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I've been riding with a pressure suit/ballistic jacket for the last few years and it's starting to get pretty worn out. I wanted to update my gear and I prefer to review things that I would actually want to buy. Since I already have an EVS R4 Neck Brace that has worked out well, I thought that I'd give their Revo 5 Roost Guard and Burly Elbow Pads a try.


We all know what a roost guard is supposed to do, so what's special about the EVS Revo 5 unit? It's designed to be worn under the jersey and has a super flexible, 3-peice protective back plate.  It's designed to work with most neck braces, has removable shoulder protection, and the hard portion of the back plate can be removed as well.  While many old-school roost guards are just a hard plastic, the Revo 5 incorporates shock absorbing bio-foam under its molded polycarbonate shell. It's very lightweight (about a pound) and appears to be very well made. It comes in 2 sizes (S/M and L/XL) as well as your choice of black or white. At 6'1" and 215lbs., I tested out an L/XL in black. Best of all, it's a budget friendly $79.00 USD.


Elbow pads come in a wide variety of styles, feature sets, and prices with the EVS Burly Elbow Pads falling squarely at the simple and affordable ($29.00 USD) end of the spectrum. They use a strapless, compression sleeve design that is suppose to reduce arm pump and pad migration vs. strapped designs. They're capped off with a hard plastic armor over molded foam liners in the spots where you're most likely to take an impact during typical get-offs. They appear to be well made and come in three sizes (S/M/L). I went with the large.


Both pieces of gear are super easy to put on, adjust, and remove. On the Revo 5 Roost Guard, at each flank, there is a buckle & friction strap adjuster to accommodate riders of different girths. There are also four levels of slots at the shoulder straps to adjust where it all sits on your chest. The shoulder pads are removable and this is a good idea if you decide to wear the Revo 5 over your jersey. Otherwise, they will flop around because there are no bicep straps to hold them in place. Remember, it's primarily designed to be worn under jersey. While the front/center portion of the Revo 5 uses hard armor, the more flexible rib protection material extends approximately another 4" and conforms nicely to your flanks when it's all buckled down. In terms of the Burly Elbow Guards, outside of being marked Left and Right, putting them on is self explanatory.


To test out the gear, I planned on crashing hard. You know, in the name of science! Ok, not so much, but I did ride a wide range of wooded terrain and weather conditions, as well as performing some needed trail maintenance. It's winter here in the Pacific Northwest and we have gotten some snow recently, something that can be difficult to ride in.  On several occasions my front tire left the rut that I was riding in and my bike suddenly became stationary. I can assure you, the Revo 5 Roost Guard works! My handlebars tried their best to bruise my chest, but I received no damage. While the Revo's primary job is to protect the rider, it also happens to be very comfortable while doing so. Unless I was really paying attention, I didn't even notice it. That's exactly what you want out of any piece of protective gear. In terms of heat, I was a bit sweatier than normal under the back plate, but hardly enough to cause any discomfort. I'm a man after-all. I wore the Revo 5 over a t-shirt, under a jersey and riding jacket with my EVS neckbrace.


The EVS Burly Elbow Pads saved my arms from bruises as well. When you think of snow riding, you might assume that the tip-overs and slow speed crashes are going to be soft. Not when it has melted and refrozen a bunch of times! Might as well be rocks! The only issue that I came across with the Burly Elbow Pads is when I'd wear a heavy riding jacket, they'd migrate down a bit towards my wrists and I'd have to pull them back up. However, if I only had a jersey on, they did a much better job of staying in place? I also tested wearing them over a long sleeved thermal shirt and that worked pretty well too. All-in-all, they're pretty comfortable, provide good protection for typical falls, and didn't give me arm pump.


Revo 5 Roost Guard


Pros :thumbsup:

  • Comfortable.
  • Good protection.
  • Well made.
  • Budget friendly.

Cons :thumbsdn:

  • none.

Burly Elbow Pads


Pros :thumbsup:

  • Comfortable.
  • Decent protection.
  • Downright inexpensive.

Cons :thumbsdn:

  • Pads migrate down under heavier riding jackets.


Russhole's Bottom-Line :prof:

The EVS Revo 5 Roost Guard and Burly Elbow pads are simple, well built, comfortable, and effective protective gear that won't break the bank. If price has been anyone's excuse for not dressing for the crash, EVS has some good options here.


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Chris Cooksey


I would have given this 5 stars, but I am 6'4 and it is a little short for me.

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I got it almost for three years now, still going strong, not worn out yet.

but i ride only recreational not in competition.

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