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Old 01-30-2011   #1
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elbow pads question.

Ok i know i've seen this covered before... and yes this time i actually did try to search for it but came up with adds and reviews.

So here is my question, race face makes a pretty sweet set of elbow pads (for mtn biking).... any draw backs to using bike pads? the ones i was looking at have nice long forearm protection, a spandex like sleeve on the upper section and 3 two inch straps to keep it in place.

Thanks in advance. Any and all input is appreciated.

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Old 01-30-2011   #2
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those would be good. I use some mnt biking pads myself. Work great. more low profile than the nrs or shred ready pads....661 makes some pretty good stuff also

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Old 01-30-2011   #3
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thanks i did see the 661 post when i did the search.
Any problems with the padding foam getting waterlogged and heavy?
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Old 01-30-2011   #4
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Hey,just got a pair of nrs elbow pads for x-mas. Only used one time so far but did not soak up any water or any that I can notice.And seem to fit good and comfy as well.And seem to be just as bulky as my 661 downhill pads''maybe 661 has changed because mine are five years old'' hopes this helps.Just my take....Lance
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Old 01-30-2011   #5
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You'll be fine with the mountain bike pads...they might even be better than the kayak specific pads. I've got the ShredReady pads, they are great, only complaint is that after getting chundered in a hole for a while I came out with the pads around my wrists/hands. I think the long forearm on the mountain bike pads might help keep them in place...
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From what I've seen, "paddling" elbow pads are usually pretty bad for use while kayaking. I use some 661 general use sort of pads (I think they're the DJ pads... maybe), or a relatively lightweight 661 mtn biking jacket (for the shoulder pads - I don't like the spine protector).

However, the best pads that I have seen are actually lacrosse pads. My girlfriend uses a pair of lacrosse pads, and they look really good. They wrap around to cover that little knob on the inside of your elbow really well with a special articulated piece.
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Old 01-31-2011   #7
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I use the race face freeride pads for mountain biking (same as the older roach branded pads) but got a newer set of the NRS pads for boating, mainly because velcro really starts to suck over time in the water, as all of us have probably noticed as drytops wear out. As far as paddling goes, those raceface ones are actually pretty good. The only other issue is that the sleeve profile is a lot smaller than say the NRS boating-specific pad, which means when I put the raceface ones over my drytop, they were way too tight (they are meant to be work under a jersey or on bare skin, not over layers).

personally, I really like the newer NRS ones. good protection and stay in place as good as anything. they have slipped a little in big beatdowns, but not too bad. The lacrosse types seem to work well for people too, but they seem a little bulky.

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