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.
We’re revisiting the Bell Super 3 (the test winner two years ago) because Bell has just dropped the price by £20.
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 A2 uses a MIPS low friction liner inside. It isn’t that light but one reason is the level of detail in the integrated protection.
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.
Specialized has been branching out into new areas of the mountain bike market recently, and the Atlas Knee Pad adds protection to the list. Rather than being a full-on piece…
Comfort and breathability are superb, even in the hottest temperatures abroad, but stability is less than perfect.
Only affordability stops it from getting top marks - £190
Helmet innovator 661 brings plenty of new tech but a poor fit lets the EVO AM MIPS down
A premium shell with lacklustre finish at a bargain price - £45.99
The Orbiter II has some great features but is let down by the small details - £61.99
The Kili Maya uses some innovative technology but is let down by the basics - £89.99