O’Neal’s Dirt Knee Guard comes out of a similar mould to the SixSixOne, and to a lesser extent, the Troy Lee Designs, but there are a number of subtle differences. Owing to a large, riveted plastic kneecap, it is significantly heavier and bulkier than either of its rivals. The flipside of this coin is that it will offer better protection should you fall on sharp rocks. Tight at the top and bottom — although not to the point of discomfort — and loose in the middle, the O’Neals don’t distribute pressure across your knee as evenly as the SixSixOne. We’d also be worried about long-term durability as the build quality leaves something to be desired.
Sizes: S, M, L
Mbr rating: 7