I finally decided to get a pair of proper leg armor and ditch the old soccer shin guards. So a couple weeks ago I went online and ordered a pair of 661 4x4s from JensonUsa. I’m a bit big for a size small, but the price was right and it turns out that they fit alright, I just don’t use the top two straps. Besides, for $20 leg armor, I’d loose the weight to fit them.
Anyway, I was having a decent trials/freestyle ride when I decided to try some unispins, a skill I have very limited success with. On one of the tries, I missed one pedal and it ended up wacking me in the shin. Thankfully I had my new 4x4s on. The result of the impact was minimal for my leg, but the 4x4s now have a nice inch long tear in them.
I don’t care too much about the way they look, but I don’t want the tear to grow. What has been your experience with tears in armor?
These were the options I was thinking of:
Use a lighter and fuse the frayed nylon like a piece of rope
Spread some sort of adhesive over the tear to prevent it from growing
Mike Middleton did the exact same thing on the first day he had his 661’s. They’ve already payed themselves off for you. He didn’t do anything for his hole, and a year or 3 later it still seems fine. I wouldn’t worry.
Eric: If you have that big of a lump maybe it’s time to give it a few days to heal before going back to riding. I was doing hopping practice and smashed my shin directly into a picnic table bench. It left a large bruise even through my pads, so of course it hurt a bunch. Normally that’s when the curses begin to flow, but it was a young children’s playground, so instead I gritted my teeth and tried again, both to make me forget the pain and assuage the nearby parents’ ideas that I had broken my leg. I landed the next try .
> The tear looks pretty minimal, but if it worries you, hot glue a like
> black denim patch to it…
If the tear is as minor as it looks, just glob on a bunch of Seam Grip
(neoprene repair adhesive) and call it good.
Otherwise, if the ripped area needs to be strong then get a patch made
from nylon, not denim. I’d just take a scrap of sturdy nylon fabric
and glue it on with Barge Cement, but you can find nylon patches at
There is no need to actually patch the tear with a fabric patch. You just need to keep it from unraveling.
When my armor starts to get wear due to rubbing I’ll put some Seam Grip or a similar sealant on the rip to keep it from fraying and to give that area a little more resistance to rubbing. But Seam Grip is kind of expensive for just patching one little hole. Regular fabric glue would probably work just as well and would cost less.