Shin guards for XC?

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Shin guards for XC?

Postby lump_a_charcoal » Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:27 pm

Hey all,

Can anyone recommend shin guards that would suit me?

I only do cross country style riding - nothing really extreme other than jumping the odd ant hill.

The reason I am looking is because my local 15km loop contains a lot of low flora, which has me coming home with itchy, bleeding shins and calves.

I don't envisage doing any extreme DH or freeriding (unless someone taps the fountain of youth), so some lightweight ones would be good.

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Re: Shin guards for XC?

Postby trailgumby » Sun Apr 14, 2013 8:38 pm

If it's just shins you're needing to protect, soccer shinguards are cheap and effective. They're lighter and cooler than mtb knee/shin guards and they don't leave your ankles unprotected.

I feel your pain. When first riding and learning my way around Manly Dam, I used to get loose rocks jumping up off the front tyre smacking me in shins every darned ride. :evil: My shins are a mess of scars. :(

Doesn't seem to happen now. No idea why! Maybe I'm better at picking my lines and lofting the front over stuff.
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Re: Shin guards for XC?

Postby AUbicycles » Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:14 am

I got Pro-Tec ones and you slip your feet through the neoprene (so completey goes around your calf). They get hot - perhaps if you shave they won't be as bad but I was actually using them for Cycle Polo as I had flat pedals with studs that would regularly end up on the shins.

For XC I would consider trying long socks first - they will save your shins from light scrub. If it is seriously heavy, have a look at options with velcro that will leave the back of your calves free so you don't overheat.
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Re: Shin guards for XC?

Postby lump_a_charcoal » Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:12 am

Thanks TG and AU.

I did consider soccer shin pads, but haven't seen any that are suitable.
Also did consider footy socks, but I think they will just end up laddered.
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Re: Shin guards for XC?

Postby trailgumby » Mon Apr 15, 2013 4:45 pm

Football socks have the advantage of breaking Rule 27, and thus incurring the wrath of the Keepers of the Cog and saving you the ignominy of ever being confused with a road bike rider. :mrgreen:
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Re: Shin guards for XC?

Postby lump_a_charcoal » Mon Apr 15, 2013 5:46 pm

But I am a road bike rider!
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Re: Shin guards for XC?

Postby bychosis » Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:18 pm

lump_a_charcoal wrote:But I am a road bike rider!


Oh... :shock: no wonder you can't cope with a few sticks to the shins.
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Re: Shin guards for XC?

Postby Mulger bill » Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:52 pm

lump_a_charcoal wrote:But I am a road bike rider!

Not for long we suspect... :twisted:
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Re: Shin guards for XC?

Postby lump_a_charcoal » Mon Apr 15, 2013 7:58 pm

I started out on MTBs, then switched to road a few years back.
Now I do both (I even wear Lycra off road).

Anyway, any thoughts on the Sixsixone brand?
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Re: Shin guards for XC?

Postby bychosis » Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:48 pm

Well in that case, welcome back!
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Re: Shin guards for XC?

Postby trailgumby » Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:53 pm

661 are excellent. I have their knee and elbow guards.

Last time i wore them i broke my collarbone.

But not my knee or elbow :lol:

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Re: Shin guards for XC?

Postby lump_a_charcoal » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:13 am

You are helping more than some! :wink:
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Re: Shin guards for XC?

Postby antipodean » Sun Apr 21, 2013 1:10 pm

There is always the htfu option :twisted:
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Re: Shin guards for XC?

Postby petie » Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:54 pm

I wear a pair of g-form shin guards from pushie enterprises. Seem to be cooler than the straight neoprene I had some time ago and have taken a few hits. I must admit the lycra/stretch tube doesn't seem to be holding up spectacularly well but in saying that they haven't fallen apart.
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Re: Shin guards for XC?

Postby lump_a_charcoal » Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:12 am

antipodean wrote:There is always the htfu option :twisted:


That is what got me off the couch 15 years go.
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Re: Shin guards for XC?

Postby petie » Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:25 pm

I used to say HTFU, but then I had a silly crash on a trail I ride regularly and tore open my shin, knee and shoulder. 40+ days later it finally healed over. Had to have a full week off the bike in beautiful riding weather at the start of that 40 days. Much prefer wearing guards these days...
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