For long time the head (helmet) was in focus, now more and more another important part of the body becomes more protectable: Our spine. The wearing of back protectors is off the slopes, in the fun park or while racing not only useful, but more than necessary. However, even on the slopes more and more people wear a back protector.
Originally come protectors from the motorcycle sector. A large number of companies have tackled this topic and developed various technologies.
Each back protector, like all other safety-related items, has a CE standard, and in this section it is CE EN 1621-2.
A back protector is designed to protect Your spine, shoulder and chest.
Basically, there are two types of back protectors: The first version the protector is attached with a shoulder and abdominal belt, which can also be referred as a backpack variant. The other variant is a vest in which the back protector is integrated. Most of the vest is made of mesh or stretch material.
The customer also has the choice between hard shell protectors and soft protectors. Protectors with a hard shell construction are more used in the backcountry, park or pipe. This type of back protector is particularly advantageous in accidents involving sharp objects or impact on rails or boxes.
Hard shell protectors offer the corresponding range of motion, in particular to the front and to the side. In addition, they prevent the spine from being overstretched, which is particularly useful when falling after challenging jumps, such as over-the-head jumps.
With soft protectors, the impact energy is distributed to the entire protector in case of a possible fall. Especially for the alpine driver, the variant of such a protector is advantageous. On the one hand soft protectors are very light and offer a tremendous freedom of movement. Say, you will not feel the protector after a minimum of getting used to the back. There are still differences in the scope of protection, to the classic back protector, many manufacturers offer models to which an additional protectors protection is attached in the rib area.
Here are some tips how to choose the right back protector:
• In which area do you want to use the protector? So think about whether you want to use your protector mainly on the slopes, in the backcountry or in the park. As described, there is a special protector type for each area.
• Is a vest or a classic protector better for you? A vest is even warmer in comparison, so people who tend to freeze should rather choose a vest.
• How is a protector stored? Especially during transport, you should make sure that the protector is not damaged by sharp objects or heavy suitcases. As with the ski boot, a protector should not be stored overnight in a cold car, but in a warm room.
Sport Bittl wishes you a snowy and especially accident-free winter!