Reviewed by Brian Mullin aka Gram and MTBR.com Pastajet
I first saw the SixSixOne 4×4 and 2×4 soft body armor while I was at Interbike this year. The ‘x4’ series of soft armor, is comprised of the 4×4 (Knee/Shin), and the 2×4 (Elbow/Forearm) guards. They both use an EVA foam padding as the main structural protection entity with some nylon inserts for rigidity and additional protection, while the main body is made from a Denier nylon shell with a Coolmax liner, and it’s held together with Velcro closures.
Why Wear Armor?
Since I started riding tougher terrain of late, I thought it best to start wearing armor more often. Protecting my 50+ year old body from the occasional crash, and tree and rock scrapes seems like a rational idea? I have used hard plastic armor, but I found them to be uncomfortable, hot, and a over zealous amount of protection for the slower speed All Mountain riding that I participate in. Hence, my preference is to use soft armor. Just over a year ago I took a nasty crash on the Templeton Gap trail in Palmer Park, and I removed a good portion of skin on one forearm, ouch!
Grumpy says to always wear protection!
The crash helped reinforce the need to wear body armor. I swear that any time you decide to not wear armor, you are going to fall! So consider it a double safety blanket, or redundant backup, as it were?