Knox Cross Max Pads review£49.99

Left- and right-handed pads kneepads offering full coverage and good articulation

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These kneepads use left and right-specific shaping to create a pronounced curve for an instantly accurate fit, which also means a reduced chance of rotation for when you do go down.

Plenty of rise in the boxed out sections means lots of air between you and the channelled and perforated padding too, so they stay pretty cool and dry inside. Protection wise, deep wraparound flanks use a tough, lightly padded material for extra side coverage and there's no chance of the shell rivets savaging your skin.
The overlapping two piece design gives easy articulation for pedalling, with full knee coverage at all times and plenty of extension up the thigh too.
It could do with a bit more length on the top strap to stop the exposed Velcro grabbing the bottom of your shorts, while the first calf strap could probably be a bit shorter. Overall these are minor niggles on an otherwise excellent set of kneepads though.

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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