I was looking for some armor that could be taken on and off without needing to remove my shoes. These were by far the best fitting and simplest of the bunch. However, they also had some disadvantages. Mainly that the connection between knee and shin is too thin, at times allowing the plastic to dig into your leg. In the end I was lucky enough to find my misplaced original sixsixone 4x4 - knee and shin pads (light and comfy), and simply cut the backing off leaving the 4 velcro straps for quick on/off use. However, the Fox guards offer greater protection in sharp rocks so they are worth considering.
I would give these a 5 star rating if the Fox Launch Shorty shin guards would stay in place while pedaling. I'm 5'11, 185 lbs and every 2 minutes I'm having to keep these shin guards from sliding down which is very annoying. I have the original Fox Launch full length shin guards, but those are too long ang dig into the top of my foot so I purchased the shortys. The problem with the shortys is the X-strap velcro placement. The velcro patch is only 4 inches long. The tighter you pull the strap, the velcro no longer lines up. Instead of sending these back, I created a hack by stretching the lower right X-strap velcro patch over to the left side velcro patch. It feels a little tight, but at least it now stays in place. Fox can fix these by putting the velcro on the full length of the straps for a true one size fits all.
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