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While body armor is somewhat necessary, especially in the gravity-driven areas of DH and freeriding, comfort has always been an issue. SixSixOne tackles the problem with its Sub Gear short sleeve top. The Sub Gear uses EVA and Intella-Foam flexible padding to absorb impact while remaining flexible and comfortable.

The top’s main body fabric is made from nylon and elastane and provides a snug fit that supports muscles to reduce fatigue, much like a compression piece. Protection is provided at the chest and shoulders. The Sub Gear’s core venting forces cooling air through the top and allows moisture to escape.

  • Nylon & elastane construction
  • EVA & Intella-Foam padding
  • Chest & shoulder protection
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Got this for my dad

  • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

He loves it. He is known to take a spill every now and then it has already saved his shoulder from getting all scraped up. He really likes the compression feel to it and can wear a t shirt over it and not feel like he has too much on.

Protection + Compression

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I've been wearing the 661 Sub gear short sleeve armor for 2 seasons now. I mostly use this piece for lighter bike park and Enduro riding. If I know things are going to get rowdy, I'll switch over to the Core Saver from 661 (full back protection). The sub gear has light chest padding for skid protection and shoulder protection for those corners you rally a bit too far on the inside. I really like the compression based fit for the long jostling descents. I feel like it reduces muscle fatigue and I barely feel it when worn under a jersey. How can it hurt if you don't know you're wearing it?