iXS Flow kneepads £54.99

Comfortable, affordable, lightweight pads

BikeRadar score 4.5/5

The iXS Flow kneepads offer impressive comfort and light weight. With a single strap positioned perfectly to catch the top of the calf muscle, movement is unrestricted, and remains free and easy, even on long days in the saddle.

iXS's X-Matter foam cups the knee nicely, adding to overall comfort, and will happily protect you from on the majority of knocks you're likely to encounter out on the trail. There's little in the way of padding on either side of the knee though, so you'd want something a little bulkier for out-and-out downhill use.

The design means there's no strap at the top of the pad, just an extended neoprene sleeve with a silicone print inside to help prevent slippage. And it works too.

Even when caked in mud and sweat, the Flow pads managed to stay exactly where they needed to be – we never needed to keep pulling them up and back into place, which is a common flaw of some single-strap pads. On top of all this, the meshed back helps stop you getting too hot, and they're well priced too.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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