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  • roost guard or pressure suit?

    So I'm just deciding whether to go for another pressure suit, maybe the 3df airfit, but also toying with a normal roost protector.

    When you read the reviews people say they get good protection from a normal roost protector.

    The ones with the shoulder guards, how good are they if you hit the deck on your shoulder in comparison to a pressure suit? Do they spread the load like a pressure suit or are they just for stopping a handle bar in the chest or people roosting you with rocks?

    If they are ok, what is a good one to go for?

    The fox racing airframe roost protector looks ok...

  • #2
    How many different threads do we want on this topic at the moment?

    Roost guards deflect stones and dirt that get thrown at you from the back wheels of other people's bikes, aka: Roost.
    Pressure suits, safety jackets, etc are a one piece suit that combine the functions of roost guard, spine protector, shoulder pads, elbow guards and usually kidney belt. They are more bulky, restrictive and hot, but offer better protection.

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    • #3
      Motocross or firetrails >>> roost guard.
      All other trail riding >>> pressure suit.

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      • #4
        A pressure suit is only good if you wear it. If it's too hot you might find yourself not wearing it and wishing you had the roost protector.

        I've used roost protectors for around 10 years now and they do protect your from sharp rocks on hill climb falls etc. Use elbow guards with them, a kidney belt, your back pack on and you have a similar type setup to the pressure suit, although there will be instances where the pressure suit has worked better in a crash.

        I'm sure the pressure suit offers more protection, I just can't see myself wearing one religiously.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by #39 View Post
          How many different threads do we want on this topic at the moment?

          Roost guards deflect stones and dirt that get thrown at you from the back wheels of other people's bikes, aka: Roost.
          Pressure suits, safety jackets, etc are a one piece suit that combine the functions of roost guard, spine protector, shoulder pads, elbow guards and usually kidney belt. They are more bulky, restrictive and hot, but offer better protection.

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          might as well close down DBW folks, everythings been covered before

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          • #6
            I vote roost guard Spence365.

            I use separate elbow guards, mines a Zac and it just fits perfect with my leatt its comfortable and deflected anything so far thats been thrown at it. I just prefer the the hard shell as opposed to the soft chest pieces of a suit.

            p.s have had a shoulder injury but i'm not sure if the suit would change things.

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            • #7
              Pressure suit - mine is well used. In summer I wear a singlet under it and nothing over it and its OK heat wise.

              I know others have been saved by a roost guard when a stick has tried to enter their chest but when you go over the bars and into a deep rut with your bike landing on top of you and driving you into the dirt you'll be happy that you have the back protector offered in the suit.
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              • #8
                I've used both setups and feel much cooler, comfortable, and equally as safe using a roost guard coupled up with elbow guards and a neck brace. Full pressure suits are hot, stick to your body, and unless you get a quality one its very likely that it'll blow the zips out in no time. Elbow guards also go through the wash with the rest of the gear! Only issue is in the wet they can have a tendancy to slide down while riding.

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                • #9
                  Have a look at the Acerbis Cosmo. Might be the best of both worlds.

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                  • #10
                    Pressure suit for me in all weather.

                    Better protection and more comfortable.

                    As for the heat, just HTFU
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                    • #11
                      I guess my main concern is if you wack your shoulder going past a tree, or come off and land on your shoulder.

                      But I reckon it would be easier to jump on and go for a strap if your putting a roost guard over your jersey rather than pulling on your odorous pressure suit before putting on your jersey...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by spence365 View Post
                        I guess my main concern is if you wack your shoulder going past a tree, or come off and land on your shoulder.

                        But I reckon it would be easier to jump on and go for a strap if your putting a roost guard over your jersey rather than pulling on your odorous pressure suit before putting on your jersey...
                        Yeah that putting on appropriate safety gear is a drag.
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                        • #13
                          Heat is such a personal thing in how it effects people and their ability to shed it. I see the op is in SA, so their heat likely varies a lot from what we get up here at the other end of the country. Its more the humidity that causes issues over anything else, and the pressure suits just further add to that muggy clingy sticky unable to breath experience.

                          Today, which feels quite cool for example is already 24C with 85% humidity, and we're expecting a top of 28. Perfect riding conditions! But no fun in the rainforest at walking pace when locked down in 3 layers of clothing. I'd rather ride in whats comfortable (yet still offers a decent level of protection) than HTFU and ride in something hot and restrictive, or not ride at all.

                          Also, remember a lot of those shoulder impacts are the ones that cause collarbone breakages. I don't think the little caps on the body armour that sit over your shoulders really do a whole lot unless protecting from a direct impact on the shell (ie falling onto a rock).
                          Last edited by Jakobi; 25-03-2014, 11:01 AM.

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                          • #14
                            I've tried all three options, pressure suit, body armour and no armour.

                            The pressure suit I found to big and bulky, especially trying to for a neck brace with it. I found it restricted my range if motion, which I found dangerous. The benefit of the pressure suit being your body is a lot safer from sticks and impacts. It won't do much to stop shoulder injuries I.e torn muscles

                            The body armour was kind of the same deal struggling to find one that works well with a neck brace, with reducing my range of movement. The armour is more protective for roost and sticks, but no where near as good as the pressure suit.

                            No armour is a bit scary at first, but it is the only way I can ride comfortably in the heat. The downfall is you feel everything from trees to roost to the ground. But I feel it helps me feel lighter and more free on the bike.
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                            • #15
                              I had a shoulder injury while wearing a Zac roost guard with backpack system, had me off the bike for 2 months. The shoulder pieces on a roost guard just stick straight out and don't cup the shoulder like a pressure suit does.

                              I now wear a Acerbis Koerta pressure suit, big wide webbing for maximum airflow and wear a Skins shirt underneath which helps with cooling. I've been wearing this for a couple of years now with no issues at all and feel much safer in it than I would in a roost guard.
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