Roach Shin Guards Armor and Pads

4.83/5 (6 Reviews)


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Roach Shin Guards


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Reviews 1 - 6 (6 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael a Downhiller from Reno, NV

Date Reviewed: March 7, 2004

Strengths:    nice and light, very strong, great coverage ( around the calfs too), comfortable

Weaknesses:    I kinda wish the plastic was one peice instead of three.

Bottom Line:   
I love these guards. They get a tiny bit hot in late August but other than that they are nearly perfect. Mine are still in great shape after a few years of use. Without these I don't think my shins would be in one peice. If you are looking for a light weight guard to protect your soft and supple skin, these are defintely the way to go. I have yet to find a set of shin guards that even come remotely close. Go buy a pair!

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Favorite Trail:   anything going down

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   beyondbikes.com

Similar Products Used:   sixsixone, azonic

Bike Setup:   specialized P.2, marzocchi drop off II, sram drivetrain and shifters. avid disc brakes and levers, mavic 321 rims on shimano XT hubs, kenda stick e tires.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mike a Weekend Warrior from Chapel Hill, NC

Date Reviewed: November 29, 2003

Strengths:    I really like that it has a wrap that covers the calves. Before I got these pads, I seldom tore up my shins, but I have tons of old scars on my calves from my pedals and chain ring. These pads stay in place very well. I never bother with them once they are on. My shins definitely get sweaty, but I've used them in 85 degree heat with no problems...all around an awesome product.

Weaknesses:    none that I've found...unless you absolutely can't stand sweat on your shins.

Bottom Line:   
If you don't want a full knee/shin combo, ie you're riding aggressive XC with platforms as I do, then these are awesome. They are not overly hot, they stay in place as you pedal, and are very protective. I also think they are one of the few shin pads out there that cover the back of your leg...which I feel to be important. Now that I'm doing more drops and even some urban, I'm probably gonna get the full knee/shin pads for riskier stuff. So if you think you may get into that, you may just want to jump straight to the full leg armor...people seem to love it too.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Stumpy FSR or BigHit depending on the riding and how self destructive I feel...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Andrew Patterson a Downhiller from Montreal Quebec, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2001

Strengths:    great streght and protection for your legs

Weaknesses:    cut into your feet at the bottom.(nothing duck tape can't fix)

Bottom Line:   
these shin guards are the best if you want full protection and lightweight pads.

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Favorite Trail:   Adrenaline at Bromont

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   martin swiss repair shop

Similar Products Used:   fox 911 and sixsixone

Bike Setup:   stock with disk

Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Me a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver,BC,Canada

Date Reviewed: April 5, 1999

Strengths:    
I borrowed them from a freind for a ride before I got my own, and they worked really well... also you can make cardboard spike/fin things and glue them on and you'll look like Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, just an observation one of my friends made while riding.


Weaknesses:    
Doesn't cover the knee


Bottom Line:   
Good if you only want to protact your shins, also they breath better than the full leg armor

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Duration Product Used:   
tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   
Fox Knee/Shin guards, Roach DH leg armor



Overall Rating:5
Submitted by Painter a cross-country rider from Victoria BC

Date Reviewed: November 11, 1998

Bottom Line:   


I have the hard shin/soft knee combination, and these pads are excellent. They provide good coverage from the top of the shoe to the bottom of the quad muscle. There are 6 velcro closure straps to prevent slippage, and the back of the leg is enclosed in a chamois-like flap which tucks in on the opposite side. Compared to the Qranc Robocop pads, there is a world of difference. These pads do not move once they are on, and there is a fairly good range of adjustment with the straps. The coverage is great, and the tough Cordura covering seems to be nearly impossible to rip. The pads come in a hard shin/hard knee combination, as well as shin only, but the hard shin/soft knee is the best for hard core cross country because they allow for flex through the knee, and would even serve well for downhilling. They are great in the fall, winter and spring because of the chamois lining, which keeps you warm, but this is also a bit of a drawback when it is warm out. A trade-off I am willing to make. These have saved my knees and shins from a ton of abuse, and I never ride without them. 5 chilis for overall performance, but minus 1/2 for being too hot. (You can't have it all, and these things are so good at doing what they are designed to do that I'm giving them 5 anyways.)Painter

Overall Rating:4
Submitted by Sherman a weekend warrior from British Columbia, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 18, 1998

Bottom Line:   


These are pretty good pads. They do not breathe very well but the protection is very nice. They only cover the shins and not the knees so sometimes that can be bad. In my opinion these pads were made for trials riders in mind. They have saved me a few times from the deadly pedal kickback. They only come in black so for all you fashion slaves out there you are pretty much limited. The fabric covers the plastic inserts and I find that it may be bad because sharp objects can tear the fabric causing them not to last as long as pads that have the plastic on the outside. Overall it is a real sleek design that works quite well and for a good price.

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