Softshell knee pads with good side protection?-
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  1. #1
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    Softshell knee pads with good side protection?

    I've been using iXS Flows for a year, and I'm pretty happy with the level of protection, but I want more coverage. Very specifically, I want padding on the sides of the knee (femur bulge), on both outside and inside of the knee. Top tubes being pretty hard in a crash and all that.

    Usual endurobro caveats apply - needs to be comfortable and breathable enough to wear every ride and pedal all day in summer. If it's comparable to the iXS Flows, I'm satisfied. Also needs to have at least one strap closure, since I won't trust silicone alone to keep it in place.

    Any suggestions?
    Last edited by lazarus2405; 07-18-2017 at 09:57 AM.

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    Leatt airflex pro.
    No straps but its very secure

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    I've been using 661 Evo pads and I like them. Stay in place, especially the knee ones, and are reasonably comfortable for a big pad. Had them on for three-hours on Tuesday in sweltering heat and it was fine. Don't get me wrong, I was happy to pull them off but on the ride I just forgot about them.

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    I use the 661 EVO as well, mine are several years old, holding up well.

    They have good side coverage (soft padding) compared to many.

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    I really like my Dainese Trail Skins. Soft shell with velcro closures that cinch down silicone banding and side protection. They replaced G-Forms which were comfy but hot. They ride really cool thanks to the ventilation which is great in California summers. They do move a bit but it doesn't seem to bother me while pedaling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksonlui View Post
    Leatt airflex pro.
    No straps but its very secure

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    Another vote for these. I've used the Dainese trailskins before and find the Leatts more comfortable, also a little bit more protection.

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    The Leatt Airflex Pro has relatively good side protection for a minimalist pad, but the sides are not armourgel. The side pads are basic EVA foam that protect from brushes etc.
    If you want crash protection for sliding and IXS fits you well you could step up to the Carve EVO or the stiffer Dagger.

    Generally the Carve is often used as an elbow pad and riders go for ION K-Pact K-Pact-AMP Zip on their knees. Or even bigger for the POC VPD 2.0 which has multi impact quality protection on the sides too.

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