Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fox Pro launch knee guards

After donating some skin and now sporting a permanent dent in my right knee cap (all from last year’s fun) I decided to start using knee guards at least on some of the more technical XC trails. Here in the Connecticut - NY area at some point training or racing on these trails you’re going to hit some incredibly rocky, rooty, log covered trails...and come in contact with all the above, it's a given. After reading reviews on most of the leading knee guards on the market I went with the Fox pro launch guards. I put it off for a while because I felt knee pads would be a distraction due to the bulk or feeling but I was truly surprised.

These Fox pads are so comfortable I forget I'm even wearing them. The protection is excellent, they don't slip at all due to the ergo fit and silicone grips behind the knees. The lyrca Velcro straps are located at the very top and bottom and work well. They have a pre - curve that angles perfectly when riding and doesn’t bunch at all. In the high heat I do sweat a little but with the perforated neoprene they breathe pretty well. The fabric on the knee cup seems to be holding up well after a few impacts. The two things you want from a guard.... forget they're on and maximum protection. For the money, these pads are spot on. List price $60.

The last little mishap that made my decision 

Maybe I should spring for the elbow guards also

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