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Protective Gear Recommendations
06/01/21 at 4:35pm
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New to the sport in the last month. Having so much fun. Trying to think smart when it comes to protective gear. I am looking at the POC VPD System Torso. (Cant post link as this is my first post)

Anyone have any thoughts? Overkill?
  
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Re: Protective Gear Recommendations
Reply #1 - 06/02/21 at 11:40am
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I think it depends on how aggressively you are riding. If you are doing lots of bike park, downhill, and jumping - not overkill, especially if you are learning (also invest in a full face helmet). For most of the trails around Charlotte, yes it is overkill. I wouldn't want to be riding around with that extra bulk unless I had to. If you are still learning and falling a lot knee and elbow pads should suffice. I use the 7iDP Sam Hill line and really like it. Hardly notice it while riding.
  
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Re: Protective Gear Recommendations
Reply #2 - 06/02/21 at 1:05pm
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After riding in Charlotte for about 12 years my knees look like hamburger. I have been wearing kneepads for about a year and haven't crashed since. Of course, now, if I don't wear them I am sure that is the day I'll crash...
  

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Re: Protective Gear Recommendations
Reply #3 - 06/05/21 at 9:50pm
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XC on local area trails..?

Minimalist knee pads and a half shell if you're careful.
I assume you already wear gloves.

That would be my minimum recommendation.
Of course no protection is 100%.
And the best protection is always the kind you never need.
  

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Re: Protective Gear Recommendations
Reply #4 - 06/06/21 at 2:07pm
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I pinch my toes occasionally so I like a sturdy shoe like some of the 5.10's, ride concepts, etc.  Also, gloves, helmet. I don't really know if the gloves provide much protection but they keep the stickiness off my hands.  That's it for xc, but if you do more dh you'll want a full face helmet.  I bashed my quad real bad one time, I don't think there's a pad for that.  I've got a healthy respect for rock gardens now.
  
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Re: Protective Gear Recommendations
Reply #5 - 06/26/21 at 9:51pm
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IntheBush wrote on 06/05/21 at 9:50pm:
XC on local area trails..?

Minimalist knee pads and a half shell if you're careful.
I assume you already wear gloves.

That would be my minimum recommendation.
Of course no protection is 100%.
And the best protection is always the kind you never need.


A little amendment to my previous post.

Around these parts especially, eye protection isn't a bad idea either..
  

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