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34 minutes ago, Marty Backe said:

Just hope it actually has the "real" D3O-type padding instead of basic foam. At that price point, I have my doubts.

It's not just about looking like you're well protected. You want to be actually well protected.

Oh, I'm absolutely certain there's no D3O even in the same room.  I'm in it for the slide not the stick.  I favor a hard slippery outer shell and softer stuff close to the skin, just like in a helmet.  Any D3O helmets out there?

 

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36 minutes ago, Marty Backe said:

Just hope it actually has the "real" D3O-type padding instead of basic foam. At that price point, I have my doubts.

It's not just about looking like you're well protected. You want to be actually well protected.

Don’t know about the D-30, but I am in no doubt as to which one I’d rather be wearing come the fateful day.  If it’s about strutting down the catwalk I’d take the Demon, but that’s all it seems to have in its favour.  It’s “stylish”. Read quite a few reviews of the cheapo, before I pulled the trigger, and a fair number of people have tested it’s protective capabilities with various tumbles across differing activities. I’m not saying, by any means, that it’s the apex of protective gear, but would definitely take it over the Demon, and enjoy spending the change :)

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15 minutes ago, Smoother said:

Oh, I'm absolutely certain there's no D3O even in the same room.  I'm in it for the slide not the stick.  I favor a hard slippery outer shell and softer stuff close to the skin, just like in a helmet.  Any D3O helmets out there?

Why not have both? I agree that sliding is good for the hands, but for the shoulders I'd like some quality padding for the blunt force impacts.

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12 minutes ago, Ande said:

Don’t know about the D-30, but I am in no doubt as to which one I’d rather be wearing come the fateful day.  If it’s about strutting down the catwalk I’d take the Demon, but that’s all it seems to have in its favour.  It’s “stylish”. Read quite a few reviews of the cheapo, before I pulled the trigger, and a fair number of people have tested it’s protective capabilities with various tumbles across differing activities. I’m not saying, by any means, that it’s the apex of protective gear, but would definitely take it over the Demon, and enjoy spending the change :)

I guess we are all affected by the kinds of falls that we've actually experienced. After my brutal fall and hit to the shoulder, I want both slide and impact protection.

It's been two months and my shoulder is still messed up. I'm going to the doctor this week :cry2:

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10 minutes ago, Marty Backe said:

I want both slide and impact protection.

Oh yeah, me too.  I don't think anyone's saying get a hard shell and the rest be damned.   I want a hard shell AND a nice cushy pad underneath it. I've see the D3O demo's and I'm all RAH RAH because its English, and all that, but at the end of the day I want to slide whilst being cushioned...right up to the point I slide under a bus, then I'll be wishing I had stuck the landing.    AH!!! but that's where my "the Next Two Seconds"post becomes relevant.  If I follow my own advice, there wont be a bus to slide under. :D

 

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On 12/26/2018 at 11:54 AM, Marty Backe said:

I'm now wearing this Leatt 5.5 gear

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Once you have your first bad fall with injuries, you won't think it's overkill. I'm not the only one who has moved to the body armor after injuries.

I like the Leatt upper body armor because it has the hard slide/impact plates (plus padding underneath) and great rib protection. Most of the body armor does not have the hard plates and IMO is designed more for off-road motorcycle/dirtbike riding where you are falling and impacting the ground and objects. But for us, most of our bad accidents will take place at speed on cement. In those conditions sliding is better at dispersing some of the impact energy.

Hey Marty,

 

Since you are one of the most experienced riders here I want to take your advice on this.  And I really don't care about what others think when they see what kind of gear I'm wearing, I'd rather put personal protection above anything else.  

 

Do you still recommend this setup?  Can you give me a full break down of which knee/shin/wrist guards those are?  What about gloves?  Anything special for the pants?  

 

Is that chest piece all connected with the shoulder pads and stuff too?  Do the protection pads shift around a lot or stay in place?  How tall are you?  What size did you get?  I'm 6 foot/210lbs and it looks like I'm right between sizes.

 

Helmet, shoes?  Anything else I'm missing?  Anything you would change now?

 

Sorry for 50 questions :P but you know how it is.  Thank you!

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1 hour ago, MrRobot said:

Hey Marty,

 

Since you are one of the most experienced riders here I want to take your advice on this.  And I really don't care about what others think when they see what kind of gear I'm wearing, I'd rather put personal protection above anything else.  

 

Do you still recommend this setup?  Can you give me a full break down of which knee/shin/wrist guards those are?  What about gloves?  Anything special for the pants?  

 

Is that chest piece all connected with the shoulder pads and stuff too?  Do the protection pads shift around a lot or stay in place?  How tall are you?  What size did you get?  I'm 6 foot/210lbs and it looks like I'm right between sizes.

 

Helmet, shoes?  Anything else I'm missing?  Anything you would change now?

 

Sorry for 50 questions :P but you know how it is.  Thank you!

Yeah, lots of questions. If you view any of my recent videos, the YouTube Description will list all of the gear that I'm currently wearing.

The Leatt body armor sizing chart worked for me (5'11'' @ 170-pounds).

I'm still happy with the gear, but I can only say that it works for me. It's unknown whether it'll work during summer - TBD.  In our cold weather I haven't been wearing it because it's not warm enough. I've been wearing an armored motorcycle jacket instead.

You can Google the Leatt gear to see how it all works. It keeps all the pads in place, perfectly.

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2 hours ago, Marty Backe said:

Yeah, lots of questions. If you view any of my recent videos, the YouTube Description will list all of the gear that I'm currently wearing.

The Leatt body armor sizing chart worked for me (5'11'' @ 170-pounds).

I'm still happy with the gear, but I can only say that it works for me. It's unknown whether it'll work during summer - TBD.  In our cold weather I haven't been wearing it because it's not warm enough. I've been wearing an armored motorcycle jacket instead.

You can Google the Leatt gear to see how it all works. It keeps all the pads in place, perfectly.

Thanks Marty!  I'll use your referral links for anything I decide to buy.  And yeah I'm just a little curious about summer temps with all that gear on, but I have some time before then being in Chicago...

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On 1/21/2019 at 7:11 AM, Darrell Wesh said:

 

The demon flex force x2 is my body armor that I always wear underneath everything if I’m not wearing a motorcycle jacket. The FOX motorcycle jacket that everyone wears that makes them look like a “Halo” character is too bulky to wear under clothes because of the hard plating. The demon is heavily d30 including excellent rib protection and chest protection.

I can throw it on a lot faster than I can strap two elbow guards on, and get WAY more coverage and impact protection. Well worth the relatively small one time cost of sub $200 and no one knows I’m wearing body armor.

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They seem to be impossible to source in Europe. Are they no longer making them?

The only alternative I see is what Speedy Feet sells:

https://www.speedyfeet.co.uk/collections/clothing-safety-protection/products/flex-force-pro-top-full-armour

 

Even the EU Demon store doesn't sell them:

https://www.demonunited.eu/en/mountainbike/upper-body-lower-body/

 

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On 12/26/2018 at 2:44 PM, lebeaumarc said:

In a French Forum (espritroue.fr) , they recommended the following equipment ...

http://www.xionpg.com/xion-long-sleeve-jacket-freeride-d3o-men-v1.html

It seems the D3o material is capable of absorbing  the impact instead of just spreading it on a larger surface.

The waist has a velcro belt for support.

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14 hours ago, General Principle said:

Any companies make XXXL for the 300 lb crew?!?

I had the same question and everyone pointed me to the Weight Watchers website..   :(

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31 minutes ago, The Fat Unicyclist said:

I had the same question and everyone pointed me to the Weight Watchers website..   :(

Depends on your height :D 

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