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.
G-Form Pro Rugged Knee Pads 2020
Built for all day riding and using SmartFlex protection which hardens on impact, the Pro-Rugged pads from G-Form are comfortable and really well ventilated.
The compression sleeves have grippers top and bottom to keep them securely in place while you’re pedalling and they’re so lightweight you barely notice they’re on.
POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Guard 2018
With pages of 5 star customer reviews on the CRC website, POC’s Joint VPD 2 pads are some of the most comfortable out there. As well as offering great protection from the VPD material which hardens on impact, they offer great freedom of movement too and are constructed to keep them from moving down your legs as you’re pedalling.
IXS Flow Evo+Knee Guard
The IXS Flow Evo+ Knee Guards combine comfort, safety, high impact absorption and breathability all in a lightweight package. They use a smart, high impact energy absorbing foam to reduce scuffs and scrapes in a crash.
They have an ergonomic fit to keep you comfy for miles of trail riding and use Aeromesh to improve moisture wicking too.
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.