Xion Protective Gear Short Sleeve Jacket 2013 - 2012 Review by The Good Ride
The Xion Protective Gear Short Sleeve Jacket is similar to the long sleeve jacket but it’s missing the elbow and bicep padding. This has the same upgrades as the Long Sleeve that allows you to remove pads you might not want and a better all around look. It’s pretty expensive but it’s literally the best low profile option out there. Xion’s stunt padding works incredibly well as snowboard padding.
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So I’ve had a few hard spills with this jacket and I must say it’s one of the best pieces of gear I’ve owned in years. Today I fell at about 40 mph straight onto my lower back, then the back part of my right shoulder and my head. I got up my adrenaline running and normally the pain will start to set in in the following seconds. After a few minutes I actually started feeling better where normally I would start feeling worse. After about 1/2 hour nothing really hurt. My back felt a little out of alignment but I kept riding and I’ll be riding the next day. If I didn’t have this body armor on and a helmet I would not be writing this now but I would of had 2 percocets and be in bed. I also probably wouldn’t be riding for at least a few days.
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Scouting out body armour before a two week trip to the alps I came here and found the ringing endorsement for Xion gear. By pure chance I found the short sleeve jacket (with the long removable sleeves) for sale on Ebay - a movie production company had over ordered for it's stunt men - so I managed to get the gear for half the usual price.
I'm now back after a couple of weeks in the Alps and I've got to say the armor generally lived up to the praise piled upon it by the guys on this website. A couple of falls were definitely mitigated by the gear (one in particular was one of those slams where afterwards you stay pretty still and do a tentative mental audit of your limbs for damage) and I came home unscathed.
I've spent a few seasons in the mountains but right now I'm a week or two a year punter and I'm very much behind the GoodRide's view that as such, I'm the ideal candidate for armor. You start off rusty when you're not riding all the time but at the same time you're on the clock so you tend to go for it and mishaps happen. This gear will boost your odds of getting home un-damaged.
The jacket (a medium) fit me perfectly. The removable sleeves were a bit too tight around the bicep but might stretch out a touch. The shoulder pads were in the old configuration (they extended up towards the neck more than down the arm) and I found they dug into my neck when I raised my arms even a little bit. After the first few days this pissed me off enough that I trimmed the removeable shoulder pads back a half inch - problem solved.
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