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echoback Friday, May 16th, 2008
Period of
Product Use:
3 months
3 years
Products Used:
Much better than Proto '07 elbow pads.
Blows generic hard cup pads out of the water.
Marker Setup: Olive Invert Mini, 68/3k tank, gray E-Vents (fire mirror lens), black Torque loader, Deadlywind Fibur barrel
Strengths: Wraparound pads are incredible!
Excellent airflow.
Attached slider glove.
Weaknesses: Slider glove could be better.
Review: I *love* these pads. I never really liked wearing elbow pads because they were bulky and chafed my wrists, but that was before I started using these.

(Strength) Wraparound pads are incredible!
I can't say enough good things about the pad design: The gel pads are aligned along your arm, so when you are diving they point along the ground and don't hinder your slide. As soon as you rotate your arm to start crawling, the pads become giant, squishy traction and make crawling a breeze. I can drag myself along the ground using only my arms (extensively tested :) ), and since you don't need as much leverage, you can stay closer to the ground.

(Strength) Excellent airflow.
Like it says in the description, the gel pads are curved on the inside, leaving channels for air to move between your arm and the pads. This makes the pad feel much lighter and much cooler while wearing it.

(Strength) Attached slider glove.
The slider glove is sewn directly into the elbow pad, eliminating the gap between your glove and your pads, and preventing the pads from chafing as you twist your wrist. The material around your joint is very flexible, and allows full motion. A few people have complained about the price, but if you consider that you're getting very well-designed elbow pads *and* a pair of gloves out of the deal, the price doesn't look bad at all.

(Weakness) Slider glove could be better.
As much as I love the slider glove, the palm needs a patch over the heel, and the back could be a little tougher, to take the sting out of hand shots. I wouldn't be surprised if the '09 version has these exact changes.
Conclusion: If you're in the market for elbow pads, take a good look at these. They are very modestly priced for elbow pads, especially from Dye, and ooze quality from every stitch. *TRY THEM ON* before you buy: I'm 5'10", 160lbs and only the XL fits well.
9 out of 10

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