Any MTB specific socks w/ some built in shin/ calf protection?-
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    Any MTB specific socks w/ some built in shin/ calf protection?

    My platform pedals combined with my crappy pedaling style has resulted in a LOT of skinned shins. The one yesterday was bad and needed stiches.

    My LBS looks like a deer caught in headlights when I ask for this: Any tall compression socks that include some lightweight shin protection/ blood absorption abilities?


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    Just get some soccer socks and some soccer shin guards. Mountain bike specific no but will fit the bill just fine.
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    Yeah, soccer shin guards were the first thing that came to my mind, but this issue is why I finally gave in and learned to ride clipless (but of course I currently have a huge bruise on my ass due to clipless, so who knows).

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    I rode the last half of last year on platforms with some serious spikes on them. I just picked up soccer shin guards and they worked perfectly. This season I have gone back to my eggbeater pedals. My personal preference is clip less.
    Two six till the day I die.

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    Check out the G-Form shin pads. Or if you're on a budget, soccer shin guards as mentioned above. The real question is why your feet are slipping. Do you need longer pins, grippier shoes or maybe both?

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    Thanks guys. I bought some soccer shin guards last night w/ some compression sleeves to hold them in place.

    My foot actually flew off when I tried to manual (I think it's called) off a 3' ledge drop off. I landed the manuever beautifully but killed my shin in the process.

    Although it's my worst scrape, my lower legs look like crap ever since I began MTBing. So this is a good solution for me.

    Thanks again.

    PS. I'm not a fan of clipless pedals. On the very technical trails we rode last Sunday, my partner probably crashed 10x in part because of those pedals. No thanks.

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    Does anyone know if there are any enduro specific socks?

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