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Just had a bone chip and bone spur taken out of my elbow. My current elbow pads suck and my elbow hurts like HELL. I can't find any elbow pads that are any better than the ones I already have.

I'm looking for a hard outer shell that slides off of rocks and something that won't soak up a ton of water. Something with coverage on the forearm. Something to wear on the outside of my dry top. Preferrably something designed with creek boating in mind. I see them in all the creeking videos but I can't find any.

What are they? Moto-cross pads?

Thanks for any advice.
 

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I started using motocross elbow pads last season and really like them. I think the ones I have are from six-six-one. They don't soak up much water and provide better protection/coverage than any kayak-specific elbow pads. I initially bought them for riding my dirt bike, but now they do double-duty (damn, my biking gear smells now too!!!!!).

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not to hijack....but

doug, how's the paddling within an hour of driggs? do you drive into the jackson area? i know idaho can be good but isn't it mostly western idaho and two hours+ from driggs? i'm always looking for places with snow (500"+) and water (IV-V).

thanks, dan
 

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I might suggest that you check out some of the hockey elbow pads out there. They seem to be super burly, with major elbow protection, but maybe not so much forearm protection.
 

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Shred Ready Tsunami's would fit the bill

I picked up a pair from cks for just over $20. They seem a little jankey compared to some burlier moto-x pads, but i've used them a few times and I think they are pretty on point for creekin.
 

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I think mountain biking pads work the best, they are super protective and made for moving around alot. They seem to stay on better than most others for me. Check out fox and 661 and if you can find them dainese (they are expensive but are by far the best). Most of these pads dont soak up much water either. Check out www.rhythmcycles.com they usually have a pretty good selection and they are a colorado company so its cool to support them.
 

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Another vote for 661s. They slide around about, but everyone I talk to complains about that no matter what pads they use.
 

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I use Hockey elbow pads made by bauer. They are bomber, don't soak up water and designed to allow freedom of motion. They are big, so I only use them when I am running pretty crazy creeks, where injury potential is the highest. Good luck!
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I would respectfully disagree with two of these recent posts. I can personally attest that my Fox pads don't move once I'm in them. The only hit I ever took between the elbow and forearm cups was my fault because I pulled them on too high. Forearm cups are a lot more useful/important than I thought when I bought mine, too.

Second, concerning the IR pads - IIRC they have very thin or no plastic in them, just closed-cell foam, and they aren't that thick. I watched one of my NC homeboys get worked in Scream Machine on the Green at 150%, and then swim Nies' Pieces. In addition to getting his tailbone whacked hard, he took a bad hit on his elbow from that swim, from which his brand-new IR pads did not protect him. I gather that these pads are pretty comfy, but for serious protection I would go with something that has plastic cups.

MTB pads are really designed for hits on hard stuff, and to slide off that stuff - perfect for creeking. With closed-cell foam, they won't carry water inside. I'd head that direction.

FWIW

PHIL -- if you are out there you need to tell the masses about the power-engendering abilities of the Street Sport EXTREME elbow pads...lol And if you are out there you better return my call about Cross on Sunday...fool. "The perfect river, the perfect day..."
 
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