Whether or not you ever enter an Enduro race, there’s no denying that the Fox Launch Enduro Elbow Guards are a step in the right direction. Gone are the days of bulky, skate-style elbow pads that were more restrictive than protective. The Launch Enduros consist of a soft pad mounted to what amounts to an arm warmer — in other words, they’re unrestrictive, yet provide a great deal of protection against the bumps and bruises you’re likely to face on the trail. Isn’t progress great?
The Launch Enduro starts out with a perforated neoprene sleeve at the outside of your arm, and a lightweight stretch panel on the inside. The inner panel is built from a dense mesh, which helps to evacuate sweat and excess heat, while the perforated neoprene outside helps to keep the pad locked in place, instead of slipping down your arm mid-run. The soft elbow pad has an abrasion-resistant shell, which enhances durability. And the pre-curved shape means that you won’t have to deal with excess bunching or pulling. After all, riding is dynamic, and it helps when your pads work with you.