Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc
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I've recently started freeriding and racing enduro, so here's my armour list:
Lazer Excalibur full face helmet
Fox Racing "Bomber" gloves with carbon knuckle guards
Six-Six-One Comp elbow/forearm pads
Troy Lee Designs hip/tailbone protector shorts
T.H.E. Storm knee/shin guards
For sizing comparison, I've got 17" calves and the T.H.E. pads fit fine. They're open backed and have generous elastic and long straps on the LG/XL size. (Got mine at JensonUSA along with all my other armour)
The TLD shorts run a bit snug and they max out at a 2XL. I've got a 36" waist and 25-ish quads and the XLs are a bit on the "compression shorts" side.
The gloves, helmet, and elbow pads all have no issues for fit.
All that said - I wouldn't worry too much about getting all that stuff unless you're flinging yourself downhill as fast as you can, or jumping things taller than your shoulders.
A mouthguard, maybe, if you're really worried about your chompers. Upper body armor, I wouldn't worry about it; same with the hip/tailbone shorts. Take a look at softshell shinguards if you want something, but if you're not really throwing yourself down the hills, even kneepads might be overkill.
"I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
- Mandi M.