Protect and serve

Why do elbows seem to seek out rocks and trees to bash themselves into? It's like they have a death wish or something. The Alpinestar Moab Elbow Guard protects those pain-prone protrusions with impact-absorbing thermoplastic plates and vented foam.

  • Lightweight design offers protection without compromising mobility
  • Vented caps improve airflow to prevent overheating on hot days
  • Adjustable hook-and-loop straps for a secure fit
  • Dual-density Biofoam offers effective impact absorption
  • Silicone gripper strap prevents slippage without causing skin irritation
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Best pad I have worn so far

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used and have been displeased by so may pads out there. Part of my difficulty could be body type related. I have bigger than average biceps and quads. My limbs look somewhat like the outside of a funnel. Both elbow and knees have great below the joint straps. I think this why they work for me. The elbows were not uncomfortable but the band around bicep is a little snug. Shape of pads seem to match my attack position and out of saddle pedaling position well. Once moving I do not notice them. Also not too warm.

Update - 14 stitches in forearm from an OTB crash wearing these pads. I believe my arm split because pads slid up toward elbow. This was a violent crash into rocks so take my comment with a grain of salt. I do think that I would not have landed in hospital if the pads staid put. I have body armor that has a strap just above wrist. I have been OTB 2x and have not had any sliding issues. I may still use these pads but put some tape or something near wrist to stop sliding. I wish there was an elbow pad out there that is just perfect. Alpine stars knees are! Maybe not so much for elbows.

Thank you very much for the great review, though it did set me on edge in terms of whether or not I should get these. By the way, how are you now? That is a pretty severe crash. Do you think the elbow/forearm pads cover enough space? And do you think these are better than the POC Joint VDP 2.0 DH elbow pads? That is the other brand that I'm thinking of buying from, though I know Alpinestars always comes out with high quality gear. If I can get your opinion, that would great!

Hey Jordan. Doing fine and enjoying an ugly scar. I cannot comment on POC joint VPD. I bought some but had to return them. My arms and legs are too big for POC. I do have friends who own them and swear by them. If you are muscular make sure you try them on as POC may not fit so well for you.

Since my crash I have started running gorilla tape around all my elbow pads just above the wrist except for my armor that has a non-stretch strap above wrist. I think this is working. So much so that I may go to a shoe repair or somewhere to make something a little more permanent. Make's you wonder why hardly anyone has this feature!!! For that matter all knee pads should have a solid strap above the calf to keep them from sliding like the Moab knees.

Anyway Alpine stars quality is awesome! Go with it! Keep in mind that the elbow pad straps are very stretchy so the pad will move under certain circumstances like mine. Other than that they are awesome!

Hey Jason,
I 100% feel your pain, I too took a similar crash. I landed on my side pretty hard, bruising parts of my knee, leg, thigh and a very sore shoulder. My forearm found the sharpest rock giving me a gash 10 stitches long with a big scrape along with some lovely dirt inside .... It's been 3 weeks and still the forearm is very tender but healing fine. They say I'm lucky not to break my arm. I was wearing a pair of iSX flow elbow guards which cover a little under half the forearm. They always slide down my arm as I ride (I only wear them while going downhill). By surprise, after my crash they where push back up along with my jersey leaving my forearm completely exposed dripping in blood and pain? Maybe they protected the elbow but there's not a scratch on the pads.

I have used LizardSkins elbow pads in the pass and have good luck with them (they have many of scratches while walking away with a stupid smile). They are discontinued. They were mainly used for free riding. They strap up pretty stiff and hinder movement, hence the great coverage. I started riding more enduro/all mountain trails and was looking something less restrictive. Got a pair of Troy Lee 5550 elbow/forearm long. They always slid down especially after they stretch out. They actually cover a good part of the forearm and are light. They have lost most of there elasticity and have no Velcro strapping to help hold them into place. Fortunately, I never crashed with them to see if they really work. I still looked for a new style of pads with Velcro and ended up getting the iSX flow elbow and knee. My other choice was RaceFace ambush, love how no shoe removal is needed for the knee pads. They say hindsight is 2020 but I probably should have purchased the RaceFace.

The knee pads (iSX flow knee pads) worked (I guess) along with my shin guards. I love my shin guards, they cover my entire lower leg. I'm always smacking branches and getting that occasional rock being kicked up by the front tire, not to mention that dreadful pedal strike here and there. The shin guards are ONE brand (I think) and purchased then at Pricepoint which is out of business, sorry. I was thinking about using a pair of shin guards for my venerable forearms. My shin pads are to large but they make small ones. Possibly a set of Fuse Alpha Shin pads or a pair of soccer shin pads. After writing all this I got out the old elbow pads and thinking those Troy Lee 5550's aren't that bad. All I need to do is sow in a Velcro strap at the upper part.
If you injury is anything like mine, you won't get get back on that bike unless those forearms are protected.

Good luck and be safe.

I love these. Burly

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used these for a season and they are strong, relatively comfortable (no blisters for me as mentioned by other reviewer), and never fall down. I tried on a ton of pads before these and these seemed like the best. I use them for aggressive xc/enduro. I recently lost one (still not sure how I manned that) and am ordering a replacement.

terrible

    Bought a pair of these because I know how good alpinestars motorcycle gear is and what a let down! They felt OK sitting on the couch but as soon as I took them for the first ride I realized they're too bent. Meaning to fit properly your arms need to be at about 110 degrees, but when riding you're arms fluctuate between like 170 and 90. So they where constantly falling down and even started giving me a blister (on my upper wrist) after 1 run. Returning them as we speak.