Gravity Sports, like many sports, can be dangerous, causing injury and/or death. Use your head when riding. Wear the ALL proper protective gear, be mindful of traffic, and know your limits.
Gravity Sport University recommends all Gravity Sport pilots wear all the equipment they’ll need to ride safe. Each of our pilots will wear all the protective gear recommended AND required to compete including: helmet, leathers, gloves and brake shoes
HELMET – Without a doubt, a helmet is the most important safety gear for the Gravity Sport racer. You can break a bone or get road rash but if you crack your skull, you’re out of business. The helmet MUST be DOT (or SNELL) certified to insure impact protection at high speeds. The “wedge” style helmets (see right) are the most popular because they’re lightweight and offer a clear view of the road when you lay back on a ‘luge. Fit is very important and you must ALWAYS be sure the helmet is on correctly with the straps securely fastened while riding. The visor is important because debris will fly out from behind the ‘luge in front of you and a visor offers a more aerodynamic shape. You can find helmets on eBay but be careful; if the helmet has been in a crash, improperly cared for or has been painted, it may not be safe enough. A great place to buy your next NEW helmet: Zero Gravity Skate Systems. They manufacture a fine, fully tested gravity sport helmet.
LEATHERS – If you’ve ever gotten roadrash, then you know how important a leather suit is for Gravity Sporting. Leathers can be expensive but they are far cheaper than an extended hospital stay as a result of hitting the road at speed. Some riders also use elbow pads to reduce wear on the leather that always seems to happen during turns, especially on the buttboard. You’ll appreciate your leather suit the first time you skid across the pavement during a spill. Leather suits come in one and two piece formats. They offer equal protection but the two piece is easier to get in and the top can be taken off between runs when it is hot. You should also think about a rainsuit to fit over your leathers if you plan on riding in the wet. You can find a leather suit for all your riding needs on eBay or one of the many manufacturers on the web. I recommend NJK leathers, custom made protection in short time!
GLOVES – The hands can be very exposed and in peril during a gravity sport race. It may even be necessary for your hands to make contact with road during a run. Heavy gloves are a must. Gloves that offer impact resistance on the back are a good choice as common injuries, especially in streetluge competitions, are broken bones in the hand. Speedboarders add a “puck” of abrasion resistant plastic to scrub on the pavement in corners. Welding gloves are a good choice for the new Gravity Sport pilot.
BRAKE SHOES – Your feet are your brakes. If you don’t have adequate soles on your shoes, you’ll grind them down to your socks in no time. Not as important to the stand up (speedboard) racers, rubber on the bottom of the shoes is key for streetluge and buttboard. Racers glue tire treads or thick rubber stock to their shoes to insure many runs with aggressive foot dragging stops. The Flintstone-style stopping is very effective when you have enough rubber on your soles. You will leave most of that rubber on the road during a day of racing, so be prepared to go through a bunch of shoes. There is nothing more satisfying than the smell of smoking rubber as you are safely coming to a stop.
ELBOW, WRIST & KNEE PADS – Slalom Inline and Skateboard rarely wear leathers and never use brake shoes. They do sometimes use wrist guards (especially Inline Skaters) and almost always wear knee and elbow pads. Neither affect the riders movements and the protection they offer makes them worth every penny. Get the GEAR, then you can RIDE.