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THE Industries has created a new version of their venerable Storm knee shin guard. For 2010 they’ve introduced a two-piece version that is adjustable and can be used as a knee or shin guard alone. For more details on these new guards check inside.
A lot of riders don’t ride extreme downhill everyday. Some days you might find yourself in a groomed park, while others you may just be dirt jumping. Most often you have to choose the type of protection you want to wear, whether you want full knee and shin protection, just knee, or just shin protection. You may have to have separate protection guards for the protection level you’re after.
THE Industires Storm 2-piece Knee Shin Guard
The 2-piece THE Storm guard is relatively unique in the market of knee shin guards as it is able to transform to meet these differing protection levels. This guard is attached just below the knee cup by a large piece of velcro to form a single knee shin guard. By simply separating the guards you now have the option to wear just the knee cup or just the shin guard.
worn just as a knee guard (click to enlarge)
worn just as a shin guard (click to enlarge)
One of the nice things about this guard is that since the strip of velcro is so large it helps give more adjustability to the length of the guard a bit for a greater range of fitment. The ability to run the guard as just shin is also nice for those that might need to use a special knee brace. Often times these riders find it hard to get the right protection they need in a comfortable fit.
inside view (click to enlarge)
The guards fit well and cover a good amount of the knee and shins. The outsides of the knee area could offer a bit more extended coverage to guard against side impacts in our opinion, however. The guards have a nice low profile to them which allows them to fit under pants and shorts well. They attach very simply with some velcro with independent straps for the knee guard and the shin guard. There is no need to take your shoes on and off with these guards, which is always a good thing. They don’t ride up or slide around while riding and and under impacts we’ve only noticed some minimal twisting of the guard to one side or the other. The twisting doesn’t affect protection detrimentally, still keeping your legs safe from secondary impacts and abrasions.
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The inside is nicely cushioned with a good amount of padding. The upper area of the knee cup extends up your thigh a bit for extra coverage. The plastic guard on the upper knee cup keeps the extended protection form fitted to your leg. The knee and thigh is cupped so in the event of a crash it doesn’t turn into a shovel scooping debris into your knee. The lower knee cup attachment piece also extends a bit past the knee which offers a bit more protection when just wearing the knee guards. It also makes the pads feel like a single unit when the guard fully assembled.
knee guard alone under shorts (click to enlarge)
shin guard alone with shorts (click to enlarge)
The back is very open which makes them feel cool and lightweight. You will need to watch out for pedal bite, as your calves are exposed if the pedal swings backward. The guards have nice thick plastic that is not flimsy with a bit of venting in the front. The stitching is strong and should prove to be durable over the lifetime of the guard. The THE Storm Knee-Shin guard offers good protection for those seeking a lighter duty set of pads. It has padding in most all of the key areas to keep your knee and shins safe from harms way. With all armor its best to try before you buy to ensure proper fit.
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Sizes: S/M and L/XL
To find a set of these new 2-piece Storm knee shins you should contact your local dealer. Dealers can be found by going to the THE Industries website – http://www.the-industries.com/dealers.html
[THE 2-Piece Storm Knee Shin Guard] [THE Industries Website]