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Last time I checked in on this conversation it was about style choices in wearing gear; concealed beneath clothing (casual style) vs openly displayed on top of clothing (hardcore style).  I tend

I just can't see myself putting the perception of strangers to promote EUC riding over my own personal safety. I think advertising minimal to no safety gear for other possible beginners to see is much

Being the only wheeler in my town, I do see myself as a walking/rolling advertisement for electric unicycles. I used to wear gear over top my clothes like this. But then I thought of the image I

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6 hours ago, JSUN said:

What are some good body armor shirts and pants? Padded with elbow guards and shoulder guards. Anyone have one of these? Is it an overkill? 

 

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Great design and NO not an overkill.

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7 hours ago, The Fat Unicyclist said:

I wear Speed & Strength "Performance Casual" range... not too intimidating, but still with protection. 

Nice stuff! :dribble:.....Concealed armor.  I did not know it existed.......  I can look like a buff lumberjack instead of a Tim Burton character. :thumbup:

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11 hours ago, JSUN said:

What are some good body armor shirts and pants? Padded with elbow guards and shoulder guards. Anyone have one of these? Is it an overkill? 

 

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Definitely not overkill. 

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44 minutes ago, Nic said:

Anyone considered motorcycle jacket and pants? They look a bit more 'normal', come with built-in pads and are designed to prevent road rash.

I'm going to be buying a textile motorcycle jacket with the built-in elbow and shoulder pads for the times when I don't want to standout (except for the fact that I'll still be riding on a self-balancing single wheel :lol:). Still researching the options.

I know local riders who where them. They look great and are effective. The textile ones have good ventilation so they aren't too hot (from what I've been told).

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23 minutes ago, lebeaumarc said:

In a French Forum (espritroue.fr) , they recommended the following equipment ...

http://www.xionpg.com/xion-long-sleeve-jacket-freeride-d3o-men-v1.html

It seems the D3o material is capable of absorbing  the impact instead of just spreading it on a larger surface.

FWIW the D30 material is the same material used in the Demon Flexmeters that many of us are wearing.

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10 minutes ago, electricpen said:

FWIW the D30 material is the same material used in the Demon Flexmeters that many of us are wearing.

I almost bought the Demon body armor, but I decided that I wanted the skid plating and extra rib protection.

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8 hours ago, RockyTop said:

Nice stuff! :dribble:.....Concealed armor.  I did not know it existed.......  I can look like a buff lumberjack instead of a Tim Burton character. :thumbup:

And... it is on (or off) in a matter of seconds!

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On 12/27/2018 at 4:08 AM, JSUN said:

I just ordered the demon flex force x2 d30. I’ll just wear it underneath normal clothes. 

 

On 12/26/2018 at 3:20 PM, Marty Backe said:

I almost bought the Demon body armor, but I decided that I wanted the skid plating and extra rib protection.

The demon flex force x2 is my body armor that I always wear underneath everything if I’m not wearing a motorcycle jacket. The FOX motorcycle jacket that everyone wears that makes them look like a “Halo” character is too bulky to wear under clothes because of the hard plating. The demon is heavily d30 including excellent rib protection and chest protection.

I can throw it on a lot faster than I can strap two elbow guards on, and get WAY more coverage and impact protection. Well worth the relatively small one time cost of sub $200 and no one knows I’m wearing body armor.

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1 hour ago, Darrell Wesh said:

Being the only wheeler in my town, I do see myself as a walking/rolling advertisement for electric unicycles.

I used to wear gear over top my clothes like this. But then I thought of the image I was projecting to others who saw me on this one wheeled contraption. It already looks dangerous enough (with the general public consensus being that they’ll break their neck if they even tried), I no longer wanted to add to that stigma by looking like a motorcyclist. 

IMO it made people respect me out of fear. Respect that I was doing something so incredibly dangerous I needed to gear up like that. For me, in a college town of people I could potentially influence to buy these wheels, that’s not the kind of respect I wanted. 

Thats why I conceal all my gear underneath normal looking clothes and no longer wear motorcycle helmets/visor full face helmets for the EUC(but I do for the dualtrons). 

I’ve definetly noticed a different attitude from others vs when I wore visible body armor. Not only can I socialize without looking out of place, but people make comments like “that looks like so much fun”. Which is exactly the comment you want to hear from the young to get them interested in buying these wheels. (It’s so ironic then, that the comments you’ll get while fully visibly geared up is that you’re going to get hurt. And nobody thinks that’s fun)

***Now, with that said, Ive seen most of your videos and you do wear normal clothes and have said you only wear this fully geared setup for long rides.***

At the end of the day, when I sit back and think about it, if I saw @houseofjob  and @Tishawn Fahie blasting around NYC in motorcycle helmets with tinted visors and Halo body armor, I probably wouldn’t have gotten into EUC’s. 

Maybe it's a California attitude thing, but I totally disagree with you. Just today I had 45-mile ride with large stretches among lots of people. All I received were lots of "Cool" type comments, thumbs up, smiles, etc. I would ride by mothers with 5-year old kids in toll and the mother, smiling, would tell the kids, "look at that".

So from my perspective, among people who live in California, I'm not intimidating anyone. Maybe @Rama Douglas, who rode with me today, can attest to what I'm saying.

I guess I should say I don't disagree with you, but that maybe there's a different attitude among non-Californian's :efee6b18f3:

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2 hours ago, Marty Backe said:

Maybe it's a California attitude thing, but I totally disagree with you. Just today I had 45-mile ride with large stretches among lots of people. All I received were lots of "Cool" type comments, thumbs up, smiles, etc. I would ride by mothers with 5-year old kids in toll and the mother, smiling, would tell the kids, "look at that".

So from my perspective, among people who live in California, I'm not intimidating anyone. Maybe @Rama Douglas, who rode with me today, can attest to what I'm saying.

I guess I should say I don't disagree with you, but that maybe there's a different attitude among non-Californian's :efee6b18f3:

Well I did say people respected me with the visible gear. The comments were no different then yours. “Cool” etc. No one was intimidated by all the gear. 

To be truthful, I can’t imagine much people not saying you look awesome rolling through looking like someone from a video game. But just because they say you look cool or give a thumbs up doesn’t equal interest in trying the product- the wheel. 

Ive personally had students/people willing to ask to try the wheel when they saw me as just another person, like them, wearing street clothes vs no one asking me to try the wheel when I looked like I was some specialist testing a prototype device dressed in matching top and bottom brand gear. 

“That looks like so much fun” comments  are different from “cool” or awesome compliments because it unmistakably focuses on the product and not the gear thats making you look like a video game character badass. I received so many compliments for my bright green TSG pass helmet and matching outfit color scheme that I thought people forgot about the wheel between my feet. 

Even if it is a facade, and I’m padded heavily underneath my clothing, it’s about looking attainable. At least to the young crowd. That you can step on this one wheeled device and get moving to your destination without any special gear. (And for the young person who most likely will start out on a slow 14” wheel, you don’t need the body armor or motorcycle helmet... but they don’t know this size/ speed distinction they just know it’s a “motorized one wheel”)

It’s funny that I’m having this conversation with you Marty, because your gear setup in your earlier videos before the body armor was the image I replicated in my beginning days. All the amazon links you had about what you wore. I bought the same knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards. I thought it was overkill as I started on my cheap eBay step n roll wheel that propelled me to a whopping 8mph, but it was the image I had in my head of proper EUC attire.

In the grand scheme of things though, I was merely offering my viewpoint on why I personally shifted from visible gear considering my primarily college demographics and desire to intrigue others.

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4 hours ago, Darrell Wesh said:

 

The demon flex force x2 is my body armor that I always wear underneath everything if I’m not wearing a motorcycle jacket. The FOX motorcycle jacket that everyone wears that makes them look like a “Halo” character is too bulky to wear under clothes because of the hard plating. The demon is heavily d30 including excellent rib protection and chest protection.

I can throw it on a lot faster than I can strap two elbow guards on, and get WAY more coverage and impact protection. Well worth the relatively small one time cost of sub $200 and no one knows I’m wearing body armor.

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I did some googling on D30 and didn't like what I found ... lots of reports of armour splitting for no reason. Here's one example...

https://advrider.com/f/threads/d30-failure-split.1203784/

 

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24 minutes ago, Nic said:

I did some googling on D30 and didn't like what I found ... lots of reports of armour splitting for no reason. Here's one example...

https://advrider.com/f/threads/d30-failure-split.1203784/

 

Even if the armor does crack or split there’s no where for it to go in its individual pocket that’s held tight to prevent movement. It’ll still disperse impact.

But I doubt that it would ever split, if you google any armor most of what you’ll focus on is the bad on forums and not the hundreds of posts commending the armor for saving them that I can easily find for d30

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3 hours ago, Darrell Wesh said:

Well I did say people respected me with the visible gear. The comments were no different then yours. “Cool” etc. No one was intimidated by all the gear. 

To be truthful, I can’t imagine much people not saying you look awesome rolling through looking like someone from a video game. But just because they say you look cool or give a thumbs up doesn’t equal interest in trying the product- the wheel. 

Ive personally had students/people willing to ask to try the wheel when they saw me as just another person, like them, wearing street clothes vs no one asking me to try the wheel when I looked like I was some specialist testing a prototype device dressed in matching top and bottom brand gear. 

“That looks like so much fun” comments  are different from “cool” or awesome compliments because it unmistakably focuses on the product and not the gear thats making you look like a video game character badass. I received so many compliments for my bright green TSG pass helmet and matching outfit color scheme that I thought people forgot about the wheel between my feet. 

Even if it is a facade, and I’m padded heavily underneath my clothing, it’s about looking attainable. At least to the young crowd. That you can step on this one wheeled device and get moving to your destination without any special gear. (And for the young person who most likely will start out on a slow 14” wheel, you don’t need the body armor or motorcycle helmet... but they don’t know this size/ speed distinction they just know it’s a “motorized one wheel”)

It’s funny that I’m having this conversation with you Marty, because your gear setup in your earlier videos before the body armor was the image I replicated in my beginning days. All the amazon links you had about what you wore. I bought the same knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards. I thought it was overkill as I started on my cheap eBay step n roll wheel that propelled me to a whopping 8mph, but it was the image I had in my head of proper EUC attire.

In the grand scheme of things though, I was merely offering my viewpoint on why I personally shifted from visible gear considering my primarily college demographics and desire to intrigue others.

Very good points Darrell. I can see the distinction. I was responding more to your brief comment, "IMO it made people respect me out of fear". That must have triggered me:)

But yeah, I'm sure my "Gear Look" isn't conducive to getting new riders.

I think my contribution to growing EUC ownership comes from all my riding around town. I do a lot of lower-speed riding in town when running errands, etc., and I'm only wearing wrist guards. I'm sure EUCs look a lot more approachable as I'm doing 360's on the corner waiting for the light to change.

I almost bought that exact Demon body suit, but in the end I won't all the skid plates which are most effective for much of the hard surface riding that I do. I actually might get the Demon suit and use that for when I ride in the mountains. Actually, I think that's a really good idea - it may be more comfortable for that kind of riding.

Thanks for the discussion :cheers:

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2 hours ago, Darrell Wesh said:

Even if the armor does crack or split there’s no where for it to go in its individual pocket that’s held tight to prevent movement. It’ll still disperse impact.

But I doubt that it would ever split, if you google any armor most of what you’ll focus on is the bad on forums and not the hundreds of posts commending the armor for saving them that I can easily find for d30

Yes, the D30 armour works well ... it just doesn't seem to last. If you are a professional rider, then you will probably replace it regularly and the high price won't matter because you probably get sponsored to wear it so it doesn't cost you anything. For me, it would need to last given the high price and given that its only one of a number of D30 pieces I would need to wear. I do really like it though.

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7 hours ago, Darrell Wesh said:

The demon flex force x2 is my body armor that I always wear underneath everything if I’m not wearing a motorcycle jacket.

I like the DFFX2 also. It's comparatively inexpensive than the alpine gear that I have eyeballed, and offers great natural-looking D30 armour that is easily concealable under clothing or an outer layer Like a hoodie.

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3 hours ago, Nic said:

I did some googling on D30 and didn't like what I found ... lots of reports of armour splitting for no reason. Here's one example...

https://advrider.com/f/threads/d30-failure-split.1203784/

 

If it protects me well during a fall and cracks afterward then it did it's job. Cracking without cause is a reasonable case for concern. If this happens there should be a warranty/policy available that enables quick replacement. 

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16 minutes ago, Nic said:

Yes, the D30 armour works well ... it just doesn't seem to last. If you are a professional rider, then you will probably replace it regularly and the high price won't matter because you probably get sponsored to wear it so it doesn't cost you anything. For me, it would need to last given the high price and given that its only one of a number of D30 pieces I would need to wear. I do really like it though.

Yes D30 armor offers great protection. As hobbyists/EUC riders I don't think think we will have to worry about replacing it frequently. 

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