DH - Body Armour?

j4mesj4mesj4mesj4mes Posts: 138
edited November 2011 in Downhill, freeride and 4X

I am wanting to give DH a go and was wondering what body armour was deemed to be necessary?

Im sure it will be down to personal preference but was wondering if there was a minimum.

Thank you


  • al2098al2098 Posts: 174
    At least go with some good gloves, elbow and knee pads.
    Faster you get then maybe you will need more but it is all a bit of personal preference.
    Of course don't forget the full face lid.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 82,097 Lives Here
    first thing first see what it says on the entry regs.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • Entry requirements are ff required but eye protection and body armour recommended.

    The body armour part is quite ambiguous.
  • What do people typically use?
  • Dave_P1Dave_P1 Posts: 565
    Body armour can be a personal thing, best thing to do is go and try some on and see what feels right to you.
  • Jimbob_no5Jimbob_no5 Posts: 1,568
    i have a good set of knee pads, ff lid, goggles and gloves.

    I do have race knee/shin pads and body suit that i use on the rare occasion at the likes of fort bill, i am looking to invest in a neckbrace however

    I believe in only 2 things in life.
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  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    I use full body armour, knee pads & a full face with goggles. For the first time in months I rode without armour this weekend, ended up with a broken collar bone which I'm sure the armour would have prevented.
    DH crashes tend to be bigger & uglier than normal trail riding crashes.
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