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Wearing pads should alleviate pain, not cause it.

Being padded-up takes your riding to the next level. It's a confidence thing. We can't provide quantifiable proof–that's just the way it is. A lot of folks don't like to get all geared up, especially in the summertime, because it can be hot and uncomfortable. This may sound illogical because a visit to the hospital will be way more uncomfortable, but humans are not necessarily the most logical beings on Earth. The ideal would be body armor that's comfortable in the heat of summer. One look at the EG 5500 Elbow Guard will tell you the folks at Troy Lee Designs may have the answer. They got together with the good people of Shock Doctor to create a line of comfortable, lightweight body armor that provides as much protection as clunky, hardshell armor, but feels lightweight, natural, and comfortable.

TLD designed the EG 5500 Elbow 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 5500 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, which is designed to stay close to your elbow for a natural feel and comfortable flex. Surrounding this pad 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 5500 comes in Black and is available in sizes XS, S,M, and L.

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5 5

If you are getting elbow pads, get these

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Probably one of the most comfortable well-fitting elbow pads around, and they don't slide around much. Probably all thanks to the X-Fit system...

5 5

Nice and comfy .

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got a pair of these mostly just to slide on when the trail gets a little harsh. They seem to be a great fit if you want some protection and don't want the bulk of some of the more a downhill style pad. These offer me comfort and protection as well as a good fit without too much bulk .

4 5

Bike PPE as a Therapy Aid

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

I've got a rather different review for an elbow guard type of PPE. My doc recommended I get a hard shell elbow guard (suggested at a shop) to protect and help heal my elbow bursitis. So I'm buying a specialized PPE for an injury I already have. I always did do things backwards.
After looking all over town, a friend suggested I check out I have to admit I was a little intimidated with the variety of selections from an internet provider, but finding out I could try out all that I wanted to before making my purchase at the store was a great relief.
I tried out 7 different pad designs from what looked to be the top 5 in the shopping list, and found these Troy Lee's to be the most comfortable on my already sore wing. I was disappointed that they only went to a Large size (recommended for a person of up to 220 lbs) and I really need an XL for my larger arm diameter, so they fit tight enough I can't keep them on for more than about an hour without a break. But unlike all the rest, once it is on, I don't feel any pressure on my elbow at all, until it hits something, and then the force is well enough distributed it isn't the sharp pain it was without the protection. Muchas Thanx for the GREAT service at your SLC store. You've managed to whet my appetite for more "toys" as well.