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Any recommendations for knee/elbow pads for 12 year old? Looking for light stuff, not DH stuff. We ride in temps up to 100ish, so ventilation/heat control is important, as well as comfort.

Was thinking about the G Form stuff. Reading some reviews, some folks prefer the straps compared to full neoprene for heat. What do you guys think? Anyone have opinions on that or others?

Also, what bike shop to go to? I live East and work by Biltmore, so not feeling a trip to Good Year ideally. Was thinking about swinging by Rage after work today.
 

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Rage and Landis at Southern and the 101.
G Form probably the best my GF loves hers.
 

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I'm in need as well. My 11-year-old daughter manages to skin a knee on every outing. Simple falls, nothing extreme at all. Never considered Gform, but that might just work.

Please let us know what you end up getting and the results of how well it performs.

ben
 

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My current pair of elbows is g-form -- my first. I really like that lack of bulk, heat seems about like every other pad. My kids constantly complain about the bulk and sliding, so if I found g-form in the right size itd be worth it if they wore it. Now that said, g-form is pricey, and you need patience to get them off or they will tear -- that is not so good for kids, but by 12 your daughter might take better care of em. I will probably invest in those for knees since my daughter wears those much more than elbows, and it would justify the cost. Rage has a good selection, and will order your size if you go in there to try on and they dont have what you need. Sidewalk Surfer round the corner also has good selection for smaller sizes.
 

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What do you think, knee only or the knee shin combo? My initial though was knee, but the non pad material breathes pretty well. Thinking about passing on the elbow pads for now.
 

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What do you think, knee only or the knee shin combo? My initial though was knee, but the non pad material breathes pretty well. Thinking about passing on the elbow pads for now.
imo, shin is not needed for XC and safer AM riding. I've hurt my shins from pedal bites or kicking up rocks, neither of which is likely to happen with what my daughter rides and plastic bmx pedals. I would have a pair of elbows -- even lower-end ones -- for those times when you are pushing yourself - my kids use them at the bike park, and also when they were learning to skate so they found plenty of opportunities.

also, the pads i bought (Sidewalk Surfer) came with wrist guards which they use blading now. So for ~$45 for the set, it was a good investment even if I drop $70 for a new set of knees. Kids who ride with us can always use the old knee pads.
 

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My 13 year old and I have both used the Troy Lee 5500s for about two years. It's a hard shell and takes a little getting used to, but they stay on well and really block the hard hits. Have had many wrecks that would have been major loss of skin or worse. He and I were riding last weekend and I did a Benny Hill right onto my knee. Without the pads it would have been ugly.
 
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