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Old 11th October 2017, 11:22 AM
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Hi lads

Gonna get an MX bike as soon as my track bike sells. Hoping to do some grass tracks, hare and hounds and some general arsing around in fields and trails etc with mates. Might even venture into the odd MX track for a practice session or 2 but dont think my arms would be fit for it after being away from off road for so long, we'll see.

Basically, im looking for recommendations of body armour, knee protection and kidney belts etc as being 40 i probably won't bounce or heal as well i used to.
I used to wear a track vest on track and thought that was great but a mate mentioned vests like that in MX generate a lot of heat and he favoured the over the head chest / back type.

So what i was thinking was maybe the Acerbis Cosmo (with built in kidney belt) or else something like the Leatt 2.5 or 4.5. Are these excessive for what i plan to do?

Also, i would buy knee braces but the expense (circa 400 plus) and how much riding ill realistically get in would probably negate that. Would knee protectors like the Acerbis Gorilla knee guards be justified for the type of riding i'm planning.

I have already ponied up for a good fibre helmet and boots as these are important.

Apologies for the length :)
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Old 11th October 2017, 11:51 AM
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https://www.fc-moto.de/epages/fcm.sf...CABEgJ4tPD_BwE

Sorry for using a link, it was the handiest way to show what armour I use, find it great, I'm 35 and don't bounce that well, and find its light, comfortably and does a great job, not too warm either, a bit dear but money well spent.
I move from a light over the head kinda of armour and took to this no bothers, that said I've zipped off the lower sections on the arms
Shoulder proctection is also good, that said I broke my shoulder in a crash racing in the north earlier this year, but I recon without that armour it could have been a lot worse

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Old 11th October 2017, 11:54 AM
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I prefer the UFO ultralight vest, https://www.motostorm.it/en/clothing...SABEgJ-1PD_BwE, I find the vests better as they breathe more than the plastic ones and that one is very light. As far as knee braces go, I've tried them and found them to be too restrictive. Ive had a pair of these knee guards https://www.motostorm.it/en/clothing...CABEgKxfvD_BwE they were quite good as they pivot. But now use fox launch knee/shin guards https://www.evanscycles.com/en-ie/fo...CABEgJF2PD_BwE. I never found the kidney belts to be of any use.
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Old 11th October 2017, 11:59 AM
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I prefer the UFO ultralight vest, https://www.motostorm.it/en/clothing...SABEgJ-1PD_BwE, I find the vests better as they breathe more than the plastic ones and that one is very light. As far as knee braces go, I've tried them and found them to be too restrictive. Ive had a pair of these knee guards https://www.motostorm.it/en/clothing...CABEgKxfvD_BwE they were quite good as they pivot. But now use fox launch knee/shin guards https://www.evanscycles.com/en-ie/fo...CABEgJF2PD_BwE. I never found the kidney belts to be of any use.
Same as that, I found knee braces very restrictive and use those UFO ones that you posted a link to, that said those fox ones look really good
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Old 11th October 2017, 12:30 PM
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http://www.jensonusa.com/SixSixOne-M...ber-Knee-Brace

I've a set of these sitting at home if you want to try them if your cork at some stage, but to be honest I found them restrictive.

Must try meet you at some stage about those boots too
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Old 11th October 2017, 12:35 PM
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http://www.jensonusa.com/SixSixOne-M...ber-Knee-Brace

I've a set of these sitting at home if you want to try them if your cork at some stage, but to be honest I found them restrictive.

Must try meet you at some stage about those boots too
Are you talking about my boots?
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Old 11th October 2017, 02:31 PM
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Are you talking about my boots?
Yup, I'm the Chris from cork that was onto you on face book about them
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Yup, I'm the Chris from cork that was onto you on face book about them
Oh right, im coming down this weekend with the rest of the gear for other lads. Gimme a bell to have a look - 0863834425.
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