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What kind of protective gear should I buy?

Postby knockinbootsy » Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:22 pm

many of the links to buy skates also sell protective gear like helmets, knee and elbow pads, wrist guards, helmets, etc. you'll need a mouthguard, which will run you about $5 at hibbett's sports or walmart- you'll want to get one that can hook onto your helmet strap. you can also buy inexpensive sets of knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards at target or walmart for under $20. when you are ready to upgrade, some popular brands are protec, triple 8, pro designed, and rector.

one of our sponsors, sunshine cycles, generously allows us to purchase safety gear at an extremely discounted rate. we encourage everyone to call or go by sunshine to see if they can order what you are looking for. they can beat pretty much any price you will find online.

new skateboard shop really close to the rink. they have a lot of protec helmets in stock and some other brands of pads, bearings, etc.


here are some additional sites to purchase/research safety gear:

www.austinsportsgear.com (hip pads)
www.xsportsprotective.com (enter "derbygirl" for $5 off, or "welcome" for 10% discount- they sell pretty much everything on this site)
www.pro-tec.net (product listing- no sales)
www.prodesigned.com ($$$)
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Postby Push-up Brawl » Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:27 pm

pad thoughts==

i'm happy w/ my 1-8-7 knee pads so far. i feel that my protec wristguards are disentegrating too quickly and as soon as i can i'd like to upgrade those as i always seem to be hurting my wrist.
if you really have knee issues, it will cost a ton but i would recommend pro-designed pads. this means they are specially made for you. from what i've been told, they have a lifetime warranty and they will replace busted caps for you, so even though it's expensive, you'll prob save tons of medical bill $$$ in the long-run. i want to get some...eventually.
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Postby Myrtle Kombat » Mon Nov 13, 2006 5:20 pm

Jimmy is happy to continue sponsoring us with the great deal he has been. Basically we pay cost plus tax. I have been ordering the Protec pads for everyone, but he can get what ever we want. It is best to let me know if you want anything and I can give him a list. Then the next time he orders for the shop, he will include our stuff. Here are the prices for the things we have been ordering.

Protec knee pads $16.99
Protec elbow pads $11.99
Protec wrist guards $8.99
Protec helmet $18.00

If you see something else you would rather have, let me know and I will see what the cost is. It is going to be cheaper than anywhere else though, since all he is charging is cost. He has really been a great support for us. They also have cool cycling socks and stuff that have skulls and other derby looking motif. Those will be full price.

If you do want to order something, tell me what you want. I will place the order, and before I go pick it up, you need to pay me, because I will paying for it.
Myrtle Kombat

Postby knockinbootsy » Mon Nov 13, 2006 7:54 pm

here is the knee gasket post from roller_girls. it looks like a pair of knee gaskets will run about $25 to $30- definitely a worthwhile investment if you have bunk knees. cheaper than an emergency room copay!

"hey girls,

i know the subject of knee gaskets has come up a couple of times on
this list, but i'd like to re-address it. in a search for better
protection for the girls in my league, i trolled a bunch of
skateboarding forums and there was not a single vert skateboarder who
didn't recommend wearing knee gaskets under their pads. not only does
the neoprene sleeve help retain warmth around the joint to prevent
injury, the extra padding makes a HUGE difference, especially under
crappy pads like Pro-Tecs or well-worn pads in which the padding has
started to compress. in addition, they have velcro on the front that
attaches to the inside of your pad to prevent slipping, and it really
does work. i highly recommend Gladiators, but other brands include
Smith Scabs and TSG.

there are also a bunch of brands of pads that are much higher quality
than Pro-Tecs are Triple 8s, that come highly recommended in vert
skating circles:

Pain Cheaters - agreed to be the all-around best kneepad ever, but
pricey. http://www.paincheaters.com

Smith Scabs - highly recommended. i have these and i love them. can be
put on after skates and provide some upper-shin protection as well.
straps don't bind and these pads don't slide.

Boneless - good pads, but hard to find. http://www.bonelesspads.com

TSG Force II or Force III - http://www.ridetsg.com

the 187 Pro - gel pad. quite hard to find. http://www.the187.com

compared to Pro-tecs, most of these pads will seem bulky. i have the
Smith Scabs and i LOVE them, and i have not found them to interfere
with my skating at all.

also, seriously think about putting the recaps on your pads when you
first get them. the heavy, double layer of plastic cap will help
protect your knees and will help your pads last longer. the recaps are
often sturdier than the original caps that come on pads.

i highly recommend http://www.socalskateshop.com and
http://www.oldschoolskaters.net for pad purchases.

kitty twiser, boston derby dames"

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Postby Poke A. Dot » Mon Dec 18, 2006 2:46 pm

The few times I've worn my "butt" shorts, I've been pretty happy. If someone close to my size would like to borrow them until I'm no longer "the gimp," I'm happy to lend them. (BTW, the sizes run small.)

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Postby knockinbootsy » Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:34 pm

I just wore knee gaskets for the first time tonight and they are freaking awesome. for all the times I hit the ground, it didn't hurt my knee AT ALL - and I have pretty much felt like I was going to cry every time I landed like that for the past 6 months. not like I have stick legs or anything, but my knee pads always stretch to where the elastic won't hold them up and having something under them to keep them in place really helped.

I bought them online from socalskateshop.com - sin city's shipping was $15 for a $30 item, which is insane. they showed up in three days.


Postby Ivanna Kicksomash » Sun Nov 11, 2007 2:46 pm

Shan and I got them too. They rock!!!!
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Postby knockinbootsy » Tue Nov 13, 2007 12:07 pm

I got a size small - you can try them on if you want.

Postby Poke A. Dot » Tue Nov 13, 2007 1:12 pm

I have Mediums
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Postby shanimal » Sat Nov 17, 2007 11:42 pm

I tried Poke's mediums and they really hurt. My larges seem to fit nicely.

Newbies: don't skimp on the knee protection!! Spend the money now so you're not spending way more on drugs and PT and who knows what later!!

Postby Ivanna Kicksomash » Sun Nov 18, 2007 10:58 am

Mine are larges too. Anyone who wants to try them is welcome to.
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Postby knockinbootsy » Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:05 am

Myrtle, did you say that Sunshine would sell us knee gaskets for $16?

Postby knockinbootsy » Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:20 am

thanks! I was just curious.

Postby rudy huxtabrawl » Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:51 pm

that was me - that's how much i paid for mine.
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Postby rudy huxtabrawl » Sat Jan 12, 2008 12:43 am

hmm, interceptor. that's weird....

myrtle - both jimmy & another guy at sunshine highly recommended Rector Fat Boy knee pads. santa brought them for christmas & i like em alot. they're kinda bulky, but as long as they're keeping my bum knees safe, that's fine with me. i found em here for $40:
rudy huxtabrawl


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