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Old 11-20-2012, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking to check out some stuff in person, any recommendations for shops that have gear in stock around the front range?

Also, I wear padded shorts now, thinking of switching to padded pants instead just to help with the sweaty ass. I think if I had padded pants I could go lighter on the layering. Any opinions?
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Old 11-20-2012, 03:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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leaning towards demon d30 pants and top... $212 for both, pretty good price I think?
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leaning towards demon d30 pants and top... $212 for both, pretty good price I think?
I have the Demon Flex Force X D30 top and I think it is excellent. I had the regular Demon Flex Force top before that and liked that as well. Before that I had a pair of Skeletools vest, which give superior shoulder/rib protection (all the pads are removable to customize what you want to protect). I don't like the hard turtle-shell armors (like SixSixOne). My friend has a Dainese top, but I didn't like it that much.

I haven't tried the pants, but based on my experiences with the top, I think it will be high quality as well. I have gone through a LOT of variations of protective pants over the 15 or so years I've been riding. Originally I had a pair of Crashpad shorts (padding wasn't the best), RED shorts (returned those almost immediately), then Skeletools shorts (ultimate protection, a tiny bit restrictive... I remove the thigh pants), then I had a lighter Dainese Pro hard tailbone short, was good, but the padding was thin and the tailbone protector drifted, finally I settled on the Azzpadz. Still has excellent tailbone protection, but with a very slim profile and much less restrictive. The drawback is there no hip protection for rails/boxes. I ended up sewing on two pieces of d30 so it look more like the Demon protective belt which looks like a kilt with three pads to protect your tailbone, and two hips.

On powder days, I wear just a pair of Session long underwear d3O pads built into them. WARNING... last year's Sessions pants (the one I just linked two) were completely cut wrong so the pants are SUPER SUPER long (you can even see it in the product photo how disproportionate they are). BTW, the one they had before (the material looks more textured) that are the correct size.

I'm 5'9", 150 lbs with 30 inseam and the knee pads on the Mediums were at my shins (about 6 inches too low). I got a pair of Xtra Small and they are a very baggy fit and the knee pads are 1-2 inches low. They were 75% off, so I bought two and cannibalized one to add hip pads to my Azzpadz.

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leaning towards demon d30 pants and top... $212 for both, pretty good price I think?
BTW All Sports Protection has a 20% Black Friday deal on Demon Products (Coupon code - demonoff). (Just picked up a pair of d3o skateboard kneepads to replace my eight year old pair of Smith Scabs). Free shipping and easy returns (I bought a pair of gloves that were too small and exchange up a size without a problem). Expires 11/26/2012.

PS They have a storewide 10% of deal if you buy more that $75 (code VBCDDA)... but unfortunately it is not stackable with the demon coupon.

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BTW All Sports Protection has a 20% Black Friday deal on Demon Products (Coupon code - demonoff). (Just picked up a pair of d3o skateboard kneepads to replace my eight year old pair of Smith Scabs). Free shipping and easy returns (I bought a pair of gloves that were too small and exchange up a size without a problem). Expires 11/26/2012.

PS They have a storewide 10% of deal if you buy more that $75 (code VBCDDA)... but unfortunately it is not stackable with the demon coupon.

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ordered the flex x pants and top and the azzpadz, figure I can return whatever doesnt work for me.
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