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EUC protection is an odd thing (I think anyway) - it is subtly different from the "defined disciplines," and that makes it difficult to find (or know) the best options. 

I have been looking at Dianese - http://www.dainese.com/we_en/bike.html - which uses a soft cell to absorb impacts, in a way that (I think) might work quite well with EUC type spills. 

As for helmets... I currently have a standard "skater style" helmet, but I have been looking at MIPS options (http://www.mips.technology), which could be beneficial considering we're starting our fall from a higher altitude. In particular the Bell Super 2R (http://www.bellhelmets.com/en_eu/cycling/helmets/super-2r-mips-equipped#), which has a removable chin guard - making it ideal for both urban and off-road use. 

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That Bell helmet looks awesome. I wonder though whether during a faceplant if the chin guard might deflect the head sideways twisting the neck.  It does look springy though so it might just squish inwards absorbing forces.

I've seen some Dianese jackets on AliEx, and they have some cool looking designs. Duhan also has some winning styles.

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10 minutes ago, HunkaHunkaBurningLove said:

That Bell helmet looks awesome. I wonder though whether during a faceplant if the chin guard might deflect the head sideways twisting the neck.  It does look springy though so it might just squish inwards absorbing forces.

There's a few videos showing both the Bell testing and the chin guard impacts. 

Once again though, as this is designed for a different discipline we don't know how it would work with EUC. But then, standing up is much closer to the ground than a big MTB jump anyway...

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21 minutes ago, HunkaHunkaBurningLove said:

I've seen some Dianese jackets on AliEx, and they have some cool looking designs. Duhan also has some winning styles.

One thing with the Dianese - the smaller components (e.g. elbow / knee guards) can be worn under clothing - which could be good if you don't want that EUCExtreme / Terminator look.

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dmethvin    1,525

If you want the pads to be a little less obvious, you can get motorcycle jeans that have pockets for removable pads. That way you could put them in while riding and take them out when you get to your destination.

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/KOMINE-PK-718-motorcycle-men-pants-off-road-women-trousers-outdoor-men-jeans-cycling-have-pads/32620761224.html

There's are some jackets with removable pads as well, they seem light for actual motorcycle use but probably plenty of protection for an EUC.

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2016-newest-Professional-Motorcycle-Jacket-with-Shoulder-Elbow-Protective-Pads-JK21/32656138563.html

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/PRO-Biker-New-Men-Professional-Motorcycle-Jackets-Sportswear-Motocross-Auto-Racing-Cycling-Breathable-Reflective-Safety-Jacket/32240978453.html

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thefork    187

I recently bought this MIPS helmet for use with my (yet to arrive) Inmotion V5F+: http://www.giro.com/eu_en/sutton-mips-9.html/

For wrist protection maybe something like this might work: http://www.xsportsprotective.com/collections/skateboard-longboard-wrist-guards/products/triple-eight-hired-hands-protective-gloves-pair

That's probably all I'm going to wear (plus clothes...) for commuting at < 30 kph.

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I posted these elsewhere before, but I thought I'd consolidate them into this thread for easy reference.  I don't know much ankle support they provide.

Motorcycle Shoes/Boots:

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Motorcycle-Boots-Pro-biker-SPEED-Bikers-Moto-Racing-Boots-Motocross-Motorbike-Shoes-40-41-42-43/1388498766.html

When I was riding my generic 14" wheel I wasn't going over 11 KPH so I didn't feel a real big need for any protection.  After reading several other people's experience with accidents and now riding my NB1E+ I wear a helmet, protective jacket, gloves, and I'm waiting for some knee pads to give a little more security.  Nothing's going to prevent broken bones of course unless you wear padded full body armor, but at least it might help a little.  Considering it's just one wheel that you're riding, these EUCs can be more accident prone than BMX bikes or motorcycles which at least have two wheels.

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Cloud    1,940

@HunkaHunkaBurningLove i just pulled the trigger on the iron man helmet you listed above lol.  I found it on ebay slightly larger size and a bit cheaper. Maybe i can even use it for my tron costume i am planning to wear this helloween. Rest of the time i can be iron man which will make a nice combination with the under pedal ligts i got following another post here. In the dark, the helmet and the lights will make a nice combination. I might make the helmet's eye light up also, with some leds.

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On AliExpress it can be difficult to size a helmet properly so people should use caution when ordering especially if the helmets are for children and not adults which might not be listed in the sale.  Be sure it says adult, and try to check sizing if possible.  Also be careful as some helmets are more for looks than function so they might not protect you as well as a certified one bought locally.

@Cloud  I almost bought one of these jet pilot helmets, but I thought ahhhh I seem to draw a lot of attention already rolling around.  People might think it's a little too weird.  :lol:  I got a regular bike helmet instead to try out.

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Cool-Fashionable-TK-Chinese-Military-Air-Force-Jet-Pilot-Open-Face-Motorcycle-Helmet-Visor-SIZE-M/459667248.html

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Cloud    1,940
13 minutes ago, HunkaHunkaBurningLove said:

On AliExpress it can be difficult to size a helmet properly so people should use caution when ordering especially if the helmets are for children and not adults which might not be listed in the sale.  Be sure it says adult, and try to check sizing if possible.  Also be careful as some helmets are more for looks than function so they might not protect you as well as a certified one bought locally.

@Cloud  I almost bought one of these jet pilot helmets, but I thought ahhhh I seem to draw a lot of attention already rolling around.  People might think it's a little too weird.  :lol:  I got a regular bike helmet instead to try out.

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Cool-Fashionable-TK-Chinese-Military-Air-Force-Jet-Pilot-Open-Face-Motorcycle-Helmet-Visor-SIZE-M/459667248.html

Yeah thats why i didnt get one from aliexpress, it said medium and the circumference was 54-59 cm and my head is 59. I found  one of ebay that said 59-60cm and it was $39 with shipping.  The reason i liked that iron man design is because it didnt look like amotocycle helmet - i didnt want to carry around something as massive looking,. It looks more lije a skateboarder's helmet.   Also, i got the black version as it is not too flashy - i didnt really want to look exactly like iron man - it needs to be suitable for every day riding too, but when / if i wear a costume it needs be be within the overall fabric/ image of whoever i am portraying. I fugured whether its iron man or tron - this helmet woukd work, We will see if its any good when it arrives.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/331841318249

 

the one you listed looks too military - too chinese or too russian-like, so yes you woukd be drawing too much attention, but it sure would be cool to ride around wearing that for a while

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I think some of the Vespa partial coverage helmets are nice.  I know what you mean about the full motorcycle type ones.  My skater helmet is not too bad, and it has open ear areas so I can hear traffic and peripheral sounds better.  Let us know how the Ironman one works turns out.  It definitely looks like a fun theme helmet.  I have seen some studies suggesting that helmets and mouthguards don't prevent concussions, but at least they might help avoid skull fractures and some lacerations...

If money was no object... check out this gorgeous helmet:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cromwell-Hurricane-Classic-British-Motorcycle-Luxury-Vespa-Helmet-Cream-Medium-/201607104530

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Also cool looking:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AGV-Blade-FX-Open-Face-3-4-Vespa-Scooter-DOT-Mens-Womens-Street-Helmet-/181797412714

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Momo-style-city-demi-jet-DOT-Helmet-for-Vespa-Motorcycle-Whites-blacks-/142020604373

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Cloud    1,940

Yes these are nice. They are too motorcycly though, for the euc use. The first one looks a bit like its a world war 2 pilot's helmet. I like the third one the most.

i dont think any helmet can prevent concussion.

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thefork    187

Well, my thinking is that I'm not going to have time for a conscious reaction, and the instinct is to use my hands to catch myself. And I would rather use my hands than my face, which would be the likely alternative if I were too afraid to use my hands.

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steve454    2,228

Dang @HunkaHunkaBurningLove where do you come up with all these great, informative videos?  I can imagine if I had a cutout on the wheel that I could do a tuck and roll.  Good information to have.  Getting more confident riding gravel trails now, found a big trail system near me, rode 2 1/2 miles yesterday, 1 1/2 today, lot of people walking dogs or running.  Usually I stop and pretend to look at my phone, but a couple of times just rode on by and said howdy.  

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Rehab1    5,983

Thank you for all of the awesome research and links! Extremely helpful!

This is the helmet I have been looking for. Dual purpose- safety helmet with video camera made by Airwheel. Not sure if it is available yet.

http://www.abnewswire.com/pressreleases/the-first-wearable-equipment-in-airwheelintelligent-motorcycle-helmet-c3-c5_61740.html

 

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Looking at some wrist guard effectiveness information online, it does look like there were significant decreases in wrist injuries while using a good wrist guard.

@steve454 Google is my best friend.  B)  I also attend Youtube University classes on a regular basis.

@Rehab1 that Airwheel helmet looks interesting with the built in camera, but whoa it looks so like the helmet from Tron!

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Happy 4th of July by the by!

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