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    Knee + Shin recommendations, POC, Leatt, IXS

    Got a reminder the other day that it's time for new knee + shin guards.

    Requirements:
    • Hard shell
    • Can pedal in it on occasion
    • Not too hot
    • Full side protection of the knee
    • Long shin guard (covers the whole shin)

    Read many reviews and settled on top 3 finalists:

    POC Bone VPD Leg Guards
    Little concerned about the back of the calf cover, which heats things up. Is it removable?

    Leatt Knee and Shin Guard 3DF Hybrid
    Knee is D3O with no hard cap, so may not be enough protection.
    Those look more like motocross guards, where tall boots do not require full shin protection, so they do not go as low as the POC.

    IXS Cleaver Knee-Shin Pads
    Again not sure about how low the shin protector goes.

    Leatt Dual Axis Knee Guards
    Looks interesting, but not many reviews.

    Didn't make it:

    Race Face Flank Leg Guard: All D3O, nothing hard.
    Fox Launch: Hard to pedal, side protection not as good as the rest
    Fox Launch Pro: Too hot
    And a few others.

    Would love to know experience from people that tried more than one of those and can compare them.

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    I wrote this up a few weeks back on the Cleavers


    I'm very happy with them


    Recent large stack fractured wrist, big scuffs marks on the pads and knees are fine.


    http://forums.mtbr.com/apparel-prote...s-1008166.html

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    Thanks linky, good review and the photo really shows the extent of coverage, which is bigger than I could tell from other photos.

    The hard knee cap looks smaller than other designs, does it protect enough if you don't fall exactly forward? I found my knee always get hit in an angle, never straight head on.

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    I've had a few stacks and never had an issue of knee injury. Not to say I never will.

    The insides of the pads have an insert that your knee sits in so it doesnt move around

    https://mtbtokyogirl.files.wordpress...8-78648845.jpg

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    The Fox Launch Pro's are awesome as far as knee pads go. Not too hot, sometimes I forget they are even on when pedaling, and plenty of protection. Dont know about shin guards though.

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