Knee pads for everyday trail use
I think I must be getting paranoid in my old age but I have discovered I don’t bounce anymore! As a result I am thinking about wearing knee pads to protect my knees from injury, however I have no idea where to start.
I have looked at Alpinestars Moab knee pads as they look quite slim (I don’t have massive legs) but are these to much for all day riding? I am looking at pads for when I ride at trail centers etc.
Any suggestions or advice would be appreciated.Posted 5 years agocompositeSubscriber
I recently decided to get some lighter knee only as my 661 Comp Knee/Shin Guards 2011 are great but a bit over kill for “every day” riding.
Tried a pair of Blue Grass Bob Cat Knee pads but the sizing seems very odd. They were tight enough round the thigh and calf without having to do up the velcro but the knee cap was huge and bunched up funny. Sent them back.
Expecting delivery of some 661 Rage Knee Guards 2013 tomorrow that were in the CRC private sale.
If they are no good I’m going to try the Nukeproof Critical Knee Armour.Posted 5 years agohoraMember
OP I’ve never worn knee pads then two years ago (after experimenting with oil in my forks) I had a fall and cracked the edge of my Patella
Which swelled up, then went down and healed VERY quickly. The MRI was an age away so we were just waiting for the damage to tell. It didn’t. Lucky.
After that I bought and have always worn Kyle Straits. Those are the only pads I’ll wear. You can walk to work, the toilet. Anywhere with a busted arm.Posted 5 years ago
I killed a pair of G-Forms in less than six months. I liked them, but… Well, y’know.
Just got a pair of Bobcats, and undecided as yet. They fit quite well, but they sit really oddly when your leg is straight. But that means they fit REALLY well when your leg is bent, which I guess is what happens when you crash.
Had Kyle Straits for ages, until they finally gave up the ghost. Ace pads.Posted 5 years ago
About 21″ thigh and 17″ calf, but that’s measured with trousers on using a tape measure so could well be a little bit out.
Assuming the sizing is the same I’d recommend a medium (mine’re a few years old now). I tried some larges though, and found them too big – the mediums are snug, I could almost wear them without the velcro, but they feel best like that to me.
You guys suck at searching 😉Posted 5 years agocarlosgMember
Another vote for Kyle Straights . Been using mine on new XC rides and paired with a set of Fox shin guards for DH for 4 years,the foam padding at the sides is a bit torn up after (err) one or two offs an catching them on pedal pins on DH pushups. I’ll definitely be getting another pair when they’re past it.Posted 5 years agovariflexSubscriber
+1 for Troy Lee Shock Doctor KG 5400’s
I had a couple of small off’s towards the end of last year and knocked my knee each time, then had a large off where my knee had an argument with my exposure ali light bracket…..ending up with hole in knee and snapped bracket,.
No wear knee pads all the time. The KG5400’s are great. I dont even notice I am wearing them.Posted 5 years agowidge34Member
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Cycling Weekly(!) are selling Kyle Strait 661,s for £20, all sizes…
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Thanks for heads up. Just ordered a pair of small. I had Kyle Straits before. Loved them, but after a while the mediums i had stretched and became too big, couldnt tighten the velcro enough. So the smalls should be fine. Cant go wrong for £20Posted 5 years agowidge34Member
Calf is 14.5 inches
Thigh is 18.5 inches
Now according to 661 this would put me in the medium fit, and to be fare they did fit when i first had them, but after a couple of rides they started to loosen. I have some Nukeproofs at the moment and they are doing the same. So i guess that this design of knee pad i need to go a size down.Posted 5 years ago
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