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A little extra protection.

Every good DH crash winds up in complete chaos. The bike is doing mid-air flips, limbs are flying, and body armor is being tested to the limit. Inevitably you find injuries hours later that you were completely unaware of. In a serious crash situation, a little extra coverage can go a long way. The Troy Lee Designs EG 5550 Elbow/Forearm Guard gives you that little bit of extra coverage so that when you get home after riding and accidentally bang your arm into the counter, you don't scream and pass out.

TLD designed the EG 5550 Elbow/Forearm Guard with comfort as the very top priority. Troy Lee's X-FIT system uses a wraparound sleeve to keep the pad in place. Unlike bulky straps, this sleeve moves with the body for a natural feel. The main body is constructed primarily of stretch mesh in places that don't see a whole lot of impact and a rugged woven Aramid material in high-abrasion areas. The stretch mesh fabric allows air to flow freely through the pad to keep you dry and cool, and also keeps the weight down. The EG 5550 also incorporates Vent-Trak channels that move air over the skin to reduce heat and perspiration.

The brunt of most impacts is taken by the internal elbow cap that is designed to stay close to your elbow for a natural feel and comfortable flex. Troy Lee included an additional forearm guard to protect your arm between the glove and the elbow pad. Surrounding the elbow and forearm pads is TLD's Strata foam, which moves naturally with the body while it protects so it doesn't feel like it's binding. Inside, silicone grippers keep the sleeve in place so it doesn't slide around uncomfortably while you ride.

The Troy Lee Designs EG 5550 Elbow/Forearm Guard comes in Black and is available in sizes XS, S, M, and L.

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5 5

Throw them bows w/ no fear!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Heck yeah! Put these on and run into a mosh pit without any fear!

Actually, it's a better idea if you use them when you're doing some gnarly DH riding. Let me tell you... I bought these along with the knee/shin pads from TLD, and I'm very thankful. I took two spills and had no injuries. Slightly sore, but for the money it's much better than introducing your arm to nature at 25-30 MPH if you take a spill.

I got a size Large and the fit is snug, (227lbs, 5'11", wear XL arm warmers - sometimes large) they didn't slip at all while I was wearing them. Putting them on, you've got to be careful as not to rush and pull them up into place, you don't want to rip the stitching of the elastic fabrics. Once in place, I didn't have to adjust them much during the day. They're very flexible and didn't cause any discomfort, but towards the end of my day I noticed the imprint of the fabric on my arms. Perhaps a little too snug? Nah man, just right in my opinion. This fit allowed for flexibility without slippage, didn't budge during impact. I think the fit was done well in order to keep the weight down and make sure they do the job of protecting your body.

You'll look like a ninja while wearing them. Ladies love it when you look like you're gonna drop down from the roof and stealth attack some mofo like a pro. Even some dude commented while I was on the lift. He said "This guys looks like he's ready to tear shhhiiii- up!"

So put your armor on and tear shhhhiiii-up!

Throw them bows w/ no fear!
3 5

Tend to slide down your arm

One thing about pads is that it is hard to find a good fit. At first I thought I solved this issue with the EG 5550's, they seemed to fit perfectly and stayed in place, but after extended use they now slide down constantly, several buddies experienced the same problem. It seems that the elastic breaks down overtime and then they start to slide. The design is good and I do like them, they are super light, not overly breathable but also not so bulky that they smother your arms, I just wish they have a velcro strap to keep them in place.

5 5

Lightweight, super comfortable

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

After a recent spill where I ended up in the ER with some stitches I had this crazy thought - maybe padding might be a good idea! After reading a lot of reviews I decided to go with the TLD EG 5550 elbow/forearm guards and the KG 5450 knee/shin guard.

In short, the EG 5550 is an excellent choice. I'm 5'7" / 155lbs, and went with the medium size. Using TLD's measurement charts, medium is the size they recommend and it's a perfect fit.

Key benefits:
- Lightweight
- Very breathable
- You honestly forget you're wearing them
- They will not slip

The only con for these is that because there are no adjustable straps, the measurement needs to be spot on. Likewise, you'll have difficulty in cold weather trying to slip a thermal base layer sleeve underneath these.

On the knee/shin guard side of things, I went with extra small (according to the sizing chart that's what matched), and it was a snug fit. However I felt it slid down when I pedaled so I ended up returning them. There are a lot of great reviews for the KG 5450 so I wouldn't count it out on my part, but again with no straps it needs to be a dead perfect fit.

Although protection is the top priority when it comes to protective armor, comfort is up there too, and the material that TLD uses is excellent. Because if you're going to be wearing pads for hours in hot weather, you're going to want something that isn't going to drive you crazy with discomfort.