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Body Protection–Lightweight v Heavy Duty

   Words by Beth Noy

   on 04/05/2016 16:25:00

Aggressive riding means good quality body protection is a must to take the sting out of any knocks along the way.

With so much choice out there and the big differences from one to another we’ve put together a run down of lightweight v heavy duty elbow and knee pads to keep you covered.

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Lightweight Body Protection

Lightweight elbow and knee pads are ideal for every day trail and cross country riding. These pads will fit comfortably under your clothing and give you the confidence you need to ride more aggressively and push yourself to the limits without losing the flexibility you’re used to.

The main advantages of a wearing a lightweight pad is that they offer you a non-restrictive feel that won’t hinder pedalling but still offer you the necessary level of body protection you need on the trails.

Our Favourite Lightweight Pads?

The Fox Launch Enduro Elbow Pads and Enduro Knee Pads are some of our best selling pads that slip on easily and stay put while you ride. People that ride in these are always raving about how comfortable and well they fit.

A lot of our staff choose POC Joint VPD Air Elbow Pads and VPD Air Knee Pads because of their VPD compound that can really take a knocking whilst still being super comfortable, non slip and low profile. MTBR have also given them the thumbs up saying “These lightweight pads from POC are less bulky and more breathable than traditional MTB body armour, making them a great choice for your All Mountain rides.”

If you’re looking for a bit of extra coverage on the leg, then the 661 Exo II Knee/Shin guards do the job perfectly! Featuring perforated EVA foam, you get maximum breathability without compromising on protection.

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Heavy Duty Body Protection

If you’re taking your riding to the next level and really want to push yourself then investing in some heavy duty protection could save a limb (or two!) and you will never regret making the step up.

Heavy duty arm and knee pads are designed to protect you from high impact crashed making them ideal for all mountain riding on terrain that can be strewn with rocks, roots and sharp debris. Heavy duty pads will offer you an excellent level of protection with non-slip technology that will keep the pad securely in place during impacts.

The increased durability of these pads are designed to take on heavy impacts giving you the confidence you need to master jumpers, rock gardens , drop off’s and steep chutes.

Our Favourite Heavy Duty Pads?

Bagging 5 star reviews all round is the Fox Launch Pro Elbow Pads & Knee Pads. Customers and mtb magazines alike love these pads for the same reason… “They are durable, lightweight and supremely comfortable, but also offer enough protection (with internal hard plastic shells covering the patella) to give you confidence, even on a DH bike in the Alps.”  MBR Magazine.

You can even get them in a Fox Launch Youth Knee pad to keep the little guys and girls protected while they chase you down on the trails!

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