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    Anyone tried the new SixSixOne Evo Lite Gear yet?

    I'm looking for something to protect and keep my knees warm in the winter and protect myself in the summer as well. I don't 'kneed' some plastic cupped super duper protection but it wouldn't be bad to have something there as I normally just wear shorts (in the summer). These look pretty nice and I'm wondering if anyone has some riding time on them and maybe a crash or two for protection results??? They sure are expensive.

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    Ive received yesterday, but I dont ride with them, yet ...They feel very light and comfortable...

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    I want some bad! But like you said, they are expensive and I've already got knee and shin guards that work fine. I put a pair on at the LBS and walked around in them, they feel really really comfortable but I haven't ridden with them at all.

    The non-Newtonian behavior is brilliant for padding, I remember reading about this stuff about 5 years ago in Popular Science, it was an article that came right after the GT internal transmission DH bike. Funny because they never mentioned mountain biking as a possible use for the material, I believe it was being touted for Ski beanies to make them more protective in a crash.
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    I have both elbow and knee and they're great. The knee ones in particular are very comfortable and you barely know you're wearing them.

    Elbows are good but they do slip down a little on very rough sections so you need to keep them tight.

    As for crashing, haven't tested that but I have whacked them against a wall and they do as they say........

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    I'm interested in how others think of these pads. and maybe how they compare to the non lite ones... Is it worth the extra $?

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    I want a pair to wear while skiing. I need something thin, light & comfy and I think these might be the ticket.

    Nothing hurts quite like hitting your knee on a rail or when you ski ejects and connect with the patella!

    Would it be a good choice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridewithchucky
    Would it be a good choice?
    One drawback for the XC version is that it comes in only two sizes (as opposed to 4 in the bigger version). I have found the L/XL size to be a bit too large - it holds, but I am not convinced. I prefer a slightly tighter fit, - for Kyle Straights L size fits perfectly.

    I do not think they will stay in place for skiing - and probably for skiing the ventilation and lightness is a bit less critical.

    Try them on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curmy
    One drawback for the XC version is that it comes in only two sizes (as opposed to 4 in the bigger version). I have found the L/XL size to be a bit too large - it holds, but I am not convinced. I prefer a slightly tighter fit, - for Kyle Straights L size fits perfectly.

    I do not think they will stay in place for skiing - and probably for skiing the ventilation and lightness is a bit less critical.

    Try them on.
    I cant try them on, nobody has them here in MTL. If they stay in place for biking, they should stay in place for skiing. I think theres less constant knee movement required for skiing and the movement range is also smaller. Anyways, they cant slide down too much, they will hit my boots. My knee/quads are huge, I tried on the regular evo knee pads in large and they were too tight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridewithchucky
    If they stay in place for biking, they should stay in place for skiing.
    They are not covered with pants when biking, so pulling them up is possible. On the other hands you could cover them with some thin tights so they are held in place.

    Quote Originally Posted by ridewithchucky
    I think theres less constant knee movement required for skiing and the movement range is also smaller.
    I did not find that to be the case for my skiing, quite the opposite. Move movement, and much more abrupt when you hit some moguls. Obviously your results may vary.

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    Just getting into riding, and was dreaming up a breathable, light pad, instead of the motorcross pads iv been using! Then I see these in my Mountain Bike Action Magazine. They exsist!
    This is the first article iv read on them so far, everyone seems happy withthem, But no reposts on a bail yet...?
    Any updates?
    Thanks guys.

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    I went to my LBS last week to try the EVO lite knee and elbow pads on.
    Personally, I found them exactly as advertised: They were lighter, thinner and easier to put on as they have the hook and loop system (so can be put on without taking off shoes). Its winter time now so I can't tell but it looks like they would be cooler to ride with during hot summer days than other pads on the market.
    However, I felt less protected along the sides as the pad thickness wasn't as much as the previous EVO pads. Also, the strap system they have felt less comfortable and less secure on me than the regular EVO pads. You may feel otherwise as our extremity types are different.
    I ended up ordering online the non lite EVO knee and elbow pads for myself as they were cheaper, felt like they fit better, felt more comfortable and offered more protection on the side areas. After I put some rides in, I'll post my review of them
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    does anyone knows the sizing charts of these?

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    I've been using the EVO Lite XC knee pads for three months. I weigh 190, have pretty thick legs and the large size still fits a little loose. They feel great on long rides and hill climbs. The front is covered in lycra so freeride/downhill abuse would probably kill them quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ridewithchucky
    I want a pair to wear while skiing. I need something thin, light & comfy and I think these might be the ticket.

    Nothing hurts quite like hitting your knee on a rail or when you ski ejects and connect with the patella!

    Would it be a good choice?
    why is your ski ejecting on the rail? sounds like you should worry about your din/ forward pressure more than your knees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    why is your ski ejecting on the rail?
    I do not think that he said that. There is an "or" in that sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curmy
    I do not think that he said that. There is an "or" in that sentence.
    oh, you are a good reader.

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    Bumping this thread to get some updated opinions. Thinking about getting these for single track use.
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    I use the Evo gloves, and they are comfortable in almost all conditions! I like them, I was about to buy the eve knee pads, but at the end I decided for the Fox Launch since the back side of the leg in the Fox´s is open, while the 661 are not...

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    Just got the knee pads, after banging up both my knees. They are very short, so the straps are close to the joint behind your knee, which is kind of annoying. However I'm starting to get used to them and they feel pretty good. They gotta be better than nothing but I doubt they'll protect as good as some realy knee pads. Once I tried them on though I knew they were pads I would actually wear all the time. Anything bigger and I could see myself leaving them at home for typical trail rides. I don't mind wearing these all the time (so far)

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    I've been riding in a set for a month now. Super comfortable, stay in place, but I haven't tested them in a crash. To me I can't imagine them being protective enough for DH racing or FRing, but for trail riding I think they will suit most riders needs. They've been perfect for cold mornings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yody
    They are very short, so the straps are close to the joint behind your knee, which is kind of annoying.
    Yeah, that bugs me also. It would be nice to have a loop system like on the regular Evo knee pads in the link below. I've been thinking about adding my own, maybe with a velcro strap.

    http://www.sicklines.com/2008/12/15/...-d3o-evo-pads/

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    My wife uses them and likes them quite a bit. I think they are perfect for general trail riding where there is a bit more danger spots thrown in--i.e. use them when you don't expect to fall but want to have some protection in case you do. I wouldn't use them for anything more high risk than that.

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    Well I pulled the trigger on a set of the sixsixone EVO d3o Lite XC knee and elbow pads, should have them Friday. I'm also looking at the Fox Launch PRO and the Race Face Flank pads, might buy them too and compare.

    Too bad I can't find a local bike shop that has these in stock. It would be so much easier to compare instead of spending hundreds of dollars and shipping stuff back and forth.


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    I bought them this winter and they were pretty nice and comfy. I haven't been wearing them BUT SHOULD HAVE BEEN. In fact, I'm pretty sure I will be as soon as the scabs are gone but it would hurt too much to put them on right now. The swelling went down after a couple of days and now there's just three little scabs where rocks were embedded in my knee pretty deep. It was gross, I had to pick them out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gticlay
    I bought them this winter and they were pretty nice and comfy. I haven't been wearing them BUT SHOULD HAVE BEEN..
    Umm, yeah dude, your knee doesn't look happy.

    So I have tried both the Fox Launch PRO and the sixsixone EVO d3o Lite XC knee pads. I also bought the 661 EVO d3o Lite XC elbow pads. I didn't bother with the Race Face Flank knee pads, the shin protection doesn't go low enough for me (platform pedals).

    The Fox is definitely bulkier because of the hard pad, thicker neoprene material, plus it has side knee protection where the 661 has none. I wore one of each on my knees and dropped on my knees a couple of times on my hardwood floors. Surprisingly I didn't feel much difference in impact between the two pads. The 3do does work, at least in this non scientific controlled environment. But I have my doubts if these were rocks instead - I just can't believe the d30 pads would offer better protection.

    I'm going to keep the 661 pads since I'll actually wear them. The Fox offers better protection but are too bulky and probably hot for my warm weather XC riding. The 661 are very comfortable, though I haven't put any real trail time in them yet.

    BTW the sixsixone elbow pads have the same strengths (and weaknesses) of their counterpart kneepads. There is a difference though, the elbow pads have a rubber edge around the inside of sleeve which helps keep it in place (in addition to the velcro strap). The rubber digs into my skin and feels a bit too tight, like a rubber band of sorts. The next size up would be too big for me though. I'm going to wear the elbow pads around the house and see if it will stretch a bit.

    I'll update this thread after I get some real trail time with these pads but so far sixsixone EVO d3o Lite XC pads are looking good!
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    I own the Fox Launch Pro... wearing them in the Miami summer heat and barely feel em... and great protection as well!

    ... and they look badass :-)

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    I tried on the RF Flank's over the weekend and I did not like them at all. I have 661 Evos and the neoprene is stretching/tearing so I'm looking to replace. The Flank knee pad is much stiffer than the 661, and it does not follow your body movement well at all. If I straightened my leg, it just bunched up in front of my knee. I'm bummed because they look pretty sweet, but I really didn't like the way they felt.

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    I have been riding the new fox launch pros for a few months and they are great! They look bulky but the looks are deceiving. They are light, don't get too hot and best of all, I really don't notice them after 10 min of riding. They are now on my knees for 90% of my rides.

    I have given them two crash tests thus far and the outer-lining has proven very durable. The protection of them was never in question.

    I'd give them a 9 out of 10 since nothing is perfect and they could use a size between the s/m and l/xl.

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    old thread, but i was hoping to see if anyone knows of other knee sleeve/pads that are like these sixsixone Evos...lighter ones that are not bulky and more for trail/xc than downhill?

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    I mostly ride All Mountain, and I used not to wear anything at all, I mean why would i wear protection riding up, right?, well, I do ride aggressively downhill, so I found my self carrying Troy Lee Combat protections just for the downhill, those are great protections, but basically only for DH. it was ridiculous to stop and put them on, and then take them off, and put them on, because you cannot pedal at all. I was looking for something lighter and with good breathability, I Like the 661s but ended up on the Fox Launch because lets face it they are much cheaper than 661s. Or they were when I bought them.

    All I can say, is they are great! Now I put them on when I start the ride uphill, and leave them there until I get back down, they are light, great protection and they dont feel hot at all, after a year on them the only complain is that sometimes there seems to be something inside in the back that stings my leg, funnily I havent found what

    I would highly recommend this, they are plain great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by starry
    old thread, but i was hoping to see if anyone knows of other knee sleeve/pads that are like these sixsixone Evos...lighter ones that are not bulky and more for trail/xc than downhill?
    You could try the 661 "Veggie". Very XC/AM and are just thick neoprene. No magic putty inside. I like my Evo Lite's but like the guy above said, they can be uncomfortable on the back side here and there, especially the elbow guards.
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    i love my evo lite xc's, never leave home without em. although i haven't had a chance to try them in the summer heat yet.

    i've crashed a few times and been very thankful that i was wearing these pads. some direct knee-to-rock hits too. the pads are such that they won't totally insulate you from the impact, you will still "feel" the hit, but it dissipates the strike to the point where you shouldn't bruise from it or be feeling pain afterwards. for straight up high speed downhill i would want something beefier, but these are perfectly fine for riding normal speeds where pedaling is required.

    i would definitely buy them again. yes they are expensive, but if it means you will wear them in almost all conditions, then it is worth it. it's much cheaper than getting a cheap pair and not wearing them because they are too hot or bulky, and then getting hurt.

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    I've finally wised up and started padding up. Even though I rarely go down, I just realized its not worth the risk and the forced time off from doing what I love, riding my bike.
    Even on pretty basic rides, I slap on the pads, I want my body to last as long as possible.
    I had the Evo lites, while the fit of the elbows kinda sucked, the knees are pretty comfy. The protection they offer is kinda slight.
    When I decided to "commit" to padding up, I went for the POC Joint VPD in the knee and elbows. They are worth every penny. I go on three hr rides with them, that includes lots of climbing and pedaling, and I don't really notice them. I was anticipating a major adjustment period, but there was really none. Aside from being comfy they offer a great protection too.

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    I agree, that for XC, you should go with the evo light, is more than enough, if you are riding more agressively downhill, get something beefier... as the guy above said, sometimes its better to look ridiculous (but just abit ) and be protected than get a blow when you least expect it and spend days/weeks off the saddle.

    The POC protection systems are amazing, and...amazingly hard to find and amazingly expensive, but hey, they have the perhaps best skull protection system, apparently proven and it makes somehow sense. They are as expensive as Troy Lees though..

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    I have the knees, bought them for XC riding. I have Launch Pros for AM riding and rockgardn neos for DH

    Overall I like them but the sizing is pretty bad. Im 6'2" 210 pounds, and have really big sprinter's legs. The L/XL is still a bit to big for me, the velcro straps wrap around too far and they arent as secure as I would like. I wrecked in them on monday and they did slip down pretty easily. I have welts above and below my knees but my knees are fine so i guess they still did their job.
    Im still glad they make them though, there are no other good flexible breathable XC options. I just wish they would fix the sizing.


    The launch pros are amazingly comfortable and pedalable, they are just a tad bit too bulky and hot for regular xc riding. certainly do-able though and the protection and fit is better
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    I went from 661 evo (not the lites) to the POC VPD. Both elbow and knee. They are for sure expensive, but I think they are worth it. Very comfortable to wear.
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    do you guys find you push it harder because the pads give you more confidence? right now i wear a helmet and gloves and try to keeping nugging myself to step it up but i know i could go harder. i guess what i want to know is if you guys feel like wearing pads gives you more confidence to step up?

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    I would have to say yes to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    do you guys find you push it harder because the pads give you more confidence? right now i wear a helmet and gloves and try to keeping nugging myself to step it up but i know i could go harder. i guess what i want to know is if you guys feel like wearing pads gives you more confidence to step up?
    i snort copious amounts of coca-caine before riding and not only does my confidence skyrocket, but i dont feel anything when i fall...

    bet you cant say that for those knee pads

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    Knee pads are cheaper. Even expensive knee pads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko G
    i snort copious amounts of coca-caine before riding and not only does my confidence skyrocket, but i dont feel anything when i fall...

    bet you cant say that for those knee pads
    personally i go for meth but to each his own...

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul
    i guess what i want to know is if you guys feel like wearing pads gives you more confidence to step up?
    Well it depends, if you are riding a hardtail, with evo light protection and a simple XC helmet, and then you try yourself in a DH/FR/Agressive AM track, no you wont be feeling confident, even with the protection.

    But if you start to wear full pad ons and fullface helmete then maybe XC is the wrong category for you.


    AM, well yes, pads, a good AM Helmet, and maybe some light elbow pads and you dare a bit more in some trails, though, to be hones, you dare as much as your mind does, and that is your limitation, whether you are fully protected or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cesalec


    AM, well yes, pads, a good AM Helmet, and maybe some light elbow pads and you dare a bit more in some trails, though, to be hones, you dare as much as your mind does, and that is your limitation, whether you are fully protected or not.
    thats what i was looking for, i think i'll grab some pads just to see. my dh form is improving but i know i could still be faster, push harder in corners, etc.

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    I just want to pipe in and say that I just got a pair of Troy Lee Shock doctor knee gaurds, and for light/medium duty protection there is nothing I've tried thats better. They don't offer the full on protection of my POCs, but damn these things are so light and comfy, and they literally disappear when pedaling. Really easy to slip on too, and they stay put.
    I like them much more than the EVO lites with their fiddly straps, drove me nuts.

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