SLYTECH BACKPRO XT NAKED PROTECTION REVIEW
According to Slytech this is “a dramatic shift” over their previous 2nd Skin Back Protector model, which was already popular with pros and ordinary riders alike. Their tech geeks apparently “kept running up against performance walls” with the polyurethane foam they had been using, and so switched to EVA, which is much more tough and durable, particularly at low temperatures. When it’s worn next to your body and warms up, the EVA foam becomes even more flexible and “moulds to the contours of your body like clay”. Not only does this make it more comfortable to wear shredding around, but it prevents the risk of any oddly-angled pieces digging into your back when you fall. Back protectors are not for everyone, but if you do feel safer with one, this is well worth checking out.snowboard-asylum.com, ss20.com, subvertboardstore.com
FORCEFIELD BOOM SHORTS REVIEW
Forcefield is a British-based brand that focuses exclusively on protection and body armour. They have an impressive reputation in motorsport, providing protection for various Moto GP racers and teams, and have brought the expertise they acquired in those fields to bear in designing protective gear for snowboarding. It’s not for nothing that the GB Snowboard Cross team has picked them as an official supplier, or that Jamie Nicholls and Jenny Jones rock their kit.
The Boom Shorts are new model for the 2013-14 season, featuring their soft armour pads at various key places around the thighs, buttocks and coccyx. These meet the recognised European safety standards. The shorts themselves are made of ‘becool’, a technical fabric designed to wick moisture (for which read: sweat) away from your body. They’re machine washable so long as you remove those pads. If you feel your arse needs protecting from the ravages of rails, rocks or icy impacts, check these out!snowboard-asylum.com, snowandrock.com