Review: G-Form’s Elite knee pads are burly and flexible, but they’ll make you like ‘The Thing’

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I used to detest wearing knee pads, or any other kind of body armour for that matter. Living in a warm climate was part of it, and up until a few years ago, I guess my expectation was that only beginners or hardcore downhillers wore body armour. A few spectacular crashes and some choice injuries over the years have made me reconsider my perspective though. Probably related is that I’m also riding quicker than I used to, or at least, I’m descending tricky trails a lot faster because modern bikes allow me to. I’d say it was because of my red-hot skills, but really it’s because of embellishments like dropper posts, suspension and big wheels, which have all improved my riding abilities. I’m not taking risks per se, but the consequences of coming off are higher than before. And it’s a pretty simple equation really; more speed = bigger crashes. It’s a pretty simple equation really; more speed = bigger crashes. Advancements in flexible body armour have made me reconsider my perspective on protecting my...

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