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Old 01-19-2012   #11
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The best elbow pads are leveled up elbows.

Can't beat superior bone density!

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Old 01-20-2012   #12
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I have tried quite a lot of different models and they all seem to operate differently. Regardless of which model, the same things happens...they slide around and require adjustment immediately after a drop. The bigger the drop = the more they move around. They ONLY elbow style I've found to not do this and it's what I'm sticking with are hockey elbow pads. Prices varied wildly, and thus materials, stiffness and function too. But because they're made to absorb huge impacts, not retain water, and stay in place, they're pretty darn awesome for whitewater.

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Old 01-20-2012   #13
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I have the NRS and don't dig them. I have already warrantied them twice because the stitching where the straps meet the neoprene keeps tearing. Good customer service though because I am on my 3rd pair for the price of one.
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Old 01-20-2012   #14
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look for pads that have a sleeve as well as the velcro straps, that really helps with them staying in place.

i swam twice this year with the pads on and they were in place at the end of the swim. one was a class IV+ the other was a V to V-
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Old 01-21-2012   #15
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High water?
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Old 01-21-2012   #16
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I perfer my pair of old shread ready elbow pads made of neoprene and Kevlar good shit.
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Old 01-21-2012   #17
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Micah Six Six One are the best in my opinion. I took a hit to my elbow coming off Gorilla the first time, and barely felt it. The stay in place, and least of all look good.
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Old 01-21-2012   #18
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Fox's Launch Elbow pads are sicko.

Launch Elbow

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