Originally Posted by Randaddy
I was about to ask the same. I'm sure there are a few runs being attempted where it might be helpful, but I'd think it would inhibit swimming. Let's keep body armor where it belongs, on military-style suburban police.
Bread and butter run is upper and lower clear creek...lots of nasty rocks in those runs...well know for swims that are often painful from rock impact.
We run rivers because we are risk takers.
Most of us engage in risk mitigation strategies and use Personal Protective Gear ppg.
My personal policy is to always dress for and be prepared to swim ANY section of the river I am running.
The use of lower body armor IMO so significantly reduces the risk of an impact injury to my lower body....that it is worth the cost.
The use of padded tights as lower body armor in no way interferes with your ability to swim.....in fact I feel it helps.....especially when your trying to craw out...your knees and shins are fully protected from the rocks.
Now the use of hard plastic body armor being worn external. ...that could easily cause interference with your ability to swim.
I am lucky in that I get double duty out of my lower body armor...using it for motorcycle and rivers.
I have to saying ....I have been using padded.tights for like 4 seasons now under my dry suit.
I really like it.....it is comfortable. Has fringe befits like..great to kneel on rocks with a nice knee pad to protect you.....the button pad is nice for.sitting to.
So....for me lower body armor is now just another part of ppg.
Have a great season