The Dainese Trail Guard Enduro knee pads are a little different from the usual hefty pads. They’re considerably lighter, and seem to be designed more for all-day riding, hence the name. They’re designed as a thin nylon sleeve (a “soft biaxial elasticated fabric”, it says here) to keep them cool, with velcro tighteners at the top and the bottom. The pads themselves are very light and thin – a composite of two types of padding material – and the pads and sleeve are perforated to help breathability. In use, they’re the only knee pads on test that I didn’t pull down for some ankle protection on climbs. They can still be a little warm, but nowhere near the levels of the other pads I tried. They conform to the knee fairly well, and the thin material and flexible pads also meant that articulation wasn’t a problem. Not as substantial as some of the pads on test, but perfectly adequate to stave off a couple of miscalculated corners. However, if you’re fond of huge air, these probably aren’t the pads for you.
|Tested:||by Barney for 2 months|