Thick compression formed padding provides long lasting comfort and protection from bone crushing landings. Four way stretchable upper material keeps your pads on lock down so they stay where they need to be.
The Proto Elbow Pads are older, so while they may be available used and in a few cases new, they are not commonly available anymore.
WGP 2k3 Vertical Cocker
AKA Sidewinder reg
Hybrid Mini Savier Drop (MSD)
Little tight on the upper arm
i don't really need padding on the arms for diving or crawling or whatever - i need it mostly for bounces. i could've avoided many hits if i got these sooner. But the protective factor is still nice & useful.
i wanted to get the JT Skinz but i'd have to order them and i'd want to try them on first. These Proto elbow pads just happened to be at a store i went to recently.
These, JT Skinz or Empire's elbow pads are very similar. i'd suggest finding a place you can try any of those on before buying them.
Easy to get on and off.
Good range of motion.
Padding works quite well.
Nothing big strikes me at the moment.
I first got my elbow pads at the end of December '04. I tried the Dye pads, but the pair I tried wasn't big enough for my arms. I tried on the Proto pads and was pleased with the fit. At first they might not feel right when you bend your arms in, but don't let that fool you! It's simply a case of getting the pads to stretch to your arm. Sort of the way you have to stretch some packs to fit your pods, just not as bad. Anyway, after wearing them around my house for a couple of hours and bending my arms in them while I watched TV they loosened up to exactly where they need to be. Now when I slide them on they fit snug to my arm.
I've played a few tournaments and a whole lot of recball with these pads. I usually play front for my team, which means lots of diving and crawling on the ground. I have no reserve about throwing myself on the ground because I know that my pads will protect me and I have nothing to worry about. It's a good feeling when you feel that way about your gear. When I know my gear will keep up with me and do it's job I know I can do my job.
I usually wear a jersey when I play and I have my jersey over my pads. That way they stay nice and clean. What I'm getting at is that I'm not sure how they would perform without a jersey over them, but if I had to take a guess I would guess that would still be awesome.
I know I babbled a bit in the review so I'll keep it short here.
-The fabric will stretch to your arms and stay that way. Once you get them fit, they stay that way.
-Tough, effective, and cost is nice.
-If you don't like the Dye pads, then get these.
-It's all personal preference, but you won't be disappointed.