Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Northern Colorado
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If you are just putting down the trail.
You don't need one.
If on the other hand you are blasting down the trail at 90, imagine what would happen if you lose control.
Mountain riders wear them because of the chances of being speared.
Speared = get tossed off the sled into a tree, branch breaks off and the stump spears you. I have seen it, not pretty.
I took a rotten stump to the rib cage a couple years ago. The vest too the entire hit.
I have zero doubt I would have broken ribs without it.
If you decide to run with a moto vest, make sure it's not just a roost protector. Make sure it is designed to actually absorb an impact.