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G-Form Elbow Pads - Men's

by G-Form

Price: $39.99 - $101.59
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  • Material: [pads] PORON XRD
  • Closure System: tapered elastic sleeve
  • Recommended Use: trail riding
  • Manufacturer Warranty: limited lifetime
  • Protection Area: elbow

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Product Description

As trails get faster and bikes get more capable, it only makes sense that protective gear needs to evolve at even rate. That's where the G-Form Elbow Pads enter the picture. When you put them on, they feel like summer-weight arm warmers. However, the rate-dependent pads stiffen under impact. So, you get the protection that you need, without having to resort to hockey pads in the process. G Form's pads start with a close-fitting sleeve to which its pads are attached. The upshot to this construction method is that the sleeves are breathable and highly flexible -- much more so than traditional pad constructions. But, it's the PORON XRDTM impact panels that really set these apart. Essentially, this is a rate-dependent material, which is a fancy way of saying that it stiffens under impact. Basically, when you're wearing them, it feels like a regular arm sleeve, because the articulated impact pads move so effortlessly with your arm. Additionally, the pad remains soft in that case, enhancing your freedom of movement. But, if you take a tumble onto the pad, the impact causes the pad to stiffen. This way, it effectively dissipates the majority of impact energy before it's absorbed by your body. These pads provide effective protection against scrapes and bruises, but for applications that require maximum protection, such as freeride or downhill, these aren't as protective as a true hard-shell pad. However, the blend of barely-there comfort and protection makes these pads ideal for trail riding. The G-Form Elbow Pads are available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black and Yellow.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 5 x 1 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B004DP6E12
  • Item model number: G-Form
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,263 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Great protection with no movement restrictions.
Alex_ah
The top opening has both elastic and silicon bands to keep the pad in place.
A.M.
I really like these pads, but have yet to really fall and test them out.
Tony

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Vu on November 24, 2012
If you're not a pro, still a beginner who's making mistakes while learning, I think you're better off with more substantial protection. I honestly think a long sleeve jersey would offer comparable protection in some cases, such as mtn biking, as these do not seem to be up to the task on the dirt. If you're playing out on the street at relatively low speeds (under 15 MPH), then this starts to make sense.

I've tried a few soft shelled elbow pads, hoping for something less bulky and easy to put on and take off. All of them slipped down my arm from regular movement. The G-Form is no exception, but I pressed on and wore it for a few months. I have premium arm warmers that stay put extremely well, and even cost less, but these seem poorly designed in comparison to those, as it just seems to be a low-end one, made of low stretch nylon, with a molded rubber-like pad sewn on.

The fit guide is a bit off. I fell clearly within the range of medium, following the guide, and bought based off the guide. In the store, you really can't try them on, since there's a plastic tag string going right through the center of it. I suggest also buying the next smaller size and returning the one that fits poorly.

The real test of this elbow pad came in form of an unexpected crash/fall from my mtn bike, over the front/side of the bike at low-moderate speed (~15 MPH), that I put my hands out for, and slid for a short bit before rolling once. As expected, it didn't even protect from abrasion. I noted that I instinctively adjusted my pads as I got up from the crash and discovered what was basically road rash on the under/inner side of my forearm, stopping about 1 inch from the point of the elbow.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Oliver on March 15, 2013
These work very well for what they are designed for, which is to help disperse the impact area in a fall, helping decrease the damage to the joint. These are not abrasion resistant like hard armor (DUH!). I've been wearing these mountain biking for a few months, and they work very well for trail riding. I would not use them for downhill racing, or other forms a riding/racing that really requires hard armor. These really shine in casual trail riding, where one would normally not wear any armor at all. They are light weight and very unobtrusive. I do suggest that if you are even close to being between sizes that you go with the smaller size, as these will stretch, but they'll never shrink.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on August 20, 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: Large Verified Purchase
I had a bad fall one day and scraped up both my arms pretty bad so I started looking for a low profile elbow pad that didn't distract me while mountain biking. Needless to say these were a perfect match. You barely notice you have them on as your biking (especially when going uphill) and they offer enough protection for your elbow and then some. These are great for beginner to intermediate riding. There are rubber supports on each end to prevent the pads from sliding up and down, so as long as you buy the right size you shouldn't have a problem. In my experience, I went a size up. I don't necessarily have big arms, but when I tried my recommended size (medium), it fit way too tight. I've only used them a few times (4-5) so I can't speak on durability, but so far so good. I also haven't fallen on them yet, but based on experiences from other people I know who used G-form products, they protect well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FrankW on June 2, 2011
I absolutely love these pads. They work just as described which is amazing in that they are soft until you hit something and then they become hard on the outside during the impact. I have a set of all three products -- the shin, knee and elbow pads and all have held up just fine. I originally bought a set of the knee pads that were a size too small, and then moved up to an XL and they fit perfect. I used my knee pads for snow boarding this season and wear them on the inside and completely forget I have them on --- they saved a knee from disaster twice. I often just feel like just testing them by dropping deliberately onto my knees onto a hard surface or hitting them with something since you feel invincible but they are featherweight. Its an amazing material. The shin pads I wear under my jeans for BMX and again never even feel they are there. The elbows just feel like a pair of arm warmers and weigh nothing.

I have had no durability issues at all and am not sure what the other review is describing. I have washed mine more than a dozen times and been using them since January. As I said I originally ordered the knees too small but once that was resolved these are perfect. I could never imagine going back to hard pads again.

The company gives a lifetime guarantee on these even if they are damaged in a crash, so I cannot imagine they are having the durability problems on too many of them that the other reviewer describes. Whatever that early thread problem was I haven't seen it at all on mine and give these 5 stars without hesitation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 14, 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: Large Verified Purchase
I do a lot of all mountain/XC mountain biking with some beginner/intermediate free ride stuff thrown in as well. I wanted to protect myself after witnessing many many crashes while at my local bike park (Duthie Hill, WA). Most of these crashes could have been reduced to small mishaps instead of day-enders if the people had been wearing simple elbow/knee pads.

My biggest concern with pads was that most seem to be marketed towards the crazy free ride guys/girls mobbing off of gapped jumps and 10 ft drops. The are bulky and stiff. I wanted something that was comfortable enough for long XC rides but could also be used to for some light weight free ride stuff as well. Because, you know, let's face it... S**t happens. And it's better to have some pads than nothing at all.

So I've been wearing these elbow pads along with matching knee pads for a year now and am pretty content with them. If you get them in the correct size they won't slip around and won't get too hot on long rides. Knock on wood, I haven't tested them out in a fall but they look like they'll help negate injury from dirt dives in the future. Durability-wise, the stitching seems to be holding up ok.
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