UFO Plast Body Armor Review

Armor Pro Reviews

Impressions

Elbow Guard
Over the past year of testing them, I have pretty much had never taken them off while out riding, and after years use, the mesh is starting to wear a bit (getting thread bare), but the rest of the padding and the super structure are fine. Pretty amazing considering I have been wearing them 3 days a week for 2 to 4-hour rides, and they have gotten beaten up and sweated on. I have taken a few decent crashes, and they have provided adequate protection for rock gardens and technical terrain, albeit taken at moderate speeds. In addition they are great brush, bush and tree guard as you go through tight singletrack, in which it takes mini blows, and keeps the scratch level on your forearms to a minimum. They are lightweight, comfortable and only moderately warm while wearing. Most of the time I hardly notice that I am wearing them until I hit a bush while riding along.

This was a nicely made product that would suit a lot of singletrack riders to protect the elbows and forearms in technical terrain. I wish I had them when I took my digger in which I left a good deal of my flesh on that rock. I went back to the same section of rocks and bested the technical portion, and felt more confident since my elbows and forearms were protected.

Knee-Shin Guard
I also tested their brethren Knee-Shin guard a couple of months later. They are constructed of the same material, with the waffle padding in front and the mesh in the back. The knee portion has an articulated cup of the waffle padding for coverage and has a small Velcro closure on the very top to hold it on.

The shin portion has a long waffle padded section that covers most all the shins, and then uses a mesh back with a Velcro closure. I tended to reserve the Knee-Shin guard for downhills or very technical terrain, and otherwise they were attached or in my hydration pack. The Knee-Shin guard were lightweight and moderately comfortable, but if used them for long periods of time they rubbed the back of the leg just above the knee, especially if you were pedaling a lot. The knee cup seems to kind of hold them in place, which is good, since they liked to slowly wander down your leg, and you sometimes have to give them a bit of a yank to bring them back up. Wearing Lycra tights exacerbated the issue.

I took a couple of decent crashes with them, and they helped, but somehow I always seemed to get hit right square in the spot between the top of my shoe and the bottom of the shin section?

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Paulmeister says:

    the knee pads don’t have side impact cover- so what’s the point?

  • Colin says:

    After seeing too many broken bones with “soft armour” there is nothing to replace the strength of a solid armour product such as those by Race Face, Fox, SixSixOne, Rock Gardn and many more.

    For the limited protection this will give, while still getting hot, I wouldn’t risk my body on such a product.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    1) Most soft sided armor does not have much side protection up by the knees

    2) This is lightweight armor and is not meant for high speed riding, it is meant to protect you from moderate tumbles, and it has worked fine in those cases for me. Also, this armor is not hot. I have worn hard armor, it is heavy, cumbersome and just not very pleasant to wear, so many times it would be left back at my truck. I always bring this armor with me anywhere I go. Better safe than sorry.

  • jh_on_the_cape says:

    How do you think these compare with the other soft armor from 661, etc?

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I am setting up a review of the SixSixOne 4×4 and 4×2 body armor, they look similar (perhaps a bit more beefy and hotter), but I need to test them before I can draw any conclusions.

  • Paul says:

    I don’t think you can go pat 661 pads. they fit- work- and are bomb proof. teh end.

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