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Back protectors

What is the best back protector available?

The back protector is your best option to keep your backbone and vertebra in one piece. You have to wear it if you ride the park a lot, it can really save you from serious injuries. Many pro riders wear them and you should do the same! With over 20 models of back protectors, our accessory shop has your back covered. You can find basic protectors shielding only the critical areas of your back that sell at an attractive price, or longer protectors as well as jackets integrating a back protector and various paddings.

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Scott Back Protection Light Vest Women's Actifit Plus Dragonfly Green Hibiscus Red General ViewScott Back Protection Light Vest Women's Actifit Plus Dragonfly Green Hibiscus Red Front
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Scott Back Protection Light Vest Men's Actifit Plus Black Iron Grey General ViewScott Back Protection Light Vest Men's Actifit Plus Black Iron Grey
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Icetools Back Protection Minikid Blue Yellow General ViewIcetools Back protection Minikid Blue Yellow Face Extra 15% off
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Cairn Back Protection Proride D3O J Dorsale Azure New Camo General ViewCairn Back Protection Proride D3O J Dorsale Azure New Camo Front Extra 15% off
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Icetools Back Protection Fly Vest Black Orange General ViewIcetools Back protection Fly Vest Black Orange Face Extra 15% off
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Icetools Back Protection Fly Vest Black Orange General ViewIcetools Shorts protection Armor Pants Black Présentation Extra 15% off
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Scott Back Protection Light Vest Men's Actifit Plus Lunar Blue Radiant Red General ViewScott Back Protection Light Vest Men's Actifit Plus Lunar Blue Radiant Red Rear
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Cairn Back Protection Pro Impakt D3O J Dorsale Pro Azure New Camo General ViewCairn Back Protection Pro Impakt D3O J Dorsale Pro Azure New Camo Front
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Cairn Back Protection Proride D30 Dorsale Pro Proride Matte Black General ViewCairn Back Protection Proride D30 Dorsale Pro Proride Matte Black Front Extra 15% off
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  • M (160-170 cm)
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L'Armure Française Back Protection Klslp Smal Heart General ViewL'Armure Française Back Protection Klslp Smal Heart Rear-view
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L'Armure Française Back Protection Klslp Star Stripe General ViewL'Armure Française Back Protection Klslp Star Stripe Rear
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Dainese Back Protection Scarabeo Bap Red Black General ViewDainese Back Protection Scarabeo Bap Red Black Detail Extra 15% off
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Scott Back Protection Back Protector Jr Actifit Plus Black Grey General ViewScott Back Protection Back Protector Jr Actifit Plus Black Grey Front
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Icetools Back Protection Lite Vest Jr Black Yellow General ViewIcetools Back protection Lite Vest Jr Black Yellow Face Extra 15% off
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Atomic Back Protection Live Shield Black General ViewAtomic Back Protection Live Shield Black Details Extra 15% off
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Rossignol Back protection Rpg Vest Sr-sas Tec PrésentationRossignol Back protection Rpg Vest Sr-sas Tec Détail Extra 15% off
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Rossignol Back protection Rpg Vest Sr-sas Tec PrésentationRossignol Shorts protection Rpg Shorts Présentation Extra 15% off
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Scott Back Protection Light Vest Women's Actifit Plus Iron Grey Black General ViewScott Back Protection Light Vest Women's Actifit Plus Iron Grey Black
Recommended price £116.11
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Rossignol Back protection Rpg Vest Jr-sas Tec PrésentationRossignol Back protection Rpg Vest Jr-sas Tec Détail Extra 15% off
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Rossignol Back protection Rpg Vest Jr-sas Tec PrésentationRossignol Shorts protection Rpg Shorts Présentation Extra 15% off
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Icetools Back protection Evo Shield Black Blue DerrièreIcetools Back protection Evo Shield Black Blue Présentation Extra 15% off
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Poc Back Protection Pocito Vpd Air Vest Fluorescent Pink General ViewPoc Back Protection Pocito Vpd Air Vest Fluorescent Pink Front Extra 15% off
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Poc Back Protection Pocito Vpd Air Vest Fluorescent Yellow/green General ViewPoc Back Protection Pocito Vpd Air Vest Fluorescent Yellow/green Front Extra 15% off
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Evoc Back Protection Protector Vest Men Black General ViewEvoc Back Protection Protector Vest Men Black Front Extra 15% off
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Salomon Back protection Secondskin Flexcell Black Purple FaceSalomon Back Protection Secondskin Flexcell Black Purple Back
Recommended price £149.32
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Icetools Back protection Evo Shield Black Blue DerrièreIcetools Shorts protection Armor Pants Black Présentation
Recommended price £182.44
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Dainese Back Protection Waistcoast Flex Lite Kid Black General ViewDainese Back Protection Waistcoast Flex Lite Kid Black Back Extra 15% off
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Buyer’s guide for a back protector

Back injuries are the second most dangerous injuries after head injuries. Consequences can be dramatic. Fall on your back after a jump in the snowpark or after a cliff jump in the backcountry and you may never walk again. This is why wearing a back protector is so important. It doesn’t do magic, it’s not going to help you avoid falling, but at least, if you do so, it will protect your back and let you walk (or ski) away.

How expensive is a good back protector?

The most affordable protector is the simplest one with two shoulder straps and a hip strap. It protects the critical areas of your back but it may not be the most comfortable option. Top shelf products are more comfy to wear, they look like jackets and have the protectors integrated to it with extra paddings here and there. Basically, the more expensive it gets, the lighter and the more comfortable it is so it really depends on how you are going to use it. If you spend all day riding the park, don’t go cheap. Buying a high-end back protector is a safe investment that you won’t regret. However, if you pop in the park once or twice in the season or go freeriding occasionally, then you can keep the costs low, it will protect you efficiently.

How to use a back protector?

A back protector is a shell that covers your back and protects your spine while you’re riding. In case you fall on your back on a rock or on the half-pipe coping, the shell takes the impact instead of your back and helps avoiding fatal injuries. The impact energy is distributed through the inner paddings of your back shell. If you want your protector to work in an optimal way, it needs to match your size and be correctly adjusted. Make sure the straps aren’t loose.

So, wearing a back shell is a good start, but your shell needs to be functional as well. It must allow you to move freely to let freestylers nail their double corks and other tricks with ease. All models of protectors available on Glisshop were carefully selected from the most reliable manufacturers to ensure maximal performance. Their products deliver the best performance and feature the latest technologies available on the market. From Rossignol to Dainese through Scott, Arva, Icetools and more, the most difficult thing you’ll have to do it making your pick.

What are the differences between models of back protectors?

Apart from comfort and lightweight which can vary with the price of the product, back protectors come with extra features that can make the difference. For instance, on the Action Vest from Arva, designed by Xavier De le Rue himself, you will find a RECCO reflector. As a reminder, RECCO systems help rescue teams to retrieve avalanche victims. Some other protectors stick to the norm CE EN 1621/2 level 2. This means the average peak force after an impact is divided by two. If you hesitate between two shells at a similar price and one is level 2, go for this one, your back will say thank you.

Make sure you stay safe and get a back protector now!