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    Armor questions

    I don't Free ride, or downhill, but I figured this was the board to ask this question. I basically ride technical singletrack on a 5 inch "trail" bike. No jumps or big air, occasional 2-3 ft drop. I like technical climbs, and REALLY enjoy flying back down. I am generally a finesse rider and don't go crash too often, but I'm getting sick of the trail rash I tend to get on my knees and elbows when I do go down.

    I am not a racer, but ride as fast up and down as my fitness will let me.

    I have been thinking about getting some armor, but really have no idea where to start. What I need is something to prevent the skin abrasions on my elbows/knees. Hopefully not too heavy, or too hot (Arizona riding). Comfort is important as I'd like to be able to wear it all the time when riding.

    Is there something like "light armor" out there or is it all heavy duty stuff?

    Can anyone help with suggestions? Thanks.

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    Try out the lizard skins shin guards...they are pretty light weight and will save yer ass from getting skinned up.

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    plenty of light armor out there, especially the DH race stuff ironically. Basically there are two types, hard shell and soft shell, where the soft stuff generally covers more surface area and more there to prevent abrasions rather than hard impacts, but can also be hotter too depending on the design.

    Plenty to choose from, with some overlap in designs: Dainese, 661, Roach, Rockgrden, Mace, Fox etc. Being a reviews site, a good place to start looking is http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/pads/

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    Roach Rally FR's. Hard shell, not terribly hot, cozy to pedal in.

    After I got these things, I realized what a dummy I was for not getting them years before even for just trail riding.

    I had a low (I mean real low) speed crash on some rocks 5 miles out in the desert near Las Vegas and got slashed to the shin bone.

    Could have been prevented. Not to mention all the other scars I have.
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    Look at Core Rat, too, especially the forearm armor. I've been wearing it for XC/trail/DJ for several seasons now, and have never been disappointed in the performance. It's also the coolest (temp-wise) stuff I've ever worn. The Burly knee is also a great performer. Never tried the shin pads, though. I wear 661 Veggie shins for everything but DH, for which I switch to something with a hard shell (Roach FR/DH, Rockgardn, etc).

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    Thanks everyone

    After doing a little research, I am thinking about getting the core rat arm guards with the Roach FR knee/leg guards. Does this sound like a reasonable approach?

    E<i>o Are you using the FR pads for your arms, legs, or both?

    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by enelnelson
    After doing a little research, I am thinking about getting the core rat arm guards with the Roach FR knee/leg guards. Does this sound like a reasonable approach?

    E<i>o Are you using the FR pads for your arms, legs, or both?

    Thanks again
    Good choice.
    Yeah i'm using Roach FR arms and legs. I looked into Corerat, and its pretty nicely made stuff also.

    From my experience, the Roach FR legs are great becuz they don't get in the way while pedaling and they stay put.
    The arms are great too but sometimes w/ the heat down here (GA), they get a little bothersome.
    Heatwise the legs don't bother me at all.

    BTW: Nice Element. I have one too.
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    You should check out 661 Racelite leg armor. Very light, well vented. They actually market it as XC protection. You can usually find it on sale (~$20) on the internet.

    http://www.vsportgroup.com/gear/pads_racelite.html

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