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Too bad for me, I'm recovering from 2 broken legs and a crushed foot... Good news is that I am back on the bike. It is easier to ride than walk! I now have to wear leg armor even for xc riding...

Question is, can anyone recommend leg armour that is light, cool, and stay's in place while pedaling?

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jkom67 said:
Question is, can anyone recommend leg armour that is light, cool, and stay's in place while pedaling?
You're more likely to have a knee injury unless you're riding in the desert and run into cactus or yucca. I've no evidence on this except from my own personal experience.

I'd get some cheaper knee pads as they fit most of your criteria, especially if you're just riding XC stuff. I just bought a pair of these to see if I could reduce my sick days this year.
 

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notaknob said:
You're more likely to have a knee injury unless you're riding in the desert and run into cactus or yucca. I've no evidence on this except from my own personal experience.

I'd get some cheaper knee pads as they fit most of your criteria, especially if you're just riding XC stuff. I just bought a pair of these to see if I could reduce my sick days this year.
Thanks. I need protection on shin area in particular, so will need full length armor....
 

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There was one time that I wish I had shin protection...I crashed and got a two inch long sliver stuck right into it. Looked down, saw it sticking out and was amazed how big it was when I removed it. The guy I was riding with flipped out but I was fine thankfully.
 

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May I ask why you need armor now? I personally broke my leg very severely while mountain biking (distal spiral butterfly fracture of right tib/fib), and have ridden with two others who have had severe leg injuries. One guy was MISSING parts of his foot from a Vietnam injury.

They don't, and I don't, wear leg armor.
 

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May I ask why you need armor now? I personally broke my leg very severely while mountain biking (distal spiral butterfly fracture of right tib/fib), and have ridden with two others who have had severe leg injuries. One guy was MISSING parts of his foot from a Vietnam injury.

They don't, and I don't, wear leg armor.
The right leg has been broken three times in the same a place. It's now very sensitive, the slightest knock and it swells readily...
 

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Why does your leg keep breaking in the same spot? I don't know anything about armor, btw, now I'm just curious.
It doesn't make sense that it keeps breaking in the same location.
 

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Ok 1st time 1995, motocross accident, set improperly. 2nd time 1998, rebroken at hospital and underwent ilazarov procedure to correct curvature in leg due to doctors mistake first time. 3rd time 2008, ran over by car while a pedestrian, both legs broken, right foot crushed. I now have atitanium rod in the right tib, should be good to go.

Now, about armor, stil looking for suggestions....
 

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jkom67 said:
Ok 1st time 1995, motocross accident, set improperly. 2nd time 1998, rebroken at hospital and underwent ilazarov procedure to correct curvature in leg due to doctors mistake first time. 3rd time 2008, ran over by car while a pedestrian, both legs broken, right foot crushed. I now have atitanium rod in the right tib, should be good to go.

Now, about armor, stil looking for suggestions....
Remind me not to hike or ride motorcycles with you.....

Regarding armor for XC: I'd ask the question over on the DH forum if I were you. You'll get much more qualified advice over there. I'd also combine a couple of your posts to eliminate having to explain your history again.

Good luck.
 

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jkom67 said:
Ok 1st time 1995, motocross accident, set improperly. 2nd time 1998, rebroken at hospital and underwent ilazarov procedure to correct curvature in leg due to doctors mistake first time. 3rd time 2008, ran over by car while a pedestrian, both legs broken, right foot crushed. I now have atitanium rod in the right tib, should be good to go.

Now, about armor, stil looking for suggestions....
Ouch. I never, ever want to break my leg again. I couldn't imagine three times, and one time with both of em broken. FWIW, I find that I rarely get hit in the legs with rocks and such while riding. It does happen from time to time, and only once in two years have I taken a rock directly in the break site. That hurt like a b1tch. But, for me I risk the rocks for the trade off of no discomfort from armor. Everyone's break is different though, and how we react and recover is different too. I hope you find something that works.
 

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Soccer shinguards maybe? I've never had occasion to use them and I don't know how well they'd stay up bit it seems like an option that wouldn't cost you an arm and a ...LEG:drumroll: .
 

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