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post #1 of 15 Old 03-27-2013, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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Home made armor?

Im looking around for lower body protection and everything I find is that cheap ass flexible foam crap thats only good for low speed impacts at best.
Now aside from abrasion resistance I think Im gonna try and make my own.
Ive hung up my hockey gear and now Ive got 4 pair of pants.

my plan
Fire hose jeans then Im going to sew in pockets for the padding from my hockey gear. heck I might even use the shin pads too. My focus will be knees and hips.
I dont ride fast but an off at 80Kms hr could do lots of damage.

Does anyone have experience with this? i was looking at Bohn armor that would be good for skateboarding. Icon make hard armor but not for my 6'5" frame.
any opinions or suggestions would help.
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motorcross stuff would be your best bet for patterns and such

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motorcross stuff would be your best bet for patterns and such

Yea how about off-road knee/shin guards, somthing like these:



Gotta say though that Fire Hose jeans aren't going to offer much protection compared to actual riding pants.

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Wow!! Ed harris really came a long way!!!
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Wow!! Ed harris really came a long way!!!
Yeah, The Right Stuff was still two years down the road. Sorry about the jack, but klr4evr's picture was the perfect opportunity to introduce those not-in-the-know to this vintage cinema classic.

Good luck with your project. Unfortunately, I have no suggestions and can't really think of anything better than your old hockey gear. Hope it works out.



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The hockey knee pads are quite thick and will be hard to get under Jeans or even riding pants If I took out the lining then all I would have is plastic.
As cpt Kirk would say..."Gotta think..Gotta think"

PS Ed harris's best movie is "Enemy At the Gates"
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Yea how about off-road knee/shin guards, somthing like these:



Gotta say though that Fire Hose jeans aren't going to offer much protection compared to actual riding pants.

Those would be great but my legs are too big. Knee bones are 7 1'2 inches across.
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PS Ed harris's best movie is "Enemy At the Gates"
Agreed.

You've got a hard row to hoe coming up with these pants. As you've noted, while perhaps handy for some things, your height/length is going to make finding/fitting stuff even more difficult than it probably would be for somebody short.



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