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    Posted: 05 Apr 2010 at 8:10pm

I'm looking to buy a pair of elbow pads, but would like to know which ones work the best. So if you have a pair you can recommend or discourage the use of, your input is appreciated.

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  Quote WhiteWater Replybullet Posted: 05 Apr 2010 at 8:56pm

I got the six six ones and they work real good!

 

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  Quote justin Replybullet Posted: 05 Apr 2010 at 9:07pm
I just bought some mt. biking ones that work great.
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  Quote Kiwi Replybullet Posted: 05 Apr 2010 at 9:12pm
I got the NRS's for christmas, f**king awesome.
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  Quote BRoss Replybullet Posted: 05 Apr 2010 at 9:34pm
Originally posted by Kiwi

I got the NRS's for christmas, f**king awesome.

I have the NRS elbow pads too and I think they are lacking protection on the sides. They are great for direct hits to your elbow, but in my experience i've taken more side hits, and there just isn't much there. The six six one pads I've seen look a lot better in this regard.
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  Quote Jed Hawkes Replybullet Posted: 05 Apr 2010 at 10:09pm
All elbow pads are gonna fit different of different folks. They slide off of every one, and if you take a beatdown swim it's typical to lose one. The ones that don't have a plastic elbow and forearm are pretty useless I've found. Go to your nearest bike store that specializes in Mt. biking and go try on a bunch of different ones, that's the only way you'll really be able to tell which ones you like.
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  Quote RemAcct2 Replybullet Posted: 05 Apr 2010 at 10:36pm
Also: make sure you buy way large - drysuit sleeves are bulky.
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  Quote chipmaney Replybullet Posted: 06 Apr 2010 at 8:11am
I had the level six plastic ones. the straps made my elbows hurt and they wouldn't stay in place. Next, I got a pair of Level Six Expedition. They have a compression sleeve that stays in place much better and goes on INSIDE THE DRYSUIT. They are definitely lighter weight and not as protective, but they also stay in place better and don't constrict my bloodflow....

http://www.potomacpaddlesports.com/kayak-gear-sales/p-1674-level-6-armor-all-elbow-pads.aspx
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  Quote justin Replybullet Posted: 06 Apr 2010 at 8:28am
Mine are the Fox Launch elbow pads.  They have a sleeve like Chip's and that holds them in place really well.
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  Quote Alphacyber Replybullet Posted: 06 Apr 2010 at 9:03am
For light duty my dad uses Six Six One 2x4 pads, which are flexible plastic and padding.  They won't protect you from the hardest hits, but they stay on well.  I'm looking at getting a pair myself.  
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  Quote water wacko Replybullet Posted: 06 Apr 2010 at 9:06am
I have some made by Race Face. I got them at a downhill shop (Downhill Zone?) in the U Dist on the Ave. They are the best I've used. $45 I think. I haven't found a pair with great protection for the INSIDE of my elbows yet, but these do stay on pretty well and have the best coverage overall. The Shred Ready ones I had a few years ago would slip down, even just swimming around in a pool.
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  Quote dave Replybullet Posted: 06 Apr 2010 at 9:18am
Originally posted by leifkirchoff

Also: make sure you buy way large - drysuit sleeves are bulky.


I need to get way large because my guns are so large!!!!
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  Quote water wacko Replybullet Posted: 06 Apr 2010 at 10:08am
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  Quote WA-Boater Replybullet Posted: 06 Apr 2010 at 10:39am
Six-Six-One. Had them since 2001 and still going strong. They provide great forearm protection as well.
Also, check these out ( http://www.mcdavidusa.com/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID=426 ). They won't protect the drytop/drysuit at all, but provide excellent mobility/flexibility. I injured my elbow at work and the slightest pressure on the elbow is very painful. I use these for playboating and just about anything else where I risk hitting my elbow.

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  Quote CEEMGEE Replybullet Posted: 06 Apr 2010 at 11:35am
We (AquaSports) just got a shipment of Six-Six-One Race, DJ, and 2x4 elbow pads in today if anyone wants to check them out.

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  Quote jP Replybullet Posted: 06 Apr 2010 at 12:45pm
Originally posted by water wacko

The Shred Ready ones I had a few years ago would slip down, even just swimming around in a pool.
 
yup. Used to have a pair of IR ones-- too soft: pretty light duty, although I liked the way they fit.
 
Lost one so then I got the Shred Ready. Good protection but a bit too bulky for my skinny arms, and like wacko says, they slip off. In the last two hole rides I had that resulted in swims, the Shred Ready ones came off. Seems with like any product that has velcro closures, they never make the velcro area big enough for small people to adjust them to fit.
 
gotta just try them on at the store, maybe wearing something approximate to the thickness of your rivergear.
 
Definitely need them for FITWah! There's a few elbow banging opportunities in there.
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  Quote dave Replybullet Posted: 06 Apr 2010 at 2:17pm
I use the Sixsixone soft pads that Charles carries. I like them better than the hard armor as they flex more. He has the hard armor too.

The soft Sixsixones have some plastic in them too, but they flex alot more and are more comfy. I used to dirt bike a lot and the hard armor is good if your smashing yourself all the time. I think the soft ones are good for kayaking and they stay on great...of course when you have the big guns anything stays on good...I am off to the gun show, see ya...

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  Quote SupaSta Replybullet Posted: 06 Apr 2010 at 6:40pm
I picked up a pair of street hockey elbow pads years ago that are great.  There are several brands that are pretty equivalent but shouldn't cost you more than about $30 at Big 5 or Sports Authority.
 
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  Quote SupaSta Replybullet Posted: 06 Apr 2010 at 6:41pm
Definitely the low budget solution 
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  Quote Jed Hawkes Replybullet Posted: 06 Apr 2010 at 6:52pm
Along those lines the lacrosse gear works really well too, made out of super light, tough, and non absorbent materials.
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  Quote James Replybullet Posted: 06 Apr 2010 at 7:45pm
Jed nice suggestion.

I use lacrosse pads and love em. STX STINGER PADS

The only issue is lack of forearm support so I ended up getting some shred ready pads. They suck though on comfort and stability... I ride mt bikes with POC guards and I think I will start wearing them on the river too!!!

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  Quote Kyle K Replybullet Posted: 08 Apr 2010 at 9:09pm
I like my old IR pads as they fit under my drytop/drysuit and don't slip at all. I have bone spurs on both elbows from rowing rafts for so many years and the plastic ones tend to make them hurt. The IR pads are really comfy. 
 
So far they've worked pretty well although I've felt a couple of hits through them in the past although they kept me from injury. Now that I'm living in the land o' mank (CO) I may have to check out some with tougher protection.  
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