Leg Armour - Knee Protection

Hullo all,

I have been unicycling for a few months now, and I am (finally) starting to do things that could have more painful consequences than my typical tumbling! I have been using an old pair of roller blade knee pads with a hard plastic knee cup, and I find that these are excellent for direct hits to the pavement, but not so good for slides (they slip off). I would appreciate hearing peoples’ opinions of the knee protection afforded by Roach DH leg armour. If a Roach (or 661) encased knee cracks into a hard surface, how well is it protected?

Another option available are Corerat leg armour (these may be a Canadian/Western North America thing). This armour provides protection for the front of the leg and sports an attractively skookum knee cup, but lacks padding for the calf or back of the knee (see www.corerat.com if interested). If I am intending to participate in simple MUni and urban uni, would I regret the lack of posterior padding? (it WOULD be cooler…) Have any unicyclists tried these? What do you think?

I thank you in advance.

andrea

PS. I am short, so all armour brands would likely be fairly long on me (from the archived posts, I understand that too-short armour can cause knee exposure problems for the long of leg, but this would not be a factor in my 5’3" decision!).

Hi Andrea, I have used Roach pads before and found them to be very very
good. When i first started MUni my legs were so cut up from pedals and
other sharp objects, and when using the Roach pads you can get a chance to
heal some open wounds! I have heard from my mountain biking buddies that
the straps on Roach pads will tear, but I haven’t had a problem. The
SIXSIXONE pads are also very good, and are said to have better straps,
(according to a mountain biker friend of mine) But any leg pads are better
than none!!! These are pratically a must for Urban, Trials, And MUni!
)—(x) Dylan Wallinger Keep Riding
http://www.extremeunicycling-bcmat.cityslide.com

Anyone know how to size the six six ones knee and shin pads? Is it measured on the inseam or diameter of your thigh and ankle?

Thanks!:smiley:

Hi Andrea,

I have tried both the Roach downhill and 661 pads you mention. The 661 are
pretty good and do have better straps (a bit more fiddly though) than the
Roach. However, the straps on the Roach are perfectly fine and the outer
material on the Roach is tougher than the 661 so I’d say if you can get
your hands on Roach gear then go for them. Failing that the 661 armour
does just fine.

Cheers, Neil

“slugbath” <forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote in message
news:9qnfjd$1as$1@laurel.tc.umn.edu
> Hullo all,
>
> I have been unicycling for a few months now, and I am (finally) starting
> to do things that could have more painful consequences than my typical
> tumbling! I have been using an old pair of roller blade knee pads with a
> hard plastic knee cup, and I find that these are excellent for direct
> hits to the pavement, but not so good for slides (they slip off). I
> would appreciate hearing peoples’ opinions of the knee protection
> afforded by Roach DH leg armour. If a Roach (or 661) encased knee cracks
> into a hard surface, how well is it protected?
>
> Another option available are Corerat leg armour (these may be a
> Canadian/Western North America thing). This armour provides protection
> for the front of the leg and sports an attractively skookum knee cup,
> but lacks padding for the calf or back of the knee (see www.corerat.com
> if interested). If I am intending to participate in simple MUni and
> urban uni, would I regret the lack of posterior padding? (it WOULD be
> cooler.) Have any unicyclists tried these? What do you think?
>
> I thank you in advance.
>
> andrea
>
> PS. I am short, so all armour brands would likely be fairly long on me
> (from the archived posts, I understand that too-short armour can
> cause knee exposure problems for the long of leg, but this would not
> be a factor in my 5’3" decision!).
>
>
>
>
> –
> slugbath Posted via the Unicyclist Community -
> http://unicyclist.com/forums

Core Rat has an optional add-on to protect the back of the calf. They also
have a junior size for people 5’5" and smaller. I have not tried the Core
Rat armor so I don’t know how well they would work for muni.

Protection for the back of the calf is important. Every once and a while
you will slip a pedal or roll a pedal under your foot. The result is that
the pedal digs right into the back of your calf. The calf protection on
the Roach have saved me from many stitches.

Depending on your skills and the trails that you ride you don’t always
need the protection on the back of the calf. On hot days, on trails that I
know I can ride OK then I sometimes go with Fox 911 pads that don’t
protect the back of the calf. But on wet days when I am more likely to
slip a pedal then I always go for the extra calf protection.

The Roach DH pads with the plastic inserts over the knee gives good knee
protection for hard hits on hard ground. I’ve hit my knees hard on
pavement and on nasty rocks and the Roach pads protected me from injury.

The only problem with fabric covered pads like Roach and 661 is that the
fabric will want to stick to the ground rather than slide on the ground.
This makes it more likely for the pad to slide off the knee during a hit.
Pads with a hard plastic cap over the knee will be more likely to slide on
the ground in that situation and more likely to stay on the knee. For this
reason it is important that the Roach pads are long enough for your legs.
If the pads are too short they can slip down the leg during a hit and
expose the top of the knee.

john_childs

I don’t see how you could rip a strap off the Roach pads. I’ve had some
stitching come undone on the knee and the fuzzy velcro started to come off
in one area, but in both cases I just took the pads to a shoe repair shop
and they fixed it up. Shoe repair shops have sewing machines that can sew
the heavy fabric and can sew right through the plastic inserts if
necessary.

john_childs

“Dylan Wallinger” <extremeunicycler@aol.com> wrote in message
news:20011018202154.07050.00000089@mb-ba.aol.com
> Hi Andrea, I have used Roach pads before and found them to be very very
good.
> When i first started MUni my legs were so cut up from pedals and other
sharp
> objects, and when using the Roach pads you can get a chance to heal some
open
> wounds! I have heard from my mountain biking buddies that the straps on
Roach
> pads will tear, but I haven’t had a problem. The SIXSIXONE pads are also
very
> good, and are said to have better straps, (according to a mountain biker
friend
> of mine) But any leg pads are better than none!!! These are pratically a
must
> for Urban, Trials, And MUni! )—(x) Dylan Wallinger Keep Riding
http://www.extremeunicycling-bcmat.cityslide.com