Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Amongst the hills in So.Cal.
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Originally Posted by TrumbullCT
I agree with your point, however, sometimes there are brands that cater to or provide additional sizes for anyone outside the standard adult male size spectrum, such as ourselves.
But, now that I know your dimensions and see many similarities to my own, what gear do you use? I doubt I'll ever get into riding that would benefit greatly from body armor but at some point I'll want knee/shin, arm/elbow and a nicer brain bucket!
I am in the same boat here. I have found that most protective gear that fits riders with larger extremities tend to be bulkier. Meaning more for the dh freeride crowd. I have not found any xc protection to fit properly if at all. Azonic used to but the shin guards were full wrap neoprean and hot as hell. I was able to wear (forgot the manufacturer Fox I think) the chrom robocop looking shin guards but 1 crash and it tore the buckles off. If rockgarden comes out with a larger size then I would like to use thouse since I use there upperbody armor which fits nicely and has stood the test of time and many crashes
As far as a helmet, that is another story. Bell tends to make a helmet that fits more of a "round" head, Gyro fits a little narrower then the Bell and all the others seem to fit narrow, pointy heads. Bell and Gyro also seem to run on the larger side where as the others are either true to fit or smaller. I have not tried TroyLee yet so I do not know how they would fit.
p.s. I have also found that the manufacturers that make clothing for larger riders tend to lenghten more then widen