Fox Head Launch Elbow Guard Armor and Pads

4.17/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $49.99

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Product Description

All-mountain MTB'ers who climb for their gnarly downhills choose the removable Launch Elbow guard from Fox Racing. Hard shell forearm, elbow and lower triceps plates ride atop a hinged biofoam chassis for maximum mobility. Cross strapping prevents fit gaps and shifting during wicked hits.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alex a Cross Country Rider

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2014

Strengths:    Lightweight
Relatively cool
Forearm guard comes all the way down to wrist
Stays put
S/M fits small riders (5'4")

Weaknesses:    Elastic sleeve makes them a bit awkward to take off (but they slide on easily)
You may want something beefier for DH

Bottom Line:   
When I first put these on they felt odd because they have a curved shape that makes it awkward to straighten out my arms. However, once on the bike I don't notice them. They are lightweight and the coolest arm guards I have worn. Behind the hard plastic shell is lightweight honeycombed foam that, along with the mesh elastic sleeve, allows good airflow. I've had them for two months and taken two falls - they stayed solidly put and protected my arms well. They slide on easily but, given that I wear them over a long sleeved shirt, they are a big awkward to take off. I like that the forearm guard comes all the way down to my wrist; it obviously protected my forearm near my wrist during one of the falls.

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Favorite Trail:   desert

Duration Product Used:   two months

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   XSports Protective

Similar Products Used:   SixSixOne, G Form, other Fox products

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel EX 9.9

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by mckshred a Weekend Warrior from Southwest USA

Date Reviewed: March 14, 2011

Strengths:    color, looks

Weaknesses:    - weird shape inhibits movement of arms
- velcro strap lengths too long
- spandex sleeve tears

Bottom Line:   
these blow - get the roach, race face ones

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Favorite Trail:   geronimo

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $59.00

Purchased At:   cant recall

Similar Products Used:   ice hockey elbow pads - easton

Bike Setup:   All Mountain

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by amirh1 a Downhiller from Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2009

Strengths:    Comfortable, slick looking, stays put (only when riding)

Weaknesses:    Slips in a crash, tears easily after crashes, get very hot.


Bottom Line:   
These pads look good and stay put while riding. However, if you have a sliding crash these will slide right off and expose your elbow. And the last crash I've had completely tore off the material exposing my entire elbow. I wouldn't buy these again.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Bike Setup:   Specialized S-Works Enduro, Mongoose EC-D

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Peter a Downhiller from Idaho Falls, ID, USA

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2008

Strengths:    Doesnt move at all while riding. Very comfortable, and VERY light. I tried having them really tight on my arm, and it did not fly so i rock them really loose and they still only move just barely, but not when your arms are in the riding postition. The only elbow/arm pad ill ever use the rest of my life.

Weaknesses:    Velcro strap doesnt go very tight (But theyre still solid loose) A little pricy, but well worth the cost.

Bottom Line:   
Totally sick! Well worth the $. Rock solid, very protective, and have saved my arms a number of times. Anybody who does just 5" travel bike trail riding, all the way to freeriders/DH racers should definitely consider this product.

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Favorite Trail:   Lithium at Teton Pass, WY

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   '08 Specialized Big Hit 1, all stock for now.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Connor R a Downhiller from Fresno CA

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2007

Strengths:    EVERYTHING!
great protection
going around 30 and slammed my elbow into a tree and all that happened was a sore elbow and a busted pad
these things are amazing

Weaknesses:    none.
maybe price if your paying the full price
but great protection comes at a price

Bottom Line:   
if you want the best protection available get the launch stuff from fox
can not beat it
nothing comes close
this is AMAZING!!!
they've saved my ass numerous times

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Favorite Trail:   any thing fast rocky and technical

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $10.00

Purchased At:   Tri-Sport (sponsorer)

Similar Products Used:   nothing compares to these

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by James a Cross Country Rider from Gig Harbor, WA

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2007

Strengths:    dont slide, light, good strap system

Weaknesses:    pricey?

Bottom Line:   
these are very good when used with the launch knee pads. they provide the best useful protection you can get because they dont get in the way and they dont slide around on you. the strap mechanism is simple and works well. they are a little expensive, but everything from Fox is. i would get them again if i was making the decsion about protection, becuase i would rather pay more and not get hurt than save some $$ and break an arm or something else...

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:

Bike Setup:   2000 custom built Zaskar X

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