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Old 12-02-2019, 06:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Protective gear for the kiddos

What if any kind of extra protective gear are you getting for your kids that are going to be out on the Evo? I have worn an EVS vest for the last few seasons and I was looking for something for my daughter to wear since I won't be between her and the handle bars as much this year.

Or am I being over cautious for no reason? My biggest fear is some dough head doing mach 3 down the trail and catching us on a blind corner. I am not overly concerned that she is going to get out of control on the sled but they are called accidents for a reason.

With a pretty limited selection of snowmobile protective vests out there and an even smaller selection of gear based for smaller people in the snow I ended up ordering a couple different vest style moto-x protectors to try on her. EVS has a great sale this weekend if you live in the states... but up here in canada none of their suppliers had anything on sale. So I ended up ordering a Thor Sentry vest and a Leatt 4.5 body vest. Both were similar in price and are supposed to be ce certified so I guess we will see when they come in how the fit and comfort level is.
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where are you riding?
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https://www.demonunited.com/

I have had great luck with this company and there products . I have 3 of there Hyper vest and one 3DO Flexforce upper body top .

Prices are excellent and they make items for the ladies also !
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where are you riding?
We ride up in Northern Saskatchewan, mostly groomed forest trails. And when we have enough snow ditch banging along the highways and riding in fields.

Like I say my biggest concern is someone else running into us or us having to take the trees to avoid a collision. Most riders are pretty good but it only takes one with to many beverages to misjudge their speed and the corner ahead.
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try tekvest, they're here in ontario.
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try tekvest, they're here in ontario.
Ya I really like the tekvest product, its just way over priced to buy it new in my opinion. I have been keeping my eye out for a gently used one but they are few and far between still. Not a lot of people out here are wearing protective gear yet it seems.
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i think it's great you're being proactive on the protective gear, things happen and teach them younger about safety.
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Both my kids 7 and 11 where tekvests. Your call on what you think expensive is but I wear one too. They are good quality and I will spend more $ on protective gear.
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Both my kids 7 and 11 where tekvests. Your call on what you think expensive is but I wear one too. They are good quality and I will spend more $ on protective gear.
Totally agree that protective gear is worth every penny, that being said if I can find an option that is comparable in safety and costs $200 vs the $350+ I would be paying for a TekVest branded vest I would definitely consider that. Protective gear at our dealerships are few and far between as well, I cant just go to any dealership or recreation supply store and try some on for fitment. I think one place about an hour from me had 2 tekvests in stock and if I recall both were like xl sized.

I don't know what its like in many other areas but here in Saskatchewan people still look at me funny for wearing a protective vest. I get lots of questions as to why I wear it and whether its needed or not. But I guess it would be similar to having studs in your track. Its pretty much unheard of to run a studded track here but on all the tv shows it appears the majority of trail riders in other areas all seem to stud their tracks.
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Totally agree that protective gear is worth every penny, that being said if I can find an option that is comparable in safety and costs $200 vs the $350+ I would be paying for a TekVest branded vest I would definitely consider that. Protective gear at our dealerships are few and far between as well, I cant just go to any dealership or recreation supply store and try some on for fitment. I think one place about an hour from me had 2 tekvests in stock and if I recall both were like xl sized.

I don't know what its like in many other areas but here in Saskatchewan people still look at me funny for wearing a protective vest. I get lots of questions as to why I wear it and whether its needed or not. But I guess it would be similar to having studs in your track. Its pretty much unheard of to run a studded track here but on all the tv shows it appears the majority of trail riders in other areas all seem to stud their tracks.
i still need to order and get a custom tekvest(minden is about an hour and a half away), going to cost me between 500-600, but it's kinda only need to buy it once barring an accident thing, and then it would pay for itself. things got busy over the summer though so i wont have it for this season as planned unfortunately. since i'm barely over 5' the store bought stuff wont fit me.

there's a lot of water/ice around the great lakes, i basically have a river in my front yard, with the mouth half a dozen houses further down, that leads into the georgian bay(eastern) half of lake huron. so i spend a lot of time on ice and studs are pretty much a must here. my hubby and i also wear full sets of the fxr FAST(makes yah float and drains if you fall in) gear as well.
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