G Form then and now

Discussion in 'Armor' started by rossage, Sep 10, 2017.

  1. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

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    Ross Lawson
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    Pic of my original, 6 year old, G form knee pads next to my new Pro X knee/shin.
    The old ones lycra is just giving out so they needed to be replaced. Worked as advertised, light, and portable.
    Newer set has much more coverage with an extra 4 inches on the shin. Thicker, lighter padding and better side coverage. Breathable panel in back.
    Feels great on the couch.

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  2. dustyyoungblood

    dustyyoungblood MTB Addict

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    Have you ever fallen on rock faces with these? Wondering if they "stick" to rock features( bad) compared to a hard plastic shell(slide good)
     
  3. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

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    Never had an issue with them sticking to any surface. Most of my riding is on technical, rocky, trails and most of my crashes are lower speed tumbles into the rocks and off trail into helicopters.
    I have ridden the G Forms in Downieville, Tahoe, Mammoth, BB, SART, PCE, WA, AZ, UT, NV, OR and all over SoCal.
    The newer designs are "moto" rated. I guess that means you can use 'em on e-bikes!
     
  4. dustyyoungblood

    dustyyoungblood MTB Addict

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    That's great. I see them often on riders.
     
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  5. pachaven

    pachaven Well-Known Member

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    Name:
    Mark
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    A bunch of them!!!
    Dusty, yes these do somewhat stick to the rocks when you fall and they don't protect like a plastic guard would. However they are GREAT pads. They disappear on you when you wear them. I have taken some very hard knee hits and I still get some minor skin damage but I think it's a fair trade off for how comfortable they are. Also they stay in place when riding unlike some of the hard plastic guards that get bounced down your leg and arm. I don't ride these when I go to shuttle or park days because they don't provide enough protection. On those days I use POC. Hope this helps!!
     
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  6. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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    @rossage
    How are these new bad boys holding up?
    Still happy with them?
    How much did you pay may I ask?
    Tired of my knees as emergency brakes at times... :whistling:

    Edit: I guess WHERE you got them is just as important? JensonUSA does not appear to carry them...
     
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  7. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

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    Ross Lawson
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    They are holding up well. Fit comfortably, like a leg warmer and stay in place. Can't wear them right now-because I have a big scab on my knee from when I crashed-while not wearing them-Doh!:bang:
    Pricey-you can get them online for about $90
     
  8. mike

    mike MTB Addict

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    Mike O
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    My GF elbows just came back from the tailor. Stitching on the grip band started failing right away. Had both reinforced.

    I understand these are disposable pads, but having them begin falling apart right away? One did, one didn't. Hoping these last long enough for a competing company to execute better.
     
  9. Mikie

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    Best I can find is through some Skater Site for $111.00 bucks. I hate buying from new sites.
     
  10. doublewide

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  11. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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  12. mike

    mike MTB Addict

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    I'm not sure I would go GF style on the knees. I've railed my knees into things too many times, and even broken skin with a POC VPD Air Knee on. I've ridden that pad for a couple years now – light, small, comfortable, and real impact foam pad that might do something other than reduce the number of sutures. Cost about what the GFs do.

    IME, the more dependent on elasticity, the shorter the life.

    Have you guys taken a good digger with those GFs? Do I sound skeptical yet?
     
  13. siata94

    siata94 Well-Known Member

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    there's a coupon code for Arts elsewhere ... but try ARTS10 for 10% off.
     
  14. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

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    Yeah @mike , I've taken a few good crashes on the GF over the years. They stay in place and have protected me-when I wear them! Most of my crashes are slower speed, rock garden yard sales-not high-speed World Cup downhill diggers so YMMV.
    I like the light weight, ventilation, and lower leg protection for the newer version.
     
  15. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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    I do like the straps on the POC... Man! We need a shoot out on which is the better knee pad.
    I do however like the idea of not having fabric on the knee on the G-Form and the shin protection, seems like they would take a better hit and come out looking descent.
    It may be time to come out with an imtbtrails knee pad.
    ...decisions decisions....:coffee:
    POC Joint VPD Air Knee.jpg
     
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  16. Redman

    Redman Well-Known Member

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    Kevin
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    I’ve been running the 7idp transition knee pad for a bit now. And, really like them. They fit well, breathe well and, yes work well too. After a few minutes I forget I’m wearing them. They don’t slide down while pedaling. And, they stay up when you fall on them. Definitely a minimalist pad. But, perfect for the normal trails I hit. Schhhheck em out!

    http://www.jensonusa.com/7Idp-Trans...MItI_uiaKa2QIVloJpCh2m4wRREAQYASABEgIEyfD_BwE
     
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  17. littlewave

    littlewave MTB Addict

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    @Mikie knee pads are a slippery slope, what’s next, baggies?!
     
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  18. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors MTB Addict

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    Let's not get started on socks. :whistling:
     
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  19. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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    You got me looking at 7idp which led to these:
    7idp.jpg 7idp.1.jpg
    7idp.2.jpg

    There actually very clever. I have used that cinch system on a fracture cast and it worked awesome. It makes them totally form fitting. Yeah, I know these are more like Park Pads.
     
  20. mike

    mike MTB Addict

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    Wow, there goes the problem with elastic. Nice innovation. Boa is the only way to fly on snowboard boots – why not pads? TFPU, Mikie!
     
  21. Redman

    Redman Well-Known Member

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    I like those too. I’ll be getting those when it’s time to replace my current park pads.
     
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  22. CBone

    CBone Well-Known Member

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    Looks like a Medieval torture device to me. Knee rack?
     
  23. rossage

    rossage MTB Addict

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    So these pads with the Boa got me thinking again about why Ive been using G Form-they don't constrict my legs.
    For my type of riding, I need freedom of movement. My legs change shape and get sweaty. Pads start moving.
    Put em on tight enough to stay up and my legs suffer.Too loose and they're blowing in the wind like Maggie's drawers.
     
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  24. mike

    mike MTB Addict

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    What makes me like the look of a boa pad is that every pad I own is (owned was) at the very end of its velcro adjustment, and at that point they only continue to get looser. I honestly should move the velcro and shorten the strap. Still, the POC knees have been good about staying in place despite their small size, better than others I've had.

    Maybe the GF knees don't ever fall down; I've had the elbows do that a few times. The stitching falling apart right away turned me off. Not sure what pad I'd get today, but would not count anything out.
     
  25. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/MTB Addict

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    As well...
    I have used Boa "type" systems. The good news is they are quickly adjustable, and, form fitting. So once they adjust the are flexible where needed. Be interesting to see how well they hold up under crashes.
     
  26. mike

    mike MTB Addict

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    Roger that.

    A hard plastic knob on your pad can't really be in a good location. That repels me some.
     
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  27. Cyclotourist

    Cyclotourist MTB Addict

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    Ouch, good point. I went OTB last week and landed on a chapstick tube in my front pocket. Smashed it into my quads and could barely stand up it hurt so bad.
    I forgot about that!
     
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  28. HBkites

    HBkites Well-Known Member

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    Sharone
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    Why Cycles S7
    This weekend I was riding solo around SLO, and I decided to use my GF pads on this trip (reducing the chance of an injury without some backup).
    It has been a while (years) since I used them, and I not sure why I haven't.
    The only drawback to them is the heat. As long as I'm cold the pads are great, but when I start overheating they become a nuisance.

    I didn't crash. I'm not sure how effective they would have been.
    In fact, I don't remember ever crashing with them..... I might be on to something.
    For now, I think I'll incorporate them back into the pre-dawn rides again.

    I don't see myself using pads on long summer rides.
     
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  29. dustyyoungblood

    dustyyoungblood MTB Addict

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    I’ve been enjoying using my G Form elbow pads. Especially as arm warmers on these cold mornings
     
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  30. dustyyoungblood

    dustyyoungblood MTB Addict

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    Now on the knee pads. Really interesting. I always hated when i crashed with my Dianesse knee/shin pads that would spin around when i crashed.
     
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