I smacked down hard at swinley at the weekend - minor wheel washout but the surface when dry is very unforgiving, and one knee looks like it's been hit with a baseball bat and then grated. In particular, I've landed spot on my tibial tuberosity, the lumpy bit just under your kneecap, and i don't fancy doing it again. Just pressing with a thumb enables me to attach myself to the ceiling by my fingernails!!
I've never ridden in kneepads - I do own a pair of old, second hand 'stormtrooper style' 661 knee and shin pads that i bought for a peaks trip that i never went on, and tried them for size and found them very odd even round the block. However, I'm now considering a pair of more XC style ones just while the bruising disappears from this current injury.
What are - not too clumsy, not too ridiculous looking, not too pricey, and won't interfere too much with the actual getting on and pedalling bit of riding? Any recommendations?