Roach: Hard or Soft

Although the roach clothing website is currently under construction, I seem
to remember that their leg armour came with soft or hard plastic inserts.
Which one is generally preferred for unicycling?

(I figure I’d better invest in some decent armour now that it has become
apparent that the world is out to get me)

Alex

i’ve been using the DH knee/shin ones and they have been great(except for the sliding down thing).

though latly if been thinking about sliting the knee open and taking the plastic out(just the knee).

I use the DH (DownHill) Roach pads that have the plastic over the shin and knee. A few muni riders (Nathan and Kris) use the DS (Dual Slalom) Roach armor that have plastic over the shin but no plastic over the knee.

I have had too many hard hits on my knee directly on rocks to consider using the DS armor. I had one UPD on a muni ride during UNICON that left a red mark on my kneecap for several days. Without the plastic my knee would have been much worse off. As it was, I was able to continue riding and my knee wasn’t even sore. For me riding muni without Roach leg armor is not an option.

When getting the Roach leg armor make sure it is long enough. I like to have the armor long enough so the bottom can rest on the top of my shoe without exposing the knee. If the armor is too short it may slide down your leg during a UPD and expose your knee. I’m only 6’ and I’m using the armor that is sized for people 6’3" and taller. Get the Roach armor one size longer than you think you’ll need and you should be OK. The Roach armor seems to run a little short for their suggested heights they use for sizing.

john_childs

Id suggest going for the hard knee if you have the option. It’s more protection and won’t make that much of a difference in terms of heat build up etc.
Go hard or go home:D

Re: Roach: Hard or Soft

While I like the DS model and haven’t had a problem (I slammed my knee on a
rock at Unicon, but it was completely ok), obviously the DH model gives
better protection. I may try it on the next pair. But really listen to what
John says about length. I also ordered extra long ones and am really glad I
did.

—Nathan

“john_childs” <john_childs.8zg7z@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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> I use the DH (DownHill) Roach pads that have the plastic over the shin
> and knee. A few muni riders (Nathan and Kris) use the DS (Dual Slalom)
> Roach armor that have plastic over the shin but no plastic over the
> knee.
>
> I have had too many hard hits on my knee directly on rocks to consider
> using the DS armor. I had one UPD on a muni ride during UNICON that
> left a red mark on my kneecap for several days. Without the plastic my
> knee would have been much worse off. As it was, I was able to continue
> riding and my knee wasn’t even sore. For me riding muni without Roach
> leg armor is not an option.
>
> When getting the Roach leg armor make sure it is long enough. I like to
> have the armor long enough so the bottom can rest on the top of my shoe
> without exposing the knee. If the armor is too short it may slide down
> your leg during a UPD and expose your knee. I’m only 6’ and I’m using
> the armor that is sized for people 6’3" and taller. Get the Roach armor
> one size longer than you think you’ll need and you should be OK. The
> Roach armor seems to run a little short for their suggested heights they
> use for sizing.
>
> john_childs