Functional, versatile protection
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I use these for everything except the most gnarly downhill days. They are comfortable, they stay in place, and they provide a surprising amount of protection for the weight and price. On quick cross country’ish after work laps, they are a bit overkill, but I wear them anyway because they are so comfy and not in the way. On enduro days, they are plenty if the hits are reasonable. Basically, any time you need to pedal and also need protection, they are perfect. The only time I reach for something more robust is for full on downhill and bike park days.
The only negative, and I am really searching here, is that they can reek if not aired out properly. So air them out and wash them.
Re sizing: I am 6’5”, 230, and the XL is perfect.