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I'm looking for something I can actually wear on a trail, as opposed to just DH. Most of the stuff I've tried on seemed like it would be impossible to actually pedal in!

I did like the Fox Launch pads: very confortable and light. What about the Fox Raptors?

Six-Six-One? Roach?

Is there any difference between the the same models marketed to the MX and MTB industries? I ask because I saw a good deal on some Fox Raptors being sold as MX protection(?).

Brand and model suggestions mucho appreciated.

Thanks!

-Guy
 

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661 makes some cool shin and knee guards that look pretty light weight; they aren't to harsh on the wallet either. I will be picking some of these up sonner than later:http://www.sixsixone.com/catalog.aspx?id=7b5dcd49-7bc7-4378-9705-70c812486b7e&pl=BIKE
I use 661 race elbow and Lizard skin knee (only) pads. I ride hot weather and cold, if I don't wear them I will crash... it's just how it is... :rolleyes:

They are a realtively cool combo. I chose both based on skin exposure to keep cool.

They seem to work well as I get up laughin' when I go down.

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The lightest stuff I've seen is from Dainese. See their freestyle knee/shin guards and elbow guards. My wife wears these and she has no problems pedalling.
If you need a little more protection, try Race Face Rally FR knee/shin and elbow/forearm guards. A little heavier than the Dainese stuff, but still ok for pedalling all day. I wear them pretty much all the time.
 

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I have gone down on my roach fr pads a few times but never felt a thing. They also stay in place and pedal pretty good. Also I was able to get them off beyondbikes.com for $40 after a 10% discount but the shipping was super slow.
 

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Hi,

If you like, look at my mini reviews. I ride 10 mile technical cross country in NJ all the time with my Rockgardn landing zone knee/shin and elbow/arm. I wear them all the time both up and down. They are a little hotter than going without but probably as cool as any protection. They pedal really well with no chafing. As soon as the going gets interesting I don't even notice that I am wearing the protection (except when I fall :) ).

I really like that the knee cup does not touch my knee most of the time due to the design. Most of the other leg armor I have tried was forced by design to rup against the knee.

As a side bonus this same armor also works very well for more daring stuff such as FR or DH.

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BelaySlave said:
I *might* have a pair of Fox Launch knee/shin pads that are small/medium if anyone is interested. Brand spanking new and have never been ridden. The only time I've put them on is in the house. I'll sell 'em half off of retail plus shipping and handling. PM me if you are interested.

Nick
Can you measure them and PM me? I just got some L/XLs and think they are a little too long for me. I am wondering if yours will work better.
 

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Can you measure them and PM me? I just got some L/XLs and think they are a little too long for me. I am wondering if yours will work better.
Sure thing. However I don't think they will be noticeably different than what you have. I think the only big difference is in the straps that go around the leg. Apparently my calves are too fat for a S/M.
 

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Protection pads are very personal and I suggest you try as many as you can before deciding.
I tried them all (661 4x2 and 4x4, Rockgrdn landing, Fox, Roach). When I tried the Roach I had no doubts, as they felt really comfortable (these are the Rally FR).
Maybe a little more expensive, but definitely worth it. They give you full protection.
Yes these are designed for FR stuff, but i feel very comfortable bedaling in them. Padding is very soft and doesn't rub. Elbows guards are great, you forget you are wearing them.
I immediately ditched my 661 (which I had for little less than 1 year).
But they may not work for you, so try and buy is my advice.
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Thanks a heap for all the input guys. So far, I'm leaning towards the Fox Launch pads, because I tried them on and really liked how they fit. However, they are on the spendy side. Looking at the Azonic Sliders, they seem to be very similar, so I'm going to see if I can find some at a LBS to try on. If I could find some of the Fox Launch at a reasobable price, I'd definitely go with those.

Still looking for opinions on the Fox Raptors, as I have a line on some at a very good price. I'm shopping for two complete sets of pads: one me, and one for the wife.

Anyway, thanks again, and keep the suggestions coming.

Cheers!
-Guy
 

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I went for the basic Roach set myself. Well padded, easy to pedal in, reasonably cool (in the temperature department, that is) and they were on sale.

The Roach pads (basic ones) don't have the fancy external plastic armor pieces, but the outside material is quite resistant...heck, I could get three sets for the price of the Specialized that the shop had in so I figured I'd let my engineering instincts take over: functional, cheap and readily available = sale.
 

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I am in the same boat trying to find some padding to pedal in. I have a few in mind. 661 Kyle Strait Knee pads and Chicken wings or the fox launch stuff. Problem is finding somewhere local to try them on (im in Australia may have to go to sydney). I have managed though to try on some TLD T-bones. They are similar to 661 ones. They werent to bad but like to try others first.
 
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