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West Coast mountainbike Magazine - Freehub take a look at Raceface's Flank d3o leg protection. Check what they had to say below.

Race Face is known for creation of dependable and innovative products. The Flank Leg armor is no exception, which delivers comfort, protection and flexibility in one lightweight package. The use of good design, fabrics and protective materials make the Flank a good set of knee pads for anyone used to soft-shell protection. The biggest difference between the old and new soft-shell style pad is the addition of the d3o technology, which makes the Flank more protective than traditional soft-shell pads. According to Race Face, the d3o Intelligent Shock Absorption technology consists of a PU based cellular polymer - flexible in its relaxed state, but engaged on impact. What that means is the pads are soft to the touch and moldable to the leg, but transform into a hard protective casing when aggressively impacted. This is exactly what you look for in the ideal pad, comfortable and light without sacrificing protection. Aside from the d3o knee protection, the Flank also includes shin protection labeled Pedal Bite Protection' by Race Face, which protects the upper 6 inch section of leg below the knee. The field test performed by our Freehub team found the knee and shin protection to be extremely effective in a number of different fall types, pedal slips, and stump or rock grazings. The Flank also uses breathable perforated Neoprene and abrasion resistant fabric to aid in comfort and durability.

Like most items associated with all mountain, freeride or downhill biking, normal wear and tear does exist. After 2 months of solid use, we saw minor fraying from Velcro and constant movement. We know there is always a give and take when using various materials in combination. In this case, a strong, high hook velcro is needed to secure the pad and keep it snug and in place. The trade-off to incorporating such a burley velcro can be fraying to the lycra/neoprene panels when the two materials connect. Race Face tells us that they have sourced a new neoprene fabric that is perforated inside to maintain breathability, but incorporates a closed outer layer for a more durability. This new fabric is in sampling now and will be added to the Flank when it returns to the line for 2011. Aside from these small and normal traits associated with riding, we found the Flank Leg to be a comfortable and effective piece of protective gear. If you are in the market for new armor, check out these and more products from Race Face at www.raceface.com.

Full write up can be read over on Freehubmag.com

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