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    G-Form Pads

    Anyone using G-Form knee & elbow pads? What do you think of them?

    Other than the hideous color they seem to be the cats meow for XC riding.

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    They look interesting, I might give them a try if my 661 Race elbow pads are uncomfortable or don't protect well (they're arriving on Tuesday).
    I'm probably going to order the saddle gel kit, because my sit bones ache after even 3 hour rides.
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    I just got a full set of the G-force pads, have not had the chance to use them yet. They should be nice for XC/trail riding. Look like they will be perfect for summer time. Good anytime pad, still would not replace my full on DH gear.

    I have emailed them a bit and they have replied to all inquires. Told them to get a short sleeve top in the works, sounds like they will.

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    G-form Pads

    Hi Snowboy76,
    I do some writing and testing for mtnbikeriders.com and I did a test on them if you wish to check it out.
    I loved them and they make a great XC, CX, epic ride pad due to the light weight and packability. Check out the article.
    Thanks MTBR for letting me post this for your reader.

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    Those do look great but, dear lord do they need to make them in black. Or a light brown so that it wasn't so noticable you were wearing knee pads at all.

    It amazes me how good a product can be but then the marketing dept screws it all up.
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    I have been using the knee and elbow pads for over a month now. They are super comfortable and I forget they are even there. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to crash test them yet. I ride 3-4 times a week in Sedona and every time I am about to crash, I end up saving it! I would recommend them.

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    i just ordered the knee and elbow pads. will have them thursday. once i use them a bit i will decide if i want to get the shin pads also

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    I don't get the yellow. I mean, why not all black? These look awesome, but like others have said I won't buy them until they make them in an all black version, or at least something a little less flashy.
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    no spiderman worshippers out there? wow, the marketing department didn't see that one coming...i'll stick with my 661 evo lite xc for now.

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    They are interesting, but I agree on the color not being the best, I suppose you could hit them with some of that paint on bed liner in a can and be good there. My next purchase will likely come down to a choice between the G-Form and 661, still undecided presently.
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    Been using mine for a while now, while I have not crashed yet with them they are very comfy. I call them my always pro. Unless I feel I need the burly DH stuff these will always be on my rides. They easily fit in most any pack.

    I am not vain enough to worry about color, if you had too you could color them with a sharpie I guess.

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    Seriously, promising-looking design, awful-looking color. I'm not sure its vanity to want to ride down the trail without looking like Marvel Comics.

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    How do they run for sizing? It say's to measure around the elbow in the center. I measure at 11 inches and that is a large? I'm not a big guy, their xs/s must be for kids?

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    i have had mine for a little while now. i am quite happy. honestly i dont even care about the yellow pads. they are dirty so they arent so bright anymore dont have any complaints. they work well

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    Quote Originally Posted by vmaxx4 View Post
    How do they run for sizing? It say's to measure around the elbow in the center. I measure at 11 inches and that is a large? I'm not a big guy, their xs/s must be for kids?
    Vmaxx, you'd be a size large. Their sizing seems spot on to me, and they seem to have a pretty good return policy if you don't like the fit.
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    I've ridden several times in mine and they sure are comfortable! I haven't had any crashes yet so I can't really talk about the protection. My knees are really bad and I can't even kneel down on them but wearing the G-Forms I can. I'm thinking about wearing them all the time everyday!
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    Well I finally went down pretty hard on my right knee yesterday. The G-Forms worked great! Got right back up and kept riding and the knee is fine today!
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    How hard are the yellow thingys? How do these compare in terms of protection when compared to say. the 661 evos?

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    They have black now.
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    I did not see that option on their product pages, where is it?

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    We had the opportunity to see the G-Form lineup at the InterBike trade show last week. The yellow color is loud, but they are offering all black versions now. Really interesting pad technology. We don't have them in stock yet, and have not riden with them, but based on handling them on a trade show floor...

    The pad material is softer and more pliable/"squishy" than the d3o material in SixSixOne's EVO line. They had an interesting product demo comparing the pad to McDavid's HexPad technology - not the right product to compare - using a bowling ball dropped from around 3-4 feet. I would have liked to have seen the pads compared directly to d3o instead, but to no surprise the G-Form outperformed the HexPad in protecting a pack of M&Ms.

    Construction quality seems high, pad placement and articulation while wearing the elbow and knees seems excellent. Weight is super light. The all-black color looks cool, but I think the black/yellow has it's place (underneath snowboard pants, for example). According to G-Form, the pads are abrasion resistant in the event of a crash - that's why they can place the pads on the outside vs having to enclose them inside a pocket (like d3o).

    The pad technology is somewhere between d3o, XPROTEX baseball gloves, and EVA foam. I really liked the product line and think G-Form is a good choice if you're looking for super light weight, underarmour-ish base material, and advanced d3o-like (maybe better?) padding that gives you a low profile but good impact protection qualities.

    We don't have it yet, but we've decided to bring G-Form into our product line. You have to look around to find it, but I suspect quite a few shops will pick it up in the next season.
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    G-Form pad are now finally offered in black.

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    I have had two sets of the G-Form pads and they work well, especially here in Texas where it's hot as hell. I have taken a few spills on the G-Form pads and they will protect you from a pretty good rap. My previous pads were POC, but the G-Form is almost as good at impact and not nearly as hot as the POC.
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    I've been using them all season now, close to a hundred rides wearing them and they still look great. There is no marks on them from the falls I've taken and they do work as advertised.
    As for the yellow colour, who cares? Your not wearing them to the clubs or to the movies.
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    I'm curious to know the actual weight of the knee pads, and how they sustained multi cycles of washing machine ? (if they are machine washable) ty

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    I think its f*in brilliant and want the full body armor as soon as it is available! The next thing we need is an all mount oriented ultra light and well vented full face helmet---- anyone?

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    I have both the elbow and knee pads. They generally stay in place, but I'm finding the knee pads bunch up behind the knee. Perhaps they need some rubber grip to keep them on the calf better. Other than that, I really like them.

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    Bump from the dead.......

    Sizing wise, people say to go up a size from what they say- I am on the bubble:

    Elbow 12"

    G-Form Sizing

    XL
    11.5 - 12.5

    2XL
    12.5 - 15.5




    Knee 17.5"

    G-Form Sizing:

    2XL
    16.5 - 18.0

    3XL
    18.0 - 20.0



    I was thinking ordering 3xl legs, 2xl elbows.

    I'm a clyde, 6' 265lbs....can anyone weigh in on their experiences?

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    I just got a pair of kneepads a month ago. I went with exact measured size and they fit perfect; however, I'm a light weight.
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    5'6" 165lbs here. I usually use medium arm/leg pads. For the GForm, I got large. I like the arm pads more than the leg. I find the leg pads bunch up behind the knees a little.

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    As far as the padding and 'all day' comfort, they have huge potential. Don't really notice them.

    My beef is the crappy knee sock. I find the heavy seam up the back and the shape cause some bunching behind the knee.

    I may transplant the pad on to a short pair of knee warmers. For the price, definitely worth getting.

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    I would go for the launch pro's, but I dont think my fat legs would even fit in the big ones.......

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    I found the sizing to be spot on for me....don't get any knee bunch either.

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    I think the sizing only works if you are thin and without a lot of muscle mass. The sleeves are not articulated, and don't take into account that your calves might be bigger in circumference than your knee cap. It's basically just a tube that gets narrower at the bottom. I have big calves and thighs and couldn't even get the recommended size on my leg. I had to go up two full sizes, and then the fabric behind the knee is loose and bunches up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlavC View Post
    I think the sizing only works if you are thin and without a lot of muscle mass. The sleeves are not articulated, and don't take into account that your calves might be bigger in circumference than your knee cap. It's basically just a tube that gets narrower at the bottom. I have big calves and thighs and couldn't even get the recommended size on my leg. I had to go up two full sizes, and then the fabric behind the knee is loose and bunches up.
    I would have to agree with you. I don't know why they don't size these pads like traditional knee warmers. I just got my pads yesterday, went with a large based on knee circumference and the top cuff slides down to top of knee due to being too tight on the thigh and bunches in back as well and I don't even have big thighs. I need at least a size up, don't know why they make them so small at the ends. I put the knee pads on my elbow and they fit much better there, go figure.
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    i am about to pull trigger on knee pads but these sizing issues got me worried. i have 15.5" around my knee which puts me right between L and XL. my thigh is 23" around in the middle of its length. wander what size people with similar sizing got.

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    I had the same dilemma. I was between M and L. Went with large because I knew Iíd be pulling them on over Under Armour pants. Interestingly, I found that they didnít stretch out and can still fit now comfortably on bare legs. Your call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brankulo View Post
    i am about to pull trigger on knee pads but these sizing issues got me worried. i have 15.5" around my knee which puts me right between L and XL. my thigh is 23" around in the middle of its length. wander what size people with similar sizing got.
    14.5 around the knee, 21.5 thigh. Needed XL.

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    I had the same sizing concerns and emailed G-Form directly and they recommended going up a size. They also said though that if I'm not happy with the fit to email them and they will exchange, no questions asked.

    I've been riding these for about a month now and am very happy with them. These really are the best trail riding pads I've worn yet. I'd not rock these on a DH course, but for AM riding, they are great.
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    yeah, i got same email from g-form. going with xl

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    On sizing...I originally ordered the large based on my knee circumference (14.75 left and 15.25" right)and the pads over the knee cap fits nicely, but the sock is a bit tight on lower thigh and calf. Contacted G-Form and they sent me out a pair of XL to try and pads/sock is longer. Fits thigh and calf a little better, but bunches behind the knee a little more due to extra length and the padding is a little loose over the knee.

    What to do...go with the ideal fit of padding over the actual knee with tight fitting and shortish sock or longer sock with slightly better fit on leg, but a little more bunchy benhind the knee and not ideal fit of padding over the knee? Any suggestions? Thx if so.
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    Having it super tight at the top of the calf is what keeps them in place.

    Even though mine are tight at the top too, the sock slips down, but the pad stays in the right place.

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    They give just a little over time on the calf area, but you want them tight so they don't move. Maybe this is why have not had any uncomfortable experiences with mine. I would say stay with the large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motochick View Post
    They give just a little over time on the calf area, but you want them tight so they don't move. Maybe this is why have not had any uncomfortable experiences with mine. I would say stay with the large.
    Thanks MC, think I am going to stick with the the large as well, just based on the fact that they are not as long as the XL (will be some cooler in summer) and the padding fits over the actual knee cap a bit better, even though it is pretty tight everywhere else.
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    The g-form rep was at outerbike demoing their pads, many riders wore them during demo rides and I heard only positive comments. The rep was wearing the elbow pad while talking it up pretty good. He had a hammer that he hit his elbow with to prove it wasn't just hype. There were several people around and I suggested that he should let me hit his elbow with the hammer to truely prove their effectiveness... and he did! I whacked him good twice, and he seemed to be fine. It would have hurt like heck without the pad I am sure of that.

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    I have a pair of the G-Form knee pads. I had to size up to large--probably because avid cyclists have bony knees and muscular thighs/calves? As others have said, ideally the opening should be a bit wider, while keeping the knee section a bit tighter. This said, they are relatively comfortable the first two hours, but thereafter I am keenly aware of their presence. I tend to slide them down on my calves like shin guards on long uphills; that provides relief from the bunching behind the knee issue others have mentioned.

    The best part, though, is that they work very well for protection, especially in such a tiny and light package. I'd never be carrying heavy pads with me on long rides, but these I always pack (and usually wear). I just took a nasty spill at 25mph, and my knees are intact, and so are the pads even though there was a serious impact and slide on gravelly dirt. I wasn't wearing elbow pads, sadly. My elbow is one nasty raw bit. I have elbow pads on order now.

    I think that a great benefit of the G-Form pads is that you'll be wearing them on rides where you'd leave your other protection home. And they certainly offer real protection.
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    I've owned the knees for several months. By far the best and most comfortable pads I've ever had. I get very slight bunching behind the knee, but I only notice it for a couple of minutes.

    In all fairness, these pads are made for a variety of pastimes/hobbies/sports. Most of those other groups don't tend to develop the weird big calf/bony knee/big quad build that cyclists do. It would be cool to have MTB-specific ones built that take this into account, but I'm still extremely pleased with mine.

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    We recently purchased the knee pads for the both of us. We ride year round on technical trails and currently the trails are covered with snow and ice. The appeal was to be able to wear them under clothing. I wont wear them for dh (prefering my heavy duty Kyle Straits)
    Going to try them out today

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    Just pushed the button on a pair of these in black, based on the information you guys had posted above thanks now to see how long they take to get to Australia?

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    got my knee pads today. in the end i went with 2xl. the fit is nice, not too loose not too tight. havent ridden them yet though. can feel some bunching at the back of the knee, but until i ride in them i cant tell if it is going to bother me. if it does i am thinking of cutting round opening and have my wife finish the edge of it somehow.

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