Last spring while stand up paddleboarding in Virginia, I saw that my friend was wearing some wild looking protective gear. He told me the pads were made by G-Form and explained a bit of the technology behind the padding to me. That afternoon he let me use his knee and elbow pads while we were paddling down the river. I was immediately impressed with the lightweight and low profile fit of the pads. After really testing the padding by taking a few big falls off and onto my board over the course of the afternoon, I was sold. I immediately knew that I wanted to use G-Form padding not only for my personal paddling, but also for the river safety and rescue courses that I teach.
Enjoyment and recreation on rivers and creeks is nothing new. However, in the last twenty years the amount of people on rivers and creeks has sky-rocketed. Regardless of how slow and lazy rivers may seem, they can still present serious dangers. For this reason there has been a large push for the general population, whitewater guides, and fire and rescue professionals to attend river safety and rescue training.
A few weeks ago I attended the American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue Conference in Dillsboro, NC. The conference involved a variety of swiftwater rescue classes that covered whitewater swimming (defensive and offensive), wading, live bait rescues, and many more. With the amount of time everyone was spending swimming through rapids and around the river in general, it was safe to assume that we all ended up with a few new bruises.
For that exact reason I decided to wear G-Form’s elbow pads, knee pads, and crash shorts. I knew that G-Form’s pads were great for warm weather paddling when I wasn’t wearing many layers, but I wasn’t sure how they would fit with more layers on. I found that the low profile padding fit extremely well underneath my drysuit, even when wearing additional layers. Additionally, I never felt encumbered by the G-Form padding while swimming through rapids, quickly moving around the river bank, or when tossing “throw ropes” to swimmers in the river. I definitely feel that I thoroughly tested G-Form’s protective pads in the river rescue environment throughout the weekend and I look forward to continuing to use G-Form’s Protective gear to better enjoy my time on the river.
ACA Instructor & Trainer
Kayak, Canoe, SUP, and River Safety/Rescue