UFO Plast Body Armor Review

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UFO Plast Body Armor – Lightweight Elbow and Knee-Shin Guard

Reviewed by Brian Mullin aka Gram and MTBR.com Pastajet

As I was wandering around 2008 Interbike Dirt Demo seeking some shade and cold refreshments from the beastly desert sun, I bumped into this small booth that was carrying biking body armor. UFO Plast is an Italian company that started out making body armor protection for off road motorcycles, and they have more recently broadened into body armor for biking and snowboarding. As I was talking with the exhibitors, I saw these intriguing looking elbow pads hanging on their tent wall. They are part of their Enduro series, which includes their Elbow guard and a Knee-Shin guard.

I had recently taken a nasty digger and left a good chunk of flesh from my forearm on an abrasive rock on a local technical trail (Palmer Park in Colorado Springs if you must know), and I was looking at some body armor to help alleviate that type of issue from happening again. The pads were very lightweight and had just enough padding to protect the elbow and the forearm. A lot of the typical body armor is made with beefy plastic pads, and it’s a bit much for slower speed All Trail singletrack terrain that most of us regularly rides our mountain bikes on. The pads have a bit of waffle foam padding that is placed right in the proper spots to protect the elbow and the forearm. The padding is actually comprised of a special layer of polystyrene with a Lycra band.

To put the elbow pads on, you insert your arm into one end of the elastic band and wiggle your arm until the pre-bent elbow slot pops into the proper spot, and then you cinch it down with a Velcro closure located by your biceps. The inside periphery of the elbow pads has an open elastic mesh for ventilation, and provides enough tightness to prevent them from flopping around.

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, 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 articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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  • Anonymous says:

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

  • Anonymous 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.

  • Anonymous 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.

  • Anonymous says:

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

  • Anonymous 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.

  • Anonymous says:

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

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