Kali Protectives Aazis

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Knee pads-12
These cheerfully-coloured soft knee pads feature full ‘tube’ construction in a perforated neoprene material. The kneecap pad sits behind an aramid, kevlar-type material to resist scuffs and feature a soft foam pad topped (under the outer layer) by a flexible plastic cap. The cap is there to give some pierce-protection and to keep the softer foam pad intact. Extra side pads protect the sides of the knee and the whole thing is kept in place by the stretch of neoprene and two sizeable velcro straps.

A little care is needed to make sure the main pad sits right over the patella, but once placed, these guards don’t budge. They’re warm to wear, but I found them comfortable on rides up to three hours and even on sunny days the warmth was bearable. The full-sleeve makes them ‘shoes off’ to put on, but unless you’re doing endless climbs, keeping them on isn’t a chore. Protection felt fine and the side pads are a reassuring touch. Luckily, more conservative colours are available for the shy or co-ordination conscious. The price seems reasonably on the ball too.


Review Info

Product:Protectives Aazis
From:NRG4, nrg4.co.uk
Tested:by Chipps for 2 months


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.

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