Forcefield Arm Tubes Armour review£49.99

Good body armour should really feel like a second skin and protect the parts that it was designed to protect. The Forcefield Arm Tubes use some pretty swish technology to try to achieve this, but it does seem to falter on some fundamental issues.

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Good body armour should really feel like a second skin and protect the parts that it was designed to protect. The Forcefield Arm Tubes use some pretty swish technology to try to achieve this, but it does seem to falter on some fundamental issues.

The removable Armourflex protectors within the pad will take an impact effectively and cushion most scuffs and blows well, but to achieve ultimate protection, the pads need to continuously remain in their desired position, which doesn't always happen unfortunately.

The Lycra sleeve and strap on each Tube definitely help with security but also contribute to your arms overheating. The lack of a hinge between the elbow and forearm section seems to push the pad down during extreme flexing of the elbow - a common and vital movement required in mountain biking - exposing previously protected parts, which is exactly what you don't need while you're hacking down a mountain.

Rob Weaver

Technical Editor-in-Chief, Tech Hub, UK
Rob started riding mountain bikes seriously in 1993 racing cross-country, though he quickly moved to downhill where he competed all over the world. He now spends most of his time riding trail bikes up and down hills. Occasionally he'll jump into an enduro race.
  • Age: 36
  • Height: 172cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Natural trails where the loam fills my shoes on each and every turn
  • Beer of Choice: Guinness
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