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    G-Form pads on sale at REI right now

    Just bought elbow ($35 vs $50) and knee pads ($42 vs $60).

    https://www.rei.com/b/g-form/c/cycling-clothing

    I know no pads are perfect, but reviews on G-Form for lighter weight protection seem good. Plus, REI satisfaction assurance make it worth a try.

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    G-Forms make good arm and knee warmers, but they aren't very effective in a crash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NRP View Post
    G-Forms make good arm and knee warmers, but they aren't very effective in a crash.
    Yep, I got them for bike parks like Cunningham and trails like Demo.

    Not for lift parks and hucking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NRP View Post
    G-Forms make good arm and knee warmers, but they aren't very effective in a crash.
    Hate to say, but my buddy said the same after a mild crash at waterdog.

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    I like the Leatt AirFlex pads. However, for me, relying on pads is questionable. I think knowing how to hop off the bike and run out of a crash is far more dependable in most situations.

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    Thanks for the heads up!
    I'm the problem....

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    I like a little more protection on the knees, but I wear elbow G-Forms on almost every ride. They've saved my skin-or more-on a bunch of crashes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    I like the Leatt AirFlex pads. However, for me, relying on pads is questionable. I think knowing how to hop off the bike and run out of a crash is far more dependable in most situations.
    That's my mindset too. And I don't like to have a bunch of gear. But...

    I have a few more scrapes/bruises than I thought I would have since getting back into mtbing last fall. A major reason why I ride is for the feel of the dirt/rocks/roots/etc, so I ride a hardtail. However, full susp riders are the standard these days, which I find pushes me to ride much more aggressively than I otherwise would.

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    The knee/elbow pads aren't much, but I do like their padded short liners. Not going to save you in a really bad crash but enough to turn a broken tailbone into just a really bad bruise. Same with just a bit of hip padding.

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    G-Form pads on sale at REI right now

    I want to like them but after 4 pairs and several crashes, no. Better than nothing but there are better options.
    Last edited by Structure; 2 Weeks Ago at 09:40 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Structure View Post
    I want to like them but after 6 pairs and several crashes, no. Better than nothing but there are better options.
    Thanks for the note.
    Now, uhhhhh, part of me wants to crash to test them out :/
    If they don't work out, I'm gonna try the Alpinestar Paragon line. I'm not a big-air huckster nor speed demon, so am prioritizing comfort over heavy duty protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin_sbay View Post
    Thanks for the note.
    Now, uhhhhh, part of me wants to crash to test them out :/
    If they don't work out, I'm gonna try the Alpinestar Paragon line. I'm not a big-air huckster nor speed demon, so am prioritizing comfort over heavy duty protection.
    I think I have a few pairs of these in the back of my MTB mobile. Swing by the 5k garage and you're welcome to take them out and crash a few times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    I think I have a few pairs of these in the back of my MTB mobile. Swing by the 5k garage and you're welcome to take them out and crash a few times!
    Thank you! I will certainly keep in mind as I put my G-Forms to the test.
    btw, still have to make it to the Dero bowl; riding has been limited by the holidays and rain

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin_sbay View Post
    Thank you! I will certainly keep in mind as I put my G-Forms to the test.
    btw, still have to make it to the Dero bowl; riding has been limited by the holidays and rain
    LOL, oh yeah I forgot about that! Some kids have built some ramps out there now that are fun to session.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin_sbay View Post
    Thanks for the note.
    Now, uhhhhh, part of me wants to crash to test them out :/
    If they don't work out, I'm gonna try the Alpinestar Paragon line. I'm not a big-air huckster nor speed demon, so am prioritizing comfort over heavy duty protection.
    Its not top secret. They do ok on initial impact but then tend to slide off. Being fair, some other pads do that too.


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    I like to ride with a good pair of gloves and some wrist wraps if I'm doing things that crashes are likely. I don't mind the knee and elbow scrapes, but wrist injuries suck, for a long time.

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    Thanks for the heads up - just ordered knee, elbow and shorts! They have a sweet $20 gift card thing going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    I like to ride with a good pair of gloves and some wrist wraps if I'm doing things that crashes are likely. I don't mind the knee and elbow scrapes, but wrist injuries suck, for a long time.
    Can you pls suggest some good wrist protection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wannabe_shredder View Post
    Can you pls suggest some good wrist protection?
    I actually use a wrist wrap that is used in muay thai/boxing, I just cut it down a little and don't wrap around the knuckles etc. The problem with a lot of the braces is they interfere with the grip/gloves etc and they are limited in their adjustment. The muay thai wrap is infinitely adjustable depending on how you wrap it and has a thumb loop and velcro that allows it to stay tight around the wrist. Stop the wrapping at the same place as about 2:08 of this video, then wrap the rest around the wrist.

    The wraps I like are called Mexican style wraps, basically they are more stretchy and not as stiff as the standard cotton style. They are cheap so get a Mexican style and standard style and see which you like best. It does take some time to get the tension right, so patience is required.


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    Leatt Airflex Pros are good knee pads for days when you pedal a lot, and they off decent crash protection in mild terrain.

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    If you don't know where to buy the muay thai wraps relatively cheap, you can also go to any big sporting goods stores and get regular boxing wraps for under 10 bucks.

    I just night go out to REI today since it's raining here, and see what they have in stock. Or call ahead, at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Radium View Post
    If you don't know where to buy the muay thai wraps relatively cheap, you can also go to any big sporting goods stores and get regular boxing wraps for under 10 bucks.

    I just night go out to REI today since it's raining here, and see what they have in stock. Or call ahead, at least.
    Yep, the one's I like are Mexican style Ringside or Fairtex Elastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5k bike 50cent legs View Post
    Yep, the one's I like are Mexican style Ringside or Fairtex Elastic.
    It's a good idea. I noticed that a number of my xc-riding friends had kinda delicate wrists and hands. But I never thought about suggesting wraps. I'll remember this.

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