Comfy but not thorough protection
High-impact vented plastic pads
Ingenious & effective leg protection
Great if you’re big on crashing
Lots of protection and great freedom of movement
With the excellent 661 armour being used by vast amounts of riders, producing pads to face up to them is a tough job, but Fox have done it.
We've never been massive fans of cricket style pads, but these offer a better fit and protection than most. There's a hard plastic knee piece for patella protection, as well as multi piece panelling.
Roach - now RaceFace - pads are some of the original super protective pads, and they still work well. The Rally pads are about as proven as you'll get, with big wraparound plastic knee and shin pieces.
There are lots of articulated pads around but these are about the best we've tried. They're great to pedal in, with no chafe as long as they're kept clean and dry.
You probably know about German dirt jump and slope-style meister Timo Pritzel and his fondness for perfectly executed backflips. What you may not know is that he hates having sweaty knees, hence the effort that's gone into making these.