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Six Six One Sub Gear Sleeveless $0.00
The way you like to play, taking a digger is an inherent risk of getting out of bed. So put some padding between your sternum and the ground with the Six Six One Sub Gear Sleeveless Top. This simple piece of impact clothing features lightweight, ultra-strong foam pads in the chest to help protect you when you go down. Flatlock stitching reduces chafing while you ride, and the slim-fitting, DriKool fabric wicks sweat so you stay comfortable.
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Good base layer with bonus padding
I bought this thinking that I'd use it trail riding; I've caught the odd branch or handlebar/stem in the chest and I figured a little extra padding wouldn't be a bad thing. I do climb all my own vert, so I wanted something that's not too hot and wouldn't restrict movement. This thing popped up on Chainlove at 70% off and I thought, why not?
I'm pleased with it, though not overwhelmingly so. It's a pretty good base layer with or without padding; the material breathes and wicks nicely. It does fit kinda tight; I usually go Small and this turned out to be snug. My 37.5" chest does put me at a medium in the size chart, but the Small isn't uncomfortable once it's on at all. If anything it's a decent compression layer. It's snug, but doesn't restrict breathing.
On the other hand, getting this thing on is difficult and getting it off is a total gang of laughs. It's not just that it's tight, it's that the chest pads make it really akward; you can't just fold it over your head like a normal shirt, you have to pull it straight off. If you're lucky, one of your friends will help you after they stop laughing at you for being stuck in your shirt.
In the end it offers the protection I wanted and doesn't restrict my movement or breathing. It's comfortable in a range of heats. It's spendy at full price, but you can get it on CL for a steal these days. In fact, I bought a second one.
I also discovered a bonus use for it: descending on cold days, particularly on road. The chest pads are a perfect extra layer on your front when you're going down a long fast descent; they're like built in newspaper or cardboard and keep the wind off your front but still allow the rest of you to breathe.
Is the only chest padding that which is...
Is the only chest padding that which is visible from the outside on the front of the chest, or is there more inside protecting the ribs? Thanks
Only what is visible, unfortunately. It is meant to protect the chest only, which in the case apparently doesn't include all the ribs.
Only on the front and it's pretty thin. The middle pad with the logo on it is 1/4" thick while the pads on the sides of it are 1/8" thick. It mostly protects from tree branches or handlebars/stem in the sternum.