Thor force knee guard alternative

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  1. stujamur

    stujamur keep rollin rollin rollin

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    So my thor force are 4yrs old and fairly worn out . They have been a good fit and good protection . I have had a few straps break, stretch and the material with the velcro on it curls on the edges and has been uncomfortable .

    So do i buy a new pair or is there a better alternative ?

    I am scared off braces after seeing a mate wearing his brand new carbon fibre pods - a slow speed fall , bike came down on the indide of his leg and he broke his leg in 4 places right below the end of the brace ??? I dont believe that stack would have ruined his knee but who knows .

    I did like the look of evs rs8 as a light brace / good guard but i have heard they fall apart easily . I can get for 250 aud .. I dont want to spend heaps .

    I have been looking but i am finding it hard to find a guard that seems to be similiar to the thor but with better straps ??

    Recommendations please

    Cheers Stu .
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  2. dbg326

    dbg326 Been here awhile

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    I wear these on the street...They're probably more than I should've spent, but that's in the past.

    http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/alpinestars-bionic-sx-knee-protector

    ...and while I haven't crash tested them, they're fairly comfortable to wear, and don't slide around like the cheaper A* guards that I had before. Decent knee/shin coverage, although, like one of the reviews mentions, there's not a ton of lateral coverage. Overall though, I'm pretty happy with them. They can fit under jeans fairly easily as well.
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  3. stujamur

    stujamur keep rollin rollin rollin

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    They look like they could work well - i will see if i can find a pair to check them out .

    Any others out there
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  4. MadM

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    I was buying my first set of knee guards this month. I tried on Thor Force and Acerbis Impact Evo. I bought Acerbis Impact Evo as they allow for more knee movement and are less binding around calf, at least for me. I didint like Thor's as they didn't allow me to sit normaly on my bike and were restricting my blood flow.
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  5. stujamur

    stujamur keep rollin rollin rollin

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    Ok i had seen them - i must say i do long days and a lot of sitting i am always hanging to get the thors off . Do you think the acerbis offer as good protection
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  6. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    dang, wish I could get 4 years out of the Thors. Mine are good for about one before they're falling apart.

    One thing I have noticed is there is a break-in period on them. Once you get past that they become a LOT more comfortable.
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  7. C/W

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    I can't tell if you're looking for a brace type or not. Your old ones were braces, but you comment about not wanting another brace?

    I use EVS Option knee/shin guards. They're very comfortable, inexpensive. I wear them underneath my pants.

    I also have a set of MSR Reflex guard that I like if I want a little more protection, but I tend to wear the EVS Options because they fit better under my pants.
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  8. stujamur

    stujamur keep rollin rollin rollin

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    The thors are sold as guards and i know they are more a cross between brace n guard . I dont wont a quality brace as i have seen how they advert the force on the to the ends of the brace - causing breaks .
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  9. Ceri JC

    Ceri JC UK GSer

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    Yes, for me, they're the best hybrid of brace and guard I've found, without looking at exorbitantly expensive made-to-measure braces.

    I like the support they give that knee guards don't; it makes standing up for protracted periods of time much less fatiguing. Also, my left knee (which I've had problems with since I was a teen) really appreciates it when doing the "foot down and spin on the spot".

    The OP mentions about the fabric of the straps cutting in. Two things I've found that make this more comfortable:
    1) cross the securing straps diagonally, rather than routing them horizontally (so they go over the wide velcro strap in the middle).
    2) Better still, wear knee brace sleeves or leggings under them; the straps won't chafe anywhere near as much.

    Probably 20-25 crashes on mine now. Never had any knee injury whilst wearing them (nor any referred injury/pain in the leg as a result).
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  10. stujamur

    stujamur keep rollin rollin rollin

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    I butchered my thors trying to make them more comfortable . I think they need to be binned .

    Has anyone tried the acerbis x strong knee guard . It looks great .
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  11. lvscrvs

    lvscrvs Been here awhile

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    i recently purchased a set of the evs rs8... comfortable all day with bicycle tights underneath... maybe not as good without something underneath.... not too bad to walk in... feels like having an extended boot... they ride just above my sidi adventures so i have very good protection frrom mid/low thigh all the way down... too early to tell about longevity.... lots of plastic in these, which probably helps with the weight, but probably they are not as durable or supportive as some of the more expensive braces
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    That does look pretty nice... I have a partial ACL/TCL tear. 99.5% of the time it's not a problem, but I'm getting a new bike that's a bit taller so I was thinking of getting something a little more substantial that would give me a bit of support in the knee as well. Anyone seen them in the states yet? They're not even on Acerbis' US site.
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  13. stujamur

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    Update .

    My mate bought the acerbis x strong knee guard and i checked them out .

    They are very well made ( a little better then the thors in my opionion
    ) . Similiar coverage but the strapping system is better and he says they are a lot more comfortable then the thors .

    I have ordered a pair .
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  14. TRUBRIT

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    Just bought a pair of Leatt ones. The soft foam that hardens on impact. Very flexible and comfortable so far, though I have only rode twice since I bought them. One strap above the knee and open behind so you do not get bunching of the fabric behind the knee when sitting.
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  15. shin938

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    Can anyone say more about Acerbis x-strong knee guard? especially in comparison to thor force, I'm trying to decide between the two.
    the only review I found was in Russian that said they look pretty good.

    http://bikepost.ru/blog/33628/Obzor-nakolennikov-Acerbis-X-Strong-Knee-protector.html

    My only concern with the x-strong is that when they are bent there is an open space above the knee as in this pic, you can also see that in their sales video in youtube. I'm not sure it should be a concern though.

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  16. Adrian V

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    These look like they would be very hot to wear, any feedback on that? That seems a big gap above the knee!.

    Cheers,

    Adrian
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  17. stujamur

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    I had the thors for 4 yrs and now have the acerbis for 2 months. About 500k of mixed riding in warm temp 20-30 deg c .

    The thor force where very good - but i find the acerbis better .

    The acerbis are more comfortable when sitting as they flex better . They feel lighter and easier to walk in . There is a gap that open up when sitting only.
    The strapping system is better ( i broke buckles on the thor several times ) .

    I am 5"10 and 70kg so fairly skinny - the guard itself fits ok but the straps are a bit big for me i might have them altered .

    A friend is 90kgs and they fit him better .

    At the end if the day i feel the acerbis are more comfortable while providing very similar protection.

    Adrian v both are hot in hot weather can say one is better then other on that count.
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  18. shin938

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    I got the acerbis x-strong yesterday and I wore them only around the house.
    They feel very comfortable while sitting. the problem starts when walking, they will slide down because the thigh guard closes down on the knee guard, and when you want to sit again you must slide them up again or it will not be comfortable . it's a little better when they're inside the offroad boots but still slide down. I have the alpinestarts tech 10 boots and because of the inner shoe it was not easy to fit them inside the boot. also the right side fits well on my knee but the left side feels too small, maybe my knees are not the same size or maybe they just have break a while before they will fit well. at the end I'm not happy with them because walking freely is important to me and they don't provide that for me. I'm really considering selling them and try something else.
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  19. bikecat

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    Also torn between the Alpinestars Bionic and the Thor Force. Thor seems to allow more straightening of the leg?
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  20. Johnrunner89

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    Hey Shin, any update reviews on the X-strong knee guards? Comfort during riding etc? I need to buy new knee guards soon as my Thor Force guards wore out and been thinking about give those a try.
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