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Recommendations for elbow and knee pads that don't suck shit

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by englertracing, Jun 14, 2019 at 1:29 AM.

  1. englertracing

    englertracing Monkey

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    Can you give me recommendations for elbow and knee pads that don't suck. If you've only used one brand please refrain from replying to this as that type of feedback would be less than useful
     

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    IXS knee and elbow pads fit and stay put on on me. I'm talking the full length knee shin ones. They probably the best I've ever used of that variety.

    The elbows are still the stupid rock grabbing fabric so nothing special there but they do stay put. I don't wear the arm stuff very frequently.
     
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    Are you looking for trail or dh?
     
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    For knees, I like the 7idp Flex a lot and will be replacing my 2year old pair with the same. I’m hard to fit though, so options are limited.

    The ION pads look great too along with the IXS, but they didn’t fit.

    If I were you, I’d drive to Jenson and try every pad known to man. I’ve considered doing it a few times.
     
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    Maybe I should
     
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    one pair for both uses?
     
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    I've had really good luck with my Dakine (Slayer?) pads. They are a low profile trail pad but have decent knee coverage, stay put, and breath well. Stitching has held up for over a year which I can't say for most pads I've owned, and the knee material has stayed nicely flexible (unlike experience with POC). They're relatively affordable too.
     
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    Not sure which pads Woo is running but I've been rocking the iSX Carve Evo knee pads and they fit and breath really well. They've protected my knees from minor abrasions and bruises but I doubt their ability to protect me from a really hard impact. Also after about a season and a half they have some tears in the fabric due to snagging on pedal pins but that hasn't effected the fit or function.

    I'm thinking of buying the Fox Launch Pro D30 pads with the hard plastic protector for big shuttle days or park days where pedaling comfort and breathability are less important. My girlfriend and a few riding buddies have those and like them. Additionally the hard plastic can be removed or even replaced if you manage to mangle it. That might be useful if you want to run hard plastic for park/shuttle days and D30 only for trail days.
     
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    A couple of seasons ago I ordered ~8 sets trail knee pads and pedaled in them on the trainer for a bit. Wound up with the 7idp Transitions and they've served me well for a couple of seasons of heavy use. The stitching is just starting to come undone on one so I'm ordering a set of the Sam Hills, which are the same thing with some additional padding around the knee. The best feature of these is the sock comes high up the thigh so they stay in place really well with no slipping. I've crashed in them multiple times and they've done their job.

    I did the same thing with DH pads and wound up with Dianese Armoform Knees, but I haven't used them yet so I can't comment beyond pedaling fit.
     
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    For lighter pedaling duty, I find that the POC VPD Air Knee is an absolutely amazing product, but the VPD Air Elbow is garbage.

    I would buy the knee again without hesitation. It doesn't move and you completely forget about it.

    The elbow only stays on if I wear it on top of arm warmers.
     
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    I really like those as a lighter duty trail knee pad too. Wouldn't be my first choice for a DH pad (I've got the VPD 2.0s too, which I like for DH but are a bit hot and not great to pedal in).
     
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    Just got in a pair of Leatt Hybrid Ext. I literally just opened the box and finished trying them on.

    Quite impressed by the construction, however they gotta go back to NI cause the L/XL are not L/XL enough to get over my injury and winter emaciated thighs, let alone after i put back on some muscle. According to the size chart, I'm dead nuts in the middle of the L/XL size recs, so yea...XXL here I come. Even though they are stretched right out when I did the try-on, the articulation, cut and attention to detail were quite good, not a wonky seam or loose thread to be found.

    I'm betting shipping is gonna hurt from Canukistan to Northern Ireland (CRC), but these things ain't cheap enough to just toss into the back of the closet.
     
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    When it's cool out and I feel like getting crazy on the DH I usually wear a ballistic Jersey which makes me look cool as fuck:jester:. I tore my right ACL and never got it fixed, on that knee I wear a CTI brace on the DH.

    so basically I just need some trail gear, which I might use on the DH if it gets really fucking hot
     
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    Race Face Ambush have worked well for me for trail riding.
     
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    I've used these for DH for the last few years, and really dug them. I love the ability to take them off/put them on without taking off my shoes. They've always stayed in place great as well. They're getting a little tattered after 3 years, so I'm going to get another pair, or try out the Ion K Pact zip.
     
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    I’m on the 7idp Sam Hill’s at the moment and they’ve held together with a lot of use and washing over the last year and a half. Not many crashes but they’ve been comfy. They start to slip after about 2 hours out riding, but can be reset and will stay in place again for a while.

    I had the Flex before them and they were awesome. Hard shell, stayed in place, the strap over the calf and a “hammock” for the kneecap made them really comfy for pedalling. The fabric/neoprene below the knee cup disintegrated after a couple of years of use and being pulled on. It made them too loose after that happened so I chucked them out. They did their time. I’d likely get those again over the Sam Hill model.

    I also liked my RF Dig I had previously. Similar to the flex but somewhat less refined. I liked the fact they stayed in place, could be tensioned up tight if needed, and didn’t require shoe removal. They eventually started to give me hot spots on the kneecaps on long rides after they had aged a bit. The Ambush might be a bit better, but I’m not a huge fan of d30 stuff.
     
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    Endura MT500 knee pads have served me well on long rides and the name sounds like "enduro".
     
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    Skip the Ion as the zip falls apart in no time and also gets fucked up by tree sap. The Ambush is far far better. Mine got a bit funky and started irritating my underknees so I bought another pair but a good wash solved the issue and their pair is still like new.
     
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    Don't have any particular recommendation on knee pads, but I recommend Amazon Prime if your LBS doesn't have pads you want to try.

    If a set you bought doesn't fit, simply print the return label and send them back. Rinse & repeat until you find the ones you like.
     
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    The Sam hills are super warm and they bunch in the back of the knee. They slipped the first crash I was in. Shredded knee. I would not recommend.
    I'm still on the hunt myself for a good pad
    Sounds like pads are super personal. Sounds like I should go to the shop and try shit on and not read the internet. Vital said the Sam hills were too good. So I followed the heard
     
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    That's the key right there. Fit is completely personal. I had a set of the Ambushes mentioned in here multiple times and they were very uncomfortable and I wound up selling them. Now whenever I need new helmets or pads I just order one of everything, keep what fits me best and send the rest back. It's cheaper than buying something, not liking it and then buying something else later.
     
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    2nd. That's how I came upon the Enduras, by trying on a bunch of pads at multiple shops before a trip to WA.