Gear is pretty important. Minimal gear for extreme riding should be helmet, pads, gloves and a long sleeve. I cash aot form dumb stunts but i'm always sure to wear gear. You never know when a crash is about to happen. Gear up & be safe.
Isn' tthat how many people break their colar bones? I thought I heard on a motocross track that 99% of the crashes involving a broken colar bone, the rider had their arms out like superman, and the shoulder was jamed when they hit the ground in a stiff arm fashion.
But I'd agree! Riding with out at least a mesh jacket is asking for trouble. And I've seen them under $99 - so there isn't any good excuse not to have one. Save the skin, wear a jacket!
Actually it is just the impact to the ground. Speaking from experience I have landed twice on my left shoulder while crashing on a sportbike. My hands were still on the handle bar and my butt was still in the seat. It's just the impact can't be cushioned very well. Both crashes were in a leather armored jacket and I broke my collar bone both times.
breaking the colar bone is a combonation of the impact and rolling over it. I know from experience too. I was skateboarding down a hill, started to rain, at the bottom where the groud was smoother, I slide out back wards, flew prolly 10-15 barwards landed on my upperback/sholder and rolled over the left side...snap the freaking "cast" is f---ing WEAK it's like backpack strap thingy.