Alpinestars SLC

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Typically, I’ve had these pads on test for so long that they’re no longer available. However, they have a modern equivalent in the Alpinestars Alps. Both models feature a kevlar-covered knee pad with peripheral padding above and below and secured with two wide velcro straps. There’s also a silicon gripper printed on the inside of the pad to keep them in place. Where the newer Alps differ is that they also feature a well-vented, slip-on fabric tube to help keep the pads in place. These SLCs have been kept as minimal reserve pads in the bottom of the kitbag for a couple of years. The two-strap design means that they can be deployed, shoes-on, at a moment’s notice. The newer full-coverage Alps design means that’s no longer possible, but it does help a lot more in shaping the pad around the knee, whereas the SLCs took a while to conform again from their flat state. The tube design is also way better at keeping the pad from sliding down or around under riding and crashing.


Review Info

Price:£54.99 (Alps model)
Tested:by Chipps for


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (0)

    Really? A test of no longer available product? And the equivalent available now has a different fastening?
    It does look like a bit of desperate space filling guys

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