Core Rat Stem Pad Armor and Pads

4.92/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $9.75


Product Description

  • cordura outer, neoprene filled for high impact resistance
  • Velcro's on securely
  • "SHORTY" is for super short DH stems
  • available in Black, Blue, Red, and Checker


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    Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by smdubovsky a Weekend Warrior from Maryland

    Date Reviewed: June 13, 2008

    Strengths:    It fits well. Stays in place. Looks well made/durable.

    Bottom Line:   
    What else can I say? Its good product. We have her crash pads too. Angie was great to deal with.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ben a Downhiller from Massachusetts

    Date Reviewed: April 17, 2006

    Strengths:    awesome protection for your chest, knees, and face, great looks, doesn't get in the way while riding, saves you from some pain, great price

    Weaknesses:    none

    Bottom Line:   
    an awesome product once again from core rat. I've never been disappointed by this company. I ordered this over the phone from angie and her service and friendliness is second to none. this product has undoubtedly taken the edges off of hits to the stem, especially the knees, so this is a pretty priceless item to have. and it is super inexpensive too. a no-brainer.

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    Favorite Trail:   Dirt Merchant

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   over the phone from core rat

    Similar Products Used:   lizard skins ball frog

    Bike Setup:   norco a-line, monster t, downhill specs

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Fred a Cross Country Rider from Whistler

    Date Reviewed: November 22, 2005

    Strengths:    simple adjustable design which stays in place and can fit a bunch of different sizes. light and well built. is there any reason to not have these on?

    Weaknesses:    could be a little thicker padding for some applications (big huckers, or complete klutzes headed for big impacts), but one size fits all can only go so far. would be easy to stick more foam into the back if you want to add some

    Bottom Line:   
    for less than $15 CDN (including tax) this was a no-brainer. keeps the sharp edges of my stem plates covered and whether it is my knees or groin headed for the stem this eases the blow.

    I bought the tube pad as well and have had the opportunity (unfortunately!) to test them both out - they worked

    Bottom Line is that this was the BEST customer service I have seen for a mail-order - confirmation e-mail that my order was received, quick shipping, tracking number on my order, and quick responses to my questions. nice job Angie.

    great to see that you can be treated as a person and that you can feel your order is important to the company you are buying from.

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    Favorite Trail:   Something epic and technical

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $13.00

    Purchased At:   www.corerat.com

    Similar Products Used:   roach, and a home-brewed duct tape mess

    Bike Setup:   Giant Reign 1 freeride

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Dusty Parr from Toronto, Ontario

    Date Reviewed: July 13, 2004

    Strengths:    well made, tough, saves the knees from the sharp edges on my stem.

    Weaknesses:    none!

    Bottom Line:   
    if you need a stem pad this'll work just fine. it'll take the edge off next time you smack your knee off the stem. order direct! corerat.com service is amazing - give 'em a call and angie will answer ALL your questions.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   corerat.com

    Similar Products Used:   n/a

    Bike Setup:   2002 cove handjob, marz z1 wedge, avid discs, xt/lx parts mix.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by ant a Weekend Warrior from Long Island, NY, USA

    Date Reviewed: January 11, 2004

    Strengths:    a simple cheap stem pad that looks good and stays put... Label comes off easily...

    Weaknesses:    the pad has no weakness that I can think of... but the website's order form was a little bit confusing...

    Bottom Line:   
    simple, effective, black... what more do you need?

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    Favorite Trail:   urban/street/dirtjumps/etc.

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   http://www.corerat.com/

    Similar Products Used:   I jerry-rigged homebrew foam pad and some zip ties... too ghetto...

    Bike Setup:   Santa Crush Chameleon Hardtail, Manitou Firefly, Avid Mech Disc brake front, Avid vee brake rear, Blackspire 38 tooth w/ chainguide, raceface freeride bb & cranks, xt hubs, xt rear der., rhyno lite rims, IRC kujo tires...

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Can't w8 a Weekend Warrior from Snow Lake, MB, Canada

    Date Reviewed: November 11, 2002

    Strengths:    -Angie had it in shorty size AND in orange
    -Ergo, it matched my Orange RF Turbines (yeah!)
    -Good tight fit on my shorty stem with 3 straps, not 2!
    -Tough, durable construction


    Weaknesses:    -orange has faded a bit (from sun exposure?!?!) (or it could be just dust - I guess I could wash it but I'd rather ride!)

    Bottom Line:   
    Very good product that's a necessity for anyone taking on anything remotely technical. Will save the "boys down there" as well as your knees (can definitely attest to the knees part but thank goodness the boys haven't come too close to the stem - yet!).

    Also, Angie is great to talk to in person as well as on the phone!

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    Favorite Trail:   Suntop

    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Price Paid:    $6.00

    Purchased At:   BC Outdoor Show '02 w/ Angie at the booth!!!

    Similar Products Used:   Roach

    Bike Setup:   '01 Aeon/Ells Joker, RF/XT/XTR/Alivio (yeah Alivio) drivetrain, Hayes Purples w/ 8" rotors, and P.O.S. '01 Psylo that needs new, longer bushings really badly but Cycles Lambert won't return my calls for bushing replacement and thus they suck big...ahh, but I digress...

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Scott a Cross Country Rider from Middlebury, VT

    Date Reviewed: August 21, 2002

    Strengths:    Stays in place, adjustable, durable

    Weaknesses:    Needs double the padding if you've got stem bolts or harsh stem edges.

    Bottom Line:   
    If you've got protruding bolts or harsh edges on your stem, you'll need to double the padding, otherwise you're knees will still feel the impact. I cut out a strip of neoprene (same size) and inserted behind the buit in pad; better than new!

    Core Rat can improve it with more padding. Overall, it's a decent non-bulky item that can save you and your friends; quick shipping too.

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    Favorite Trail:   People's

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $10.00

    Purchased At:   www.corerat.com

    Similar Products Used:   Lizard skin elbow pads, SixSixOne knee pads

    Bike Setup:   '00 Specialized RH FSR w/ SID XC air shock

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Ted a Weekend Warrior from Fairfax, VA, USA

    Date Reviewed: July 21, 2002

    Strengths:    Good design, good materials.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    I was tired of banging my knee on the stem while going over the handlebars. I've considered buying the stem pad for awhile, but a near-fatherhood ending incident at the 24 Hours of Snowshoe gave my the incentive to finally make the purchase. I wish I had done it sooner. I used it within the first week after installation when I flew over the handlebars. No bruised knees. I would recommend it for anyone who has banged a knee, or other body part, on their stem.

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    Favorite Trail:   Avalon

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $11.00

    Purchased At:   www.corerat.com

    Similar Products Used:   None


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Angus Lemon from Anaheim, CA, USA

    Date Reviewed: April 21, 2002

    Strengths:    Tough and durable, stays in place, does the job.

    Weaknesses:    Fit is a bit more difficult if there are spacers ABOVE the stem.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is the best stem guard I have used. Stays in place much better than most other stem guards.

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    Duration Product Used:   2 Years

    Price Paid:    $9.00

    Similar Products Used:   Various

    Bike Setup:   SantaCruz bullit, Raceface (90mm) stem.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by pokey a Cross Country Rider from Ak

    Date Reviewed: December 9, 2001

    Strengths:    Well designed, quality materials used in construction. Good customer service.

    Weaknesses:    Fit is a bit awkward if you have spacers on top of your stem.

    Bottom Line:   
    Good product that is reasonably priced.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Purchased At:   Core Rat


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Joe Martin a Weekend Warrior from Sultan, WA.

    Date Reviewed: November 18, 2001

    Strengths:    Tough outer lining. Good Velcro. Fits nicely. Looks good.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Has saved my knee several times. Hope it will do as well on other 'parts'

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    Favorite Trail:   Tiger Mountain

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $9.00

    Purchased At:   www.corerat.com

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   1998 Specialized FSR Comp. Zoki Z2 Atom 80. Cane Creek AD-5. All XT drivetrain. MountainSpeed bearing kit. Mavic 517 rims. Koobi Au Enduro saddle.

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Andrew from Ontario, Canada

    Date Reviewed: November 14, 2001

    Strengths:    Good solid design. Great velcro straps that are nice and long to accomodate all stems. Seems to stay in place during riding. Great price compared to Roach. Design of stem pad allows you to get at adjustment bolts on some stems without removing the entire pad.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    Good solid product at a great price. Go to www.corerat.com for fast service. Check out www.alwaysmad.com for Ontario riding info.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $9.00

    Purchased At:   corerat.com

    Similar Products Used:   Roach Stem Pad, Lizard Skin Stem Pad


    Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

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