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Old August 9th, 2016, 09:14 PM   #2
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 36

I've done the skate home with blood dripping down my leg, over the sock, onto the skates, etc. Never again. kneepads, elbow pads, wrist guards, helmet, everytime.

The trails I skate on sometimes have debris on them, or wet spots, or slippery wooden bridges, not to mention bicyclists, pedestrians, and dog walkers. Protection is paramount. Anyone who thinks they don't need pads because they can handle whatever is probably underestimating what life can throw their way. When you get out on your skates, you have to accept that you don't control everything in the environment. Control what you can - your own behaviour. Which includes gearing up.

For the record, I have no problem with speed skaters in a rink (which I do consider to be as close to a controlled environment as you can get) going without pads (I still think a helmet is a good idea). Trail skating is a whole 'nother thing.


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