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Best Snowboard Protection 2021-2022 | 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 2021/22.

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 2021/22.

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 2021/22. Take a look below and choose your favourite.

Best Snowboard Protection 2021-2022

Demon Knee pads x3

PRICE: XD30 £69 / Soft cap £37 / Hyper £75

Known for producing serious protection gear, Deemon deliveries when it comes to Knee Pads too. By offering a wide range of protection for the knees, including the XD30, Soft Cap and Hyper knee padding, their range has something for everyone.



Demon Soft Cap XD30 Elbow Pads

PRICE: £65

By offering an ultra-lightweight solution to protect the elbows from taking a serious hit on the slope, Demon’s Soft Cap XD30 elbow pads give you that extra bit of confidence when trying something new without having to fear damaging the elbows.

The low-profile design also makes these the perfect option to wear underneath a jacket without adding any extra bulk or restrictions to the movement. Thanks to the beaded silicon the pads are designed to move with the body and to keep them in place while in motion.



Demon XconnectXD30 Impact Shorts (Men and Women’s)

PRICE: £89

Made for snow sports, the Demon X connect impact shorts provide the female and male riders with full protection over the most accident-prone areas on our lower body protecting the coccyx and buttocks.

By adding shock-absorbing, high-density wide air shield foam padding over the hips, thighs and buttocks (and a pad to protect the tailbone from impacts too) you’ll be well padded to avoid serious pain that may have otherwise occurred when falling on the slopes.

Fully ventilated and contracted from a lightweight, breathable blend suited for athletic activities, you’ll feel nice and comfy in these throughout the day.



Flaxta Behold Spine Guard Vest

PRICE: £159

Flaxta is on a mission to inspire more riders to wear back protection by offering low profiled alternatives to the often stiff, warm and bulky protection.

Ventilated, flexible and low profiled – the Flaxta Behold Spine Guard vest incorporates Flaxta’s AVA protection system (short for Absorb, Vent and Adapt). This system is designed to bring absorption, ventilation and adaption to new heights, thus providing the ultimate protection.

Constructed for superior flexibility and breathability, the vest also features a removable elastic waistband.



SHRED. Noshock Backprotector naked

PRICE: €180 / $180

Getting the right backprotector might be the one thing standing between you and a broken spine, hence you want to make sure you’ve picked a good one.

SHRED.’s Noshock Backprotector Naked is equipped with SHRED.’s SlytechTM Shock Absorption. This thin, light and flexible shock-absorbing material adapts to different forces and impact speeds for thorough protection — even in low energy crashes. The backprotector stays flexible when riding but tightens up in case of a crash, offering both comfort and unparalleled protection.

Tested at -20 degrees Celsius, you can be sure that this thing won’t give up on you even when the temperatures drop below zero.

Make sure to tighten the straps and the 3-point belt properly so that the protection stays in place, allowing for the maximum level of protection.



SHRED. Flexi back protector vest zip

PRICE: €170 / $170

If looking for a back protector with maximum protection without realising you’re wearing one, the SHRED. Flexi Back Protector Vest Zip is your best bet when it comes to comfort.

By adding SHRED.’s own ultra-thin and lightweight Slytech Shock Absorption technology into the structure, you’re guaranteed both flexibility and protection. The shock-absorbing material is designed to adapt to different forces and impact speeds for ultimate protection, even in low energy crashes. This thing stays flexible when in motion but stiffens up if you crash.

On top of that, the vest sits tightly next to the torso, making it less likely to move around.



SHRED. Protective shorts

PRICE: €120 / $120

Looking for low profiled lower body protection that sits so comfortably around the waist that you won’t even feel it? Then the SHRED. Protective Shorts may be right up your street.

The honeycomb-cone-structured Slytech Shock Absorption technology is specifically designed for lower body protection and provides ultimate impact energy absorption. Adding to the comfort points is the super-stretch nylon fabric that adapts to every movement, making the shorts ergonomically ideal too.

And, if paired up with a back protector you can remove the lower back on the shorts and the coccyx pads for a better fit.



SHRED. Elbow pads

PRICE: €80 / $80

Added protection is never wrong, especially if you’re just starting to hit your first rails in the snowpark. The SHRED. Elbow pads are comfortable, mobile and provide ultimate comfort thanks to the Slytech Shock Absorption technology (Shred’s shock-absorbing material designed to adapt to different forces and impact speeds for thorough protection) that mould to the skin to match every move you make.

Breathable, lightweight, and flexible, the anatomically shaped spandex stretch sleeves make sure the elbow pads stay where they should while the Armortex fabric placed over the protective element provides abrasion and puncture resistance.



SHRED. Knee pads

PRICE: €85 / $85

Falling on your knees is nasty, especially when falling on something as hard as a rail or box, so make sure to give your knees some extra padding.

SHRED.’s Knee Pads are equipped with the brands own lightweight, flexible, thin, and breathable Slytech Shock Absorption technology for added protection. For added durability, the abrasion and puncture-resistant Armortex fabric is placed over the protective elements. The tough, elastic fabric gives the pads some added protection while also stretching to provide comfort and a refined fit.

If you’re worried about the knee pads sliding up and down the legs, the anatomically shaped spandex stretch secures the pads position, keeping the knees covered at all times.



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