Just FWIW, i got road rash through a leather motorcycle jacket some years ago - meaning I was wearing the jacket when I laid a bike down and still got road rash. I am sure it was less than I would have received otherwise, but it did still happen.
I fell off my board last week wearing knee, elbow and wrist pads and still lost skin on my elbow - through the hard pad. Don’t understand that one.
Where lucky we don’t travel at motor cycle speeds…200 km +…
You see them come off in F1 and they slide forever…hopefully hitting nothing.
Sometimes you see them role over the other side of their leathers to escape the tremendous heat that’s being generated…Same in downhill longboarding.
I have a friend who raced bikes he lost the front wheel at Phillip Island there’s a kink nearing the end of the straight. He kept trying to pick it back up…wore through his knee pad and burnt a hole in his leg…lol
Gloves people. Good downhill gloves are a must if you’re going 50k (30mph) plus. First thing that most people do is put out a hand. I have cut out the thumb on mine.
living where we live its important to be comfy too. I don’t use my bike leathers unless its deepest darkest winter which as you know rarely gets down to the freezing cold depths of 15’ C brrrrrr! I have goretex and kevlar jackets and strides which suffice in the summer months. Bit more breathing capabilities than full leathers I’ve found. This only gets used though when I’m being silly. Most of the time its just a good helmet and jeans but I always wear my gloves.
Good thread mate.
I had a crash around 50-60kmh a few months back with nothing but a Mtb helmet. I took some bad cuts on my hands and jarred my knee. Luckily I was wearing lots of layers and managed to step and roll instead of slid which avoided most of the road rash. I have since bought some mtb gloves and a gform knee pads. The pads are great, I tested them with a hammer and no pain at all haha. I do want some Kevlar pants and maybe a hoodie though
Haha well not jump in the air. I’m a fast runner naturally and thought I could run it out like my last falls around 40kmh so I took 2 steps then realised it wasn’t going to work and smacked my knee on the ground then tucked into a roll and barrel rolled down the road until standing up just before hitting the gutter, talk about good timing.
I meant hitting my knee with the hammer while wearing the gform pads haha. And I’ve seen those hoodies and they look great but a bit out of my price range. I’ve found a few on eBay that have some good reviews and people have tested them and say they held up well
Two steps…you must be frigging fast…haha
My first off maybe 20…25km one step tuck wrist shoulder bang roll roll I think.
The next thing some well wisher was saying…my my you did that well dear…huh umm thanks
The hoodie took all the hit on my shoulder.
I got up and thought I better do another lap there’s people watching…lol
I look down as I’m going past the crash site on the next lap and some blood is dripping off my hand lol
Enough for today…lol
In theory you should be able with good knee pads and slide gloves land slide it out…hopefully not hit anything get up and laugh about it.
Hah, I just read this review on the pants and it gave me a load of peace of mind.
“I came around the top of a hill only to find a sharp descending hairpin turn with tons of gravel on the sides. I braked to bleed off as much speed as possible, went hard into the turn scraping my pegs on the street, and almost made it out unscathed until the wheels caught gravel and I lowsided at around 35mph. Slid for just about 100 feet on street, through gravel, then into a small ravine with shrubbery and trees. If you look at my legs now, you’d think I maybe wrestled too roughly on some carpet, just a very light friction burn on my lower left leg. Look at the pants, however, and they tell a different story. They’re completely shredded, but most of it is where the padding is located. I was wearing nothing but boxers under them, the entire right ass cheek of the pant was torn open but it absorbed enough of the impact to leave a slight scuff on my boxers underneath.”