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    Knee Pad recommendation

    Doing my first Enduro race this weekend and thinking it might be a good idea to throw on some knee protection. I'm a long time XC and endurance rider so this is all new to me. I like to pedal a lot so I'm looking for something minimal but yet provide some protection. Not too hot and comfortable for long climbs.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

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    I have had IXS Flow Evo+ knee pads for the last year or so and I have been very happy with them. I regularly do 20 plus mile rides and they are very comfortable. No issues with them sliding down and they have saved me in a couple crashes.

    https://ixs-sportsdivision.com/en/sh...evo-knee-guard

    I have also heard good things about the 7 iDP Sam Hill edition knee pads and the the TLD Raids but don't have personal experience with either yet.

    https://7protection.com/us/product/sam-hill-knee/

    https://shop.troyleedesigns.com/raid-knee-guard?color=7

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    Posted today: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/knee-g...nt-bodies.html with a lot more options in the comments below the article.

    You should try to find some locally and see how they fit if you can. Pads that move down off the knee are of little use. I have several pairs that don't quite fit me perfectly (and have returned other pairs) and will next try one with velcro strap(s) to hold them in place.

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    I got the Leatt AirFlex Pro after try a few other so far it is the only one I donít have to adjust on the ride and they are comfortable. I have big caves and had to get the x-large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rynomx785 View Post
    I have had IXS Flow Evo+ knee pads for the last year or so and I have been very happy with them. I regularly do 20 plus mile rides and they are very comfortable. No issues with them sliding down and they have saved me in a couple crashes.

    https://ixs-sportsdivision.com/en/sh...evo-knee-guard
    +1 these pads are great.. they never slide down or feel uncomfortable on long climbs.

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    I have both the Dainese Trail Skin 2 and IXS dagger knee pads. The Dainese are my daily drivers and have saved me a ton of pain. They're barely noticeable on climbs and breathe really well. The Daggers get worn when I'm doing more enduro style riding with fast downhills and the possibility for harder crashes. They're super protective, and, surprisingly, do really well on the climbs. I leave them off for the first climb of the day, but after that I don't bother taking them off. They are a little hotter than the Dainese, but not bad at all.

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    When I wanted to buy pads, I did a quick Google search and found this: https://enduro-mtb.com/en/best-light...ads-can-buy/2/

    After reading that, I found some Bearsuit Light Pads on clearance and bought 'em. They are great, but they seem to be getting hard to find. Perhaps they're not importing them any longer? Anyway, once I tried the kneepads and liked them, I ordered the matching elbow pads. I don't like the elbow pads as much, as they feel like they want to slide down on my arms, where the kneepads feel very secure.

    Anyway, just thought I'd toss these out as an option.

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    Big fan of the 7idp Sam Hill's. The Transitions are good as well but the Sam Hills are a little more comfortable.
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    +1 for the IXS Flow Evo

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    Iím currently on IXS Carve+ and POC VPD 2.0 not a real fan of either. My next set will go up higher above the knee like the new Endura. Getting way to much chafing with the iXS and POC.


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    I like the specialized atlas knee pads because they have a sleeve, like knee warmers, and go high up the thigh. The fit under my bibs and show no gaper gap.

    There is some chafing sometimes just under the kneecap

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    +1 for IXS flow evo. Super comfy.

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    Surprised no one has mentioned G-Form yet. These have been the only pads I've found that fit my (admittedly oddly shaped) legs and stay up in a crash. I don't mind pedalling up in them, which is good because I wouldn't want to try to pull them on while sweaty.

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    I got the new Alpinestars Paragon Plus pads as my first set of knee pads. Not as nicely made as say, Fox or POC pads I tried but they have been extremely comfortable on extended backcountry solo rides. Really affordable too.

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    I have the G-form and POC System knee pads. Both offer excellent protection and are barely noticed when riding. The POC breathe a little better and I dont sweat quite as much. You can get the G form on sale now all over the web. A few places are selling the POC on sale as well now.
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    ^^^POC...
    Wow, I'm in the market but at $150 that better be a bulk order.

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    Gforms you can ride with in place - I use them on more trail type rides and just leave them on my knees.

    I really like the Race Face knee pads, they stay up and have great protection.

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    I agree 150 was a bit much, however IMO for something I wear twice a week almost 40 weeks a year, it is worth it.
    They are so comfy I may start wearing them for winter gravel rides as well for warmth and just in case. (Frozen gravel hurts)

    They should last 5-8 years and more than pay for themselves in hospital visits.

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    No knee pad is perfect. It really is important to try different ones on to see what fits you best. After lots and lots of experimentation, I've settled on the following:

    light duty (easier trails): specialized atlas (most comfortable I've found)
    medium duty (harder trails and most races): leatt airflex pro
    heavy duty (park/shuttle riding): 7idp project knee

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    Quote Originally Posted by WVU RUSH View Post
    I agree 150 was a bit much, however IMO for something I wear twice a week almost 40 weeks a year, it is worth it.
    They are so comfy I may start wearing them for winter gravel rides as well for warmth and just in case. (Frozen gravel hurts)

    They should last 5-8 years and more than pay for themselves in hospital visits.
    If they last 5 years or more then totally worth the price. It seems the sock material on many is so thin and light it will tear just looking at it sideways. If you're considering them for extra warmth that has me concerned, I live a few blocks from the gates of Hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatdrinkride View Post
    If they last 5 years or more then totally worth the price. It seems the sock material on many is so thin and light it will tear just looking at it sideways. If you're considering them for extra warmth that has me concerned, I live a few blocks from the gates of Hell.
    The Poc Systems are the toughest, yet most breathable keep pads I have owned. Starting with old hard plastic FOX way back, then 661s, then the Gforms. The contact area is kevlar, while the backing material is a stretchy canvas like.

    Every knee pad (or any armor) is going to be warmer than nothing.

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    I can't recommend the IXS flow evo+. The front protection is good and it's pretty comfortable (been using it for 2 years, now), but the lack of side-knee protection is a problem:

    https://cacao-cm.info/img/21f795ed7e...7570eb5d8d.jpg

    Most crashes don't actually have you landing on the front of the knee pad. It's often at an angle, which these don't perform well. I'm actually nursing a knee injury right now because I landed off-center from my kneecap.

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    I have crashed many times with the IXS Flow Evo+ and they do a really good job when you are kneeing the ground.

    I agree that they don't have great side protection, but it's all a trade off. Side protection makes for bulkier pads. Just depends on what type of ride you are on.

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    Man, the POC system pads are on sale for $119 at evo.com right now. I'm tempted to pull the trigger but I ride in Phoenix and I'm really looking for super comfortable pads for pedaling in. Not sure how they compare to the Leatt airflex pro or the IXS stuff in terms of hot weather riding.

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