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Areas to be protected from impact

Over the last few years, the level of snowboarding has progressed very rapidly. You can do snow features, rails, jumps and shred sessions. 
Amazing feelings and adrenaline are guaranteed but if you want to improve without taking risks, make sure you ride wearing protective gear.
Not only you will improve your confidence, but you will also avoid missing the season because of a fracture... 

There are all kinds of protection on the market and you will be able to protect all the parts of your body that are prone to get knocked about when you ride. In this article you will find all the information about snowboarding protection models that exist on the market. 

The most important things to protect are the head and the neck. For that you can choose a ski and snowboard helmet. You'll see that helmets have become the norm on the slopes and in the snowpark. In some countries like Canada, for example, it is even mandatory in parks.

We also recommend protecting the rest of the body depending on your riding style, such as the back, wrists, knees, hips and tailbone. Here are the areas to protect when snowboarding: 

1. Head
2. Shoulders 
3. Wrists 
4. Knees 
5. Tailbone
6. Pelvis
7. Elbows
8. Lower back 
9. Back
10. Neck

Body parts to protect from impacts
wrist protection

1/ WHAT protection for your wrists? 

wrist protection
snowboard thigh protection

2/ WHAT protection for your body?

snowboard thigh protection

3/ WHAT KIND OF SNOWBOARDING BACK PROTECTION?

Designed as a pull-on vest with integrated protections, the back protection offers ideal support while still being very comfortable. It is the most popular solution for snowboarders of all levels!

Decathlon back protection

There are different types of back protection that vary according to:

1. The components used to design the protection and the vest:  
These elements will vary the comfort, the breathability of the vest or the freedom of movement.

2. The area of the body that is protected:
You can choose between a protection called "FULL BACK Protection" or a protection called "CENTRAL BACK Protection"

snowboarding protection

4/ The first JACKET WITH INTEGRATED BACK PROTECTION!

Oh yes! It's new, and it's made by DREAMSCAPE: Decathlon's new snowboarding brand.
It is a 3-in-1 jacket with light, flexible and invisible protection that will make you forget you're wearing it! 

This type of protection will give you very good freedom of movement as well as complete protection for your back without even having to think about it...

You can choose to use the protection alone or with the jacket and you will be able to take it off when you don't need to protect your back anymore... (on the dance floor with your friends after skiing for example).

snowboarding protection

5/ BEFORE YOU BUY...

The back protection must be a perfect fit for the wearer. If it is not the right size, the back protection can cause discomfort.
To be efficient and nice to wear, it must meet the following criteria:

- Protect against shocks
- Allow good freedom of movement
- Be easy to adjust
- Facilitate ventilation and evacuation of perspiration

6/ How to wear YOUR BACK PROTECTION?

Depending on the outside temperature, you have several options...
You can wear the back protection directly over your thermal underwear and thus manage your heat with a hoodie over it, then your jacket.

But if you prefer, to feel better (and if you don't plan to take off your hoodie), you can also wear the back protection directly on your hoodie. Be
careful though, these products are generally developed to be worn as close to the body as possible.

The dreamscape TIP

Don't forget to try the protective gear, whether for the back, shorts or knee pads with your ski & snowboard jacket and pants. These protective layers (even if designed as close to the body as possible) can affect your freedom of movement. So make sure you're comfortable practicing!

To clean your protective gear, wash by hand with warm water and a mild soap, without detergent or softener.
Forget the tumble dryer and let them dry in the open air...

To sum up, if you are a freestyler, a freerider or simply a speed enthusiast, protect yourself by quickly putting on your protective gear!
(The whole DREAMSCAPE team wishes you a very good winter season!)

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How to choose your back protection?

Yohann Kelkel

DREAMSCAPE product manager and snowboard enthusiast