- Knee Pad Suggestions
I have been looking at getting some knee pads and have considered the main contenders recommended i.e. 661 , Fox and Endura. None of these is designed to be put on without taking your shoes off however and would like a set that I could carry in my pack and put on quickly at the top of a technical descent.
Any suggestions?Posted 6 years ago
Kyle Straits – worn em for up to 10 hour bike rides. Occasionally rub
Side protection aswell as front protection
Don’t tend to rotate as much on initial impact as others I have used
Don’t slide down your legs
I’ve been considering the TLD ones as an alternative – not sure why though as the KSs have served me well. I’m on my second pair. Reasonably long lasting (for 661 stuff)Posted 6 years ago
Excellent – The flatter (less bulky) profile was what was attracting me to them. I was also fairly confident that they would last longer than 661 gear
You may be able to answer a question for me then. What’s the sizing like? Currently using med Kyle Straits which are a good fit on fairly skinny legsPosted 6 years ago
Are the Troy Lee pads you are talking about these ones?
As they have no velcro straps do they stay in place okay and do you think they may stretch and slip over time?Posted 6 years agoxcgbMember
My mates reckon these troy lee ones are the nuts, i may get some myselfPosted 6 years ago
There seem to be two types of TLD T-Bones that I have come across, the CRC ones and these:
What is the difference?Posted 6 years ago
None of these is designed to be put on without taking your shoes off however and would like a set that I could carry in my pack and put on quickly at the top of a technical descent.
For this I have some Dianese (sp?) 4X pads, that velcro round the back. Roachs look good too, and have the benefit that they cover all of your shin – good when riding in places with loads of loose rock.Posted 6 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
POC knee isn’t up to the standard of the Kyle Straits IMO- better made and better materials but not as well designed, coverage isn’t as good but enclosure is greater making them sweatier. They’re a lot slimmer though and harder wearing. I love POC’s hard kit but the soft stuff isn’t up to the same standard IMO.
Kyle Straits are bulky, that’s their only downside but otherwise they’re great- inexpensive, good protection (not just front but side also) and all-day wearable- I’ve worn mine for XC racing, and for 6 days out of 7 in france for long long hot rides. The bulk’s only an issue if you want to wear them under trousers and that’s a bit weird 😉Posted 6 years agopastcaringMember
coverage isn’t as good but enclosure is greater making them sweatier.
i have both,the poc padded bit is a good 3rd bigger than the KS, both in length and width. the KS is an inch longer over all. the KS has more side padding than the poc. imo the poc raps around the knee better negating the need for the extra side padding. i agree they’re a bit sweatier. found the KS to pinch a little at the back of the knee, where the poc’s don’t.
had a big otb on a steep rock section at mt. creek. (where the US open is held) front wheel got jammed between two rocks and pole vaulted me into the air 😀 landed on one knee in the rocks from a long way up. the poc pads worked great and i was glad i had them on over the KS.
i guess it’s like most things, personal preference…Posted 6 years agovotchySubscriber
Have seen people wear the kyle straits pushed down and round to the side of their shins whilst pedalling then pull them into place at the top of the downhill bits, I just leave them on all the time, occasionally get a bit of chafing on the lower inner lobe of my quads just by my knee cap but only rarely.Posted 6 years agotracknickoMember
kyle straight offers significantly less impact protection that tld t bone IMO.
comfier to wear, and thats because they use a less dense foam on the sides, and a thinner, more flexible plastic on the front.
fine for xc, but if you’re seriously wanting protection then in my experience no good. at all.
(still having serious knee issues following shattered patella in 2009 – wearing kyle straights at the time…)Posted 6 years ago
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