With shaped, hard pads on a Lycra sleeve, the Strata elbow pads are comfortable. They can take a big impact and the plastic coverings will slide on the ground, helping to keep them in place. But with just a sleeve holding them on, they could rotate in a harder crash.
For gravity riders, a pad with a more secure retention would be better, but all-day riders looking for protection without sacrificing comfort should check these out. They’ll give you extra confidence, even at rocky trail centres.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine.