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    My review: Knee Pads for AM

    I just finished a review, where I compare the following pads against each other:

    661 - Evo Knee Pad
    Fox - Launch Pad Pro
    POC - VPD2 Knee Guard
    Scott - Grenade Pro II Knee Guards

    Check it out here:

    All Mountain Next: Review: POC vs FOX vs 661 vs SCOTT

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    Re: My review: Knee Pads for AM

    Great review! Thank you, this will help a lot of people to choose.
    I own only the POC VPD 2.0 from the ones you have tested and I agree with most of your findings.
    The only issue I have with them is the stitching which rubs the back of my knees. I always need to use some kind of cloth wrapped around my leg in between the knees and the pads...
    I do own the proper size.

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    Thanks for that review. I am thinking of picking up the POC.

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    Thanks for taking the time and writing up a comprehensive review! I'm actually in the market for some pads, so this came at a great time lol

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    Nice write up! If you ever get a chance to try the G-form pads and see how they rank in your opinion.

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    My review: Knee Pads for AM

    G Forms are pretty wimpy. Likely moreso than the 661s. I use them for short AM type stuff, when I'm climbing a lot but don't need my big pack. I grab my Fox Launch Pros for shuttling, lifts or long descent days when I bring my big pack and can strap em on. The Gforms are not a 1-pad-for-all solution.

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    I've already advertised plenty for them, but I LOVE my Leatt knee pads: Enduro | Leatt® - Engineered for Performance. Protective Sports Gear

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    Great review. I have the VPD 2.0's and love them for the hardier rides, but have recently picked up the IXS Flow's and WOW they are the cat's meow.

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    out of the VPD 2.0 and the iXs, which has more protection? Which is more comfortable during pedaling?
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    I had the Fox Launch pro, knee pads, for 2.5 years. Really satisfied with them.
    But just sold them and bought the new Scott Grenade 2, to try the D3O material.
    I was between the VPD 2.0 and Grenade 2, but found a better offer on the Scott and picked those. We'll just have to see how they fare.
    I wish you had posted your review a week earlier, but never mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBAlex View Post
    out of the VPD 2.0 and the iXs, which has more protection? Which is more comfortable during pedaling?
    VPD's are more protective. The are DH worthy and actually very comfortable. I wore them in Moab for several long (10 hour) days. I would consider them a light DH, FR/AM pad that will cover almost all of your crashes. They are just a little too heavy duty for me in my every day riding.

    The iXs's have very good protection and I will be wearing those for 90% of my riding. They are light, comfortable and provide some good kneecap protection. The POC's cover from the top of your shin to voer the top of your knee, whereas the iXs's cover just a little more than the knee. I would wear these in all of my riding if I didn't like the POC's feel and coverage.

    The slippage is minimal with the POC's and doesn't happen with the iXs's....huge bonus in my book.
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    Just another option to throw out there:

    Race Face 2013

    In my experience better than the 661s and the POCs. No slippage ever, but also not constrictive.
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    Nice review. I have the Troy Lee 5400, Dainese Oak Pro and the POC VPD 2.0. The POC is my favorite of those three, troy lee slips to much, Dainese bunches up to much, the POC is just so well made, comfortable and doesnt slip(tight at first until broken in though). I wanted to try the Race Face Ambush not many reviews of those.

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    Great review! I have the Launch Pros and they have saved me every time from knee injury. I have easily 500 miles on them, some spills and washes and they still look new when clean. Good for the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calhoun View Post
    Just another option to throw out there:

    Race Face 2013

    In my experience better than the 661s and the POCs. No slippage ever, but also not constrictive.
    +2!

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    Wicked review, I am going to get me some knee pads!

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    V.P. what about maintenance, well cleaning and washing that is of said knee pads?
    Which in your experience started to deteriorate faster after many washes?
    How did the D3O & VPD2 pads fare after being rinsed repeatedly? Did seams start to loosen and fall apart?
    The Scott Grenade Pro 2 has a sleeve for the D3O material that you can/should remove prior to washing the pads.

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    Thanks all for the great feedback, I really appreciate it.

    I have only rinsed the POC, 661, and Scott pad. I had a bad experienced after the FOX pad lost its silicone strap after being wached. So im sticking with rinsing for the other 3.

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    Awesome review!
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    I use these Hyper Knee X D3O

    I purchased them for snowboarding but they seem to be great for MTBing.

    Yet to crash in them and I can't compare them to anything else but they are comfortable to wear and don't get too hot.

    Demon have some good products but finding reviews on them can be a bit hard.

    *edit*
    Actually I have crashed in them plenty in the snow so I know the protection is good on solid ice!

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