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    New question here. How much protection do I need?

    I'm starting to wonder how much protection I really need. I see people totally covered head to toe on a 90 degree day and then people without even a helmet next to them. I already wear a mtb specific top notch full face, but I have never worn pads or guards. FYI, I ride a HT like I stole it on some medium size doubles and drops up to 5 ft.

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    There is no solid answer on that question. IMO, a helmet is the least bit of protection needed. I always wear knee pads unless I'm riding with my wife. For dh I wear knee, elbow, full face, neck brace as my minimal requirement. Sometimes ill wear a jacket type protection with chest, back, and shoulders depending on the trail.

    It's whatever you feel comfortable in.

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    You don't need any of it until you fall, then you might need all of it and then some. Personally, I like to stack the deck in my favor. Helmet only for XC type rides, and add knee/elbow pads as the consequences for a fall increase on all mountain type rides.

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