- Padding up those knee's
Used to wear Kyle Straights all the time until i ripped them to shreds this winter time. As i was only doing some xc riding until recently never bothered to get another pair. However, after an incident at the weekend between my knees, a rock and a very hard place I’ve finally decided padding up is a clever thing to do! If only hindsight could be foresight…
So what pads are people currently using and find pretty good?
The Kyles were brilliant but possibly a little on the large side padding wise. I’m really after a light weight, knee only slimline set to fit under 3/4 pants for all day riding?Posted 7 years agofoxyriderMember
? Any good – work well in my opinion 🙂Posted 7 years agoz1ppyMember
I like them the set of g-forms I have, small enough that they’re not in the way even under 3/4 shorts, light enough that they’re pretty much unnoticed when riding. Admittedly Sat was the first time I ridden with them in pretty hot conditions, and still got no complaints.Posted 7 years agoGotamaMember
Those g-forms are fine if you only fall off now and then. They take the worst of the initial impact and then move on your leg. I fell off recently and ended up with a graze underneath. They did their job and i’ll continue wearing them but i wouldn’t put them in the same bracket for protection as kyle straits, fox launch etc. Don’t think i would wear mine in the alps but perfect for surrey hills.Posted 7 years agoalpinMember
exactly what reggiegasket said.
i bought a set of Foxs for the GF in small and they were way too tight for her lady legs. ended up buying her the L/XL size and they fit her perfectly. for me they were fine during the standing around in the living room test, but are too tight around the back of the knee when cycling.
the Nukeproof pads are better than the 661s they replaced and are on a par, if not better than, the Foxs. much more coverage than the 661s and a little more than the Fox. airflow is good when you are moving.
the sizing chart on CRC is also pretty good. going by the chart i should have ordered L. i did and they fit perfectly.Posted 7 years ago
Thanks for the suggestions.
Riding the peaks a lot with a fair bit of rocky terrain, I’d possibly want a little more protection than the g-forms offer, especially judging by the state of my poor knees today!
What is the lateral protection like on the Fox’s, Nukes and POC versions? I found this to be far too bulky on the straights, always felt over kill for most XC rides and made my 3/4 shorts quite restrictive around the knee areas (I don’t currently rock the overly baggy style). Also made my knees look massive, there was no getting around the fact I was wearing some big pads!
The Troy Lee’s look great, but no straps? Do they not start to ride down after a few wears or on a long ride when they’ve stretched a little?Posted 7 years agorocketmanMember
Launch Pros are not too bulky imo they’re protective and stay put but they’re not restrictive I feel naked without them.
My legs are quite long so there’s not a lot of overlap between the pads and my baggies although it could be an issue forPosted 7 years ago
short arsespeople with short legs 🙂GotamaMember
I found the Troy Lee knee only just fell down even though it was apparently my size so i’d suggest somewhere with a decent returns policy in case you find the same. Apparently the shin/knee combo works well as the shin section holds the pad in place. Its only a tiny shin section too. Shame they didn’t work for me as they seemed like a nice pad.Posted 7 years ago
Lip seal never found a problem with comfort of the Kyle straights except when wearing under some styles of 3/4 shorts, but that was due to them being a bit on the large side with padding so causing the shorts to become tight. Mine did wear in after a few rides and conformed to my knee pretty well. Washed up nice in the washing machine and tumble drier too.
Honouablegeorge that’s my problem as well, I don’t like knee pads but the weekend taught me on the occasions I need them, I really do need them!! So trying to find that ever illusive all rounder
Deepo what size TL’s do you have?
Think by all the tips here it may be these or trying on some Fox’s/nuke proof to see if they suit. The GForm look good and minimalist but not 100% I’d like to truely stack it and trust these to protect my old knee caps. POC and Evo’s I find a touch pricey tbh, look good thoughPosted 7 years ago
I’ve just got a pair of Launch Pros and find that they bite into the ligaments on the back of my knee which I can’t abide. Was glad I was wearing them as I managed to have a good stack last night but the binding will put me off wearing them again.
@reggiegasket and alpin – are the Nukeproofs that much better in this respect? Tempted to order a set.Posted 7 years agocakefacesmallblockSubscriber
i’ve had 661 Straits for about two years now. Had (for me ) the usual amount of “offs” and hey presto no knees involved.Posted 7 years ago
Odd though, that on the occasions I think to myself, well, I’m not likely to ride anywhere I’ll hurt myself today. I leave tham in the van and promptly crash and land on a knee.TurnerGuyMember
The Troy Lee’s look great, but no straps? Do they not start to ride down after a few wears or on a long ride when they’ve stretched a little?
not for me – they also have rings of a tacky stuff around the knee pocket, which helps keep them in place.
In the indian summer last year I wore them 3 days straight in the surrey hills when it was pretty hot and I did about 5k ft of climbing/descending each day, and they didn’t slip.Posted 7 years ago
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