UFO DH knee pads review£29.95

Plenty of protection, but longer straps would be nice

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These DH Shin/Knee pads from motorbike kit maker UFO offer plenty of protection, with a big hinged knee cap that pivots over your patella to allow easy pedaling movement.

The shin guards also extend lower than most for full flying rockprotection. The padding on the back breathes relatively well, and there are no bolts sticking through to cause you more damage than they save.

Our only major gripe is that although the outer shell pieces are seriously bulky - enough to clatter off top tubes and shifters regularly - the padded calf strap and above ankle strap are way too short. Even on fairly skinny legs we struggled to get much Velcro overlap unless we pulled them until they were too tight.

The level of protection that they offer also makes them somewhat on the heavy side, but the price is pretty reasonable.



Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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