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    Looking for some alternatives to the Kris Holms Leg Armor. I have a good set of knee pads already....... any recommendations on some good shin guards.

  • #2
    Hi Bradahj,

    basically, you can walk into any decent bike store and find some knee+shin guards. I got a pair of Fox guards on clearance sale a while ago and a friend of mine got some SixSixOne (like the pic attached) recently.

    They provide proper protection on knee & shin when doing off-road riding as they are designed for MTB after all . They are opened on the back so that helps to keep you cool in summer and to wear them over a trouser in the winter.

    It is important to test them (if possible) to make sure they are sized properly to you. The important thing to verify is how well does the top is attached to your leg. The last thing you want is to see it slide down when you pedal having your knee not perfectly over from a hit on the top.
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    • #3
      I agree regarding getting the right size.
      I have 661 race lites, which I bought nearly new.
      After a few minutes when they get sweaty they don't slide down.

      The trouble is although they fit well they are too short, leaving a large gap between the guard and my shoes.
      Great guards otherwise.
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      • #4
        661 are good i only use them for trials and street and love them!

        Kris holm armour is overrated IMO, i owned a pair and didn't really like it, ended up selling them quick, and found them very expensive for what the product was.


        • #5
          Depends what kind of armour you want. If something strong, then I'm using KRK ones (older version of this one but I don't know what is their availability outside Poland).
          If you need just lightweight protection, then look at G-form They are easy to wear, but still offer quite good protection especially for the types of riding where you don't bash them with pins all the time.
 My unicycling adventures including RomUni ride.


          • #6
            I use Fox Launch Knee/Shin pads. I think they are designed for motorbike racing or downhill biking. Love them. They are washable (hand), they are open in the back (making them cooler although a vulnerability). They have a hard outer shell which allows me to slide. I also use the Fox Launch elbow pads.
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            • #7
              After pouring over the options I recently went with the POC VPD 2.0 separate shin and knee. I like them a lot, they are comfortable, stay in place and have already been tested on a big UPD. My critique is that I would like better protection at the back of the leg and I don't like that they are pull on, although I contemplating trying to resolve this with the help of a tailor. I went for separates as sometimes I only want to wear shim protection. They are expensive ( had the best price I could find) but so are doctors and xrays.


              • #8
                You guys are awesome

                Thank you all for your detailed replies. I really appreciated the assistance. This is a great community we have here :-)


                • #9
                  Brine O2 Shin Guards

                  I tried the 661 shin guards, but couldn't keep them because they trapped too much heat, and were therefore uncomfortably hot.

                  Subsequently, I found the Brine O2 Field Hockey Shin Guards for $29.99 on Amazon.

                  I've been using these for about 6 months and love them. The shell is polypropylene, so it is very tough and slightly flexible. The liners are removable for washing. And the best thing: they are held in place by two velcro straps, so there is plenty of air circulation to keep my legs cool.

                  These also come with a pair of shinguard sleeves, which are lycra stockings, but I've never used them.

                  I highly recommend these.
                  If I get too old to drive, at least I'll still be able to unicycle !


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by blackthunder View Post
                    went with the POC VPD 2.0
                    I love POC. The shin guards do lack rear protection and I've got the pedal bites to prove it. I've had them for a while and worn them often. They are holding up really well for all the sweat they have absorbed. I kind of wish mine would wear out because POC is now making a DH version with hard shells to skid across asphalt without sliding. Not that my knee guards slide, especially with the shin guards holding them up.

                    Also, POC is the only brand of elbow guards (not in picture) that I've been able to wear and I've tried em all.

                    My greatest fear is that, when I die, my wife will sell all my unicycles for what I told her they cost.


                    • #11
                      This might be a little off topic but ...
                      I busted my knee cap a year ago and after my successful recovery I now swear by knee (and other) protection. While recovering I purchased close to a grand of equipment from AllSportProtection because of their return policy which is not limited by time.

                      I ended up keeping all the POC items and several 661s, returned the rest and got a full refund, after time. This was across several orders. My experience may not be typical according to their horrible status on ResellerRatings, your experience may vary.
                      - Chuck


                      • #12
                        I realize the original poster was all set as far as knee pads but I was looking for some place to comment on G-Form knee pads and this seemed like the best place. I have 7 sets of knee pads and these are my favorite ones. They are lightweight which is good since I sometimes ride in 100+ degree temperatures. They may not be the best for drag-type falls or where there's serious risk of a puncture but they have served me well for falls on the ground and on rock. I had a hard fall yesterday where the unicycle slipped out from under me and I crashed hard on the rocky ground directly on both knees and felt no pain whatsoever.


                        • #13
                          I have a pair of the G Pads for my knees, and like them, but I still can pick up a bruise underneath them if I fall the "right" way. They save me from serious injuries, though, and they're comfortable, so I prefer them to the other "hard shell" types I also have (and used before the G Pads).
                          "I'm a unicyclist. I make my own reality."


                          • #14
                            full leg protection

                            Any advice and/or insights on full leg protection?

                            Yesterday, during a fall the pedal came around and gave me 4 deep puncture wounds in my left calf. Once I saw that dark, red blood all my thoughts went to full leg protection.

                            Thanks for any information.


                            • #15
                              I wear fuse shin pads - they have foam and protective plastic guards on the inside and front of your leg and foam padding around the outside and back. I have metal pinned pedals thta have caused a few rips in the velcro tabs which i have fixed. My calves themselves though never get bruised or scratched as the guard fully protects around the leg
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