SHOULD I GET A HARD FOAM OR SOFT FOAM HELMET?
We strongly recommend the use of a hard foam, CPSC certified helmet. Soft foam helmets do not offer adequate protection against impacts at speeds of 14 mph or more. Since we all know how easy it is to break that speed on a longboard, don't be stupid - go with the hard foam.
WHAT ABOUT PADS?
SOFT PADS: These pads, designed for an advanced rider who rarely falls, are low profile and best for initial impact as they will not slide like a puck down hills when you fall. They are great for using under your clothes for those rare and unexpected bails.
HARD-SHELL PADS: Hard-shell pads are a bit more bulky and are best for those high speed falls where you want to drop to your hands and knees for a low, controlled bail. We recommend this style pad for anyone learning how to freeride.
WHAT SIZE GLOVES SHOULD I GET?
If your middle finger (measured from the web to the tip) is 3.25" or smaller, get the S/M. If your middle finger is larger than 3.25", go with the L/XL.
WHAT IS THE BEST PUCK PLACEMENT FOR MY GLOVES?
In general it is important to be aware of puck placement when you get new gloves. Proper puck placement and weight distribution can help extend and preserve the life of your Loaded slide gloves. The palm puck should be located closer to your forearm and should slightly overlap your wrist. Thumb pucks should be positioned on the outer side so that they lay flat when sliding. When sliding, most of the pressure should be on the heel of your hand. Keep the pucks as flat as possible on the ground while sliding and apply most of the pressure to the palm by slightly bending your wrist. To make slide pucks last longer, remember to rotate the pucks after one edge gets worn down. Everyone wears down pucks differently. Feel free to customize the location of the pucks to suit your style of sliding.
WHICH GLOVES SHOULD I GET? FREERIDE OR RACE?
Both the Loaded Freeride and Race gloves are great for learning how to slide and downhill freeride. The freeride gloves are lighter, more breathable and come with an EVA foam insert for protection from hard slaps on the ground. The race gloves are leather (more durable), more form fitting to your hands and have carbon fiber knuckle protection. Both have UHMW slide pucks for low friction sliding. Click HERE for more info.