I still can't believe that new people start MTB and don't wear pads on rocky courses as a minimum... i tend to
wear mine all the time as i'm just used to em.
Most more experienced riders wear pads and it's not because were riding harder and faster and tougher routes it's
because weve learned from the school of hard knocks.. even though your less likely to fall off.
I did myself initially .. i thought knee and elbow pads were for more experienced riders but they are not
they've simply learned, myself included and were trying to help with experienced advice yet some people
will never listen. Yep they may get lucky but being realistic if you ride proper MTB routes you'll off at
some point and those sticky out boney things especailly with joints can and do impact significantly harder rocks.
Simple plain fact is i've been riding MTB "properly" for 14 years in that time i've worn a helmet every time yet
only had a single fall were it really came into play... so i spent 1000's of hours riding before it actually
saved me from serious injury, simply put people ride for years without knee and elbow pads and
it reinforces their belief that they can control all falls or not fall off period so they then say they
are not needed. They whine about comfort yada yada yada but ultimately wearing knee and elbow
pads isn't uncomfortable you forget your wearing them if you get the correct ones. It's false
bravado often and what they are really saying is "im so skilled i dont need em" and thats just BS really
I do have 2 specific examples one mate has not ridden for 6 years due to a crash and knee bash that
resulted in numerous knee ops with cartalidge removed.. he cant really do mtb anymore and its
seriously affected his day to day life.. on bad days he cant even walk. Another has just recovred after 3 years out and 2 elbow ops
he now nurses his elbow and pads up always.... he was a no pads ever guy and used all the same arguments
you usually see. Personally i've only every had one off where my knee pads saved me also but that one time
was worth the outlay and proof of the benifits of accepting that bad things can happen to me.
Personally i'd go for hard shell knee and elbow for better intrusion prevention... i've had many over the years but personally like
the POC Bone, comfortable and cool esp if you take the calf guards off the knee pads. I really like
the knee pads as they are not pull ons and are 5 seconds to put on, dont move about and have great ventilation.
Only real issue is you need to fit them properly or as learned from experience if they get wet on long rides they can chafe at the pressure points (elbow tips and knee caps) oohh and they are quite expensive but last longer than the full on soft shells so are worth it overall from protection/comfort and life.
in my experience.