Race Face Rally Leg Armor Armor and Pads

2.85/5 (13 Reviews)


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by windben a Cross Country Rider from Israel

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2011

Strengths:    great padding,light,breathable,durable

Weaknesses:    moves around knee area, knee straps dig into the thigh

Bottom Line:   
Have these for about 3 years now, overall they comfy, breathable and strong. Once they are on i pretty much forget they are there...except...from time to time they do need an extra tightening as they do tend to slip down a bit after long rides.
The biggest drawback of these pads is definitely their inability to protect the above knee area as they tend to move around downward at impacts. I had crashed twice with these pads at high speeds and was disappointed to find my knees bruised, the knee protective cap simply did not stay in place.

Another issue that had been described by other riders is their problematic knee straps that tend to chaff the back of the knee.

For DH/AM/FR riders that want to feel safe with the armour they are using i would recommend to try other products with better knee protection.
Other than that the overall protection they offer is pretty good , saved my shins and knees on many occasions.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   lizard skins shin wraps

Bike Setup:   Turner RFX

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by MivecGPX a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2010

Strengths:    Long enough for my long legs (34 inch inside leg), Comfortable, Robust, padded shin protection all the way down to the top of my shoe

Weaknesses:    Knee protection folds back in the event of a sliding impact, Like all guards I guess is prone to bits of muck and small stones entering the gap between guard and shin and burrowing into your skin as your ride

Bottom Line:   
Fab for leggy riders. Great for rocky courses I suspect where you'll tend to need padded protection from a direct impact with something nasty. Has saved me numerous times from pedal whacks, flying stones and the like plus a few small offs. Definitely did not save my knees entirely from a flying over the handlebar dismount on the Morzine Pleney Black Run. It absorbed the initial impact but I finished up with huge grazes on both knees that took about 3 months to scar over and even now I have a displaced right knee cap :-( But it was one hell of a crash...

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Favorite Trail:   Marin Trail

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Wiggle

Similar Products Used:   661

Bike Setup:   Chumba EVO

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Bnorthro a Downhiller from Irvine, CA

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2009

Strengths:    Comfortable, good shin protection

Weaknesses:    Terrible knee protection, upper knee area slides down in falls

Bottom Line:   
I've either had horrible luck, or these pads don't stay on very well in crashes. I find that the knee will slide down or not flex with your upper leg, so they leave your knee exposed during crashes. The shin pads are great and they're comfortable, but I've busted my knees up several times while wearing these pads due to the knee guard sliding down. I wouldn't recommend them.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $45.00

Purchased At:   Chainlove

Similar Products Used:   Fox leg/knee pads (unsure of model), 661 Evo knee


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by boudy a Weekend Warrior from MA

Date Reviewed: September 20, 2009

Strengths:    Protection

Weaknesses:    Removes skin!

Bottom Line:   
I also find that these pads chafe badly. One ride is enough to wear the skin off my thigh unless I wear something underneath.

Also they slide down over the course of the ride.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $65.00

Similar Products Used:   First set of pads.

Bike Setup:   Niner FS

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by phillidw a Weekend Warrior from Campbell, CA

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2009

Strengths:    Stays in place well while pedaling. Surprisingly comfortable when you must grind an uphill. Productworks in all weather conditions (a bit warm on hot days).

Weaknesses:    Straps seems bit odd design wise but are holding up to date.

Bottom Line:   
Great for the $35 price tag new. I feel like I can arrive on the scene of a shinning contest

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Favorite Trail:   Demo

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   N/A First Set of leg armor

Bike Setup:   Moment

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by KarlY a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2009

Strengths:    Very good coverage, very strong

Weaknesses:    Articulation is at the knee is very bad. Very good at chaffing your thighs

Bottom Line:   
The designers of this pad need to go back to the drawing board. The shin area is good, but the knee area is too stiff (unless you dont bend your leg!) Also the area just above the knee is too short and and also chaffs your thighs as its constantly moving backwards and forwards due to bad design! I had to cut the bottom out of a pair of socks use them like leg warmers as is was unbearable.

Also dont think 3 straps is ness at the calf, 2 is just fine.

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Favorite Trail:   Portes du soleil

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $80.00

Similar Products Used:   661 Kyle Strait

Bike Setup:   All mountain bike

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by SantaCruzzer a Weekend Warrior from Germany

Date Reviewed: April 27, 2009

Strengths:    fits good as long the straps are long enough, comfortable

Weaknesses:    allergic material, seams are very weak and open easily and often, the straps are way too short for size L

Bottom Line:   
The fit and comfort is really good, but only after some extra velcros have been fixed, because the straps are too short.
The material causes allergic reactions, my legs were full of red, hurting spots, this is unacceptable for protectors in this price region, so the armor gets the minimum rating. There are cheaper armors on the market that do not cause allergic reactions, for example the Rockgardn stuff!

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   Rockgardn Landing Zone Knee/ Shin Protectors


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ep1nephr1ne a Weekend Warrior from Groton, Ct, USA

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2009

Strengths:    Awsome fit, sits nice, non obstructive. I thought they would be huge compared to my size but they fit great. They stay right in place and with every fall ive had so far ive railed rocks right into the pads. the inserts keep the armour lines up so when you fall your knee cap is in the right spot. so far they have saved me. I also dont get eaten by the pedals

Weaknesses:    HOT HOT HOT! but hey whats a little Sweat.

Bottom Line:   
I'd recommend them and I will continue to wear them. for they money why not.

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Favorite Trail:   Miller's Pond

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Kona Dawg with upgrades. CC/DH, Also use these on my Trial and dirt jump bike

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by randomguy a Downhiller from n.saanich bc canada

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2008

Strengths:    tight fit, doesn't restrict leg movement much, doesn't slide down muck, good protection.

Weaknesses:    straps are too short and fall off

Bottom Line:   
amazing pads but straps kinda suck

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Favorite Trail:   uum crabbapple hits and dirt merchant but i dont get ride whistler much

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $99.00

Purchased At:   oakbay bikes

Similar Products Used:   beastgear leg pads

Bike Setup:   '02 Rocky Mountain pipeline with marzocci all mountain sl1 fork & other upgrades

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nate a Weekend Warrior from Ashland, OR

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2008

Strengths:    Really solid, saved me alot of pain numerous times. good size (Large fit really well at 6ft tall) comfortable even when pedaling uphill.

Weaknesses:    velcro doesnt reach on 3 of the straps

Bottom Line:   
The velcro still sticks to the elastic well, but having more would make me happier, I plan on getting some more sown on. They still stay on when you crash and leave you mostly intact, they are super comfortable, and make you feel invincable.

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Favorite Trail:   Poached

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   I cant remember

Similar Products Used:   I used some fox racing ones that didnt cover my whole shin.

Bike Setup:   rather not admit

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tony Gorilla a Weekend Warrior from Bergen, Norwegen, Europa

Date Reviewed: October 31, 2007

Strengths:    Rock solid, good fit, does not irritate skin

Weaknesses:    elastics around calves waAAAY too short

Bottom Line:   
Dunno wa ya ***Freeriders*** are all made of?
Judged from the design of the Race Face / Roach Rally FR knee / shinguards it cannot be much more than skin, bones, and tendons.
The male velcro ain`t nowhere near reaching the hairy female counterpart around my calves, so it spends its life rippin`up the elastic instead of gettin`cosy with its female partner.
Lengthwise the fit of my medium is great(I´m 5"7` sub 160lb).

To get to the local GOOD STUFF ya kinda have to climb a couple of thousand feet before descending, so you tend to develop strong calves..
Maybe it`s made for all yer chopper transport and liftbased ridin`?

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Favorite Trail:   Livarden

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Chainreactioncycles.com, on sale

Similar Products Used:   BD telepads, inline pads, soccer pads

Bike Setup:   Marin Wolf ridge set at 5.5" w RP3 rear, 36 Talas up front, homegrown Hope pro2`s on 719, Thomson, RF, Juicy7, SRAM

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by P G a Weekend Warrior from Lancashire

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2007

Strengths:    Good fit, full leg cover down to your shin. lots of straps your going to need them!

Weaknesses:    The stitching, straps fall off. Price

Bottom Line:   
this is now the second set i have had, race face renew the 1st set due to the straps un-stitching and falling off. Now the 2nd set have lost a strap both sides and the knee cup on 1 side is un-stitching and coming away. its a real shame because the pads fit really well. for the cost i paid for them, i want better build quality.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Blazzing Saddles

Bike Setup:   Spec Big Hit 3

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by brandon a Weekend Warrior from wilmington NC New Hanover County

Date Reviewed: April 15, 2007

Strengths:    these guards are pretty rad. they stay in place over pants and on bare leg. very tuff plastic guard. i have gotten tangled in my bike a few times and not gotten anything to complain about. pretty breathable

Weaknesses:    the bottom strap seem a little too short. i have skinny legs and i never thought that would be possible, but they just do work. the knee has two straps that velcro across the top of knee. it is hard to get them tight because you can not overlap them. but is not so bad that i would give a bad review.

Bottom Line:   
i would recommend these guards. they are pretty light weight and still beffy enough for my freeride falls. they fit pretty well but my bike shop does not stock freeride and downhill type guards so i wish i could try others on to compare. for the price they are pretty good.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $42.00

Purchased At:   price point

Similar Products Used:   very chear shin guards

Bike Setup:   Haro X7 and cannondale jekyll

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