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Knowing your ability to walk has been given extra security by the POC Spine Ergo Bug Armor when you go huge is priceless. This spine protector follows the natural curve of your back, and its interlocking injected polypropylene panels flex freely as you move. POC’s air induction system evacuates excess heat and moisture while maximizing airflow. The waistband is strategically placed to minimize restriction and fit comfortably for athletic use. POC also make separate, snap on Cervical and Coccyx protectors to increase your safety.

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  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this back protector for about 3 seasons now and its great and can take a beating. Stays in place no matter how many tubbles and flips you do (not purposely haha). Only minor issue I noticed that the slides/clip that go around your shoulders unclip at times but it surprisingly stays in place. Happens rarely I will most likely throw a small quick tie around it to keep it positioned but overall its great.

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    Love this back protector, you don't feel it on at all, only time you actually notice you are wearing it, is when you wipe out and land on your back and only thing you feel is comfort when without it you'd be feeling pain, toke a good amount of fall and its holding up great, highly recommend!!!!!


      just came back from killington. great time.. thank god i had this Poc spine ergo bug armor.. i took some nasty spills especially in the stash. and if it was not for the spine protector then definitely i would be injured right now.. im still soar and have bruises but not paralized. be safe then sorry and spend couple hundred on ur own saftly. dont forget the helmet!

      Not for tiny people but sweet otherwise

        I bought the XS/S and I'm 5'1" and 105 lbs. This thing is supposed to be like a helmet for your spine. It didn't fit me, but that's not too surprising, since I'm rather youth-sized. I'm gonna return it and checkout some kids stuff =P
        Otherwise though, this piece of equipment looks really sweet and is well-constructed. It will work for anyone with an average build, I'm guessing.

        is the M/L a medium? poc website has xs-s,...

        is the M/L a medium?

        poc website has xs-s, m, and M/L

        I just want to make sure I get the right one...

        Would this spine protector serve somewhat...

        Would this spine protector serve somewhat as a back support to alleviate my back pain due to disc herniation ?

        Does it somehow interfere with hip mobility while skiing ?

        Best Answer

        I've used other back protectors/supports before and after an 85% discectomy/laminectomy on L5-S1 about 15 years ago. I'm going to tell you to talk to your Dr before you go this route. On one hand, even though it initially takes some getting used to, you do get some relief and they do tend to move as naturally as 5 segments can when covering 24 independent vertabrae. On the other hand, like any kind of brace or wrap, just like throwing down a bunch of Vicodin, you tend to find yourself overdoing it and not knowing until the drugs wear off, or you decompress your spine...after the damage is done. These are a safety device, not a medical device. I don't know what your particular situation is, but as odd as it may seem, I always found an incredible amount of relief from excruciating pain while skiing (although it ended my aerial career) and on my inversion table ( best $300 I've ever spent)...right up until I had surgery and it made the quality of my life tolerable again. Be careful, and again, talk to your Dr or a specialist about this or anything that might be just a stop-gap on your way to making matters worse. Hope this helps and that you find the relief you deserve.

        I feel Like this would be sort of a pain...

        I feel Like this would be sort of a pain to ski with. Any input?

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        I don't have this specific spine protector, but mine is similar. They're really no problem to ski with at all. They fit snugly to your back and don't restrict any movement unless it's something that would hurt you. It pretty much feels like you're wearing a backpack that weighs nothing. Also, mine saved me from a serious spine injury last season, so I'd say it's worth it.

        I want to add to add addition to my ergo...

        I want to add to add addition to my ergo bug, what is the different between Coccyx Addition and Cervical Addition

        I was going to ask 'What is POC Spine Ergo...

        I was going to ask 'What is POC Spine Ergo BUG differ from POC Spine Ergo?'
        but someone already answered it below, but it don't answer why BUG is starting from $99.95 when regular Ergo is about $160 if BUG has more comfortable cushion layer would you buy more comfortable one?

        what size should i get if i'm exactly 6...

        what size should i get if i'm exactly 6 feet?

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        I understand that the Spine Armor protects...

        I understand that the Spine Armor protects from spine impacts, but does it have any protection against hyperextension of the back? If not, is there anything out there that does?

        What is the difference between the POC...

        What is the difference between the POC Spine Ergo BUG Armor and the POC Spine Ergo Armor?

        Best Answer

        Matt -

        After conducting a little bit of research, I found that the difference between the two spine protectors is the type of foam molding used to prevent impact. EPP is a multiple-impact, high density foam that feels rubbery to the touch, is lightweight and used in the Spine Ergo Armor. EVA is another high density foam with similar properties, but its striking difference is in its environmentally friendly production process. Since a purchase of the POC BUG series products provides a 1% donation to the IPA, Instituto Permacultura da Amazonia, this makes for an eco-friendly choice.

        I have used both spine protectors, and they both function equally as well. The EPP warms up with the body temperature to fit comfortably in a variety of different body positions, even when it's cold on the slopes. The EVA molding tends to be a little stiffer, but as far as impact absorbtion/distribution, it performs right on par.

        Hope this helps!