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Post by STR8 DOWN on Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:54 pm





My friend started running these as his elbow armor. They are made by G-Form. Retail is about $40.



According to my buddy they are very comfortable, breathable, and do not restrict movement.

The foam is reactive so it stiffens upon impact.



I am about to pick up a pair. Will give my own opinions shortly.
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Re: G-Form Elbow Pads

Post by Guest on Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:11 pm

looking forward to ur review...do u know if they come in other colors? Green foam would b kewl...

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Post by chuk2rs on Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:44 pm

I think I could actually wear those. They designed for football, or some other sport?

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Re: G-Form Elbow Pads

Post by STR8 DOWN on Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:58 pm

chuk2rs wrote: I think I could actually wear those. They designed for football, or some other sport?



I believe they were originally designed for law enforcement bikers. There is a cool demonstration on the G-Form website where they drop a 12lb bowling ball onto an Ipad from 3 feet and it is fine.
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Post by STR8 DOWN on Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:00 pm

DH NewB wrote:looking forward to ur review...do u know if they come in other colors? Green foam would b kewl...



Unfortunately I think they only come in yellow. I will send the company an email and ask if they plan to release other colors.
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Re: G-Form Elbow Pads

Post by Diesel on Thu Aug 25, 2011 8:23 pm

How do they feel against sharp rocks?
Bonus! They kinda remind me of Ninja Turtles.
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Re: G-Form Elbow Pads

Post by STR8 DOWN on Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:56 pm

Diesel wrote:How do they feel against sharp rocks?
Bonus! They kinda remind me of Ninja Turtles.



Not sure. Havent hit any sharp rocks with them yet.
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Post by Mudd on Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:34 pm

They need to make them in "Spiderman Red"!
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Post by Mudd on Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:43 pm

I like the iPad sleeve!
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Post by STR8 DOWN on Wed Sep 14, 2011 12:42 pm

Ok. Just got my set of pads in. Just need to go on a ride so I can test them out.
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Post by Mudd on Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:49 pm

STR8 DOWN wrote:Ok. Just got my set of pads in. Just need to go on a ride so I can test them out.

How long did it take to get them? I noticed a few local shops are listed on their website.
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Post by STR8 DOWN on Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:54 pm

It took about 4 days. Shipping was around 6 bucks. They sent it priority mail even though I chose ground.
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Post by Guest on Thu Sep 15, 2011 9:10 pm

looking forward to the review...

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Post by Mint Sauce on Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:51 am

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/G-Form-Padding-Interbike-2011.html


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Post by STR8 DOWN on Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:49 am

Thanks for the pics. I am glad they finally came out with black ones. That armor shirt looks way more comfortable than a pressure suit.
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Post by Mint Sauce on Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:59 am

Yeah, black pads, much more appealing.

Complete G-Form outfit: $350+

G-Form pricing:
• Knee Pads: $46.99 USD (black or yellow)
• Elbow Pads: $46.99 USD (black or yellow)
• Shin Pads: $46.99 USD (black or yellow)
• Crash Shorts: $79.99 USD
• Compression Shirt: $89.99 USD
• Sternum Compression Shirt: $39.99 USD

This is the future for sure, just as carbon is the future for DH bikes... If you can afford it.
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Re: G-Form Elbow Pads

Post by STR8 DOWN on Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:11 pm

Sorry. Took a while to post my review. I have used them several times now. Very comfortable. I wore them all day at big bear. So light and flexible that you forget you are wearing them. The flexibility helps you to stay loose on the bike and keep those elbows up. Have not fallen on them yet so I cant comment on the protection but I did slam them into some doorways and the impact absorption is impressive.
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Re: G-Form Elbow Pads

Post by RYAN E on Sun Oct 02, 2011 5:42 pm

We sell them at Cycle World. MSRP is $49 for elbows and $49 for knees. Hit up Mike Lord if you are interested
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Post by kdiff on Mon Oct 03, 2011 11:49 am

RYAN E wrote:We sell them at Cycle World. MSRP is $49 for elbows and $49 for knees. Hit up Mike Lord if you are interested

The elbow pads at Interbike looks a bit more robust, any idea when it's coming out?
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Post by Cap'n on Mon Oct 03, 2011 2:24 pm

I remember when 661 first came out with their line of d30 stuff years back(learn more here). A few friends of mine used them with mixed reviews. The "pros" are light, pliable, breathable, stiff on impact. The "cons" were expensive, and most DH riders slide/grind across rocks. d30 instantly goes from hard to soft. So it stays soft for all that time you're tumbling through rocks unless you hit something quick and hard enough to stiffen it for a split second.

IMHO, If it's a choice between wearing nothing, or wearing this, WEAR THIS! But if you can stand the plastic stuff, it's still the way to go. I wanna hear what you think after a crash STR8 DOWN. Dive...take one for the team!

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Post by RYAN E on Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:39 pm

kdiff wrote:
RYAN E wrote:We sell them at Cycle World. MSRP is $49 for elbows and $49 for knees. Hit up Mike Lord if you are interested

The elbow pads at Interbike looks a bit more robust, any idea when it's coming out?

All the pads are out right now
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Post by kdiff on Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:30 am

Cap'n wrote: So it stays soft for all that time you're tumbling through rocks unless you hit something quick and hard enough to stiffen it for a split second.

That's interesting. I've never used anything like this but I assumed the stuff that POC was using on their new armor (similar looking to the link you posted) would stiffen even for a tumble because of the body weight being pressed against the armor on one side and a rock on the other. If not that then the thickness would be enough to provide at least an absorption equivalent to a hard shell plastic. I'm guessing this is wrong?

(The G-form doesn't look like enough for a rocky DH run but it looks great for an AM/XC ride.)

Ryan, thanks for the info on the availability.
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Post by STR8 DOWN on Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:28 pm

Cap'n wrote:I remember when 661 first came out with their line of d30 stuff years back(learn more here). A few friends of mine used them with mixed reviews. The "pros" are light, pliable, breathable, stiff on impact. The "cons" were expensive, and most DH riders slide/grind across rocks. d30 instantly goes from hard to soft. So it stays soft for all that time you're tumbling through rocks unless you hit something quick and hard enough to stiffen it for a split second.

IMHO, If it's a choice between wearing nothing, or wearing this, WEAR THIS! But if you can stand the plastic stuff, it's still the way to go. I wanna hear what you think after a crash STR8 DOWN. Dive...take one for the team!

Ok. I will post up after I eat it. Trying to do less of that these days...
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Post by STR8 DOWN on Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:18 pm

Ok. I have took a couple of diggers since posting this review. The pad works well. It really absorbs the impact. The only problem is it slides a little bit. It protects the joint real well. The only issue I had was at the very end of the pad where is slid and I got scratched a little.
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Post by Sasquatch on Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:22 pm

I have a pair of those pads to Str8 Down, and i agree they move. I took a good crash and had the pad slide enough that the impact they took from the boulder made it all the way to bones.

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