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Body Armour???

tomh831tomh831 Posts: 3
edited July 2011 in MTB buying advice
Hi Guys,

I'm new to DH and was thinking body armor would be a good shout before launching myself down the first hill! I've been looking around and think something like a 661 pressure suit might be the right sort of thing.

I was wondering which would be better, the evo or the vapour? price doesnt really matter but the evo seems to use 'memory foam' rather than plastic. is it still as protective? anyone got one?

Any other recommendations would be welcome. Cheers!
tom

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  • I've got an older short sleeve 661 pressure suit and its spot on. I got the one with plastic shoulders but foam everywhere else.

    Its hot, but you forget about it once its on tbh.

    My bro had a long sleeve one and was always overheating.
  • kdawg74kdawg74 Posts: 271
    have a look at POC they do an awesome range of body protection
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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    What sort of riding do you do now?
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  • check ebay i got a spanking new with tags 661 pressure suit for £30, this sorta money i dont mind paying - so far its still hanging up as i would look a bit of wanna be riding round Cannock in full armour LOL
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  • tomh831tomh831 Posts: 3
    I'm a roady now! throwing myself in at the deep end and heading up to fort william in a few weeks with some mates who are pretty into DH.

    I guess my main question is, does the more expensive one offer as much protection? I've heard good reviews about the evo suit as its light and un-restrictive but as its made out of foam rather than hard plastic, I'm wondering if it will offer as much protection as the cheaper hard plastic model?

    POC stuff looks good but it is just a little to expensive....

    cheers.
  • kdawg74kdawg74 Posts: 271
    Poc is not cheap, but the protection is just like D30 stuff its soft until you crash.
    I've had Poc stuff for 2yrs now and never had a problem with it, fits really well good ventalation does not stretch and no velcro that can sometimes get ruined by washing.
    The price i can live with as with crash helmet's on motorbikes you get what you pay for, but of course its all down to personel choice and budget if you can try before you buy.
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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    IMHO road to downhill in on step is brave. Good luck.
    I would suggest this
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