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The search function is not working so I'll ask a Q that has probably been asked a million times. I jacked my knee pretty good the other day on the stem. I don't want big (nor do I need) bulky knee pads. I ride aggresive XC no downhill. I thought about some of those neoprene sleeves you can buy. I just want something that can give a little protection from the constant scrapes and bumps. Getting hurt is inevitable, but I don't want to get injured. Would the sleeves be a waste?
 

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Would the sleeves be a waste?
probably...lol

i honestly dont know, but if you ride in rocks (like out here in AZ) they are useless. most folks out here ride with 661 kyle straights, or (i believe) race face full knee/shin hard plastic. the 661's are nice because they arent bulky and provide side knee coverage.

661 also has an Evo line if you wanted to shell out about 100 bucks for a set of knee pads, but they have some bad arse technology in them. they are soft until you hit something, then they turn hard (like a traditional plastic knee cup)

check em out :thumbsup:
 

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I was looking for the same thing a week ago because I ended up in the ER getting some stitches, and while I like to keep the local ER in business I thought getting knee pads would be a worthwhile investment so I just bought some THE storms. I'll let you know how I like them when they get here which is supposed to be monday! I'm also thinking about getting some elbows. Even though I only ended up with light scratches on my elbow/forearm this time I bet that since I'll have knee/shins on my next crash will involve my arms...
 

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For xc, Veggie wraps are good enough. They are cheap, comfortable. and run cool. If you have the money EVOs are a nice choice but I hear they are warmer than the Tomcats and Veggies but super comfortable.
 

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I have been running the Fox Launch knee/shin pads all season. I hardly notice they are on while riding and provied great protection for falls. They have already saved a knee injury once this seaons and once is more than enough to pay for them. Shoulder didnt fair too well though...
 

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jeffus said:
661 kyle straights pretty comfortable, can rub a bit after 3hours the sweat seems to make em rub.
What about the 661 over the wraps to help the rubbing? To hot?
 

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net wurker said:
I bit the bullet and got the EVO's. Very comfortable. You forget that you have them on.
How does the d30 material work - pretty well? Are the pads literally soft until you hit your knee on a rock? Sound pretty cool. Thanks.
 

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I really couldn't tell you. I guess that stuff works as claimed. They feel like they will offer pretty good knee protection. I haven't done any "hammer experiments" with them, though.

I just know they are very comfortable to wear. I got some lizard skin armored ones first, and while they are definently going to offer great protection in a crash, I found them too bulky to wear for most riding, so I ended up leaving them in the truck most times.

The EVO's are always on my knees while riding.
 

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661 EVO's here.

They feel like soft foam/rubbery padding. I havn't really fallen on my knee to test them but I did walk up and Knee the counter in my kitchen with them on purpose. Didn't hurt at all, hit it pretty hard too.

oh they are super comfy.
 

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661 Evo too, even though it's very hot inside them. I'm waiting for the Evo XC that's coming soon. They're even lighter and should be enough for moderate AM riding. Kyle Straits are also good, even for freeriding. They pedal nicely too and fit perfectly around the knee (better than the Evo) but they're heavier.
 

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Ok I meant :" ....that's coming to Europe soon." Lol . Valencia Europe is always kinda late with delivering.
 

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jeffus said:
661 kyle straights pretty comfortable, can rub a bit after 3hours the sweat seems to make em rub.
Yup, I love my straight patriots but I agree they can rub a tad after a long while.
 

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I've got the 661 EVO XC Lite and Roach Rally FR.

For the summer and XC/AM rides the 661's EVO XC Lites are great. Protection is decent (I've only tested them on one crash and did not realize I hit my knee till I saw dirt on the pads. Guess they work) For large impacts I would be a little skeptical of them (even with the D30 padding its pretty thin...but is advertised as an XC pad). The ability to put on and off with out removing shoe sold me on them.

I also love my Rally FR pads. Very comfortable and great protection for a full knee/shin pad. Unfortunately its been in the low 100's lately and they are just too hot at that temperature. I ride them as my primary pad until temps get close to 90.
 
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