Knee pads are one of those slightly weird products that you carry around with you all the time, hoping you never have to use them. Nor do you want to…
The 7iDP Sam Hill Lite Knee pad is about as minimal as you can get on a kneepad before you’re simply wearing a knee warmer.
Build quality is great on Race Face Roam Knee Guard, and attention to detail is superb, from the soft terry towelling inside to the ripstop outer material.
The 100% Surpass Knee Guard is one of the burlier kneepads out there, rated to CE Level 2 it’s designed to absorb maximum impact force.
Like most lightweight knee pads, these are a simple, stretchy sleeve with elasticated cuff and silicone grippers to keep them from sliding down.
Pearl Izumi Elevate pads are a minimal sleeve design, eschewing cumbersome straps or zips in favour of a Lycra sock and wide, elasticated hems.
The Troy Lee Designs Stage Knee Pad is a new lightweight trail-specific knee guard from Troy Lee Designs with enhanced D3O protection.
We’re revisiting the Bell Super 3 (the test winner two years ago) because Bell has just dropped the price by £20.
This is 7iDP Sam Hill signature knee pad, so obviously the multi-winning DH and enduro warrior has input into the design.
The 7iDP Project Lite pads are a lighter, more minimal version of the popular 7iDP Project knee. The thin design is more of a ‘compression sock’ for knees.
The 100% Fortis Knee Guard is unusual — it’s no slip-on, instead you wrap two big Velcro straps all the way round the back of your thigh and calf.
Hebo Defender is more of a padded knee warmer (they do get pretty warm on a hot summer's day) than full-blown armour. Super light at less than 200g a pair.
Bluegrass Skinny knee pads are no-frills protection, with a bare minimum of superfluous features and lacking any big money materials such as D30.
At just under £90 the Bluegrass Skinny D3O knee pads are at the very top end but you can find them for sale online for significantly less.
The Bliss Protection ARG Minimalist is easily one of the most comfortable pads. Fit, comfort and breathability top priorities and the Minimalist has it all.
Standard equipment on enduro motorcycles, the AVS Hand Guards are a cut-down version for push bikes designed to protect your hands.
The Sweet Protection Bushwhacker II MIPS is the latest generation trail helmet from the Scandinavian brand. Improved in every way over the original Whacker.
The Troy Lee Designs Speed Knee Sleeve provides minimalist style trail protection. Several enviable qualities combine to make them some of the best out.
The updated TSG 2nd Skin A 2.0 knee sleeves for this year have a new Arti-Lage (artificial cartilage) foam pad and pierce-proof insert.
The Dainese Trail Skins 2 pads are very good value. Great quality. Comfortable, breathable with the right level of on-trail protection.