Protective chest gear

Has anyone tried to make their own chest protector. I've been experimenting with ace bandages but there must be something better and more comfortable. I had some suggestions of shirts to buy but they are too bulky and hot for the desert here in Tucson.
Thanks Mary



by Mary Thompson - 2008-03-08 10:03:57

Hi Karen,
In case of falls during hiking and bike riding.


by ela-girl - 2008-03-09 03:03:27

Wow--all these pacers in Arizona! I'm living in the far southeast valley of Phoenix....about an hour from Tucson. I would love to hear of some of the great hikes out by you. If you could, private message me sometime!

What kind of biking are you planning? Leisurely bike riding around the neighborhood or are we talking mountain biking on trails? I seriously haven't needed anything for the hiking...and I've done just regular biking and have been fine. I also like to rollerblade. Are you prone to falling or are you just overly worried about protecting yourself?

Like EFrank said...I wouldn't want to wear anything bulky during monsoon or when it's 115 degrees!'s hard enough to not run around naked here in the summer! ha ha


Need for protection?

by ElectricFrank - 2008-03-09 12:03:32

Unless you are engaged in really aggressive bike riding I don't see any need for protection. Even with a fall it is hard to hit on the pacer unless something gets between you and the ground. I mentioned this in another post, but I slipped on some talc covered rocks hiking in the desert and actually fell with my large camera right over the pacer site. Both the camera and pacer survived.
I lived in Tucson for about 13 years and taught at Pima College. It wouldn't be very comfortable wearing heavy protection gear especially during the monsoon.


chest protection

by DDDmom - 2008-03-18 11:03:42

I posted a comment today, please read it. It will direct you to a site that helped my son who plays an aggressive soccer game and needs protection for a ball that gets kicked at 40-60 mph regularly. This sistes sells a chest/rib protector that protects pacers in the collarbone area.

Protective gear

by ZoieS - 2008-03-29 07:03:00

Hi Mary,
My name is Sharon Spinnler and my daughter Zoie has had a pm for 6 years now. She was 3 when she first received it. We are in the process of making a protective gear specifically for pm'ers. We have a patent on it and just about to market. Hopefully with in the next 2-3 months.. It has been a long and complicated road..almost 2 years in the making but in the long run, this will really help pm'ers. As soon as we have our website up and running, I am posting on here. You can email me directly if you have any questions at This is really important to me and my daughter Zoie!

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