Back protection for trail riding

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Back protection for trail riding
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Posted: Aug 14, 2015 at 7:14 Quote

Been finding my riding has been getting more technical and faster recently to the point where I had a very close call last night and ended up in hospital - thinking I need to get some form of back protection for just general trail ridung to be on the safe side.

The two options which spring to mind are the Evoc back protector backpacks (16l) and the POC vest. Does anyone ride with anything like this? Are there other options?

Cheers for you input in advance - had a nasty scare and so pleased I can still walk/ride although gon a be off the bike for a while

Posted: Aug 14, 2015 at 7:29 Quote
I had an incident a few months ago, cycling along a very narrow track with a 7ft drop down one side. Took my eye off the trail for a moment and caught a tree branch which ended up knocking me off down the drop onto my back, thankfully I was wearing an Evoc pack with the back protector, I reckon I could have come away much worse than being winded if I hadn't.

If you don't want another backpack, have you thought about the TLD vests? I'm temped myself to get one soon.

Posted: Aug 14, 2015 at 7:34 Quote
I do actually need a new backpack. ButI'll check out the troy Lee vests.

Flying through the air backwards and on your side towards a tree I would have given anything for a bit more protection than my camelbak

Posted: Aug 14, 2015 at 7:35 Quote
They seem to be almost like stab vests but with a bit of arm protection thrown in. I can imagine they may get quite warm in the summer though :/

Posted: Aug 14, 2015 at 7:55 Quote
Just had a look and actually have one - I was thinking it was more of just a back protector. Mine is seriously bulky and really hot for trail riding

Posted: Aug 14, 2015 at 8:38 Quote
why not just a a bigger back pack?

I have a fox pack that covers a majority of my back and I have fallen on it quite a bit. I'm cautious what I put in my pack and where I place my tools in order not to create pressure points on high impact falls. Having a thick foam pad for support in the back of the pack with a water bladder and a rain jacket there is plenty of padding to prevent quite a bit of injury directed at the spine.

Having a protective pad and a backpack would seem like a lot of overkill especially if you are concerned about heat.

Posted: Aug 14, 2015 at 8:59 Quote
I properly scorpioned on the tree so keen to have something to stop / slow the over extension the wrong way

Posted: Aug 14, 2015 at 9:07 Quote
bushwacked wrote:
I properly scorpioned on the tree so keen to have something to stop / slow the over extension the wrong way

Having a compression vest would be ideal on slowing down on over extension. I did this with my ankle when I tweaked it pretty good, tightened the crap out of an ankle brace and took out the plastic sides to prevent rolling the ankle.

Scorpions suck, I always try to roll my chin into my chest when I land on my face so I dont get too bent out of shape.

Posted: Sep 16, 2015 at 14:28 Quote
This is a pretty old thread but I need some back protection and I am always wearing a pack so may as well hit two birds with one stone.

Evoc seem to be the guys to beat but their bags look huge and bulky. Has anyone tried the Dainese Pro Pack? Its a bit fugly but the fact that it has two modes and one is really minimal makes it interesting plus its dainease so the protection should be pretty good.

Posted: Sep 16, 2015 at 20:20 Quote
I have the raceface ambush and i recommend it, it is really comfortable and does not get to hot. The spine and shoulder protection pieces are very bendable so it does not constrict movement. I also like how you can take the shoulder pieces out and just run the spine protector.

Posted: Sep 19, 2015 at 6:32 Quote
I ended up with an evoc fr enduro pack - quite pleased although a few aspects that bug me but overall a great pack

Posted: Sep 28, 2016 at 20:54 Quote
What aspects bother you?

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