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Lumbar support on vests?

WaternutWaternut Posts: 1,511 Crazy Baller
Anyone use it? Notice any difference? Opinions?

Obviously, breaking at the waist is not good for the back but even when I'm really focusing on good technique, I notice that my back is a little tight. It's not a big deal and doesn't really stop me right now but if a little bit of protection will mean that it's "no big deal" for years to come, it may be worth it to me to switch.


  • BCMBCM Posts: 200 Baller
    I used to ski with a supportive belt (weight belt) under my vest.

    I had much greater success with weight workouts focusing on core strength, running and cycling.

    I bought mine for jumping and tried it for about a season and wasn't sold on it. I would consider finding an old belt or a jumper who uses a belt and trying it before you buy. I found that I didn't like the extra bulk under my vest. I also felt that it limited movement too much for my liking. However, I know a few guys who ski with them and like them. I haven't skied with or even seen a supportive vest for some time now.

    I still jump with it due to the impact of landing. It also adds a layer of protection when your skis aren't the first thing to hit the water.
  • jwrjwr Posts: 337 Baller
    I've tried the belts and they helped a little. Only thing I have found that works is a power vest. Takes all the load off my back. Takes some getting used to to ski in. Really messes with my reach. But it is the only thing that allows me to ski without pain. May be more then what you need now, but if you ever get to that point it actually works. Stretching before and after skiing and heat. Sucks getting older.
    Obrien Elite 30" 6.845, 2.510, .80 PB [email protected]
  • XR6HurricaneXR6Hurricane Posts: 327 Baller
    I'm wearing a Hyperlite vest that has it now. I don't notice anything different when skiing, other than the tightness in that area helps keep the vest from floating up when starting or from jumping around.
  • alex38alex38 Posts: 485 Baller
    I took a $13 safety belt from Home Depot and cut the straps off, very thin, puts a little support in the mix and promotes warmth in your lower back.
  • MarkTimmMarkTimm Posts: 103 Baller
    A little off topic but after a rib injury a few weeks back, I was looking at a padded shirt that football players wear under there pads. I am curious if anyone has tried something like that for added protection?
    Mark Timm
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,666
    edited August 2013
    Recently tested a mx kidney belt, seems like a good option but im not 100% sure it did not stress my lower back and cause my recent back injury... Im doing tons of core work now.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski - KD Platinum

  • WayneWayne Posts: 463 Baller
    I have been using an O'neill Revenge with integrated lumbar. It's does make a difference but I feel it's more of a fatigue thing. I don't think it really protects me from a back injury but the strain does feel lower when wearing it versus a pull over type vest.
  • GlydonGlydon Posts: 229 Baller
    x2 @Wayne , I have the Oneill Revenge Comp ... best vest I have ever used IMO. Until you go back to a vest without it you will not notice a difference but trust me you will.
  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,937 Infinite Pandas
    Goode Powervest! It really does protect your back. Getting up is magically easy too.
    It may cost a couple buoys in restricted movement. Weird pull for jumping - I don't recommend it for jumping.

    As I healed, I switched to a jump suit with a back brace. That was pretty good too.

    I loved the old Obrien Impulse vest with the built in back support.

  • jwrjwr Posts: 337 Baller
    @eleeski did you actually jump in the Powervest? My friends keep laughing at me, because I said I might give it a try. Seems like it would work well for the pull into the jump.
    Obrien Elite 30" 6.845, 2.510, .80 PB [email protected]
  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,937 Infinite Pandas
    @jwr I took 2 sets in the PV. One was a one jump plop on a sore ankle plus the back issues at Regionals just to keep my qualifications. The other was at Nationals where I had my worst set ever. Crashed hard and it felt weird. The one scoring jump was extremely short. Perhaps with practice I might have figured it out but it wasn't any fun. A sling makes more sense. Still it allowed me to ski with a sore back.
  • jwrjwr Posts: 337 Baller
    @eleeski very cool. I would have liked to have seen that. I think the trick is to wait later.
    Obrien Elite 30" 6.845, 2.510, .80 PB [email protected]
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