Chest protectors

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After glancing off a tree and practically knocking myself out when my head hit the dirt. i guess i shouldn't wait to long to get the rest of my protective gear. My shoulder hurts like hell btw and after reading the thread about busted collar bones i consider myself lucky not to have broken mine. I know nothing about chest protectors. What is a good to top notch protector for trail riding. I've seen some withjust shoulder pads and i believe others that have arm/bicep pads. gimme a quick education folks, i want to have one of these thing before my next ride!!!

thanks
 
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Whatever you buy get a model with suspended shoulder...Acerbis Zoom and zoom2 ,hi-point,HRP are like that ,the plastic is separated from your shoulder by a nylon mesh cup,offering much better protection than foam padding wich is totally inneffective.....i learned the hard way ..crashing with both style...
 

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Acerbis Zoom II

I got the Zoom II this year and I like it. I like the extra protection it offers.
 
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Look for something that has ribs or channels in the plastic as that type of design strengthens the unit and helps to spread the impact over a larger surface area. The suspension netting is the best at soaking up hits, but some riders don't like the bulky feel or find it too hard to fit under a riding jacket.
 

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Another Fox Airframe owner.

Comfortable, good protection, good padding, fits nice, back pieces conform to your back shape, looks good...
 
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Great deal

I just picked up a Thor Aftershock which I think is pretty comfortable, it offers a large area of protection which I like in the woods. Allthough I have ridden with it, I have yet to crash with it on (knock on wood), so the verdict is out on it in that regards. I found it at www.BTOSports.com for $90 which seemed to be a good price, but then after I got mine, of course I found it cheaper ($65) at http://www.denniskirk.com in their "outlet" area. I had good service at BTO but I've never dealt with the other place... Good luck!
 

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Here's a vote for the HRP

This is a great CP. It has the netting over the shoulders and it's like you're not even wearing it. It comes in 2 different sizes too.
 
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#9
Has anyone thought about just not riding because they are afraid of being hurt? After all, most of us are recreational riders who may race occasionally. Is riding a motocross bike worth it when you consider the consequences?
 
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Yeah, my brothers uncle had a friend who got died when he choked on a hot dog at a movie theater, so movies are out, hot dogs too. Then I heard about this person who broke up with a girlfriend, better not date. My dog died, I better not risk that again! I twisted my ankle on the sidewalk outside the house, better stay inside from now on. Uh oh, what about house fires,or earthquakes or carbon dioxide poisoning. I heard that microwaves cause cancer, and make the little guys swim funny....
I think riding is one of the few things that I love doing that I can (mostly) control the risks in. I used to ride on the street, not doing that anymore, but there are relatively few elderly drivers on the dirt. If there is a good chance that I will get hurt on a jump, maybe I better practice on smaller stuff first until my skills improve. If I might hit a tree coming around the next corner, maybe I should slow down until I know the trail, or can control my bike better.
Until I am medically declared dead, I intend to actualy LIVE my life...
If you choose to do otherwise and have good gear, let me know, I'll take it off your hands to keep you safe...(sorry for a bit of a rant)
But seriously that is a decision everyone should make on their own, and priorities do change in life so todays decision may not be right next year.
 
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Originally posted by LarryBoy
[B. If I might hit a tree coming around the next corner, maybe I should slow down until I know the trail, or can control my bike better.
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Amen to that!! I was going a bit too fast on an unfamiliar trail trying to dust off my rusty riding skills!! Instead i was the one who got dusted!!
 

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I'll put my vote in for HRP, mine has webbing and padding in the shoulders. Fit is a little large for my skinny 135 pounds but it's not bad. The only thing I've seen that it doesn't have are the extra rib protectors like the acerbis CP's have, wish I could find some to add in to mine.
 

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larryboy

Hmmm, that name sounds so familiar. You wouldn't happen to be a cucumber, would you?:p
 
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I am that Hero!

I'm not a pickle, I'm a cucumber.

Great videos, got 'em all, but no kids, so don't tell...
 

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Got 'em all too----the wife does daycare, and the kids love 'em! And, believe it or not, all the parents, even the un-believing ones, love them too because of the moral values their children are learning.
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