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    Body armor

    Ok, it is time to get it. I need something light yet covering back/shoulders/front as well.
    I come from XC and ride pretty smooth but my family is growing more this year:P
    i like the idea of 661 EVO stuff but I'd like something to cover shinbone as well.
    i don't do very big stuff and so don't need anything totaly bullet-proof. more AM-->lightFR stuff
    I looked at 661 and Dainese (I accept cost) but have no idea what would suit my needs

    I'm 6'3" and 205lbs w/o gear

    Your opinions please

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    you can mix and match. m y friend has some of the d3o armor, and after wearing it and throwing myself at the ground and such, its really no substitute for plastic. It'll ward off some of the harder hits and turn them from "bone breaking" to "really really painful" and help you lose some of the scratches, but its just not as good. For XC/AM thats fine, and that armor is perfect - you're not going 30 through a rock garden or doing giant hucks. I'd suggest some of the 661 evo stuff for the upper body, and then something that breaths well like the B lopes guards for the shins. (make sure you get plastic for the shins! always worth it imo

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    EVS has been doing body armor for a long time & is constantly steeping it up to be a leader. They work very close with top moto riders to protect them from & hold them together after injury.

    http://www.blueskycycling.com/produc...ear-Jersey.htm

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    I just got these, for the price you can't beat it: http://www.blueskycycling.com/produc...Kneeguards.htm

    They come down ~1/2 way on my shin and protect the knee real well. They are slightly bulky but as I'm riding I don't notice it at all. They breath really well, so my knees don't get really hot.

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    i have a flakjacket (which is awesome) for downhill/freeride stuff but this looks like a lighter, nice option:

    http://www.rockgardn.com/items/body-...htm?1=1&menu=1

    for knee/shin, fox has some fairly new launch shorty's that look good and have been recomended highly by more than one of my friendsfor being pedal friendly and comfy:

    http://shop.foxracing.com/ecomm/Auto...=29009001F.jpg

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    some people recommended lacross pads for the shoulder/chest as well. cheaper than the bike specific stuff out there. hey, those guys are running around in the sun too and need more flexability, so that's what I'm leaning towards. don't know how it'll hold up on massive stuff, but for light FR i'm sure it'll be fine.

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    I'll give my opinion from racing moto-x for 20+ years in 125, 250 and open classes. Also you said you don't do super hardcore stuff.

    For upper body armor: Elbow and for-arm protection. Shoulders are optional and chest/back are almost not needed at all. In moto-x the chest is mainly for roost protection. I would just skip the shoulders and chest unless you start doing hardcore stuff.

    Lower body: Light shin and knee armor.

    Helmet: Dunno but full face can't hurt.

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    thanks for all the replies.
    I don't realy need chest protection - agreed.
    i do need shoulders though - so many tight trees over here.
    stuff I do is not very rocky, rather roots and logs.
    i was thinking about back protection - i ride with camelbak 100%time - don't it interfere or sth? what would it save me from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by krolik
    i was thinking about back protection - i ride with camelbak 100%time - don't it interfere or sth? what would it save me from?
    Based on what you described, the camelbak is probably enough back "armor" Mine has saved me many times.

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    Water is good impact protection.

    Check out this air armor, have never tried it though.

    http://www.rxrprotectnorthamerica.com/
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    My 2 cents

    I've attached what I want to ride in, but I haven't figured out how to modify the cape to prevent a rear tire/choking issue.

    For now I just use the Fox Launch Knee/Shin Pads which provide pretty good coverage, though they create a couple of hot spots. Easy to put on and take off, and easy to clip to my back protection (Camelback Havoc). As for Elbow/Forearm, I'm still on a quest for the perfect set, the RockGardn I currently have (Cheap-o brand before these) have don't seem to have proper adjustment to keep them in place when I'm bouncing through the rock gardens.
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