After a recent spill it's time I get my self some upper body protection for landboarding, both with kite and without kite for the downhill runs. I've always worn elbow pads and a helmet, but have not yet gone to the expense of extra upper body protection like armour or pressure suits.
So after a few spills I know what parts for the upper body that get the biggest knocks: hipps, back side, elbows and shoulders. I have the hipps and back side covered with my crash pants and when kiting my harness. The elbows, well I have some elcheapo elbow pads but they tend to cut circulation and frequently move out of place, so this needs some improvement, but they did do their job nicely, no bad injuries there. (I also wear knee pads, no problems there).
This then leaves the shoulders, when having a tumble with a landboard some time you are going to do a roll and during this your shoulders can take a pounding. So some pading to spread out the load better and prevent gravel rash are important. Falling on the grass is not so bad, but a fall on hard dirt tracks or the hard packed sand, can leave you with a buggered shoulder for a week or two. Or in Nigel's case some metal implants.
Since I'm not standing still and need a high degree of mobility, the suite must not be constrictive and must not interfer with my kiting harness.
Also landboarding can be pretty energetic, so I don't want to boil in the suit either.
I also want to suit up my son (11 years old).
I've talked to some fellas that are into dirt bikes and they all use pressure suits. I've seen some of the buggy riders use them as well.
So far the perssure suits on the list are the:
Six Six One (several to choose from ranging from the top of the line 2011 EVO Pressure down to the 2011 Assault Pressure suit)
The EVO looks like it would give plenty of freedom of movement and not cook you.
Fox Titian Sport. Have not looked to closely at these but was recommended to look at these. Unfortunately not much of a write up on these.
Protech. They have the Pinner Suit LT. I suspect these are only available in the USA, couldn't see any thing in the AU market.
A another key point of the above pressure suits is that they all have an articulated back/spin protector, good to have I would say.
So what are your experiences with upper body armour or similar protective gear?