Whether you’re just getting into mountain biking or you’re pushing the limits of your riding and want some extra confidence and added protection, then you’re going to need a decent set of knee pads.
The chances are if and when you do crash, your knees will take the brunt of the fall, so it’s worth investing in a comfy pair of pads.
There are plenty on offer from slimline lightweight sleeve type pads all the way up to hard shell bulkier models. The ones you choose will be down to you, based on the type of riding you’re doing, the kind of protection you want and the style of pad you prefer.
Let’s take a look at our top 5 picks!
Fox Racing Enduro D30 Knee Guard
Lightweight and comfortable, these Enduro pads from Fox feature D30 inserts for added impact protection. D30 is a material that’s soft and flexible in normal use and upon impact immediately works to absorb and dissipate crash forces, far more than ordinary foams can do.
As well as that they’re made using a moisture-wicking, open stretch mesh at the back of the knee for added breathability.
Ideal for: trail pads for spins in the mountains and woods.
Bluegrass Skinny Knee Guards
A minimalistic design, the Bluegrass Skinny Knee Guards are a no-frills pad perfect for most trail riding adventures.
Designed to be comfortable and provide a level of protection; the Skinny Knee Guards use breathable fabric to ensure you don’t sweat but stay protected.
Silicon grippers at the top and bottom of the guard helps it stay in place! This is simply a no nonsense guard for your knee.
Ideal for: Most short spin trail riding.
Endura MT500 D30 Ghost Knee Protector
Introducing Endura’s lightest and most flexible pads to date – the MT500 D30 Ghost Knee Pads are the ultimate knee pad protection.
Using revolutionary new D30 Impact Print technology to create the lightest and most flexible protection yet.
The D30 insert allows perspiration to escape quickly thanks to its open print design whilst the stretch ripstop sleeve is quick to wick sweat off the skin too!
Ideal for: those all round MTB riders.
IXS Flow Light Knee Guards 2022
The IXS Flow Light Knee Guard combine comfort, safety, high impact absorption and breathability all in a lightweight package.
They use tubular mesh body and highly-vented NockOut padding and shock-absorbing Xmatter foam protection to deliver unrivalled flexibility, comfort and superb breathability.
Ideal for: those who want near invisible protection.
Leatt Knee & Shin Guard 3DF Hybrid EXT
If you’re after a little extra protection which extends to your lower leg, then consider these pads from Leatt. Using a 3DF AirFit ventilated soft impact foam, they keep you cushioned in comfort if you hit the deck.
Anti-odour MoistureCool and AirMesh wicking fabrics offer really good breathability and their perforated neoprene sleeve is comfy and breathable too.
Ideal for: those big time risk takers.
Looking for more protection?
Check out our body armour buying guide to see what you need to keep safe!