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Postby RonK » Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:36 pm

What is the concensus on knee/elbow protection? Do you wear it or just can't be bothered? What's good, what's not?
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Postby bychosis » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:54 pm

What are you riding? I’ve never worn padding. I’m not a downhiller, but do enjoy a good downhill section and the speed associated. I like to keep wheels on the ground most of the time.
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Postby RonK » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:14 pm

On the weekend I was riding a fairly steep blue trail, lots of trees, tight turns, drop offs and rock ledges. Seemed quite technical to me but it was the first time I've ridden it. There were plenty of other riders there but didn't seem to be many wearing protection.
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Postby mikgit » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:30 am

Helmet and gloves for me. I did wear elbow/knee pads for a bit when racing DH in the late-ish 90's, but not since then.
I'd say if you feel like you'd want them, then wack them on, better safe than sorry.
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Re: Body armour...

Postby Mububban » Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:47 pm

I wear elbow pads and knee/shin guards. I've only had one stack so far (wiped out on a gravelly corner) and they saved me.
I'm super skinny and all my bones are near the surface, plus I am a MTB noob so I feel more confident wearing them.

I see lots of riders wearing knee pads but no elbow pads where I ride.
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Postby Mugglechops » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:38 am

I use to wear full body armour to race dh but now days I just wear a helmet and gloves.

I don't do any extreme jumps or drops anymore though. I don't even have suspension on any of my bikes anymore but still ride the same tracks I did on a 6in travel dually.
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Postby jaseyjase » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:29 am

Blue Trails - Gloves and half face helmet obviously, knee and elbow pads (Fox Launch Pros)

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Postby Stredda » Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:29 pm

I usually wear knee pads on all but the most basic rides and elbow pads if I know I'll be hitting some black diamond trails. Saved me a fair bit of skin over the years. Helmet and gloves a must.

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