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    Best knee armor height?

    Most BMW riding pants feature adjustable positioning of the knee armor. The armor pockets have velcro strips across the bottom and top, allowing the armor itself to be positioned up/down over a range of about 2 inches.

    A few days ago I changed two pants so that the armor is in the lowest position. This happens to work out very comfortably and protectively when my knees are bent in a normal riding position but puts the armor slightly below my kneecap when standing. So, if my legs are straight there's little armor protecting my knees, but who crashes in a standing position? I've never seen a recommendation for positioning knee armor. Should I leave it low, or should I position it higher?
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    I always adjust the knee armor on my riding pants to cover my knee when sitting on the bike.
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    This is a great question, I've been thinking about buying a Forcefield armor suit, because the armor is closer to your skin no matter what. The pants and coat would only cover the slide not the impact. I'm interested in opinions.

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    Keylar Legging with knee guards

    Quote Originally Posted by sailorlite View Post
    Most BMW riding pants feature adjustable positioning of the knee armor. The armor pockets have velcro strips across the bottom and top, allowing the armor itself to be positioned up/down over a range of about 2 inches.

    A few days ago I changed two pants so that the armor is in the lowest position. This happens to work out very comfortably and protectively when my knees are bent in a normal riding position but puts the armor slightly below my kneecap when standing. So, if my legs are straight there's little armor protecting my knees, but who crashes in a standing position? I've never seen a recommendation for positioning knee armor. Should I leave it low, or should I position it higher?
    These legging are perfect for comfort and if you do have an accident will protect you. Go to GoGostore.com look at them. I would suggest going up a size they are tight and fit well. I am 5 foot 118 pounds. The pads fit right on my knees. Very easy to ride in I believe you will really like them. You can hardly tell you have them on. They have fast shipping and will help you get the right size. PS Mind fit right on my knee. love them..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sassy17 View Post
    Go to GoGostore.com look at them. .
    Do you mean GoGoGear? http://www.gogogearla.com/
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    The GoGoGear looks interesting, but it appears that they don't have any provision for hip protection, did I miss that?
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    Another possibility, if you want armored underwear, is Bohn armor and then you can wear jeans over top of the armor.

    https://www.bohnarmor.com/

    Again, this doesn't actually answer your question of the best level to have the knee armor. I try to have the knee armor over the knee when seated.
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