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Old 04-14-09, 12:13 PM
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Getting some serious protection

As you may have read in my other recent thread, I'm looking at getting a full face helmet (have just got the LBS to order in a giro hex to use on the trails so thats already covered).

The guy at the shop said that the giro remedy is pretty much the best choise unless I want to go spending large amounts of money. Anyone agree with this, it is a pretty sweet looking helmet although I haven't tried one on yet.

I also want to get shin/knee guards to try and slow down the progression of cuts across my legs. So far I've only got 1 set of cuts on the back and that was from the chainring which I'm going to be swapping for a bash guard soon so thats that problem gone. Has anyone got any cuts on their calves from other stuff or is chainrings the only cause. If so I geuss open backed ones is the way to go.

From that point the raceface ones look pretty good. Again, anyone tried them or any other experience/suggestions?

Going on hols for a few days but looking forward to reading all your ever so helpfull comments when I get back .
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Old 04-14-09, 12:26 PM
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Full-face helmets all fit differently. I liked the look of the Specialized Deviant but it didn't fit on my head. My options were pretty much Fly and Fox.

As far as leg armor goes, Dainese makes some good stuff.
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Old 04-14-09, 02:21 PM
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You gotta try them on.

I couldn't for the life of me get my melon into a Bell, Remedy, or a Mace.

The same size Fox fits me fine.
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Helmets, as Ghetto stated, you need to try 'em on. All manufactures have a slightly different shaped shell, some a lot more then others. Plus a different model from the SAME manufacturer may also fit differently. For the most part you will get the same protection form a 70$ helmet as you will from a 250$ helmet. The biggest difference is the more expensive ones will have better venting and be lighter.
If you are more concerned with protection over venting/weight then go with a moto helmet. There is a bit more material between yer noggin and the shell so there is a weight penalty for it, not much though is you go with a carbon shell.

Leg armor, if you will be pedaling up to get to the down then an open back shin/knee will help keep the legs cooler. You just need to get used to the occasional "pedal bite" that WILL occur through out your riding carer. As long as you are not running Mentals, Shinburgers or a flat with pointy studs then you will not draw toooo much blood.

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Old 04-21-09, 01:59 AM
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Back from holiday, lots of lovely trim swiss girls with big burly downhill bikes but thats a different thread all together.

I know I'm going to end up smacking myself with the pedals, mainly because I've already done it plenty. I've only ever whacked my shins though, not my calves, and I was wondering if I'd be ok without calf protection or if it's just strange that it's all on the front so far.
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even when/if you do hit your pedals on your calfs its not a bad cut, just little and it doesn't hurt cause unlike your shins you have padding, so i'd only worry about the front, I just got the fox launc knee/leg pads and they are awesome, they hinder me to much for xc or w/e but thats not what they are for, and when i'm actually using them i don't notice them, whate really neat is that they have a bunch of small holes in em, and when i go fast i can actually feel the wind coming through. Fast to take on and off too and i can do it with shoes on, if you want protection from pedal cuts just get really high socks

as for helmets, i've got a rememdy and its great, but yeah you prolly do wanna try it on, I had to order mine, but I know i'm a med in giro, and i tried on my friends 661 helmet which was a hair too tight and the web stats say the giro was a tad bigger, so yay
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