Thursday, November 8, 2012
Protection in Top Form - G-Form Pads Review
I have been checking out something completely novel lately, G-Form Pads. G-Form makes all sorts of athletic pads that can take quite a beating without beating you up in the process. I have been rocking the knee, elbow, and crash pants lately and they have been freaking life savers! The craziest thing about these pads is that they feel soft when you touch them and they are squishy like a sponge, but when you slap them or punch them they get harder and absorb impact.
The magic behind this contradiction of a protective pad is the stuff it is made of. G-Form pads are made of Poron XRD Impact foam. This foam is compiled of a whole bunch of special molecules that react to force. This basically means that the molecules in the foam are nice and relaxed most of the time but when a force is applied they tense up and get rigid so that you don't have to feel the impact.
Now I thought that this seemed like a total contradiction, soft to the touch but hard on impact so I obviously had to put this to the test. Oh and test it I have. I have of course always worn my helmet, a couple months back I started wearing gloves all of the time to save my hands, and now I wear G-Form knee and elbow pads every time I head out to skate because they are life savers, at least knee and elbow savers. If I know that I am going to be trying some crazy stuff that day I also throw on my G-Form crash pants because they literally save your ass.
Going really fast is probably the only discipline of riding that these pads don't completely blow traditional pads out of the water in. Mostly because a difference in weight doesn't play a huge role when I am heading out to downhill for the day. Going fast generally means getting in tuck and then sticking there until you need to drift a corner or something. You don't need to be overly flexible or light on your feet and if everything goes according to plan you are not going to fall hardly ever, haha. Unfortunately the only downside to G-Form pads are they cannot slide on the pavement. I mean, I feel like it is kind of obvious if you ever touch them, but just in case it is important to note, they will tear up on pavement if they slide.
I have never actually torn up my G-Form pads... and no it's not because I'm so damn good that I never fall. It's because I plan ahead! A while back I took a nasty spill wearing nothing but a helmet. No extra pads, not even gloves, heck I wasn't even wearing a full shirt but a tanktop. After road rashing pretty much my entire body I learned (1) wear pads and gloves (2) wear pants and long sleeves if I might fall freeriding.
So now, even if it's hot and I am planning on trying some silly freeride where I am likely to fall I wear my G-Form pads, but I wear them under my pants and shirt. Thus even if I fall I don't ruin them. Which is great because pads are a little more expensive than my typical clothing, haha.
While I may suit up a little more than your average person for skateboarding, I don't normally wear long sleeves and pants when freestyling, and that's because when you fall freestyle skating you aren't likely to slide around on the pavement much. What IS likely to happen might something more along these lines.... "I'm going to hit this early grab off a 3 stair!" When all of a sudden you don't. Then you tumble around like a ragdoll and get your elbows, but and knees all banged. Well in G-Form pad that is a thing of the past!
Would I recommend G-From elbow pads, knee pads, and/or crash pants to a friend?
I definitely would. The elbow and knee pads are a no brainer and very easy to take on off when you go skate so they are great. The crash pants are something that most skaters might not think about when they head out for a session but they are life savers!!! You just throw them on under your pants and can say goodbye to hurting your ass.