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Fox Racing Launch Knee/Shin Guard

Average User Rating: (Very Good)
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    Featured Review

    “I have bought 3 pairs of these pads and would happily buy them again”

    The Good: Great coverage, you don't have to take off your shoes to put these one, they won't move around on you while riding, clever x-strap design is better than velcro since it won't loose grip or wear out with time, well ventilated, hard shell protection makes it lighter and stronger than kelvar enforced pads.

    The Bad: More expensive than some other pads out there but the performance is worth it in my opinion, gives you funny tan lines on the back of your calf when your out in the sun too long lol.

    Overall Review:

    Simply put; I will not use a different set of pads for DH/Park riding ever again. Over the years I have bought 3 pairs of them (past pairs have taken serious abuse and have gotten pretty smelly/dirty too). All my riding buddies use these as well and are loyal Fox Launch users themselves. The x strap system is very simple and hardly ever comes undone. Another clever part about the pads is the fact that they go all the way down to your ankle so they can't move down on your leg because there is no where for them to move. You can use them underneath your jeans or with your favorite pair of riding shorts. I have tried many different brands of knee/shin pads and no one seems to be able to get it right except for fox so why go elsewhere for your protection. I don't recommend getting the shorty version of these though, they do slide down and move around on your knee plus they leave most of your shin exposed.

    “Work well for what they are...”

    The Good: Protects & fits well.

    The Bad: Shin guard section is a little to long.

    Overall Review:

    Tolerable knee & shin protection at a fair price. Could use a little better fit on the shin guard length.

    “Excellent Product”

    The Good: They fit, they breath, they protect, they do not move.

    The Bad: did I mention they do not move :-)

    Overall Review: I have used these for both trail riding and lift assisted riding. I highly recommend these. The X-Strap setup magically keeps these things from moving around. I don't know why Fox does not use this technology on all their guards (buddy has a nicer more expensive looking set and he can't keep them up on his leg to save his life). My only complaint which probably is not a valid complaint is that my legs would get hot while trail riding (pedaling) but really only notice this on hot days which I think is to be expected. For lift assisted riding they are perfect. I would buy them again.
    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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    Miscellaneous Fox Launch Knee Shin Guard '10The most technically advanced leg protection available. Patent pending 'X-up' strapping system keeps the pads centered firmly on your leg; no more twisting or sliding pads! Asymmetrical shin plate follows the ergonomic curvature of your leg for enhanced 3-dimensional fit and more comprehensive impact protection Inner ribbed reinforcements on the knee cup and shin panel offer increased impact and abrasion protection Channeled and vented biofoam chassis is lightweight and highly breathable
    Price $69.95
    More Info Fox Racing website
    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry