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Armor for XC

Discussion in 'Cross Country, All Mountain & Trail Riding' started by vtjim, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. vtjim

    vtjim Beware of Milo & Otis

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    How many of you wear armor and why? Do you sport a full face helmet?

    I'm thinking of at least picking up a pair of shin/knee guards and it's going to be time for a new helmet soon. Is full face worth it? It always seemed more for DH to me, but more and more I see XC people wearing full face helmets.
     

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  2. Heidi

    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

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    For gnarlier xc I wear my elbow pads sometimes. Not the full face though. It's tough riding 25+ miles in a full face helmet!
     
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    jacksonpt Turbo Monkey

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    Wear what you need to in order to enjoy the ride. If you take a lot of bumps/shots, wear more padding. I personally only wear gloves (to protect my hands from brush/prickers) and a helmet (duh).
     
  4. vtjim

    vtjim Beware of Milo & Otis

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    that's why I'm thinking of going with the knee pads. There a lot of rocks/roots etc. here so I think it would go a long way.

    The full face? Not so much. More just curious what peoples opinions are.
     
  5. Arkayne

    Arkayne I come bearing GIFs

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    It depends on how handsome you are. :) You shouldn't make the decision based on what the 'other' riders wear. If you are a confident rider and don't mind some scrapes on your face if you beef, then a regular helmet will do.

    Wearing body armor is also up to you. Go borrow a friends knee/shin pads for a ride and see if it restricts your movement or chafes you. I'm getting old and can't afford to get hurt anymore so I sometimes wear it on some hairy trails.
     
  6. vtjim

    vtjim Beware of Milo & Otis

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    Ok, so without sounding like a jerk here, I'm so tired of the "make your own decisions" advise. I'm more than confident enough to do so, I'm simply asking what other people's opinions are.

    That being said... I would assume that a well made (and spendy) pair of shin guards would probably be more comfortable than a cheap pair. I hadn't really thought of that.

    Anyone have suggestions from experience on a good pair?
     
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    jacksonpt Turbo Monkey

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    I never really understood shin guards. Elbow/knee pads for sure, but do people really bang their shins that often? I think the only time I've ever banged my shin I did it on a pedal, and I think I was probably doing something stupid when it happened. I don't think I've ever whacked my shin during a crash/endo...
     
  8. Zark

    Zark Hey little girl, do you want some candy?

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    I'd rec. armor that isn't too constricting, you won't need back of the calf protection for example. Dianesse makes some light, breathable stuff that might be ideal. Most likely you'll have to get what you can find in a shop (usually Fox). Make sure whatever knee-shins you get that they don't creep down off your knee and fit sercurely.

    I usually don't wear armor for xc rides, but understand it all depends on the trails your riding and your comfort level.

    Good luck Jim!
     
  9. Zark

    Zark Hey little girl, do you want some candy?

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    I've had my wheel kick up a fist sized rock into my shin before.:shocked:
     
  10. vtjim

    vtjim Beware of Milo & Otis

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    I'll probably go to a local shop and try some on. I didn't really need anything riding out in California as everything I was riding was pretty smooth single track, but a lot of the trails out here are rocky and get pretty gnarley.
     
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    i find any protection gets really hot, sometimes unbearable.

    think about getting a nice big camelback that can fit armor/helmets while you climb...

    i'll second the dianese vote, they make some smaller profile gear. also fox makes some knee/shins that are a little less coverage.
     
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    I used to ride with knee/shin guards and elbow/arm guards all the time as I ride very technical/gnarly trails and wasn't a confident or experienced rider. I had pretty good luck with the 661 2x4 & 4x4s. Of course, any armor gets hot, but you do get used to it. The Troy Lee Designs Lopes pads are quite nice too. They seem relatively breathable and are light. I've also used the Fox 911 pads (old style, not the newer ones) and some new Specialized ones too that seem relatively nice.
     
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    vtjim

    your in our neck of the woods now!! Put on the Knee and elbow pads! if you are going to be riding lynn a lot you will Need them ! you might even want Full face depending on How much hucking you like to do.
     
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    vtjim Beware of Milo & Otis

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    Yeah I know. I lived here for a couple years (a couple years ago) and I usually fall at least once riding Lynn. I'm anticipating more falling!

    I've got a bike that can handle big hits, it's just a matter of how big I'll go. I tend to bite off more than I can chew so that kind of prompted this thread.
     
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    My shinbones have a similar profile to my car keys. They always suffer kickback from pedals during a crash and rocks are constantly kicked up into them. Although painful it is a tough area and I've never suffered serious damage so I have never worn protection. After I cracked my kneecap I wore a kneepad for a while. It was too much of a pain in the ass to deal with.
     
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    splat Nam I am

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    Put the full face on!

    what Lynn Did to me ( glad I had my Shin Guards on or it would have been worse )



    same ride what it did to donny !

     
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    Woodsguy mentions an excellent point -- I very rarely, if ever ride without my glasses (Smith Sequel's with interchangeable lens) and full finger gloves. And, I NEVER ride any trails without my helmet (regular XC not a full face).
     
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    vtjim Beware of Milo & Otis

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    I always wear full finger gloves and helmet, and usually wear glasses. I've got a pair of Briko's with clear and yellow lenses.

    Just considering further protection.
     
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    I wear glasses, full figer gloves, helmet and 661 kyle straits kneepads.:a little hot but they are the only pads that i've found that really stays in place..when i go dh'ing i just add the shin pads.
     
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    Gloves and an open face giro helmet. Thats what I wear for everything except DH.
     
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    The scars covering my shins say yes.


    I'm still not going to wear armor, though.
     
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    For XC it is a regular XC or Road lid, full finger gloves, and usually glasses (occasionally I forget them). I can't see riding XC with more really.
     
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    Probably depends on what the temperature is outside too!! The Fox Mojave glove is the best glove I have ever worn, but it isn’t warm enough when it gets nippy!!! If you are racing XC, I wouldn’t wear anything but gloves and helmet if you want to go light. If its cold out, extra layers are good! The cold stings!!

    I’m not about bulky armor, but this site has some nice stuff that isn’t to bulky if you are interested. http://www.skinzprotectivegear.com/bicycleproduct.html Scroll down to the bottom.

    But don't take my word for it... I'm learning as I go!
     
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    I'll occasionally bust out a set of knee-shins if I'm going somewhere really tech like Lynn or Nam, or if it's icy. Other than that, I don't dig armor for XC.
     
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    i cant stand armor for xc riding, unless you are really falling that often id stay away from it. I find it way too restricting.
     
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    The soft knee pads are popular, like the 661 Tomcats. I wish I had some, I took 3 shots to the legs in the last 2 weeks.
     
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    Dainese knees and shins, fox gloves, potty lid (no way full face!). Occasionally elbows if I'm feeling dangerous.
     
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    I'm still waiting for the 3DO pads from 661.