendation for protection for comfort wearing?

Thanks friendS!
I wear helmet, wrist guards, and knee pads.

Helmets are easy.

Wrist guards aren't too hard. Most everything works. You just need to find the suitable balance of protection versus comfort/flexibility. My favourites re 187 "Derby" and Salomon Gel sliders. The latter are easy to acquire, highly protective, and comfortable. They are not easily compatible with wearing a watch. Salomon Gel Sliders are even more comfortable, adequately protective, and watch compatible but next to impossible to acquire. They've been out of manufacture for 15 years.

Good knee pads are a challenge if speed is your game. Most are nearly worthless in a crash on top of being restrictive. My goto pads are Lizard Skins Softcell Knee pads. They are light, non-restrictive, and never slide off. They are also out of manufacture but only about three years so you can still eBay them. Sizing is limited and a bit tricky. When in doubt, get the Small/Medium. If they aren't pretty tight when you first try them on, you got the wrong size.
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Old November 14th, 2019, 06:23 AM   #5
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g-form d30 knee are awesome, slim like a knee gasket but can take the first hit.
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Old November 14th, 2019, 04:09 PM   #6
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Indoors I wear knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards, outside I add gloves and a helmet.

I'm pretty competent now but as I'm still learning and trying stuff I fall over. Most of the time these are pretty innocuous falls but a few times I've been very glad of the protection to prevent serious injury, particularly to knees.
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Old November 14th, 2019, 06:59 PM   #7
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Thanks guys for help!

Yes I skate (speed and urban skates) outside mostly at pedestrian surface. And sometimes bicycle lane.
Yup after left wrist in pieces, I am aware how painful and hard time to recover

Will a look for your recommendations.

Thanks mates!
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Old November 14th, 2019, 07:29 PM   #8
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I virtually never wear protective equipment.
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Old November 18th, 2019, 06:33 PM   #9
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They are not easily compatible with wearing a watch.
I use wrist guards and have finally realized that I can just strap my watch to the wrist guard. I put it on the left wrist guard, attaching it to the space between my thumb and forefinger, so the watch band touches my skin there. It looks a little weird, but I can read the watch, I can easily access the functions on it, and it doesn't really get in my way.

I also wear a helmet and knee pads when I skate. The knee pads are mostly because my knees swell if I kneel, though. If I kneel without them to tie a little kid's skate, one lace is enough to cause me problems.

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Old November 25th, 2019, 06:22 PM   #10
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A helmet and maybe some slider gloves. For certain outdoor conditions I wear sunglasses to protect from flying stones.
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Old November 30th, 2019, 04:18 PM   #11
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I always wear helmet and gloves with skid plates. I still fall once every 3 - 4 years.

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Old December 7th, 2019, 11:57 AM   #12
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I always wear helmet and gloves with skid plates. I still fall once every 3 - 4 years.

Normally I take a fall or 2 every year. So far in the last few years not due to my own errors, but debris and kids.
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Old December 21st, 2019, 09:27 AM   #13
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Were you wearing wrist guards at the time of your big accident?
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Old December 21st, 2019, 08:29 PM   #14
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Were you wearing wrist guards at the time of your big accident?
I was wearing Salomon Palm Sliders. They didn't help much in my high speed backwards fall. I've considered whether my wrist might have survived if I had been wearing the the beefier 187 Killer Derby pads. I'm sceptical though. It was such a violent fall with an unusual orientation. About a month later, a friend of mine fractured their wrist in a fall on the Friday Night Skate while wearing full split wrist guards. So, clearly, there are conditions where no pad will help. On the other hand, I have been wearing palm sliders for 20 years and this is the first time I've ever damaged my wrists.
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