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Old 08-17-10, 07:57 AM
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Camelbak vs. spine protector?

Hey guys,

I was looking at some upper body armor for mountain biking (a complete new world to me) and I noticed that they sell what looks like armor plating to protect your back.

Just out of curiosity, wouldn't a camelbak (a bigger one, like a MULE) offer similar protection? Or... am I missing something?

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No.

But I'll qualify that. There's no substitute for the hard-shell plates of spine armor in a rock-filled environment (like a ski area) at high speed, with the potential for a high-energy crash. Besides the hard shell, the articulation is such that there is a degree of hyperflexion (well, over-arching your spine, whatever you'd call it) protection as well. Plus the spine armor goes lower, down into the lumbar vertebrae area.

On the flip-side, there have been times when I have my amor on, plus my Leatt and a jersey over all of that and I'd still like to wear my Dakine. But the whole package feels a bit awkward and bulky; and I wonder, like you, if I'd get enough back protection just from the pack just for hitting the bike park for the day.
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I hear what you're sayin'. Thanks!
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What are you buying the armour for and what do you want to protect?

With a hydration pack, I guess your protection would decrease throughout the day as you consume water. And protection from the pack would depend on how much you have in the pack.

Some jackets/spine protectors also have protection for the kidneys...something I would have appreciated on Sunday when crashing over a rooty section at Panorama Resort but alas, I was only wearing knee pads and a helmet for protection.
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