Forcefield Limb Tubes
Better Protection For The Joints
Good: These limb tubes do not slide or budge from their position, so when you fall you can expect that they will keep protecting that joint. I have a set for the knees and elbows and wear them under blue jeans and pseudo leather jackets. They breathe pretty well, i don't seem to sweat in them at all unless i am standing still in the sun. They don't bulge out of any of my clothes except when i wear slightly tighter jeans. very good if u don't wanna look funny wearing pads around a mall.
Bad: For wearing on the knees, the bottom of the pad digs into the shin when standing strait and walking. (totally fine and comfortable when riding because the knees are bent).
The tube itself is kinda cheap. It is like spandex. I can totally see it ripping to shreds in the washing machine someday or only surviving one nasty fall. If you're handy, i suggest buying the pads and making your own sleeve.
Sizing: I bought 1 medium for the knees and 1 small for the elbow. I use the small on the knee and fabricated my own tube for the elbow and slipped in the pad. Look carefully at the sizing chart and remember to get a tight fit! not a perfect fit! Keep in mind that the tube material is like spandex and stretches. Like buying socks, they have it for sizes 5-10 and 10-14. if you're a size 10 you might want the 5-10 so they don't slide.
Pads for the small and the medium are the same size, the difference is with the tube/sleeve.
January 26, 2015
Fits nicely under pants
Bought these to wear under my pants for the daily commute. They do the job nicely and add that extra bit of protection that I needed. I'm 6'0, 180lbs and ended up needing the medium size for a more snug fit. The large size was fine but I felt like they would slide down a bit after walking even a short distance with them. They also have the added benefit of protecting your knees and shins from wind chill on cold mornings.
Overall, I'd recommend these for anyone who's looking for a low-profile pair of knee/shin protectors for use under any pants. Haven't taken a fall on them yet so I can't really say how well they actually protect, but they feel pretty solid. Needless to say, anything that keeps your knee cap from dragging on the pavement is beneficial.
January 21, 2015
Added these to my collection..
.. and am glad I did. Operating inside the 'any armor is better than no armor' theory, the limb tubes are more toward the better side. They are light, comfortable and walking around the house testing them on door jambs and counter tops, I'd say they are good for the initial 3-4 foot drop from a motorcycle. Properly sized, they'll probably stay at least near where they should be assuming they are worn inside some substantial fabric.
December 23, 2014
great for trials
I got these for riding trials. They fit well, reaching down to the top of my boots (Gaerne Balanced Oiled), and are comfortable under my trials pants. The trials pants hold them in place tightly enough that I don't need the Velcro straps.
I haven't fallen on them yet so don't have a report on that. I don't think they would provide enough protection for high speed get offs but I think they're perfect for trials.
November 23, 2014
Nice Knee Protection for the Money.
I bought this to add a small level of protection on my knees and also block a bit of the wind chill during those cooler spring and fall days. It does both those things wonderfully.
They do have semi rigid CE protection that adds some thickness under your jeans. I like to wear slim fit jeans and they fit underneath just okay. Will not fit under skinny jeans for you hipsters. If you walk around a lot with them on, they will slide down away from your knee a bit. Pull them back up before you get back on your bike. No big deal.
October 20, 2014
Won't ride without them
Size - I'm 6' 3" and the Large size fits quite nicely. The fit and finish is very good.
They flex in the right place and the Velcro straps keep them where I want them. I wear them under my jeans and they give me piece of mind that should I go down and the padding in my over-pants don't do the job, these will keep my knees intact. (I wear regular jeans under my all weather over pants but even they just have basic foam padding for the knee protection.)
These don't bunch up and they don't add unwanted heat to my legs. They also don't mess with circulation so my legs don't cramp up on long rides.
Sure there are jeans with kevlar for riding and there are overpants shells with basic foam but they won't protect your knee caps. I have no doubt these will. A necessary piece of armor to have.
September 22, 2014
No More Naked Knees!
Nothing compares to riding with a proper pair of armored leather riding pants - but there are times when I just want to throw on a pair of riding jeans to head to work or bop around town. I never felt like the foam inserts that slip into the knee pockets of my riding jeans were going to help much - they move around way too much.
So I decided to give these Forcefield Limb Tubes a shot. They are designed to be worn directly on your legs / under your riding pants. I wore them this past Sunday during almost 5 hours of riding. I also left them on as I walked around the car show for an hour. After 5 minutes on the bike you barely know they're on your legs. They stay securely in place and flow plenty of air (they weren't even sweaty at the end of the day). I was surprised at how comfortable they are. Best of all, I feel confident having Forcefield technology on my knees.
Sizing - I'm 5'11" / 175, size Medium fits perfectly. I originally got Large by mistake (easy return! :) ) and they were huge.
August 26, 2014
Usable bot not great
The straps are totally removable and I find them indispensable. W/o them the thing slides down. Even with the straps it slides down sometimes (.... granted, very few times). And I find the straps too long, even with tight and loose velcro choice it doesn't stays in the initial position (as soon as I grip the tank with my legs or start walking it slides down a bit). Also, it always chafe at the chins when walking around and it isn't so easy on, easy off as I imagined (it can be slide over a sneaker ou short boot with practice). I will use because it certainly is better than nothing .... after a down side and a crash I bitterly learned how painful a knee can get :D
August 5, 2014