Longboard Protective Gear
Written By Rob Green
In longboarding it is important to keep yourself safe so you can keep shredding. There is a lot of gear on the market to keep you safe, so here’s what you’ll need!
Every longboarder needs a helmet! There is already a guide on how to choose a helmet here on LegitBoardShop.com Check it out!
My helmet is a black Triple Eight Brainsaver, and it’s decked out with stickers.
One of the most important pieces of longboarding equipment! Shutdown slides are one of the best methods of stopping in longboarding, and unless you can do shutdown standies, you’ll need slide gloves to shutdown. Slide gloves will also protect your hands if you fall! Another use of slide gloves is, in the event you fall, you can catch yourself on your gloves and shoes and be completely free of road rash or cuts. It won’t save you every time, but more often than you’d think. For beginners a slide glove with finger pucks will be ideal so you don’t wear through the gloves too quickly and you won’t have to worry about keeping your fingers off of the ground. There are tons of videos on how to make your own gloves, but if you want to buy some, Motion, Loaded, and Lush make good ones. If you are comfortable with gloves with no finger pucks, Churchill makes a good set of cheap gloves (for around $25).
I have a pair of beat up Lush gloves that I chopped the fingers off of. It is way less hot to chop them off so in the winter I will probably buy new ones with fingers.
I love wearing my knee pads! Sure, they don’t look cool, but if you’re learning a new slide, or bombing a new hill they give you a lot of confidence to get out of your comfort zone. There are a bunch of knee pads on the market; most longboarders use a hard shell knee pad such as Triple Eight, Protec, and 187. These knee pads are a bit bulky but ultimately will keep your knees safe and let you slide off a fall better than other options. However, a new type of knee pad has come to market recently. G-form knee pads are soft when you wear them, but when you fall they act like a hard plastic. G-forms are supposed to be extremely comfortable and not bulky at all, but they won’t be as good at sliding off a fall as hard shell pads.
I used to have the Protec street pads, but lost them at some point, so now I have some off brand ones that I picked up from WalMart. They are a bit beat up but I’d rather have beat up pads than beat up knees!
In my opinion, elbow pads are the least necessary piece of safety equipment. If you’re wearing slide gloves, you usually won’t do much damage to your elbows, and even if you do it will only be minor road rash. However, if you’re doing something you are not used to, it wouldn’t be a bad idea. Tons of companies make elbow pads, including G-form if you’re looking for decent protection and a lot of comfort.
My elbow pads are funky fresh straight out of the 80’s! Not even sure where I got them…
It may not seem like “safety equipment” but if you are bombing hills or going fast it really sucks to get hit in the eye by a bug, or getting the sun in your eyes. If you can’t see it would obviously be dangerous, so sunglasses are definitely “safety equipment.”
I rock some 2 dollar gas station shades that I picked up while on vacation.
There are all kinds of safety equipment; wrist guards, spine guards, shin pads, tailbone pads, hip guards, and shoulder pads are all options. I usually stick to a helmet and gloves, and I throw on my knee pads when I’m learning a slide or going faster than normal, stick to those three pieces of equipment and you should be safe.