Review | These Leatt 3DF 5.0 soft-shell knee pads are almost perfect

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James Vincent gives us his longterm review of Leatt’s soft-shell 3DF 5.0 Knee Guards It’s incredibly rare that you’ll see me out on a bike sans knee pads. Ever since I had a relatively innocuous low speed crash that left me with a loose ACL and needing 13 stitches in my left knee, I’ve worn pads. In fact, in the 19 years since that incident, I can probably count on one hand the rides I’ve ridden where I haven’t worn them. For some unknown reason, my elbows, wrists and shoulders all escape unscathed (famous last words), but my knees continue to take the brunt of any crashes (which to be fair are few and far between, but when they happen, they happen in a big way). Leatt’s 3DF 5.0 Knee Guards use a soft-shell construction. I have no doubt that I’m doing something wrong, but until that changes, I’ll continue to wear pads. And so it is, my ideal knee pad is something soft and relatively unobtrusive that I can happily pedal in all day,...

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