What to Look for in Longboarding Gloves

July 9th, 2013 xsportsblog Posted in Skateboard No Comments »

Longboarding Gloves: The Basics

First off, how do you know if you need longboarding gloves? You need a good pair of longboard gloves if you:

  • Race
  • Ride any significant hills or
  • Hit speeds above 20 mph

Longboard gloves have pucks on the palms that let you drag one hand on the pavement so you can maintain your balance without ripping the skin off your hand. Drifting corners, Coleman stops, and most freestyle moves are based on the assumption that you will put one hand on the ground–that requires some significant hand protection. Being able to stop quickly keeps you safer, and gives you the ability to ride bigger hills with confidence. Longboarding gloves can also help protect your hands from cuts and scrapes in a fall or a crash, however, they don’t provide wrist protection.

Your longboarding slide gloves are going to take a lot of abuse. Here are some things to look for when shopping for longboarding slide gloves:

  • Look for a leather body for maximum durability
  • Kevlar thumb patches and/or fingertips add additional durability
  • Double-stitching keeps seams from coming apart
  • Some riders prefer a rounded palm puck over a square one because they feel it has less chance of catching or biting the road; your mileage may vary
  • Do you want pucks on the fingertips as well as the palms? Some riders like free fingers to grip the board, some like the additional puck.
  • Have a tendency to scrape your knuckles when sliding or drifting a corner? If so, look for longboarding gloves with reinforced knuckles.

XSportsProtective carries a great line of longboarding gloves as well as longboard helmets and other longboard protective gear.

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187 Knee Pads from XSportsProtective in Action

January 29th, 2013 xsportsblog Posted in Skateboard 1 Comment »

We’re always happy to get emails from satisfied customers telling us how much they like their new protective gear. Sometimes the customer sends us a picture. And sometimes they even send us a video. We had to share this great video of a 13-year-old skateboarder jumping a Camaro while sporting the 187 knee pads he got from XSportsProtective. You’ll see that the knee pads save his skin a number of times while he’s learning the trick, and we couldn’t be happier about it. We love seeing our customers having a great time and doing great things in their protective gear. Way to go, CJ!

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Has your kid outgrown the Spider-Man knee pads yet?

May 23rd, 2012 xsportsblog Posted in BMX, Helmets, Mountain Bike, Skateboard No Comments »

School will be out in just a few weeks. Several XSportsProtective staffers have school-age kids, and if your kids are like ours, they’re chomping at the bit to spend the day outside on their bikes or their boards. If you haven’t looked at your children’s mountain bike, BMX, or skateboard protective gear, this is a good time to do so.

As your child grows and gets stronger and more coordinated, he or she is going to be able to do more on the bike or the skateboard–more tricks, harder tricks, bigger jumps. As the skill level increases, so do the need for quality protective gear. If you haven’t inspected your child’s bicycle helmet or your kid’s skateboard helmet lately, be sure to go through the How to Inspect Your Helmet checklist in our Helmet Learning Center.

You might also want to check your kid’s knee pads and elbow pads. The biggest question with kids’ pads is: Are they too small? Some other things to consider:

Do the Velcro straps still fit securely?
If it’s a soft-shell pad, are there abrasions or tears in the material covering the shell?
If it’s a hard-shell pad, is the shell still securely fastened to the sleeve?
Is the hard shell cracked?
Is the stitching coming apart?
Is the sleeve material still intact?

For more information about protective gear for kids, check out our Kids Skateboard Gear Information Center and our Kids BMX Gear Information Center to learn more about the different types and brands of kids protective gear. And feel free to give us a call at 800-930-4084 if you have any questions or when you’re ready to place your order.

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Why your teenager needs to wear helmet

May 14th, 2012 xsportsblog Posted in Helmets, Skateboard No Comments »

How do you get your teenager to wear a helmet?

Most teenage skateboarders don’t wear a helmet. The sweet little kid who never went anywhere on his bike or skateboard without a helmet when he was 10 refuses to wear one when he’s 13.   It’s been shown that bicycle helmet use is highly dependent on one’s companions–it other words, both adults and children tend to adopt the helmet-wearing habits of their companions.  Short of finding your teen a bunch of new, helmet-wearing friends, how do you get him or her to wear a skateboard helmet or bike helmet?

Surprisingly enough, your teen might be less adverse to helmets and helmet-wearing peers than you might think. One small study found that adolescent boys had more positive perceptions of hypothetical peers who wore helmets than peers who were featured without helmets. So the question might not be the idea of a helmet but finding the right helmet for your kid. Skateboard helmets and bike helmets are available in a huge variety of colors and designs. Chances are, XSportsProtective has one that your teen will like. And wear. Why not let your kid be the trendsetter among his friends?

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What do you know about kids’ skateboard pads?

May 3rd, 2012 xsportsblog Posted in Helmets, Skateboard No Comments »

What do you know about kids’ skateboard pads? What do you need to know?

Spring is here in full force–we’re due to set a record-high temperature here today in Northeast Ohio. When the weather warms up, out come the wheels: skateboards, bikes, roller skates, inline skates. You name it. If you have a child who loves to skateboard, or if you have a child who is just learning to skateboard, you know that he or she needs to stay safe.

Kids think they’re invincible. And while sometimes they way they bounce back from a tumble makes it seem like they must be made of rubber. We know they’re not. One-third of all skateboard injuries happen in the skater’s first week on the board. Skateboards and kids’ skateboard protective gear has changed a lot in the last 15 or 20 years. To help you find the best kids’ skateboard pads and kids’ skateboard helmets, we’ve created a Kids’ Skateboard Protective Gear center. Here you can learn about the different types of kids skateboard pads or get the information you need to find the best kids skateboard helmet.

Check out the Kids Skateboard Protective Gear center to get the information you need to find the best skateboard protective gear for your child. XSportsProtective is the largest protective gear store on the web, so when you’re ready to buy, check out our huge selection of skateboard protective gear. Call us at 1-800-930-4084 or email us at info@XSportsProtective.com today to order your skateboard protective gear.

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What’s the difference between a skateboard helmet and a bicycle helmet?

April 25th, 2012 xsportsblog Posted in Helmets, Skateboard 2 Comments »

Skateboard helmet vs. Bicycle helmet: What’s the difference?

Our customer service representative gets a ton of questions about helmets, usually centered on what helmet is best for a certain activity. There are skateboard helmets and there are bicycle helmets, and understanding all the differences between the two can be confusing at first. Throw dual use bike/skate helmets into the mix and the questions increase.

Skateboard helmets come in two designs—those designed only as skateboarding helmets and those designed to do double duty as both bike and skateboard helmets. Traditional bicycle helmets (i.e., those designed only for biking) are a separate class. There are a few obvious and not-so-obvious differences between a skateboard helmet and a traditional bike helmet.

The obvious differences are in the shape. Skateboard helmets have a round, bucket shape that covers more of the back of your head than the typical bicycle helmet. You’ll need this extra coverage in a backwards fall. In addition, skateboard helmets don’t need the aerodynamic design of a bicycle helmet or quite as many huge vents.

The bigger differences are in the construction of the helmet and how it protects your head. Skateboard helmets typically have an inner liner made of soft foam. This protective liner that is meant to slow the force of multiple, low to moderate impacts. In other words, skateboard helmets are designed to sustain a series of small impacts at low speeds. A traditional bicycle helmet has a protective inner liner made of stiff expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam with a thinner liner of soft foam for comfort. Traditional bicycle helmets are designed to withstand one big impact (like a crash).

What about bike/skate helmets (i.e., dual use helmets)?

In appearance, dual-use helmets look like a skateboard helmet, with a rounded, bucket-like shape that covers the back of your neck. In some ways, it’s like you’re biking with a skateboard helmet, however, a bike/skate offers a higher level of impact protection than a skateboard helmet. This is because dual use helmets have a protective interior liner made of stiff EPS foam (like a bicycle helmet). The stiff EPS liner has greater impact absorption properties than the soft foam, because bike crashes tend to occur at much faster speeds than skateboarding. A dual use bike/skate helmet will, at minimum, meet CPSC bicycle safety standards.

The kind of helmet you end up buying depends on what activities you plan on doing. If you’re strictly a skateboarder, you’re fine with a skateboard helmet like the ProTec Classic or the Triple Eight Brainsaver. If you think you’ll be going from the skateboard to your mountain bike, you might think about getting a dual use helmet, like the ProTec B2 for bike/skate or the POC Receptor Flow bike/skate helmet.

For more information on the differences between skateboard helmets and bicycle helmets, check out the XSportsProtective website.

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New Pro-Tec helmets have arrived!

March 13th, 2012 xsportsblog Posted in Helmets, Mountain Bike, Roller Derby, Skateboard No Comments »

Check out the new Pro-Tec helmets

The 2012 line of Pro-Tec helmets is in the XSportsProtective warehouse.  If you do any sport on wheels–skateboarding, longboarding, roller derby, in-line skating–you’re probably familiar with Pro-Tec helmets (you might even own one).

You’ll see upgrades to some of your favorite Pro-Tec helmets.  For instance, the Pro-Tec Classic Plus skate helmet maintains the classic skate helmet styling you’ve come to expect from a Pro-Tec helmet, as well as the ABS shell and2-stage foam liner. However, the Pro-Tec Classic Plus skate helmet has a new Dry-Lex/terry cloth comfort liner for moisture and sweat control.

Pro-Tec has also introduced a new helmet, the Pro-Tec Riot Street bike helmet. The Riot Street is an ultra-lightweight bike helmet/commuter helmet in a round skate-style with a small visor. It’s a great looking helmet.

You’ll notice that the pricing on some of the 2012 models has gone up. However, we still have  some of last year’s models at last year’s prices, but when they’re gone, they’re gone. If you’re looking for a new Pro-Tec helmet, this is a great time to get one.

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ProTec Knee Pads: Which One’s Which?

February 2nd, 2012 xsportsblog Posted in Informational Resources, Skateboard No Comments »

ProTec Knee Pads: That’s a Lot of Protective Gear

So you know you need some skate knee pads. Maybe the old knee pads finally died after too many days in the Pipe or on the trail. Maybe you or your child/spouse/sibling has just taken up inline skating or boarding and need to invest in some basic skate protective gear. ProTec makes a huge range of protective gear for all levels of ability and usage, including a number of different skate/mountain biking knee pads. Read about each of ProTec’s skate knee pads below or visit the XSportsProtective website to learn more.

ProTec Gasket Knee Guards are the lightest and slimmest-fitting pads in the ProTec skate protective gear lineup. Gasket knee pads offer knee support and unrestricted movement but almost no padding. Going skateboarding or biking and just want something under your clothes so you don’t hit on skin and bones? Going to a park that requires pads? Want some extra knee support while jogging or walking? The Gasket knee pad might be your answer.

ProTec Double Down knee pads are exceptionally low profile with a snug Neoprene body for a slip-on/slip-off design and a silicon panel around the lower interior to help keep the pad in place.  The Double Down is one of the most customizable skateboard knee pads around, however, the Double Down probably would not be a good choice for pipe or other activities where you’re likely to take substantial falls.

ProTec’s Street knee pads are a great knee pad for entry level or casual skateboarders or inline skaters. The Street knee pads feature EVA foam behind the knee, a full-coverage molded plastic cup over the knee, and solid Neoprene backing material for a snug fit.  These are a slip-on/slip-off design, so you need to take off your shoes in order to put them on.

ProTec Park knee pads differ from Street knee pads in several key ways. The molded plastic knee cup still offers full coverage, but is slightly slimmer than the knee cup on the Street knee pad. Overall, the Park has a longer but slimmer profile than the Street. The Park knee pad has a butterfly closure, so you can take it on and off without removing your shoes.

ProTec Drop-In knee pads are high-end skate protective gear for aggressive skaters. They feature natural suede-embossed leather at key wear points, gusseted stitching, and friction/rip resistant nylon. The Drop-In knee pads sport a butterfly design for easy on/off without having to remove your shoes. A replaceable hard cap with a built-in wear indicator makes it easy to see when you need a new cap.

Protec Skate Knee Guard Comparison (Lightest padding to Most Padded Protection!)

Protec Skate Knee Guard Comparison (Lightest Padding to Most Padded Protection!)

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ProTec Helmets Explained

January 30th, 2012 xsportsblog Posted in BMX, Helmets, Mountain Bike, Roller Derby, Skateboard No Comments »

Which ProTec Helmet Do I Need?

One of the most popular lines of helmets we sell at XSports Protective are made by ProTec. You can find a ProTec helmet for just about any sport–skate helmets, skateboarding helmets, mountain bike helmets, BMX helmets. With such a wide product line, it’s difficult to figure out which ProTec helmet will best meet your needs. The helmet liner is your best guide there. (Note that the liner is the padding that is right next to the plastic exterior shell of the helmet, not the soft, squishy foam pads for comfort and fit that sit next to your head.)

We’ve created a handy page that looks at each of the three different types of liners used in ProTec helmets and offers some guidelines as to what type of helmet is best suited to a specific sport or sports.

Briefly, ProTec helmets are made with three different kinds of liners—2-stage soft foam, stiff expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, or surface-activated expanded polypropylene (SXP). Each Pro-Tec liner is designed to cushion your head in the event of an impact. However, each type of liner is best suited for a particular kind of impact. The 2-stage liner is designed to withstand multiple small impacts, such as you might get at the skate park. The EPS liner is designed to protect you in the event of a major collision, such as a bicycle crash. Pro-Tec’s patented SXP is a high-grade multi-impact liner designed to protect even the most aggressive riders.

To read more and to see a detailed photo of each type of helmet liner, check out this page from the XSports Protective website. Whatever ProTec helmet (or other helmet) you choose, be sure to inspect the interior and exterior for cracks or other damage after any serious impact. If you take a hit hard enough to make you say, “Wow!” please check your helmet.

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Save your brain with the Triple Eight Brainsaver

December 26th, 2011 xsportsblog Posted in Helmets, Roller Derby, Skateboard No Comments »

Triple Eight Brainsaver Rubberized Helmet

A helmet is often the first (sometimes the only) piece of equipment a person buys, and we sell a lot of helmets at XSports Protective. Skateboarding helmets, roller derby helmets, snowboarding helmets, ski helmets, bike helmets–you name it. One of the most unique helmets we carry is the Triple Eight Brainsaver rubberized skate helmet.

What’s a rubberized helmet, anyway?

The Triple Eight Brainsaver rubberized skate helmet isn’t made of rubber, but it does have a rubberized coating on the outside of the helmet that helps keep your skate helmet looking new. Glossy helmets are gorgeous when you first get them, but a spill or two can scratch the finish. Some folks like that look–the scratches are like battle scars. Some people would rather keep their helmet smooth and blemish free. With the Triple Eight’s Brainsaver rubberized skate helmet, you can literally just “wipe out” small scratches and rub marks on the helmet. It’s pretty cool. Just like the classic Triple Eight Brainsaver helmet, the rubberized Brainsaver is multi-impact, with a soft, one-inch thick, dual-foam inner liner designed to rebound to its original shape after a low-force impact. The rubberized series of Brainsaver helmets include Triple Eight’s Sweatsaver terry cloth liner, rather than the standard foam liner. The washable terry liner absorbs sweat and keeps your brow-drip free so you can concentrate on skating.

Always remember to check your helmet for cracks and other damage. Multi-impact helmets like the Brainsaver (both rubberized or gloss finish) were designed to retain their protective qualities even after a small impact, making them ideal skateboard helmets or roller derby helmets. But no helmet is impervious to every impact. Our rule of thumb here is, if you take a hit or a fall that makes you say “Wow,” you should probably replace your helmet.

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