Body armour needed me thinks.

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Body armour needed me thinks.

Postby Irvs » Mon Dec 03, 2012 23:03 pm

Well after a few scary big offs and over the bar moments I feel the need to invest in some good body armour. What would everyone recommend, and any good pointers when picking/sizing???

Thanks Neil.

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Postby cooldad » Mon Dec 03, 2012 23:08 pm

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Postby Irvs » Tue Dec 04, 2012 00:40 am

Yea I know I need more skills, it's just I'm starting to jump further and the "offs" are getting harder.

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Postby bennett_346 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 01:17 am

cooldad wrote:Skills.

Skills don't stop you falling off.

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Postby RockmonkeySC » Tue Dec 04, 2012 08:17 am

bennett_346 wrote:
cooldad wrote:Skills.

Skills don't stop you falling off.


True. You fall off at higher speed instead.

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Postby .blitz » Tue Dec 04, 2012 09:09 am

Irvs wrote:Well after a few scary big offs and over the bar moments I feel the need to invest in some good body armour.

Quite like my 661 Sub gear jerseys they are the sort of thing you can wear all day without feeling too stormtroopered up. The armoured bits (elbows, shoulders, sternum) are quite good at absorbing those irritating scrapes when you use your elbows as brakes or ping off trees etc.

The short sleeve jersey works well on warmer days combined with some 661 Rhythm elbow guards you can peel them off and put them in your rucksack whereas the long sleeve one is (for me) a go-to jersey I wear it all the time.

In terms of sizing they're a fairly tight fit to keep the armour in place but they are very stretchy and wick like mad.

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Postby Irvs » Tue Dec 04, 2012 13:53 pm

Thanks, I was just looking at the 661 gear on chain reaction seems to get good reviews I think I'll go try it out for size this weekend.

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Postby Cat With No Tail » Tue Dec 04, 2012 14:22 pm

Irvs wrote:Well after a few scary big offs and over the bar moments I feel the need to invest in some good body armour. What would everyone recommend, and any good pointers when picking/sizing???

Thanks Neil.


What sort of riding is it for?

Pointless someone recommending a full-on pressure suit and FF for XC.

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Postby Irvs » Tue Dec 04, 2012 21:49 pm

Yea I know what your saying, I race XC so all I wear to that is Lycra and a light helmet, so no need for armour there! But I really want to push hard and race in the enduro events next year. I'm pushing hard and crashing hard so armour is a must or my "general" trail riding if I don't want to wreck myself.
Now I know I won't need anything heavy and more suited to downhill racing so what would be more suited to my needs?

Thanks Neil.

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Postby Torres » Tue Dec 04, 2012 22:21 pm

Where are you getting injured Neil?

I'd recommend starting with some knee pads and taking it from there. I looked at the sub gear stuff after I bust my shoulder, although there isn't an awful lot to which concerned me.
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Postby Irvs » Tue Dec 04, 2012 23:48 pm

Shoulder, back, neck, arms, legs. Just busted my shoulder last week, possible AC damage. I'm used to picking up injuries, I'm coming from years of mixed martial arts so no problem getting injuries and working on.

It was mentioned in another post a "compression suit" what type of armour is this and is suited to which kind of riding???
I've been looking on chain reaction and there's every kind of padding, too many for me to know what's good and suitable.

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Postby RockmonkeySC » Wed Dec 05, 2012 08:01 am

Forget pressure suits, they are for downhill. The subgear type armour won't protect from any more than light bruises.
The most common severe injuries are broken collar bones, dislocated shoulders, broken fingers and broken wrists. No armour will prevent any of those injuries.
If you want to ride harder just accept that you will get injured.

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Postby peter413 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 09:46 am

RockmonkeySC wrote:Forget pressure suits, they are for downhill.


Rubbish, if someone wants to wear one riding XC, let them. Pressure Suits are upper body suits that usually incorporate elbow/forearm, shoulder, chest and spine protection into one a one piece suit/jacket, some have removable arms and spine plates. Some are better than others obviously and they still rely on fitting well. I don't think most are actually called pressure suits, that's just what 661 ones are called, suppose it's like a hoover and vacuum cleaner.

If you are looking at neck protection I assume this means a neck brace? You really must try on a suit, or any spine, shoulder and chest protection with the neck brace to make sure it is compatible. A lot of suits have to be cut/modified to work with a neck brace. I had to remove the chest plate altogether and remove some of the spine plate on my 661 Pro Pressure Suit to work with mine. There are some companies that make suits with removable plates so they are compatible with a neck brace, Leatt makes one that is obviously compatible with a Leatt neck brace but it's quite expensive.

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Postby RockmonkeySC » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:21 am

You really don't want to wear a pressure suit for XC. It's very OTT. They are really warm. I have got the top end 661 pressure suit which is about as breathable as they get and even pushing up hills in sub zero temperatures (such as this Sunday at FoD) it gets uncomfortably hot and sweaty. A lot of people find them too bulky and hot even for downhill. I only wear mine for racing and even then I don't use it on my seeding run and just use it for my second run when I know I will go all out and know that any crash is likely to be a big one.
I would say it's probably even worse than wearing a full face lid for XC. It's just a stupid idea.

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Postby peter413 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:31 am

That's all your opinion. I myself usually only wear it for racing as well because I have to because of my age but I know a few people who nearly always wear one no matter what they are doing and are willing to put up with the fact they get a little hot.

Like I said, if someone wants to wear it, let them. Comments like "it's just a stupid idea" really don't help people who are thinking about wearing one, it just makes them not want to wear it because according to you it makes them look stupid when in fact it's a good idea if you think it is the right thing for you to be wearing. In fact, one of the people I know who wears one was put off from wearing it because of a few comments like that and it took a lot of convincing off me that he should just ignore them and wear what he wanted.

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Postby jairaj » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:36 am

Usually at races you see people with pads on their knee, shin, elbow and fore arm. That's probably a good starting point you can always start to add more protection if you feel the need to. but personally I think any more and you really limit your comfort and how well you can pedal.

I also think that skills training may help. While it won't stop you falling over completely it should significantly reduce the amount you fall over.

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Postby RockmonkeySC » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:39 am

I said it's a stupid idea fo XC / trail riding because you will be extremely uncomfortable and it's not going to save you from any significant injuries. I would rather take the cuts, bruises & gravel rash than wear armour for XC

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Re: Body armour needed me thinks.

Postby peter413 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:44 am

RockmonkeySC wrote:I said it's a stupid idea fo XC / trail riding because you will be extremely uncomfortable and it's not going to save you from any significant injuries. I would rather take the cuts, bruises & gravel rash than wear armour for XC


Exactly my point, you would rather do that. Others would rather put up with the slight discomfort. Different people find different things comfortable as well and some manage to find armor that they find very comfortable, everybody makes a big deal about finding helmets that fit well but not enough seem to think it's the same for everything else including body armor.

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Postby RockmonkeySC » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:03 am

peter413 wrote:
RockmonkeySC wrote:I said it's a stupid idea fo XC / trail riding because you will be extremely uncomfortable and it's not going to save you from any significant injuries. I would rather take the cuts, bruises & gravel rash than wear armour for XC


Exactly my point, you would rather do that. Others would rather put up with the slight discomfort. Different people find different things comfortable as well and some manage to find armor that they find very comfortable, everybody makes a big deal about finding helmets that fit well but not enough seem to think it's the same for everything else including body armor.


It's not just the fit though. Wearing a spine board under a camelback is very uncomfortable (and completely pointless) and having a thick chest plate, shoulder pads & elbow pads is just not breathable enough for a 2+ hour XC ride. It's going to make riding an unpleasant experience. I'm getting on a bit myself and I don't bounce as well as I used to but for afew minor cuts & bruises once every three months I wouldn't even consider wearing armour.
Some knee and elbow pads would be much more appropriate for XC & when you consider that a spine board isn't going to work under a camel back it's pointless having one.

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Re: Body armour needed me thinks.

Postby peter413 » Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:13 am

I feel like we're going around in circles here, some people find a spine board comfortable enough under a camelback, I've even worn it like that and found it fine. Some people do find them breathable enough to ride long distances with and it makes riding more pleasant for some people because they have more confidence, please don't start on the whole it makes you cocky thing though because that isn't what I'm meaning.

And why is wearing a spine board under a camelback completely pointless and why won't it work?


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