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Best Snowboard Protection 2020-2021 | Our pick of the top protection gear for this winter

We've listed our top choices to keep your back and spine secure on the slopes

It’s becoming more and more common for people to invest in safety on the slopes, hence the rising interest in snowboard protection gear. By snowboard protection, we at Whitelines are referring to back and upper body protection. Here, we’ve outlined what in our opinion are the best snowboard protections for winter 2020/21.

This list, it’s worth pointing out, does not include helmets so if that’s what you’re looking for take a look at the best snowboard helmets for 2020/21.

Choosing the right protection equipment is important. Protection means you aren’t just minimising the chance of injury through your own tumbles and bails, you’re also minimising the consequences of someone else crashing into you. There are, of course, always beginners on the slopes who haven’t necessarily learnt to turn or brake yet and there’s a chance that you’ll become collateral damage in their learning process. Not ideal.

“Snowboard technology has come a long way since many of us first strapped in for the first time”

Snowboard technology has come a long way since many of us first strapped in for the first time. Putting on a bulky back protector was one of the most uncomfortable feelings we had ever come across and, after giving it a go a couple of times, the majority of us will have quickly ditched them.

Now, as we enter a new decade, we would highly encourage you to give the modern-day back protector a chance. Thanks to modern technology, you won’t be putting on a bulky heavyweight thing that restricts your movements and takes away the freedom and fun of snowboarding.

Instead, you’ll be dealing with lean lightweight protection which you’ll forget you’re even wearing – until, that is, you catch an edge on an icy slope and fall flat on your back. At that moment, you’ll appreciate the protection.

Whether you’re looking for something thicker or something more lightweight like a protection vest, we’ve listed our top snowboard protection gear for 2020/21. Take a look below and choose your favourite.

Best Snowboard Protection 2020-2021

Demon Hyper Spine Guard Back Protector

PRICE: £99

A brand known for making quality protective gear, the Demon Hyper Spin Guard is lightweight and highly functional.

When placing a back protector underneath your jacket, you want to make sure it fits so that it provides the maximum amount of protection.The adjustable shoulder straps and hip belt allow you to adjust the protection to the size of your back.

Of course, the more you move on the mountain the more you usually sweat. At times, wearing a tight fitted back protector may start to feel uncomfortable if its resting on your back. To avoid this, Demon’s made the Hyper Spine Guard extremely breathable – so you won’t feel discomfort while wearing it.


Demon Flexforce Pro Spine Guard Back Protection

PRICE: £69

If you really want to stay padded and protected the Demon Flex Force is your best bet to do so.

Resembling something from a Terminator film, this thing is made to protect you like Arnie’s T-800 in T2. The protection aims to protect put maximum protection on keeping your spine from taking a serious hit. By using EVA foam in the padding, Demon is able to offer a protection that is lightweight and which will also sit more snugly next to your body.

Even if the Demon Flex Force Top may at first look heavy, it’s actually not when you consider the amount of protection it’s able to provide. This is a great option if you want to feel like your spine is fully protected.


SHRED. Noshock Back Protector Naked

PRICE: $180

Available in every size from S to XL the SHRED. Noshock Back Protector Naked offers comfort and good ventilation. It is also flexible enough to move with your back without making you feel restricted in your movements.

The SHRED. Slytech foam used for the protection provides high impact energy absorption performance (try saying that on a hangover). The foam is made to adapt to different forces and impact speeds, and is able to keep your back safe even if you end up taking a hit at full speed (or if someone else crashes into you).

The Noschock Back Protector will stay flexible when you’re moving, and will harden up if a crash happens. This is a comfortable yet safe solution for your back. We like it a lot.


SHRED. Flexi Back Protector Naked

PRICE: $140

What people often struggle with when looking to buy a back protector is finding one that doesn’t add discomfort to your ride. The Flexi Back Protector will more or less go unnoticed on your back until, that is, you take a hit and find yourself praising the lord above for this guardian angel.

Extremely thin and lightweight, and offering flexibility and impact energy absorption, SHRED. has developed a back protector here that doesn’t just offer maximum comfort but safety too. Proven to work in temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees, the Flexi Back Protector is well worth investing in.


SHRED. Flexi Back Protector Vest Zip

PRICE: $170

The ultimate protection vest – SHRED. Flexi Back Protector Vest Zip.

If you’re looking for maximum comfort from a back protector, a vest is probably your best bet. The protection will sit comfortably next to your body, and won’t feel too bulky either. Sure, it may not offer the same amount of protection as a thicker shell but it’ll still do a damn fine job on the padding front.

The SHRED. Flexi Back Protector Vest Zip offers superb protection, whether you’re on the move or standing still, and is able adapt to different forces and impact speeds. This vest sits nicely underneath your jacket without adding too much extra weight to your ride.


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