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    Armor ....the horror....the horror

    Been using a set of CoreRat Arm/Leg armor that is on its' last leg (3 seasons of my inept riding) and it has served me very well. I'm about ready to get a new set, and wanting to try something different. Seems all the Canuks (crazy ba$tages they are) and most of the ppl on this board like the Roach FR stuff so that seems like my most likely choice.

    Which brings us to my question.....Those of you that have this armor, how well does it handle repeated washings, and can you just toss it in the washer and dryer, or does it have to be hand washed and air dry??? One of the key features for me of the Core Rat was I could disassemble the stuff and get the HORRID stench outta it with a good thorough washing. You all know the smell I'm talking about....the one after riding 3-6hrs in 80deg or more temps....PHEW!!!

    It is also important to me to be easy to wash because a lot of the trails I ride are littered with Poison Oak and I've contracted the stuff from my armor when wearing it on subsequent rides. Would the Roach armor hold up to washing in Tech-Nu (de-odorized mineral spirits essentially) either full strength or diluted??

    Thanks for your input in advance....
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    You like-a the Roach, Get-a the Roach.

    Armor is the hardest thing to buy, let alone advise another what to.
    Rule 1: It has to fit comfortably, and also cover properly. Just go around bike shops and try some on after you take a shower people please not after a ride. Thats tha way to do it.
    Rule 2: It's gotta breathe. Armor that covers your entire limb is crazy to me. Some sets seem even too warm for snowboarding, let alone excessive sweating. I like Knee/shin guards tha are open in the back. Its a small price to pay to stay cool. Unless you live way in northern Canada. Then I guess you have more options.
    Rule 3: The more the merrier. If you have a few pairs, they wont get so nasty if you alternate them in use. Like gloves or shoes, if you use a different pair every once in a while, you prolong the life of it.

    I wash all my armor in a washing machine with liquid detergent on a delicate or permanent press cycle, warm or cold water. Air dry always. No matter what the tag, if any, says.

    Straps will always fail first, if not, other seams or glue involved will. Keep in mind they do fall apart after time. Be aware of any weaknesses after time and abuse settles in. Duct tape or a girlfriend who sews works well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSUN
    I wash all my armor in a washing machine with liquid detergent on a delicate or permanent press cycle, warm or cold water. Air dry always. No matter what the tag, if any, says.
    I do the same with Febreeze in between.
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    Quote Originally Posted by e<i>o
    I do the same with Febreeze in between.
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    any armor I've had has held up to repeated washings. make sure the velcro is stuck to itself, throw everything in a mesh bag and toss in a front loading washer on medium or permanent press. air dry. did that every week for the entire season, and stuff still looks almost new.

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    you don't need to wash them everytime, that will shorten their lifespan. Setting them out in the sun to dry helps to kill off bacteria which makes the stink; the drier won't work in this respect, although drying them off quickly always helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedro
    you don't need to wash them everytime, that will shorten their lifespan. Setting them out in the sun to dry helps to kill off bacteria which makes the stink; the drier won't work in this respect, although drying them off quickly always helps.
    Word, mine don't smell and I usually just leave htem out to dry.
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    i just wash them in a bucket by hand....way better
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