I tried running a search on this and didn't see a lot of topics on it, and couldn't really find an answer to my question, so please excuse me if it has come up before and I missed it.
A couple days ago I was mountain biking and managed to get a rock to the stomach. This is far from the first time this has happened, but every other time I've rode away with a ripped shirt, a few scratches, and the wind knocked out of me. Not so lucky this time...grade 3-4 spleen rupture. So I'm out of commission for a while, with nothing to do but plan my return. One thing I really don't want to happen is to come back and be scared on downhills and ride my brakes. I'd also like to avoid wrecking my internal organs again, if at all possible.
So I'm contemplating picking up some upper body armor (for...singletrack...stop laughing). Anyone have any gear recommendations? Since I'll still be climbing, I don't really want something super heavy or super hot, and probably don't need something like that anyway since I'm not a downhiller. I'm a small-framed female, so armor for big, burly guys is probably out. I also don't really want to blow my life savings on Dianese gear, if it can be helped. I just want something that'll offer some level of protection and give me the mental confidence (and yes, a little of the false sense of invulnerability) to ride normally and not be overly cautious on descents.
Thanks in advance!