Fox Launch Pro D3O el­bow pads £90

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

When we pulled the Launch Pros on for the first time, they felt quite tight. The po­si­tion of the Vel­cro strap around the bicep, just above the el­bow, gave us con­cerns about arm pump too, but out on the trail we were pleas­antly sur­prised. They do feel a bit re­stric­tive when your arm is fully bent, due to their chunky con­struc­tion and the min­i­mal elas­tic­ity of the abra­sion-re­sis­tant sleeve, but this is some­thing you rarely do while rid­ing. The snug fit, sil­i­cone strips and Vel­cro strap do an im­pres­sive job of hold­ing them in place, with zero slip­page. Pro­tec­tion is pro­vided by a thick, im­pact-hard­en­ing D3O in­sert, housed in a neo­prene sleeve, be­neath a de­tach­able plas­tic cap. We felt the Vel­cro-on cap was un­nec­es­sary, but it’s easy to re­move with­out com­pro­mis­ing the am­ple pro­tec­tion too much. Al­though the neo­prene sleeve is per­fo­rated, these pads are def­i­nitely a bit sweaty, so they’re best suited to lift-as­sisted runs rather than big days in the sad­dle. Ed http://uk.foxrac­ing.com

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