- Trail Knee Pads
Looking for a breathable light trail knee pad for all year round use.
I’m not a particular hardcore rider, I don’t do big jumps etc but always have a tendency to come back with a cut of a gash on my knee!
So before that gash becomes to bad I’m looking for some decent pads
Fox Racing Launch Pro came up as sale items and I hear 661 bring mentioned a bit.
But pads are an unknown to me so any user advise greatly appreciated!Posted 11 months ago
If you have reasonably chunky legs, snap a pair of these up quick…
I’m happily wearing the XL and I’m not exactly a man mountain – just got cyclists’ legs.Posted 11 months ago
I’ve tried some 661 recons – they failed to protect my knee in a crash. Took a big impact and the pad got dragged down my leg so I still got a gashed knee. So avoid those!
Tried on both M and L Ion K-Pact zips and didn’t like the fit. They felt very stiff and too tight round the calf but loose at the top. Like the ratio was wrong (or my leg ratio is odd)!
Ended up trying some Scott Grenade Evos and they’re what I went for. Little bit more flexible and comfy to pedal in. Get good reviews but I haven’t crashed in them (yet) to test that. They are substantial though and have chunky d30 padding in them.Posted 11 months ago
You’ll probably find not many shops you can actually go into to try them on stock much either. Could mostly only find Fox in stock – the d30 launch pro I was thinking about seemed to lack protection on the sides of the knee and were ludicrously expensive. I ended up having to order multiple pairs online and just send back the ones that I didn’t want.Posted 11 months agowhatyadoinsuckaMember
The fox launch pro are quite a hardcore shell protection , imho
the fox enduro may be more suitable for trail riding, size is accurate I’d say. Price on a good day £32, they get hot on me
i have the gform, they have slipped and cut my knee (currently on offer at crc, I do like them though. Fit like a glove
my heavier duty pair are dainese trailskins, they are ride all day comfort and easily slideable onto outside shins to keep cool when peddling uphill, they then pull back into place and hold perfect just fastened on my calf, never moved whilst riding and crashed on them a few times , definately my pair for enduro events
for xc duty’s I wear raceface charge that have no padding but Kevlar material so you’ll avoid cuts and grazes but bruise if u crash ..
As u can see I’ve tried many and still looking for the do it all pair
my mates rave about the grey ixs on crc £35, I have the padded liner shorts by ixs and they are quality so I guess the knee pads are tooPosted 11 months ago
Although not sure about the zips on the IXS. Good idea in theory but I imagine they can start to unzip on there own when used a lot. Maybe!
need to find stock of the POC ones. Out of stock at the usual places which makes me think they are a pretty good choice if everyone has snapped them up!
i see that the IXS have a bottom strap and the POC a top strap.Posted 11 months agoBillOddieSubscriber
As someone who does not like kneepads, I get on well with the RaceFace Charge pads.
Very minimalist knee warmer style with a little bit of padding and kevlar front. wouldn’t prevent breaking your kneecap but do prevent cuts.
I have pair of summer weight ones and winter “subzero” versions and wear them on most of my rides.
I do have other kneepads for the Alps, BPW etc when I know I won’t be pedalling up hills.Posted 11 months ago
Just to add on zips – the Ion K-Pact zips seemed a fiddly feature to me. Whilst it’s a nice idea you can take them in and off without taking your shoes off I think they may undo. The medium wouldn’t even do up over my calf and the large only just and felt like it might undo. Whilst also being loose on the top strap.
Maybe the k-pact without zips might be a better option. They felt nice and substantial in terms of protection.Posted 11 months agomahaloMember
knees wore through the lining of the Trailskins and ended up rubbing themselves raw on the rubber padding.
been using alpine stars paragon pads myself. they are super comfy. hate having straps or zips to consider. they’re a bit baggy on the thigh tho for me but this is a problem with every pad ive tried, loose on the thigh / tight on the calf. freak legs.Posted 11 months agoHob NobMember
You’re going to get a different answer off everyone, as from personal experience it’s very dependent on leg shape!
Only after wearing them for a day will you start to notice rub spots, which gets a bit tedious.
I found the Dainese pads were almost great, totally let down by the rubbish velcro bits.Posted 11 months agooikeithSubscriber
I dont get on with knee pedals and because of this barely wear any, but after trying and not getting on with Dainese and Fox Launch Enduro I have started to like the Troy Lee Speed knee pads.
The material feels nice, almost woven like, they dont bunch up behind my knee and dont slip down my leg.Posted 11 months agoJon TaylorSubscriber
I have some of the older Dainese Trails skins and wouldn’t recommend them. Comfy enough but you can’t wash them without the mesh-like D30 material coming away and having to painstakingly put them back together.
The Trail Skins 2 look like they’ve fixed this but…Posted 11 months agowelshfarmerSubscriber
I had a pair of of MK1 dianese trailkskins worn for every ride over a couple of years. Light, pretty comfy, but always seemed to be found just below the knee following a crash. Sure they helped the initial impact but were dragged down in subsequent slide resulting in bloody knees on more than one occasion. Swapped for a pair of Troy Lee 5400s back in the Spring. These are way more comfy, have a harder pad, and a much more secure fit. I have taken a few minor falls with these and not scuffed skin yet.Posted 11 months agojimdubleyouSubscriber
POC VPD Air – I have these for snowboarding, they are all-day comfy.
I’m a wheels on the ground type of MTB rider, so I don’t have full knee pads etc. I use Race Face Charge pads, which are basically a knee warmer with a bit of extra padding. Stops the little thorns etc ripping your shins.
After a 18 months or so they are getting a bit loose, so might buy a new pair for xmas.Posted 11 months ago
Tried some POC ones and didnt really fit my legs very well.
Ordered the IXS Flow in both L and XL to try as the reviews say snug. XL were ok but if the bed in and get any looser they would be too big so large was a better fit.
However the zips are a bit fiddly so have ordered a large pair without zips.
TLD speeds look pretty good, but think will stick with the IXS ones now.Posted 11 months agojjwprestidgeMember
The Bliss pads are good, but mine fell apart after a few washes (the lycra ripped). They still work OK, but I was disapppointed by the company’s response when I sent them pictures, which was, basically, tough luck. I could understand this if it looked like I’d crashed in them, but these were torn at the back – you’d have to have had a pretty weird crash for that to happen!
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