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Old 05-12-2009   #21
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Talk about overkill.. i have old soft pair of shred ready with kevlar and some good padding under. little restriction, and they take hits well enough. not like we are kayaking on our arms.

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Old 05-12-2009   #22
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I got a pair of the Fox Raptors a year or two ago, and although they seemed great they broke on the first day I used them. I don't even know what I hit - it must have been a nick. The plastic hinge broke, and they are useless. I can probably fix them with a pan head bolt and nut, but am a little peeved that I spent that $$ and they broke on day one.


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Old 05-12-2009   #23
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Ive been wearing a MSR (not mountain safety) set of pad for three years now. Very little slip. No velcro ( Key! ). I can't remember ever taking a hit but I know I have. I'm not smooth enough to pull off low water Lime and Valle w/o taking some hits, they just haven't hurt. Picked some up for friends today. $25 @ moto shop.
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Old 05-13-2009   #24
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I will give you kayakers a bit of advice that Motocross guys have known for some time.

FOX Racing spends all their money on marketing, typically their gear is pretty garbage. It is cheaply constructed with cheap materials. They do carry one decent line of top $ gear, but trust me you don't want to pay for it as it isn't any better than the other guys stuff.

MSR (used to stand for Malcolm Smith Racing) Moose, and Thor, are all much better quality gear...........for the most part. Also, the online dealers are usually cheaper than the stealership, try Rocky Mtn. ATV/MC for example.

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