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Onewheel Body Armor for Pros, by Pros

by Jun 17, 2022Features, Newsletter, Summer 20221 comment

You should always listen to your mom! Just ask pro Onewheel rider Noah Bild (16), whose mom Traci Bild urged him to wear body armor when he started racing in earnest at 2021’s “Let It Ride” event just outside Las Vegas. Now, this teenage entrepreneur is selling his own protective gear through Eadventuresports.com so that others can be “saved by the armor” just as he has been. 

“You don’t want to be out of the game for 3 months,” said Noah, who has broken his clavicle and gotten a concussion riding his bike. “Once it happens, it messes with your head. You can never go quite as fast again. Armor is the best insurance you can get. It’s better than healthcare.”

Noah observed that a bad crash can quickly sour someone’s onewheel experience, sometimes temporarily and sometimes permanently. Newer riders often blame the board or Future Motion, even if the crash was not due to a technical failure.

At the pro level, most riders are not pointing fingers at the board itself when somethign goes wrong–but regardless of fault, the stakes are much higher at the top of the Onewheel Racing League Power Rankings.

Serious racers are traveling 30mph downhill on an electronic device that can (and sometimes does) fail, whether that’s due to a faulty footpad sensor or some internal component stressed to failure by the type of riding pros like Noah do every day. That’s a whole additional layer of risk beyond other board sports that don’t rely on electronics to keep riders on their feet.

So when Noah’s mom told him to “gear up,” it was not a stretch for him to see why, and he’s been advocating for body armor in onewheel racing ever since. He hopes his product can help more people walk away from crashes while maintaining their initial stoke about riding.

Speaking of his mom, Traci Bild–an entrepreneur herself–played a big role in mentoring Noah through the process of creating Eadventures LLC.

“My mom is the coolest,” Noah said. “She has great business skills and she’s fun to ride with!”

Eadventures Onewheel Body Armor

Eadventures offers onewheel body armor that protects riders’ chest, back, shoulders and elbows, as well as padded shorts to protect hips and butts. Noah said he tried five different types of armor before choosing a favorite to list on his website. The design is lightweight and comfortable enough to be worn with or without a shirt underneath.

While the current products are white-labeled, Noah plans to use this season’s profits to develop a custom set of bespoke Onewheel body armor in time for the 2023 season. Next year’s offering aims to include knee pads (with easy-on, easy-off zipper access!), product color selection, and a greater variety of fits, including specific designs for heavier riders and for women. 

For now, Noah’s priority was to get riders protected as soon as possible–and with the Onewheel Racing League season well underway, his armor is already getting some serious use.