|2009-06-03, 05:45 PM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2008
Official knee/shin guard reviews
I like the tire one and have some opinions on knee/shin guards.
So far I've had the 661 4x4s. For me the straps run very long and they run wide. The knee/shin impact is OK, but for streets, a direct impact on the knee you can still feel it. I would recommend these mostly for flat as it has decent back of the leg coverage.
The race face knee/shin guards were cooler (temp wise) to wear and much more narrow fitting. I got the youth large in these and like the 661s, they run a touch short. Not a problem for others, I'm just small. The straps were still a bit long for me. The direct impact on asphalt is equal protection to the 661s. The impact on dirt/trails is much better, better sliding! I would recommend these for muni, hot days and those desiring a more narrow pad.
Neither of these for knees provides as much protection as my s-one knee pads for direct impact on asphalt onto the knee. Unlike other knee pads, the s-ones run narrow. The plastic on the skate pads is much sturdier too as the plastic on the race face is kinda soft and wont last as well. For dirt its fine.
I just tried on some lizard skins shin guards. They have an outward V shape plastic guard. They seem to run a touch longer and fit very well. A touch wide similar to the 4x4s. They did not have my size so cant compare exactly. For pedal bites and flat riding, these are a TON more protective then the 4x4s or race face. They are hot (temp wise). Since the plastic sticks out so much, not sure if a fall onto knee you would really hit the knee. They might be too long, but a bullet proof protection would be these shins with s-one knees IMO.
Last edited by cbs; 2009-06-03 at 05:46 PM.
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