Forcefield Limb Tubes
Getting dressed in harmony with the character of retro bikes is not an easy task, if you also care about protection. There are lots of motorcycle garments with various degrees of nostalgic touch in their design but nostalgia and contemporary protection do not mix easily. Very protective garments are also too technical for riders of retro bikes.
These limb tubes address to this dilemma quite successfully. Since they can be worn under motorcycle jeans (or any pants w/o knee armor), they are not visible. Therefore, there is no concern on how they look, provided that the pants in question are not particularly tight at the legs. As for how protective they are; they seem to be as protective as invisible armor can be. I would not like to depend on them for racing but even professional racers of a few decades ago would probably prefer them to what was integrated to their racing suits, then. The armor itself is serious stuff and the way it stays put seems to be firm enough. IMHO, they would not twist or slide so easily during a crash.
They are more comfortable than I was expecting them to be. I can even forget them during long rides. They remind me of themselves once I am off the bike but this is not an annoyance, provided that I sit down. When I stand upright or walk, their lower edges slightly press on my lower leg bones. I wouldn’t describe this as pain but just as nuisance. In fact, I never felt the need to remove them, even for long hours off the bike, when I knew that I would ride again the same day. I reckon this slight pressure when upright is a small price to pay against the protection they seem to provide during the ride.
They are well ventilated. I normally sweat like a pig but under my motorcycle jeans, they didn’t annoy even me. My knees probably would sweat if I had leather pants or chaps on them but in this case, the blame would be on leather.
I never put my leg on my bike w/o them since I got them last month and I never will. After about 2000 km (1250 miles) with them, I feel they are comfortable and they seem to be reasonably protective. In my book, they do fit the bill.
June 11, 2015
Forcefield Limb Tubes were a great purchase! No Regrets!!
I ride a duel sport with these and needed something that stayed in place. I could never get the pads that fit in my riding pants to stay on my knees. But the Forcefield Limb tubes do!!! I have large calves and thighs and I don’t even need the Velcro straps. I just pull the bottom tub just above my calf behind the knee and it never moves.
April 27, 2015
Feel good, hidden from view
The armor feels like it'll hold up when needed. Fitted well inside of elastic sleeves with velcro at the bottom and top for a secure fit. The armor comes out so you can wash the sleeves. I just threw them into the washer and dryer and they came out alright. I wear them under my riding jeans but if you're wearing skinny jeans they might not fit under.
They do dig in and feel a bit uncomfortable standing but once you're riding, or even just sitting down, you don't even notice them. The armor sits just above my knee cap to halfway down my shin.
Decent price, solid build, I trust them to protect.
March 30, 2015
I bought this product thinking in MTB as described on Forcefield own webpage.
Not recommended at all. It has fabric outside and on first small landing the fabric is gone.
It could work okay if used under pants though
Large is really large, so better go by measuring your legs before ordering.
I use Forcefield back protector for riding my motorcycle and it is just fantastic
March 16, 2015
These kneepads are extremely comfortable but they tend to slide downwards for me and I ordered a medium size. Good thing I didn't order the large as they suggested!
The velcro straps get sheared pretty easily even after the first use. The kneepads themselves are very flexible and I have tested them by dropping straight to my knees on concrete (didn't feel a thing). Thank goodness they are removeable and washable so I can wash the sleeve portion (as I do get sweaty during long rides).
March 13, 2015
Stealth knee pads
These are easy on, easy off knee pads that can go under my riding jeans. They fit great and are ultra light and thin so they're barely noticeable. They will definitely help out more than the pads that most of my jeans can handle since these are always going to be in the right place.
February 27, 2015
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