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Just curious which armor you homers are strapping on.

I just got my 6pack and am starting to get the drop and jump bug. What I haven't got is the CPR and Triage bug. :D

Is it mostly shin and arm guards? Or are you suiting up with full, um, suits?
 

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Team Sanchez
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661 Kyle Straight Knee pads is usually all my crew wears. They are very comfy for long techy XC rides too!
 

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I use some old kona knee/shin guards almost every ride on my rfx and highline
on more burly rides I'll wear some race face elbow pads too. On race day or in hot weather I might swap the race face elbows for dainiese elbow guards. For whistler and the like I add a rockgar'dn upper body suit.
 

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Arm pads, knee pads, and shin pads for bigger stuff. Another vote for the Kyle Strait knee pads. They pedal really well. When I want shin protection too, I strap on a pair of fox moto knee/shin pads that I cut off the shin pad from. Really tough to get an integrated knee/shin pad that pedals well all day. The Race Face combos are pretty good when there is less pedaling, or the pedaling is just uphill. Then you can unstrap the knees and pedal freely.
 

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When I suit up; I wear a 661 pressure suit, 661 shin / knee pads and a fullface. Fortunately; I haven't had a major test on this combo. I like the shin guards and am wearing them just to keep my legs from getting torn up by the devils club & willows I have been riding thru.
 

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Roach/Race Face FR leg and arm pads for most of my riding because I generally need them :)
 

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Usually I use Dainese all the way,sometimes 661 Veggies or Racelite.
Bell and Giro helmets,Adidas eyewear.

RaD
 

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Traily stuff (spds) - 661 Kyle Straits

Proper DH/FR (on flats) - RF leg armour (bored of opening my shins on my A-frames), Dainese safety jacket (best fit for me & best back protection), Giro Remedy carbon.
 

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The Blue Power Ranger's choice...

I use THE Storm knee/shin pads. I like them because they have a sock-like fit and are very flexible. There are no annoying velcro straps that cut your skin. I usually ride anywhere from 2-5 hrs, about 2 times a week, with them in place and not feel them there - they don't get hot even in the middle of summer, and stay in place well. The downsides may be sizing and durability. I recommend you try before you buy due to the sock like fit. I've had mine for a year and the sock is starting to tear, as well as some of the stitching giving way.

For the elbow/forearms, I don't have any to recommend. They all slide down during a ride. I use some old Fox pads. They suck because the velcro curls over time, and creates sharp edges that cut your skin. I've tried fancy Dainese pads, but they slide down as well.. maybe because I don't have beefcake porn star biceps.
 

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I've got the following:
(stat reminder - 5'11" and ~265lbs)

  • Roach Rally FR Knee/shin pads (size large) - had to get extra velcro sewn in so that I could actually strap them on. My calves were too big :rolleyes:. And yes, the XL straps were not long enough either.
  • 661 Comp Full-face (large) - it's cheap and seems sturdy, but the ventilation is not that great.
  • Rockgardn Flak Jacket (XXL) - one of the only models of upper-body armor available in XXL to fit my 51" chest. Has chest, shoulder, rib, spine, kidney and elbow protection. Elbow pads can be removed and worn separately (although I haven't done that yet).
  • Troy Lee Designs jersey (XXXL) - not really protective gear; I only use it to wear over my Flak Jacket and it was one of the only ones available in XXXL.
  • Dakine Cross X gloves (XL) - I wear these on every ride.

The Flak Jacket only gets worn on lift-assist days, which are far and few between (~1 per month). I wear the FF and knee/shins at the bike park and sometimes on dedicated "jump" days. I don't were them when trail riding, I find that the straps of the Rally's bother the back of my knees and the FF is just too hot. I'd love to get my hands on a Casco Viper or Met Parachute for a little extra face protection when trail riding, but they are only availabe from Europe and are very pricey.
 

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For the light stuff (pictured below), my Fox Launch knee/shin pads and Fox North Shore elbow pads work. XC helmet too. The Fox pads stay in place well but some (including myself) have had issues with rubbing the knee raw after a while of riding. I bought a couple of knee support wraps which work great.

For the heavy duty stuff (Whistler Bike Park, Mammoth, etc) 661 SP2 pressure suit, same knee/shin pads and a Giro full face helmet.

For general XC type riding on my local trails, nothing but my helmet and gloves. Been wanting to pick up a pair of veggies, but just haven't done it yet....
 

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Is anybody else finding the Fox Launch knee/shins popping open during a crash? It happened to a buddy also, so this may be a reason to avoid them. They are fairly cool, and the first combo to actually stay up that I have owned, so I have been tolerating them.

Helmet foam pad stickys, properly placed can solve the knee chaffing. But the back of your legs are open to pedal bites.

I use the Fox North Nhore elbow pads and have no complaints.

Giro Remedy helmet is great.
 

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im all about the 661 4x2's top and bottom and a zen on my noggin. leg rub is minimal but it can happen. before i had a pack to take em off and hook em to on long climbs, i found that un-doin the 2 upper wraps behind the knee fixes that. never had the elbow pads slip yet. ive worn these of some pretty hot days where i thought id surely bake. i was wrong. damn comfy. if i wasnt worried about slashin my flesh below the knee and elbow id get veggies, but im worried indeed.

when it gets to race day, i too grab for my dainese jacket, leg armor and my mad max ff hat. sorry, no current race day pics.
 

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dont listen to the kiwi with envy of my wee wee. thems mediums. should work for you with us bein about the same size.
 
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