Scooter: The ultimate guide to park protection
The right protective gear will not only keep you safe. But will also help you to take things to the next level. Check out how you find the right safety gear right here.
Whether you a newbie or a seasoned pro scooter rider you should always wear protective gear when you hit the rails, boxes, quarter pipes, and mini ramps in the Skatepark.
But why do I need it? You might think to yourself.
Well, first of all, protective gear reduces the risk of getting injured, which means less time on your scooter and more time watching the other riders becoming better.
Second of all, the right protective gear will make you feel safer. Hence you’ll be more likely to go for new and more advanced tricks because you know that if you fall your protective gear will take most of the impact.
In order to get the full potential out of the protective equipment, you need to choose the right gear for your sport. Fortunately, it ’s easy if you just follow the video guide above.
Okay, let’s take it from the top. This is the most important piece of equipment. Remember that a bone can heal, but your brain can’t. Look for a well ventilated and comfortable helmet.
It’s important to get a helmet with a snug fit. It shouldn’t be able to wiggle around on your head. Helmets come in all kinds of colors and designs, so there’s no excuse for not wearing one.
So why should I buy a skate helmet and not just use my bike helmet? Skate helmets cover the back of your head. They are made to protect you even when falling backward which you can experience commonly when riding a scooter, a bike helmet is not.
If you’re new or if you’re only riding flatland, small grind rails, and funboxes a basic 3-pack will provide you with okay protection.
But as soon as you’re doing next level tricks or moving to bigger park obstacles like flow areas, halfpipes, stairs/rails, and hips you want to upgrade to some more durable once made to withstand hard impacts.
Look for the more vert orientated knee pads with big hard plastic caps and a thick foam interior to absorb the impact power. Even though a good set of park knee pads should be bulky they should also be anatomically shaped, so they don’t restrain you when you’re doing tricks.
These are also vital to keep you from getting injured. Furthermore, they protect against rashes and friction burns when bailing and gliding down from an obstacle.
Like with the knee pads you should go for the more durable models with a good fat padding. They should also be anatomically shaped to give you the maximum range of motion.
Should actually not be a “nice-to-have” but a “must-have” for scooter riders. The scooter bar is just lurking around the corner and you want to be prepared if it hits you.
It is a small item, usually available at a favorable price and it protects you against irreversible damage of your teeth.