Troy Lee Designs EGL5550 Forearm/Elbow
The EG 5550 features Shock Doctor technology which specializes in active sports protection.
- X-FIT™ integrates a wraparound supporter on elastic mesh sleeve for unparalleled comfort and fit with out bulky straps
- Strata-foam articulates with complex body zones while providing impact protection
- Vent-trak moves air through flexible channels over skin surface to cool the athlete
- Mesh construction provides airflow and lightweight design
- Internal elbow cap provides high-impact protection with a close, comfortable fit
- Forearm guard extends protection from the internal high-impact knee cap for enhanced low profile protection
- Integrated Lycra® low-compression zones in a strapless, tapered elastic sleeve with no-slip internal grip zones. Constructed with rugged woven Aramid material to resist abrasion
After reading a lot of reviews on Amazon, JensonUSA.com, and BackCountry.com, I decided to go with the TLD EG 5550 elbow/forearm guards and the KG 5450 knee/shin guard.
In short, the EG 5550 is an excellent choice. I'm 5'7 / 155lbs, and went with the medium size. Using TLD's measurement charts, medium is the size they recommend and it's a perfect fit.
- Very breathable
- You honestly forget you're wearing them
- They will not slip
The only con for these is that because there are no adjustable straps, the measurement needs to be spot on. Likewise, you'll have difficulty in cold weather trying to slip a thermal base layer sleeve underneath these.
On the knee/shin guard side of things, I went with extra small (according to the sizing chart - that's what matched), and it was a snug fit. However I felt it slid down when I pedaled so I ended up returning them. There are a lot of great reviews for the KG 5450 so I wouldn't count it out on my part, but again with no straps it needs to be a dead perfect fit.
Although protection is the top priority when it comes to protective armor, comfort is up there too, and the material that TLD uses is excellent. Because if you're going to be wearing pads for hours in hot weather, you're going to want something that isn't going to drive you crazy with discomfort.
PROS: Breathable, Lightweight, Non-slip, Incognizant, Fits Under Clothing
CONS: Won't Fit Over Base Layer
also they only lasted for one crash, i wash out my front end in the middle of a berm landed superman style the elbow pads rolled and the upper part were the elastic is completely rip causing a huge hole on top hinze why i'm back here shopping for a new pair
PROS: Comfortable Fit
CONS: Not Adjustable, Weak
PROS: Durable, Lightweight, Versatile
PROS: Good comfortable fit
CONS: Hard to get on
PROS: Not bulky, Slip on, No straps, Comfortable
CONS: Hard to slip into place
BEST USES: Trail, all mountain
PROS: Tough, Lightweight, Comfortable Fit
BEST USES: All-Around, Mountain Biking
PROS: Perfect Fit, Easy to put on, Stay put, Easy to take off, Real comfortable
PROS: Lightweight, Versatile, Durable
PROS: Versatile, Durable, Lightweight, Breathable, Dont Slip, Great fit, Dh Ready
BEST USES: Mountain Biking, DH Freeride
PROS: Stays Put, Lightweight and cool, Easy on and off
CONS: A bit thin
PROS: Strong, They do there job, Comfrotable, Great Fit
CONS: Hard to get on
BEST USES: Down hill, freestyle, DJ, XC
CONS: It Gets Hot
PROS: Solid Protection, Lightweight and packable, Wears comfortably, Not bulky, Fits well and stays put
CONS: No bicep adjustment, Limited sizes
PROS: Lightweight, Breathable, Durable, Machine Washable
CONS: Sizing Is Important
BEST USES: DH, Extreme Sports, Mountain Biking
PROS: Comfortable to wear, Great fit, Versatile, Durable, Lightweight
BEST USES: Extreme Sports, Mountain Biking
even though they are snug they still manage to slide down my arm by the end off each run.
if u dont mind that these are ok.
cannot comment on protection cause i haven't wreck on them.
PROS: Lightweight, Good Ventilation, Comfortable Fit
CONS: Not Adjustable
PROS: Not bulky, No straps, Slip on, Lightweight, Comfortable, Stylish
CONS: none at this time
BEST USES: Trail riding, all mountain
PROS: Slip on, Not bulky, No straps, Comfortable
CONS: Hard to get into place
BEST USES: Trail, all mountain
CONS: Wears Out Quickly
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