Mountain Biking - reccommend me some shinguards!!
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I took the Bullit to a bike park yesterday. Man, you haven't lived until you do a foam-pit on a DH bike!!! I had a great time, except the suspension is bad about sucking up all your momentum on the jumps, which makes rythm sections tough.
Anyway, back to my question. Sometime (more than once apparently) I did the shin-grind thing with my jagged platforms, so it's time to invest in a good pair of shin-guards or knee/shin guards. I didn't even know I had grinded up my shins until I left and saw blood all over my socks, now that's having a good time baby!!
02-17-03, 12:00 PM
Take a look at 661's.
I would like a knee/shinguard combo if they make those. Seems like I remember seeing something like that somewhere, or would you suggest something else? Venting is a priority, much of my riding is in the heat (at least it will be).
02-17-03, 02:04 PM
Mike....are you one of the bigger guys here? I have a set of 661 race pads.....knee shin/forearm elbow and they are mediums....never used. Let me know if your interested.
02-17-03, 05:32 PM
Check out 661, FOX, Kona, and Dianese. They all make great stuff but they all fit differently. 661 and FOX make, I believe, at least 3 diff types and Kona makes 2 types and Dianese makes 4 types. You can also just go to your local MX store and pick some up there.
661 one makes some nice ones. Depending on how much protection you need, they make different ones. They make one called the "2x4" that I think is pretty nice.
02-18-03, 11:37 AM
I've been using the SIXSIXONE 2X4's for a couple of months now. Good Knee/Shin protectin and not too cumbersome. My only gripe is that I have HUGE calves and can't get the mesh backing to velcro closed! There is a velcro strap that does reach, but the mesh doesn't. Not a big deal. I spoke to the 661 rep about it and he said the Large was the biggest made.
If you want some wild looking ones, check out Fox Racing's Raptors. They are the ones that cost almost $70.00. Too rich for my blood!
Others to consider. ROACH brand from our Northern Neighbors, KONA, ...etc. Regardless of which you choose, they're gonna be hot! Price you pay for protection!
Have you looked at these (http://www.galls.com/shop/viewProductDetail.jsp?item=TE222) http://img.galls.com/images/products/TE222BC.jpgor these? (http://www.galls.com/shop/viewProductDetail.jsp?item=TE129) http://img.galls.com/images/products/TE129.jpg The hardshell one's have different sizes and they're less expensive than 661 or Roach. I've been considering htem for a while but I'm holding off for now.
I've been looking at the SIXSIXONE's, they look pretty good. I have some for MX but they have to be worn under moto pants, so I might end up with a set of those "veggies". Looks like they are just about right for me. I like the price of the ones that Raiyn posted too though, and after building this bike I'm working on now a little savings does sound pretty good :)
Thanks for the replies!
The one's I posted have ahem tactical uses as well :D
02-19-03, 09:15 AM
i bought the Dianese last summer - the ones that velcro for easy-on easy-off. i am totally satisfied. but then i'm really an XC guy who puts them in my pack and then straps them on for the downhill and then if i'm riding exclusively singletrack i will leave them on while i'm pedalling, so i wanted something that i could actually ride in, was light and easy to put on and off - but i think they also provide great protection. i have yet to actually ride in a bike park (although i was in a bike park last summer as i climbed up under the lift all the downhillers were riding up) but then i rode the singletrack on the backside instead of the main "run" down the front.
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