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    Roach Pads

    I'm sitting here with these new Roach shin/knee pads on. Please tell me once they are broken in they'll kind of fit better.
    I know we've done this topic to death, but what else would be good for a 5"7" female rider?

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    More detail maybe?

    What is not fitting well? Is it the knee or the lower shin? Or the entire set?

    What others did you try?

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    did you get the rally DH or FR? i tried on the DH at a shop and they felt big and a bit stiff. i didn't try on the FR though. but i've read good things about them.

    i just got the rockgardn airframes. i'm 5'8 and use the size small. i think they fit nice and don't move around. i've only had a couple slide outs, so no real big crashes to review about, yet. the new 04 has an extra adjustable strap on the thigh.

    i used to use the roach indy style. the airframes feel a lot cooler since its not a complete wrap around. a few times i hit my knees on rocks and the armor slid just enough to expose above the knee but they still saved me a bunch of time.

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    Yes, they will break in...

    I've got a pair of the 2003 FR ones (I think...they are the black ones with the four velcro straps) and they felt like my 661 4x4's before they broke in. Not to worry, they will break in, they are a bit warm in the summer though....

    Other suggestions:

    Sugio (spelling ?) used to make a really good pair of knee/shin guards. I still have a pair but they look like frankenstein's face from all the stiching I've done to keep them together. These are my favorite, light, break in quickly, fit extremely well, and they work.

    I am also trying the 661 veggie knee/shin combo for 2004. Again, a bit light-er in the protection department but the first-time-fit is awesome...these will need very little time to break in. See if you can try on a pair, I don't believe you will be disappointed.

    And if it is of any consequence, I am 5'6"...

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    Upset Roachesssss

    The whole thing is just so stiff and bulky. They're a medium. I guess when I wipe out I'll be glad they're so damn big, but I can't see pedaling effectively (if I have to pedal) with them. And they go all the way down to my shoe!

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    Upset The DH

    I have the DH, gray and black. They are just massive.
    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kat10
    I have the DH, gray and black. They are just massive.
    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
    That is exactly why I bought the FR version.... I'm 5' 5"

    And the FR legs are great for pedalling. Live and learn.

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