Body armour: Plastic or padded vest?
Posted February 05, 2003 - 06:23 AM
1- Buying a conventionnal plastic chest protector and a set of elbow protectors.
2- Buying a padded vest. I like the sinisalo one.
I'd like to get your opinoin on the two option for pros/cons. I never owned any protector but here is how I see it.
The vest is just one part and you don't have to tight the elbow in order to keep them at the right place. It has build-in belt and wrist protector.
With the Plastic chest protector you need the elbows and wrist protectors separately.
On a heat transfer side, I think the Plastic chest is warmer since you can wear it just over a motocross jacket and you have plenty of ventilation.
With a padded jacket, your can wear a t-shirt, the jacket and at the end a motocross t-shirt to protect against mud. You could also war a moto cross jacket and the padded jacket but mud and dirt will go on the padded jacket and you'll have to wash it every time. However this is a warmer solution than wearing a regular t-shirt. Just having the padded jacket and a motocross jacket over: is it still confortable?
What about movement freedom? On is better than the other?
Anybody has tried both?
520 exc 2002
Ex wr400 owner
Posted February 05, 2003 - 06:48 AM
You can always get an enduro jacket with built in elbow guards to wear over the chest protector.
I wear a Joe Rocket enduro jacket - it's for street, but has removable pads for the elbows, shoulders and back. I just leave in the elbows.
Good luck, Bud
Posted February 05, 2003 - 09:10 AM
Still not talking about the elbows. Many elbow protectors are available that surpass by far what you can find on a vest...
I was trying to find a vest also but for my wife. She comes as a passenger sometimes when I'm dual sporting and a vest is plenty enough protection for her in that case (she is a little afraid so we ride slowly), If you want to buy a vest, try the six six one. IMHO, I think it's the best one.
Posted February 05, 2003 - 09:17 AM
Posted February 05, 2003 - 09:23 AM
Do you go tho the MTL bike show this year? I'll be in MTL at that time.
Posted February 05, 2003 - 04:02 PM
Good luck with your choices
Posted February 05, 2003 - 04:15 PM
Posted February 05, 2003 - 04:27 PM
Which elbow savers did you buy from 661, they have like 4 or 5 different models... Did you ever try their 2x4?
Looking to buy new ones...
Posted February 06, 2003 - 04:36 AM
Posted February 06, 2003 - 05:19 AM
Posted February 06, 2003 - 05:50 AM
I had a bad getoff in which I did a yardsale onto the handle bar, that was sticking straight up with the other side firmly braced in the ground. (kindlike a tent peg)
I had just bought my first chest protector, unfortunatly, it was sitting in the truck at the time. I took the handlebar just under my ribs on the left front side. I landed with inertia and all my weight (245) on that one little impact point. The chest protector would have saved me:
An overnight in the hospital
A really neat pain medication delivery device
several weeks of slow moving recovery
cats scans, xrays, etc....
Did you know that if you are on percosets you wont poop until about three days after your done with the pills?? What fun!!
I have'nt been riding without it since. Everyone in the family has one now.
Get the plastic one!! If I had had it on the worst that would have happened is the bent bars which would have happened on that crash anyway.
Posted February 06, 2003 - 07:37 AM
I've been riding and racing for 30 years and have always worn the regular plastic chest protectors. It's time to get a new one and was intrigued by this idea.
Posted February 06, 2003 - 07:53 AM
When you add up the cost of all the separate components it is a relatively good buy.
I thought it would be hot and restrictive but was surprised that once you start riding you dont notice it at all.
I need a larger size and have on for sale in the parts and accessories section.
Posted February 06, 2003 - 08:10 AM
Posted February 06, 2003 - 08:29 AM
Also, do they fit under your jersey pretty well or do you have to go up a size?