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Old 07-10-2015, 01:53 PM   #1
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Choosing knee guards

So since this was brought up in another thread I'd figure isld ask the general populace at hand. Should I go for Dainese V1 E N, or Icon Stryker Knee Guard, or Icon Cloverleaf. I see the appeal to all of them but I'm wondering other people's thoughts. And I've even thought if running the Dainese under pants with the cloverleaf outside so I can have sliders and almost full shin protection.
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Old 07-10-2015, 01:58 PM   #2
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Something to think about is, how high does your boot go? Will they be overlapping
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Well it depends... are you using these knee guards for track or bj's???
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+1 on the A*.
They won't stay in place on the outside well enough to function as sliders.
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Alpinestars rub your calfs raw and it's almost impossible to order the right size online... If you are interested in it though, find a store that has both sizes in stock and give them all a try. I usually wear a small to medium, but with the Alpines I had to order large to extra large.

I've heard good things about Dainese, but I don't know by experience.


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I have the Alpinestars Vapor knee guards. I bought the smaller of the two sizes when I ordered mine. I wear a size 40 jacket and 30 in waist. If I were much bigger I would've wanted the bigger size. They're great, I love them. They taper to somewhat of a point at the bottom and that point actually tucks into my boot a couple inches and that helps even more to keep them in place. I wear them almost every time I ride.
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I wear them under my jeans. I remove the OEM knee armor and wear them under my leathers.
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My cheapie Fox Titan Sport have done me just fine for the past 3-4yrs of commuting.

FIT is way more important than name brand and style. I tried on many different sets and the Titan fitted me the best. Also slim enough to go under jeans.
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Well it depends... are you using these knee guards for track or bj's???


Who uses knee pads for bjs anymore gosh. and im thinking for street . When I get track pants I hope they have shin/knee armor or we will have problems. I dont care brand I just care about safety. And well the clover leaf just seem fun to be honest. So they are more secondary. I just want something tht will save my bones from impact in case i go down. Knock on wood.
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Also my current street boots are a pair od A* SMX-1. So they are short.
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FIT is way more important than name brand and style.


THIS.

Try several different mfg's, and several sizes. They vary quite a bit. Dont forget to look at the retention points and how/where they go around your calves. Some include lower thigh retention for the knee cup.

Some of my experiences...

.The straps were long enough, but the velcro barely overlapped. Some to the point of just flexing my calves, was enough to undo the velcro overlap. ( and I have bird leg calves)

. velcro straps were wide, and plenty of overlap, but the physical knee cup/shin moulding were just too oversized, or undersized.


Like new gloves, boots or helmet, there will be an adjustment phase. But once you stick through it, you will feel naked without them when riding.

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