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    Chicks only dig about 30 scars before they start throwing up, so wear the Fox Launch Knee/Shin guards.

    Asymmetrical design, cross-strap security, and vented hard shell plates make the Fox Racing Launch Knee/Shin guard a first choice for elite downhill and freeride mountain bikers. Fox Racing's patented X-Up strap system crosses behind the knee to eliminate twisting and slipping when the terrain turns from rough to sadistic.

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    Too long

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

    I had the short version of these pads for two seasons and I loved them. When they needed replacing I ordered these thinking it would be nice to have more protection, but they were way too long. I’m 5’6. They restricted the movement of my ankles and I couldn’t position my feet correctly. If

    Great shin guards

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    As the many gouges can attest, these shin guards work! I have a nasty habit of coming off my pedals and getting whacked in the chins and I'd hate to think of the damage to my legs if I wasn't wearing these. Nice set of adjustable straps, seems to fit true to size. I'm really happy with these shin guards and wouldn't ride without them.

    Pretty Awesome!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These shin/knee guards are killer. They have great protection and look rad. Now I don't mountain bike and use them while flying a parachute down a mountain. They do a great job protecting my legs when I kick bushes at 35mph. I even riveted a gopro mount into the knee for some sick shots. All in all a great piece of gear at an awesome price. They don't seem to move much at all which is great. I only have one issue with them. (Photo Attached) The way the straps connects on it is just a plastic clip. I just know this clip is going to break in the future, it just seems like it is poorly engineered. Let me say it is pretty beefy but once that clip breaks you will have to buy new shin guards because they will no longer stay on. You can however set them how you like them and then just slip them on similar to a soccer shin guard.

    Pretty Awesome!

    Launch your meat.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I have used these shin guards specifically for Downhill/Freeride for years now and I loved them! I have taken many serious hits and lower legs have always been protected to the max. They fit true to size and are adjustable as well to secure the fit even better. Great hard shell pads.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you are like me, then you strap these bad boys on because you have a tendency to hit the dirt while riding your mountain bike. I used to wear a thinner enduro-style set of knee pads but upgraded to these awesome pads as the jumps got bigger and the falls got more painful. These protect from above your knee all the way down to your ankles. The padding on the back of the hard plastic shell does a great job of absorbing impacts and now I don't have to worry about tearing up my lower legs when I crash. While you can peddle in these, I would not recommend it for anything more than a short hill to get on top of the bike park jump line. Sure, you are going to look like something out of RoboCop, but your shins will thank you at the end of the season!

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    Great Fit and protection

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Well being accident prone I needed something that is pedal bite (and machete) proof. These fit great and offer full knee to ankle protection and are easy to put on and take off.

    They do get a little hot during the summer months but in the winter you can wear these with shorts and be good to go.

    I haven't ate it with these on yet but I can tell you these are MACHETE PROOF!

    10/10 would recommend

    Great Fit and protection

    I have no complaints

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have been riding downhill for years and have the scars on my shins to prove it.... finally decided to break down and get some shin guards when I put a huge gash in my leg on the first ride this season. These guards are great, easy to clasp, they don't rub my skin off anywhere, and I am not sure what some other people here are doing wrong but I put these on in the morning and dont take them off until its too dark to ride and I never have to adjust them or pull them up. Stop contemplating, just get them, you will not be dissapointed, and your shins will thank you later.

    Great value for money!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have this FOX lunch guards since 12th Aug 2008. Great value for money. Feels easy and comfortable when they are on unlikes other brands guards. They stays in place even if you are doing drops. This guards had already saved me from a few bad ass falls and it has now got some deep cut battles scar on them. I am 1.78 meter and I am using X/XL size. It provides full length of protection for your legs. Can't ask for more.

    Still going strong!

    I have used these for 3 seasons now and they are still going strong despite numerous diggers. At 5'5" and 130 lbs, I wear the S/M and had to tighten the straps down to the very end of the velcro. Looking forward to season 4!

    Still going strong!

    Very Robust Knee/Shin guards

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These things are not the most comfortable pads around, but they don't move and protect both knee and shin from big rock impact. Mine have several large dings on the shins where rocks have bounced with no damage to my legs. Great Pads!

    Good protection

      I used the Fox Launch Knee/Shin pads for a couple of seasons DH riding, they held up well and took plenty of abuse.

      I did have a few issues with them, the first was I was always pulling them up, they would slide down my leg while pedaling, they stayed close enough to where they needed to be that I didn't feel like I would not be protected in a crash so it was more of an annoyance. The second issue is related to the first, when they would slide down they would rest on the top of my foot and dig in creating a hot spot that would eventually get pretty raw if I let the pads rest there too long. This issue does not effect everyone, it is really based on your leg length.


      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

      I never used them. I opted for something else. But these are very long and would provide good protection for going down hill. I don't think I would want to pedal a lot in them just because they go clear to my foot. they are solid and have lots of vents. I would use them for DH.

      Comfy, don't move around

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I purchased these so I wouldn't slam my colossal platforms into my shins. These are the first leg/shin pads I have ever purchased and so far, I would not buy a different pair. The cross strap system hold the pads in place while pedaling, jumping, etc. Venting is not too bad, minimal sweating. As far as protection, they seem pretty bomber...I haven't wrecked bad enough to really try the safety aspect yet. However, just having the pads has given me more confidence to go bigger and faster without fearing pedal smack or wicked road rash on my knees. I would recommend these pads to others!

      Built to shred

        I've used these guards for 2 1/2 years now- over three summer seasons. I've done all day sit and spins and 3 day downhill marathons at the bike park. They practically look the same as they did when I first bought them, but that's not to say they haven't seen their fair share of limbs, rocks, crashes, and washes.

        They were perfectly comfortable for about two years. Then, this summer, they've just seen too much dirt and sweat and now they chaffe above the knee. Had I been shuttling with them the whole time, I think they would still be perfectly fine, but I hike and pedal all around and even do some trail maintenance with them on to keep the poison ivy and briars off my leg.

        They are pretty hot when it's 100F out, but not suffocating. They do hold a lot of sweat and become weighted as a ride progresses and can shift down. I think other guards could be more comfortable against the skin, but the coverage on these seems hard to beat and I like the open back strap design for heat management and ease of removal. Whether or not I try a different set next, I'll still recommend that others try these guards. I've been impressed and they have saved my shin from many of Straitline shin strikes that can usually ruin your day.

        Pretty Good.

          These are pretty good. Do slide down a bit after wearing for a while, but have provided the need protection. Comfortable to wear, but rubs and leaves a mark near the top of the knee. Overall, worth buying.

          Overall good.

            Overall a pretty good choice. However there are a few things about these that I wish I would have known before. The protection is great, but the ankle strap, and the bottom of the guard eat away at your ankle to where they are raw. If you buy these hightop or mid top socks are a must. And if you get dirt behind them it makes it even worse. If I were to do it again I would have gone for the six six ones.

            Great Shin Guards

              I love these. I've posted several times my body dimesions, (6'3, 255lbs, 22 inch lower thigh, and 18inch calf, the l/xl fits me great. They feel great, great breathability and comfortable to pedal in. Took a few times to figure out how to unclip, but they are a great shin guard.


                Very uncomfortable. The cross straps behind the knees pinch. Sent them back and got the alpine stars equivalent, they are way more comfortable.

                I agree - very uncomfortable.
                Very poorly designed straps and the slots for the straps.
                The slots for the straps that wrap around above the knee / the end of the thigh are too narrow and too tight. It’s especially hard to push the straps in.
                Two other straps (left and right) originate at the upper knee level, wrap under the knee, over the hamstrings, and get attached to the shin guard. The pressure applied to the hamstrings feel very uncomfortable.

                Looking for some knee/shin guards that fit...

                Looking for some knee/shin guards that fit snug or stay in place very well for riverboarding. Do these fit the bill? Would they work well in the water and protect from rocks? Others seem to use the sixsixone's but complain the slide down in the rapids.

                I've never used them for water sports but I have been caught in a few rain storms while riding as well as having to walk through some knee deep water crossings before and they've never slipped. The foam liner doesn't get water logged but I don't know how well or how long it will last after repeated prolonged water exposure and submersion.

                I'm sure decisions have been made by now, but for future reference I'll offer that these things hold tons of water when washed or sweat drenched. Also, the elastic straps will stretch when wet. This causes them to slide down my leg once I've started sweating a good bit.

                Where is the L/XL? Is this just a size you...

                Where is the L/XL? Is this just a size you do not stock, or am I COMPLETELY missing something?

                Do these slip on like a sleeve or are the...

                Do these slip on like a sleeve or are the attachment only straps?

                Thats actually wrong, they have the x-system that allows you to snap them into place over your leg, they do not slip on or off. They are the best knee pads i've ever tried, i'm just upset that they only make a l/xl and not a true xl as they are just a bit too small for me.

                I'm trying to find something that will fit...

                I'm trying to find something that will fit my wife (5'2", 115) and I'm wondering if the s/m might be too big. Anybody out there of this size that can comment on how these might fit the more petite stump-jumpers out there?

                hows the sizing work for a bigger guy say...

                hows the sizing work for a bigger guy say 6' 240lbs? bought some race face guards that are way too tight at the top of my leg.

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                These will be fine for you. The system does not care how big your legs are like the roach/ raceface ones as the back of the legs are open. These are much more breathable and adjustable and stay in place.

                What's the best way to find out what size...

                What's the best way to find out what size you need to order? Is this based on height/weight?

                Here is the sizing that I have found for these. Hope that this will help. Top Strap Opening S/M 13.00" to 18.00" L/XL 15.00" to 20.00"Middle Strap Opening S/M 9.00" to 12.00" L/XL 10.00" to 14.00"Bottom Strap Opening S/M 7.00" to 12.00" L/XL 8.00" to 12.00"Top strap Placement S/M 5.00" above L/XL 5.00" aboveStrap Spacing (from top) S/M 7.00" T/M, 8.50" M/B L/XL 7.00" T/M, 9.00" M/BLength S/M 21.00" L/XL 22.00"Top/Bottom Strap or Sleeve Placement is approximate distance from center of your knee or elbow to centerof top/bottom strap or sleeveStrap Spacing is approximate distance between the straps, measured from the center of the straps, fromthe top down (top to middle - T/M, middle to bottom - M/B, or top to bottom - T/B)Length is length of guard