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    How much protection?

    Ok. How much.. I want to do what I can to avoid injury. Currently I have a helmet and glasses.

    I plan to get elbow and knee protection.

    So. Tell me about shorts and compression shirts. They come in a wide range. Is it too much? Or something to work towards. I know I am trying to cut weight and my skills will increase. Maybe I should wait to purchase this item?

    To narrow things down a bit. I am riding mostly in the trail/AM catagory. And honestly I might be riding trails that are closer to xc.

    I am starting to try more technical sections. Roots trees and tight sections that i am slowing down instead of flying through. I am trying to get into the air more, However, at this time I am only encountering drops of 2-3'.



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    Personally, my preferred attire is lined DH shorts, gloves, a helmet, and kneepads. My arms take some hits, but they're always glancing blows where i get some scratches, but no impacts. Same goes for my head, tbh. Knees take a beating, though, and so kneepads go on every ride where i'm entertained. It takes about 2 dozen wrecks to kill a pair of dh shorts, and they're great for protecting against abrasion until then. They do a great job of staying out of the way, too; worth the expense. Been really happy with spandex boxer briefs like these under them, they keep everything in place nicely. Padding belongs on the saddle, not attached to my crotch.

    I add long sleeves, goggles, and a full face at the bike park.
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    A helmet w/ good side/rear coverage... full finger gloves with knuckle protection... + I've recently purchased some knee pads & they've saved my bacon already =)

    Update: suitable eyewear o_0

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    Since it was brought up briefly already in this thread, I will ask: is anything typically recommended for between the legs? I am about to buy my first nice bike and plan to do a lot of riding in the AM/XC realm. I have never sat a bike for long periods of time so I don't know what to expect down there.

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    They sell padded underwear called chamois... that help with the seat.

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    There is no standard recommendation. Wear whatever protective gear makes you comfortable but be aware that it's not going to prevent all injuries. Fingers/hands/wrists in particular are pretty much always going to be vulnerable.

    Personally, I wear as much as I can stand given the temperatures.

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    I wear different gear for different riding. The more peddling involved, the less armor I wear. Eyes, head and hands are always protected , I also wear calf high socks to help a hair.

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    I always wear eye protection, full finger gloves with knuckle protection, chamois and a helmet. If I am stepping it up past simple XC I add knee and elbow pads. If I am doing anything beyond that it's my full face helmet and chest protector. It really comes down to what you ride will be so there is no simple answer.

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    It definitely depends on what you feel comfortable in. Unless I'm on my road bike, my minimum protection is a lid and gloves. I wear shorts with the built in chamois for trail riding and always wear glasses. Also, under my t shirt I'll wear an Under Armor shirt... that helps with sweat management but has also saved me some road rash / pebbles getting stuck after a wipe out.

    Personally, I think a good set of bike shorts is all you need to ride trails (in addition to what you got now).
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    For "all day" rides.. basic riding with the guys taking it easy.
    Gloves, 3/4 helmet, decent shoes.
    I used to wear boardies (swimmers basically) and normal glasses (for seeing cause I'm blind) But have recently upgraded to proper shorts and proper riding glasses.


    If i know I'm doing anything abit more serious, or I'm riding with that one guy who loves to push my limits then I'll ride with abit more protection. Usually at a cost to weight/heat.
    More often than not, I've started riding with a full face (Met Parachute, surprisingly light and breathable), proper padded riding shorts, hard outer knee/shin pads.. and now riding glasses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LinkyPinky87 View Post
    For "all day" rides.. basic riding with the guys taking it easy.
    Gloves, 3/4 helmet, decent shoes.
    I used to wear boardies (swimmers basically) and normal glasses (for seeing cause I'm blind) But have recently upgraded to proper shorts and proper riding glasses.


    If i know I'm doing anything abit more serious, or I'm riding with that one guy who loves to push my limits then I'll ride with abit more protection. Usually at a cost to weight/heat.
    More often than not, I've started riding with a full face (Met Parachute, surprisingly light and breathable), proper padded riding shorts, hard outer knee/shin pads.. and now riding glasses.
    What type of riding are you doing?

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    Gravity sessions.. riding down and either fire/road back up, or walking (and riding where possible) back up the trails.

    Few jumps, fast berms, many rocks, many trees.
    Very natural trails.

    Saying that, I feel as tho the Parachute breathes well enough that I would even wear it now on an all day ride (as they usually end up finishing on the above mentioned trails)
    And strap my knee/shin pads to my bag.
    *they are IXS Cleavers. Pretty robust and have held up to a few falls.

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    Helmet, gloves, knee pads for every ride. If I'm riding in a park or somewhere rowdy, I might add elbow pads. If I'm riding a park or a trail that is purely up then purely down, I'll take a full-face helmet. In that case, I'll wear goggles instead of sunglasses.

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