I've been curious about the need of light protective gear. We all wear helmets but what of other light protective gear for XC style riding.
I'm talking about stuff like:
- shin guards
- light ankle support
- wrist guards
Helmets. Without question.
Glasses. Keeps branches and stuff out of our eyes. Enough said.
Gloves are probably the most common light protection. This is obvious. If you fall, the glove will take any scuffs your hands would have received.
Shin guards are probably the most common light protective gear after gloves. This is presumably to protect form getting a pedal wacked against the shins. There's a fair amount of threads covering this if you do a search.
Ankle guards/support. A couple of weeks ago I twisted my ankle after falling going down a set of wide stone steps. I'm convinced that if I had ankle support i would have not had my injury. I was referred to the SixSixOne insole/ankle support insert in a thread. I asked my LBS to try to get them but they're backordered.
Wrist guards. There's almost nothing on this at least from what I could find. I have a bad wrist probably due to Carpel-Tunnel-Syndrome thanks to being a desk jockey. I'm worried that if I fall hard enough and try to brace myself my wrist will take the brunt of the hit and get injured. There are threads about broken wrists and stuff so I figured wrist guards should help. There are three wrist guards for sale over at PricePoint.com and I figured that if rollerbladers wear them, mtbers (at least I should) should wear them since it's a higher fall.
Of the above I use a helmet, glasses and gloves. I am seriously interested in wrist and ankle guards. Shin guards would be a nice bonus.
Anyway, what are your thoughts about light protective gear? Have you had injuries that you think would have been prevented if you had some protection? Are there injuries you know were prevented because you were wearing protective gear? What light gear do you wear especially in the above categories? Are there other light protective gear you wear that you like, not like?
Let's share our thoughts and experiences here.