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How to Choose Snowboard Wrist Guards and Protective Gloves

Why are Wrist Guards for Snowboarding so Important?

Broken and sprained wrists are the most common injury a snowboarder sustains. This happens because of the tendency to fall onto an outstretched hand, which is especially typical for beginners. A lot of damage can be caused by wrist injuries, and they can keep you from snowboarding for 6-8 weeks or more. Make sure you protect yourself with wrist guards every time.

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Which Pair of Snowboarding Wrist Guards and Snowboarding Protective Gloves are Right For Me?


                 Protective                                                Wrist                                            Wrist
                        Gloves                                                   Braces                                         Guards

We have several types of snowboarding wrist guards, snowboarding wrist braces and snowboarding protective gloves, all of which will help protect you from wrist injuries. An excellent example is the Red Total Impact Wrist Guard for Ski/Snowboard. It was designed in conjunction with a medical manufacturer to help displace the shock of impact away from your wrist. For a more low profile look, the Demon Snowboard and Ski Wrist Guard, with a neoprene design, fit comfortably underneath a pair of gloves. Another option is the SixSixOne Wrist Wrap, which provides great protection without inhibiting your grip or control. To select the correct size for your wrist guard, check out our size chart, available on each product from all the top-rated snowboard protective gear brands.

Snowboarding Protective Gloves:

  • Snowboarding protective gloves are more comprehensive with the wrist guard built in.
  • All in one, so you don't have to make sure the separate wrist guard will fit under your snowboard gloves.
  • Wrist guards are removable from most snowboard protective gloves.
  • Docmeter snowboard protective gloves, with dorsal (back of the wrist) protection designed by physicians, engineers and trauma specialists to disperse the force of an impact from the palms to the forearm.
Snowboard Protective Gloves:
We recommend the top-rated Docmeter snowboard protective gloves. Designed by physicians, engineers and trauma specialists to ensure your safety. The differences in the Docmeter gloves we carry are in the features.

Docmeter Flexmeter Protecting Snowboarding Gloves
  • Insert : Thinsulate guaranteeing sweat elimination and total impermeability
  • Insulation : 100% Fiber fill
  • Palm and fingers : Kevlar reinforcement to limit abrasion
  • Splint : dorsal thermoplastic splint in Hytrel (Du PONT). Perfect stability whatever temperatures (-40°C to+40°C). Progressive hinge
  • Adjustable wrist slide with velcro fastening
  • Safecord and adjustable cuffcord
Docmeter Double Protection Snowboarding Gloves
  • Insert : thin Hydrotex membrane,light and resistant guaranteeing sweat elimination and total impermeability
  • Insulation : 100% Fiber fill
  • Exterior : 70% Polyurethane, 30% Polyethylene
  • Palm : synthetic reinforcement
  • AIR FLOW SYSTEM : ventilation to eliminate dampness
  • Splints : a dorsal and a palm thermoplastic splint in Hytrel (Du PONT). Perfect stability whatever temperatures (-40°C to +40°C)
  • Progressive hinge
  • Adjustable wrist slide with autostop buckle
  • Safecord and adjustable cuffcord

Snowboarding Wrist Guards:

  • Snowboard wrist guards are great if you already have a pair of snowboarding gloves or mittens.
  • Snowboard wrist guards are usually slim enough to fit inside a pair of gloves.
  • Most wrist guards have a semi-flexible splint on the palm and wrist or on the back of the hand and lower forearm to support your wrist in case of a fall.
  • Wrist guards are more budget friendly.
  • We have snowboard wrist guards from Demon, Red, Pro Tec, Triple Eight and Docmeter.
  • Wrist guards for inline skating and roller derby may also work as snowboarding wrist guards, as long as they are not too bulky and are able to fit under snowboard gloves.

Snowboard Wrist Braces / Dorsal Wrist & Hand Protection

Wrist protection for snowboarding comes in a few different styles. This section covers the traditional wrist guard. Dorsal and palm protection that can be worm in or outside your snowboard gloves.
  • Dorsal, in back of, support wrist guards:
    Single dorsal support come in a longer size wrist protector such as the Docmeter Single Sided Wrist Guard or shorter versions like the Red Impact snowboard wrist guard. These have a brace on the back of the wrist the prevents the wrist from bending too far back or too far to one side. These braces/guards also prevent breaks and sprains by distributing the force of an impact from the wrist to the forearm.
  • Palm Pad Wrist Guards:
    Wrist guards with palm pads are there to serve as a cushion for your hands when you fall. Usually a hard piece of plastic makes up the splint, this keeps the hand stable, preventing it from moving side to side in a crash. The standard snowboard wrist guards like the Demon or Triple Eight snowboard wrist guards are what has been described but for added protection and support we recommend the Flexmeter double sided wrist protectors. These offer both dorsal and palm protection which gives cushioning to your hands and also distributes the force of the impact from the wrist to the forearm with the added dorsal support.
  • Wrist Brace:
    Wrist braces, such as the S-One Damage Control wrist guard, have construction similar to the traditional wrist guard in that they are hard on the bottom, but they offer more protection when wrapped around the wrist. These are usually to help with a previous injury or in recovery.

Snowboard Wrist Guard Splint Material

The splints in wrist guards, sometimes called battens or disks, are the hard pieces of plastic on the front and back of the wrist guard that provides support to the wrist. Splints are made of metal, carbon fiber, plastic, or hard foam.

Determining which material is best for you depends on how strong or how flexible you want your snowboarding wrist guard.
  • Metal is strong, but not very flexible.
  • Plastic is more flexible, but may allow more deflection during an impact.
  • A Kevlar pad or brace offers support more then it will protect in a direct impact to the wrist.
Based on how hard you expect to fall, choose a snowboard wrist guard that offers you the highest level of snowboard protective gear you can get. Being aggressive and doing more tricks, then go for the metal. Not as aggressive and more into finesse, then plastics work great. Pretty much got it down or are protecting your wrist from a previous injury, choose a support brace wrist guard.

Features of Snowboard Wrist Protection Vary With Price

Snowboard Wrist Guards:
The selection of wrist guards at AllSportProtection range from $14 to $75 in price, this depends entirely on the design, construction and materials in the wrist guards. All of our top-rated snowboarding wrist guards come with either a metal or plastic splint on the palm, behind the wrist or both.

Need help with AllSportProtection's top-rated selection of snowboard protective gear?

Call and chat with one of our service pros at 800-766-7269. They can help you figure out which piece of snowboard protective gear will suit you best.

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