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Old 04-22-2011, 07:37 PM   #1
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Knee guards for street riding?

Since I always use jeans while riding on the street I've been thiking about buying knee/shin guards.

What are you guys using? I was at CG last week and saw some trick Fox guards, fully articulated and comfortable, but these are for dirt riding, and don't know if the knee part would clear under jeans.

What are ya'll favorite guards?
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Old 04-22-2011, 07:44 PM   #2
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There are several brands out there. I'm using a set of shin guards from Alpine Stars at the moment. They are comfortable and fit nicely under your jeans. I will eventually upgrade to Icon Leg guards. They run around $65 for the Icon brand.

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Old 04-22-2011, 07:48 PM   #3
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A* for me. I wear them under my jeans and leathers
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I have the Icon ones.

Only downside I have is that my muscular calves usually undo 2 out of the 3 velcros that strap around the calves. Even if they get undone, the knee velcro keeps it in place anyway.
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Yeah, I'm also just using the $25 A* ones at the moment.
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Only downside I have is that my muscular calves usually undo 2 out of the 3 velcros that strap around the calves. Even if they get undone, the knee velcro keeps it in place anyway.
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Talking Here's a pic of me in my A* knee/shin guards

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--------recommendation from personal experience-----

Look for knee/shin guards that have a retaining strap not just on the shin, but also above the knee. The biggest issue I had was that the knee cup could sometimes slip below the knee, thus being ankle/shin guards, rather than shing/knee guards. Also, check and see if the velco is long enough.

Definitely test fit several pairs! problem I had was that the adult sized guards( even XS!) were way too big, and the childrens size (childrens XL!) were way the eff too small. Along with that, the straps were plenty long, but the velcro on the straps were only so much coverage. I basically had to use 90 percent of the strap up, to cover the last 10 percent of velcro for it to be usable for me.

MH brought up concerns of kneepads to me. (and I thought it was BS over protection at first) then I finally invested in a knee/elbow pads. A few months later I had the accident. money well spent, and I wont get on (my) bike without em.

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I have a lot of buddies that use the alpinestars reflex because they fit under the jeans.

Personally, I wear these: Icon field armor knee pads

ICON fieldarmor knee 400

because they fit over my jeans. They're pretty nice
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I could use those for mountain biking!
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I use the ICON field armor as well. They are solid. My only grip is that I have to remember to set the shin guard very high in order to get full coverage on my knees. In riding position on a sport bike, we bend our legs quite a bit and sometimes I feel the shell (while riding) only on the bottom third of my knee.

Another tid bit, wear LONG socks underneath them. I got some nasty blisters the first time I wore them longer than 2 hours . I got some Adidas soccer socks at Academy (2 pairs @ $7.99 per pair).....life savers!
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I use these. They saved me from some rash last weekend. Long socks are a must, but they are pretty comfortable over the long haul.
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I also use the A*s. I do like how the Icons fit tightly above the knee though.

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I have the A* reflex.

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I got mine at Motorcycles Unlimited for a little less than thirty bucks. One downside is the velcro portion of the straps frays pretty quickly, but it doesn't impede the guards' function.

I wear them under my jeans, to keep the knee cup over my knee. They fasten at the upper and lower calf. The guards articulate at the knee cup.
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Icon has the best knee guards IMO but they only fit chicken legs. I bought A* knee guards and tuck them into my boots underneath my jeans...

Knee guards for street riding?
These are a great starter pair that I'm currently using also.
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I have those too... But they feel super flimsy to me... maybe cause I have skinny chicken legs D:
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