You’ve answered your own question, anything is more than 90% out there it seems and everyone of them after a hospital trip will regret not wearing it. It is a pain in the ass compared to the freedom without ofc but is what it is.
@Zimmerframe is the legend of offs, special ones too but hasn’t gone for the full motocross stuff, maybe check what he has…
Im less protected than his config but any more and it would be too much heat/sweat for me
It’s a case of trial and error, maybe give different things a try, you can always sell and swap later
the one you picked seems to have decent enough coverage tbf, you won’t notice you have it on after a few minutes most likely
your last comment about should give up…..well by sounds you’re going to reduce your risks by loads now and reduce the level of injuries, can only be a good thing
in my group more and more are upgrading to armour these days
Yeah few guys I ride with don't go out without chest and full face even on mellow trails. I think one of them landed on the end of his handlebar with his chest once and wont go anywhere without a hard shell chest protector now. I wont ride without full face after I nearly ate a tree on a simple-ish trail. I wear elbow pads to prevent scarring on my arms more than for breakage. I usually have 1-2 bad crashes a year I'd say. I'm not a bad rider by any means but accidents happen sometimes.
This weeks crash was a bit stupid. I shouldn't have been jumping/dropping in the dark plus I had forks from another bike swapped onto the Levo that weren't setup right. I'd probably have got away with it had I had my other forks on.
Ill stick with the TLD t-Shirt then and see how I go, I've got the Alpine stars Bionic mesh suit thingfor uplift park days. I was wearing a hoodie, underlayer and IXS Trigger elbow and knee Pads and I've come away largely unscathed. Few bruises, ribs are a bit bruised hence buying a chest protector.