Wearing pads should alleviate pain, not cause it.
Being padded-up takes your riding to the next level. It's a confidence thing. We can't provide quantifiable proof–that's just the way it is. A lot of folks don't like to get all geared up, especially in the summertime, because it can be hot and uncomfortable. This may sound illogical because a visit to the hospital will be way more uncomfortable, but humans are not necessarily the most logical beings on Earth. The ideal would be body armor that's comfortable in the heat of summer. One look at the EG 5500 Elbow Guard will tell you the folks at Troy Lee Designs may have the answer. They got together with the good people of Shock Doctor to create a line of comfortable, lightweight body armor that provides as much protection as clunky, hardshell armor, but feels lightweight, natural, and comfortable.
TLD designed the EG 5500 Elbow Guard with comfort as the very top priority. Troy Lee's X-FIT system uses a wraparound sleeve to keep the pad in place. Unlike bulky straps, this sleeve moves with the body for a natural feel. The main body is constructed primarily of stretch mesh in places that don't see a whole lot of impact and a rugged woven Aramid material in high-abrasion areas. The stretch mesh fabric allows air to flow freely through the pad to keep you dry and cool, and also keeps the weight down. The EG 5500 also incorporates Vent-Trak channels that move air over the skin to reduce heat and perspiration.
The brunt of most impacts is taken by the internal elbow cap, which is designed to stay close to your elbow for a natural feel and comfortable flex. Surrounding this pad is TLD's Strata foam, which moves naturally with the body while it protects so it doesn't feel like it's binding. Inside, silicone grippers keep the sleeve in place so it doesn't slide around uncomfortably while you ride.
The Troy Lee Designs EG 5500 comes in Black and is available in sizes XS, S,M, and L.
- X-Fit wraparound support over elastic mesh sleeve
- Reinforced with Aramid material in high-stress areas
- Internal elbow cap with surrounding Strata-Foam
- Vent-Trak channels