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Back Protection for Skiers: Salomon Flexcell

I'm looking to invest in some body armor for the slopes this winter. What should I get?

Salomon Flexcell outside gear guy bob parks

Salomon Flexcell.     Photo: Courtesy of Salomon

A:Like POC, the designers from Salomon seem to be obsessed with giving you a hard, flexible exoskeleton so you can fly down the hill like an insect. Flexcell’s panels are made from a specially-designed material called EXO, which move like a second skin and provide compression to muscles in strategic places. The back protector pads are removable via zippers in the material, and the air channels let you charge hard without overheating. Available in men's and women's versions. ($180)

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