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    Lycra and a good armored set of gloves like the fox Unabomber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjammin View Post
    The pad looks like a ninja turtle humping your knee.
    Quote Originally Posted by SuperSlow View Post
    Nice. Looks available July 2018...I can't ride again til then anyways, perfect!
    Quote Originally Posted by Ridenfool View Post
    Also, it looks, ... flexy.
    From the reviews, testers really seem to like them. They offer the same pad with less protection if the SH is too bulky. Agree it does look a bit odd but all of them do, especially the g-form types. I've had the bigger dowhill style 661s and POCs and usually reluctant or even avoid using them in the super slow switchback tech out here. Anything will be an improvement over that misery.


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    I wrap my chainstays in roadie bar tape, i wear helmets and gloves.
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    I don't have personal experience with any of these, but here is an MTBR article about helmets with removable chin bars. Best of both worlds or worst? I would not wear a regular DH helmet around here in the summer. If I wanted my brain to fry, I'd do it the old fashioned way - with drugs.

    Five new enduro-ready helmets with removable chinbars - Mtbr.com
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    This is my biggest gripe with being a convert from Dirt Bikes to MTBs: Protection, or lack thereof

    When riding dirtbikes whether it was 20F or 95F I was clad from head to toe:
    • Full Face Helmet
    • Neck Roll
    • Chest/ Back Protector
    • Dirtbike Gloves
    • Kidney Belt
    • Kevlar lined pants (exhaust side)
    • Knee/Shin Guards tucked into
    • Knee High Plastic/Leather Boots
    • If below 50F, Elbow Pads (Built into Ballistic Nylon Jacket)


    I crashed more times than I could count. Each crash went one of two ways: 1) Wow, that hurt, I need "X" to prevent that from happening again, or 2) Yeaahaa that was fun, glad I had "X".

    Examples:
    1) Was riding some woops and went OTB, landed on my head/shoulder and tweeked my neck. Responce: Buy a neck roll
    2) Was riding fireroads with my dad and we both missed a corner right after each other. We were going 65-70 on the straights and 45-50 on most of the corners. Turns out this was a 35mph corner. He crashed, fell into bushes; I ran over his bike and crashed right next to him. We both got up, checked ourselves over and high fived each other because it didn't even hurt. Picked up our bikes and rode on.

    Over 12 years of riding I think I went through 6 helmets due to crashes, my chest protector saved at least 2 impalings and 1 collapsed sternum and my boots saved broken toes and shins countless times.

    MTB is a different animal, I tried riding with a MTB specific full face but found myself overheating, even in 70-80 degree weather. Even after biffing it and destroying the helmet, I've switched to a full back, open face helmet (TLD A1). I wear knee pads (T.H.E. Maxi Knee Pad) only when I am riding parts of walnut or deception. Otherwise it's just gloves and a helmet. I want to wear more gear but it sucks the joy out of riding for me, so I just find myself riding a bit more cautiously.

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    Racing motox I wore Alpinestar boots (Hipoint then), 'leathers' (made of nylon) with plastic knee cups and 1/4" foam hip pads, nylon jersey with vent holes. Bell open face helmet, Scott goggles. I could never wear gloves because they slowed my reach for the front brake. When they ran all of the intermediate classes together or in practice I wore a chest protector and snap on face guard (the big bike threw rocks). I fell a lot. I never got hurt. . I had more blisters on my hands than any other "injury". Lots of bruises and quite a few skins and scrapes. But no major injuries.

    I think people should use the best protection they can. Other than gloves and maybe a full face helmet - I did then.

    The only time I got hurt on dirt bikes was when I had not ridden or trained for almost a year (no time while attending UT). I no longer had the strength to keep my feet on the foot pegs during a tank slapper and wiped out an ACL

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    Quote Originally Posted by txduc View Post
    Did the similar two years ago but ended up with a replacement radial head along with other hardware. Not sure if pads would have made a difference but I do wear them occasionally now. I've had great luck with forcefield armor on my motorcycle so that's what I went with for elbow protection and G form knee pads. The G form pads are lighter and more comfortable but don't seem to offer near the impact protection that the forcefield pads do.
    Well looks like I'll at least need some surgery to straighten everything out. So elbow pads will be in my future at a minimum if just to protect my investment.

    Pads wouldn't have helped much for my situation either, I landed on outstretched hands.

    Looks like I could be out until October so enjoy the heat...

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    Kindred spirits. I went OTB on Brushy Creek and wound up with a Monteggia fracture and a torn later ulnar collateral ligament. Had surgery, plate, screws, replacement radial head, a couple half hitches to reattach the ligament, the works.

    Like you, I figured I should get some good pads, and I decided on these. They have the same “harden on impact” material as the G-Forms, plus plastic caps like the DH pads.

    https://www.foxracing.com/launch-pro...guards#start=2

    https://www.foxracing.com/launch-pro...uards#start=12
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    Can anyone speak about how the G-Form knee pads perform in our temperature?
    Currently 3.0". With hard work and dedication I hope to see 2.8" maybe even 2.6"

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatBoyOnaDiet View Post
    Can anyone speak about how the G-Form knee pads perform in our temperature?
    Better than anything else, but if someone tells you they "forget they are wearing them", they are either dirty filthy liars or they have already lost consciousness due to the heat. The sleeve part breathes as well any athletic clothing (which is waaaay better than most pads), but the pad parts don't breath at all.

    I only wear mine if it is under 85.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FatBoyOnaDiet View Post
    Can anyone speak about how the G-Form knee pads perform in our temperature?
    Hot but better than most anything else. They were really nice when it was 15 degrees in Bentonville.

    If you want very minimal padding to help with basic bumps bruises and cuts to your knees, look into the hex foam pads for volleyball that are sold at academy.

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    No shoes needed with this much ninja turtling brah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    Better than anything else, but if someone tells you they "forget they are wearing them", they are either dirty filthy liars or they have already lost consciousness due to the heat. The sleeve part breathes as well any athletic clothing (which is waaaay better than most pads), but the pad parts don't breath at all.

    I only wear mine if it is under 85.
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    Hot but better than most anything else. They were really nice when it was 15 degrees in Bentonville.

    If you want very minimal padding to help with basic bumps bruises and cuts to your knees, look into the hex foam pads for volleyball that are sold at academy.
    Thanks guys.
    Currently 3.0". With hard work and dedication I hope to see 2.8" maybe even 2.6"

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    Quote Originally Posted by FJsnoozer View Post
    Hot but better than most anything else.
    Had to read this several times before it didn't look like "Hot butt butter" (another fine example of the absence of an Oxford comma)

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