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Post subject: Review: Wrist Guards.  PostPosted: Jan 09, 2007 - 07:11 PM



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During a level 3-4 boarding lesson a skier cut in close to me and stopped. I could either go straight into them or turn instantly. Due to my inexperience at the time I didn't make the turn and hit the ground with most of the weight on my wrist. Crying or Very sad
Falling forwards I bent my fingers way back, but luckily didn't break anything. Although my wrist worked okay it took about 4 months before the dull ache I had in the joints went away, still not 100%.

I now believe that once you've had a level 1 lesson and are hooked on boarding you should go out and buy wrist guards before anything else.

Nowadays I have another problem. I have read the posts about how to fall and totally agree but I'm forever the optimist and think I can prevent myself from falling and salvage the situation right up to when I hit the ice. The only help then is to have as much protection
as possible. Mad

I the past I've used the Dakine wrist guard but now use the Flexmeter ones.

Dakine wrist guards, 12.00 from most distributors are good value for the money. See pictures below.
The rigid splint fits from your palm up along your wrist. Before my fingers were out streached but now having some of the guard in the palm, my fingers naturally curl into my palm, good when falling.
The rigid split stops the wrist from too much movement but there isn't much padding so you still feel all the force of the fall through the gloves and wrist guard.
The wrist guard has one velcro strap around the wrist.
When buying the Dakine wrist guards you will probably need new gloves. I normally take a size large glove. The XL size didn't fit because the fingers were too long. You need to wear the wrist guards when buying the gloves. I tried on about 15 to 20 Large gloves before I found ones that fitted correctly.

Flexmeter wrist guards are the Rolls Royce of wrist guards. See pictures below.
I bought size medium 39.95
There is a splint on both top and bottom of the guard and it is about one third longer up the arm than the Dakine ones.
The Flexmeter has 3 straps to secure it to your hand and wrist.
There is also padding under the top split which helps when you land on the back of your hand.
You will definatley need new gloves because these are bulky. I went for mittens, a lot easier to get on and off especially if you have sweaty hands like me.
As advised from Alpsgear.com you need the next size up. ie Medium Flexmeter, Large mittens.
Mittens are also made by Flexmeter and at 26.99 are relatively cheap. The wrist part of the mitten is longer than normal and covers the end of your sleeve and guard.

I've seen xrays showing the shorter wrist guards may mean the break moves up from the wrist to the end of the splint but if you are landing that hard probably no guard would be good enough.

The old prover "You get what you pay for" both wrist guards are good value for money but if you're really serious about protecting your wrist, pay the extra.

Good service from Alpsgear and very quick delivery. Smile

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Post subject: RE: Review: Wrist Guards.  PostPosted: Jan 11, 2007 - 02:49 PM



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I currently have a pair of Dakines which I've used since started boarding about 6 yrs ago but they are starting to look a lot worse for wear now. I might well have a look at the Flexmeters for my next pair. Cheers.

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Post subject: RE: Review: Wrist Guards.  PostPosted: Mar 06, 2007 - 05:34 PM



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Yea, my bessie mate has broke her wrist twice now!! First time major with pins...second hairline...def worth having!! lol
 
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Post subject: RE: Review: Wrist Guards.  PostPosted: Mar 06, 2007 - 07:44 PM



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i asked my specialist hand and wrist surgeon ( also a good skier so understands the sport ) if he thinks wrist guards would have stopped the damage to my wrist, and he said the force that would be needed to have split my wrist into 5 pieces would not have been saved by any amount of gaurds or protection, and if it did stop any damage to my wrist, it would have moved the injury further up towards my elbow. Also, the way i fell, if i had of had guards on, the way they wrap under the palm i would have severely damaged my fingers as i had my hand closed at the time of impact.

I will be wearing wrist guards from now on, but only as i will have a very weak wrist so want to prevent damage from minor tumbles for the near future.

I would definately recommend wrist guards, but if it's a big crash, you will still break

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Post subject: RE: Review: Wrist Guards.  PostPosted: Mar 22, 2007 - 06:21 PM



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I got some Flexmeter Multisport wristguards as a result of the recommendation on this forum and i must say i am impressed with the product.

I decided to join the forum to say thanks so cheers for the advice. I'll be using them in Andorra next week and i think they will be good for my longboarding in the summer months too.

They feel really supportive and i cant believe nobody has invented some decent support gloves/guards before the ones you listed Tumbledown, i havent seen the Dakine ones so i cant compare the two products but from your description it sounds like these offer a lot more protection and all i can say is 'the better the protection the more confident i'll be at pulling a jump! Very Happy


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Post subject: RE: Review: Wrist Guards.  PostPosted: Mar 23, 2007 - 12:28 PM



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Doc Mikes sit at www.ski-injury.com is good for info on wrist (and all other) protection

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Mar 23, 2007 - 12:59 PM



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I now wear the Flexmeter on Dryslope. My partner and I used to wear the Dakines but my other half has broken both hands after minor falls thanks to where the Dakine guards finish. I have also broken my wrist and Scaphoid, and a good friend of our has had to have two operations after she shattered her wrist, again with the Dakines. I do think that the flexmeter's are a better product, but if the fall is bad enough you can break even if you do have wrist guards. On snow I wear level gloves because they are a lot more comfortable than the flexmeters when you have them on all day. I have only had them this season and so only have 3 weeks use but fingers crossed they seem quite good too.
I would definately recommend the use of wrist guards especially the Flexmeters, I had a bad fall off a rail on Tuesday and although my whole body is a bit battered and sore my wrists which took the initial impact are fine!
 
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I've been using DaKines for a few weeks now, I found that they fit fine under my existing gloves, even though my existing gloves are a little bit too small. I think that they've saved me from a few nasty sprains so far. In the lessons that I did I know that they teach you how to fall over, it's just a shame that it all goes straight out of the window the second that you lose your balance.

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Post subject: Re: RE: Review: Wrist Guards.  PostPosted: Mar 23, 2007 - 01:26 PM



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D219 wrote:
Doc Mikes sit at www.ski-injury.com is good for info on wrist (and all other) protection


Ooh nice one, checked it out and they even got my tibia plateau fracture in there. Altho says most common in the older more experienced - uh well dunno bout that!

Def worth checking people!
 
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Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Review: Wrist Guards.  PostPosted: Mar 24, 2007 - 06:36 PM



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Dakine are good

dont get them too small

altho they dont really work for me having broke my arms on 2 occasions whilst wearing them Sad

but there good for general impact
 
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Post subject: RE: Re: RE: Review: Wrist Guards.  PostPosted: Mar 24, 2007 - 07:00 PM



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I have broken my wrist in an motorbike accident a few years ago and I don't currently wear wrist guards because I find them uncomfortable on the pins that protrude from my wrist.. I have bought Dakine one previously and still don't wear them.

Loadsa people have recommended these though.. is there anywhere that you can try them on.. It's just I keep buying wrist guards and not wearing them, so trying them on with gloves would help I guess..

Also, can you wear them over gloves? I thought my gloves might pad out the pins a little and make them more comfortable.. ?

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Post subject:   PostPosted: Mar 24, 2007 - 08:36 PM



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i doubt u will be able to find any guards that can fit over a pair of gloves. In general, most wrist guards are a really snug fit, i think they have to be for them to work properly. I wear RED wrist guards which dont go up ur wrist too far. Az asked if i wanna head down to MK with u guys next saturday so u can try mine before buying any if u want
 
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Post subject:   PostPosted: Mar 24, 2007 - 08:41 PM



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Yeah, nice one, I will give em a go..

You stopping over and getting pished with us?

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Post subject: Dainese HECTOR Wristguard  PostPosted: Jan 15, 2008 - 12:00 PM



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Well, after a good hunt around for decent wristguards, i eventually came accross a Dainese pair - well, someone on here sent me the info on them.

As a motorbike racer i know how good Dainese products are. Not only are they usually good looking, but are researched and developed by a multimillion pound company that supply safety items to some of the worlds most dangerous sportsmen/women.

I found my pair at our local Dainese retailer, in Manchester city centre, and after a good look over them decided these were FAR FAR superiour to the "other" snowboard safety manufacturers. They are a neoprene tube with a stiff plastic support on the top, and this incorperates an adjustable slider - that will adjust the stiffness. The whole thing is fastened into place with 3 velcro straps.


I used them for the first time, on holiday in Jan 08. I was really surprised just how comfy they were. They are quite snugg fitting, but you still know they are there, and they still offer massive support. I have 2 pairs of gloves. A pair of nice big comfy mittens, and a pair of tight-ish fitting summer/park gloves. The guards fit under both pairs easily. The neoprene is also supportive, and when the velcro straps are tightened the whole item is very rigid, but will still allow some flex - so if you do go down hard the plastic will absorb the impact rather then transfer it further up the arm.
The only problem i had with the item, is the velcro strap nearest my elbow is a little short as i have quite big arms. Because the protective part of the guard is on the outer arm, they don't make using your hands and fingers to do manual things any harder, like some of the other ones available, that use a plastic pad under the wrist and palm of the hand.

I used the guards every day with no issues and would recomend them to anyone wanting serious protection. The other makes i looked at are nowhere in the same league as these.

Pricewise, i think 29.99 is really cheap for such a quality product.

You can also get them already fitted to gloves. I think they are around 80


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Post subject: Re: RE: Re: RE: Review: Wrist Guards.  PostPosted: Jan 15, 2008 - 12:47 PM



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GEM83 wrote:
Also, can you wear them over gloves? I thought my gloves might pad out the pins a little and make them more comfortable.. ?


Gem, try and borrow some level gloves with the biomex wrist guard, it's not (quite) as good as the flexmeter stuff, but is the next best thing.

It fits between an inner fleece glove and an outer 'weather proof' glove. So there is a bit of protection between the guard and your wrist.
 
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