How to Choose Protective Snowboard Gloves & Snowboard Wrist Guards
Why Wear Snowboard Wrist Protection at All?Forwards and backwards falls occur more frequently in snowboarding than skiing because the sport dictates that one or both feet be attached to the board without any type of quick or automatic release mechanism. We’ll let the numbers tell the story:
How Do Snowboard Gloves with Wrist Guards Work?A good pair of protective snowboard gloves has a built-in wrist guard to you’re your protection and support. XsportsProtective carries a full line of Level protective snowboarding gloves. All Level BioMex snowboard gloves feature BioMex wrist guards, which have been shown to reduce the likelihood of a snowboard wrist injury by 7.5 times. The Biomex wrist guard is flexible, shock reducing, and ergonomically designed. It is made from high-density rubberized plastic with a split "swallow-tail" wrist support that, upon impact, flexes to disperse the blunt force from a fall. The BioMex wrist guard also has a central pivot system at the base of the palm, so that you can position the two-piece guard in whichever way is most comfortable for you.
What Type of Snowboard Wrist Protection Do You Need?
Prices for Snowboard Wrist Protection Vary and Depend on Extra Features
Under-glove Snowboard Wrist GuardsThe snowboard wrist guards that we sell at XSportsProtective mostly range from $15 to $25 in price. These guards are soft and slim and come with a metal or plastic splint on the front, back or both sides of your wrist. The difference in price can be attributed to the material of the splint and the durability of the upper material (usually a canvas or nylon). Most of these snowboard-specific wrist guards are water-resistant as well.
Snowboard Gloves and MittensWe highly recommend purchasing a pair of Level Protective Snowboarding Gloves & Mittens, which are the only ones we feature on our site. All Level Gloves intended for snowboarding have a removable and ergonomically formed BioMex wrist guard that protects in case of a crash or hard fall. Along with this piece of techie-protective gear, different models of Level Gloves include a wide range of extra features that influence their price:
Level Super Pipe Gloves - $160
These are Level's top-of-the-line, professional quality snowboard gloves. They feature:
Level Half Pipe Gloves and Mittens - $120
Level Half-Pipe protective snowboard gloves provide the same protection as the Level Super Pipe snowboard gloves, but without some of the Super Pipe's special features and with a less aggressive profile.
Level Half Pipe Gloves for Women - $120
The Level Half Pipe Gloves for Women offers the same protection as the Level Super Pipe snowboard gloves but without some of the Super Pipe's special features and with a less macho profile. In addition, the BioMex Plus wrist guard is sized for a woman's hand and has added flexibility.
Level Network Snowboarding Gloves - $85
Level's Network Gloves offer similar features as the above models, but come in an appealing short-cuff style. They also employ Level's proprietary water-resitant Membra-Therm Plus liner.
Level Level Fly Gloves and Mittens - $95
Level Fly Gloves & Mitts are very similar to the Half-Pipe style but employ Level's proprietary water-resistant Membra-Therm Plus liner.
Level Butterfly Gloves and Mittens for Women - $95
The Butterfly model is exactly the same as the Fly but with a women-specific fit.
Level Fly Junior Gloves and Mittens for Kids - $75
Level Level Fly Junior Gloves and Mittens offer all of the same features at the regular Fly and Butterfly models but with a kid-specific fit and without the goggle cleaner.
Do You Want Snowboard Gloves or Mittens?
Level Snowboard Gloves and Mittens offer the same Bio-Mex wrist guard with the same amount of wrist protection, so whether you choose gloves or mittens is your own personal preference.