Bluegrass Skinny D3O knee pads review£85.00

Reliable protection for your knees

BikeRadar score3.5/5

These premium versions of Bluegrass’s Skinny pads use a D3O knee cup that hardens upon impact to boost protection without affecting comfort.

The mesh back helps keep everything in place and stops the pads flaring when your knee is fully bent

With no straps, they rely on the tightness of the sleeve to keep them up, along with silicone grippers at the top and bottom. The mesh back helps keep everything in place and stops the pads flaring when your knee is fully bent. It also stops things getting too sweaty.

I found the pads to be comfortable even on long days in the hills — but that was only once I pulled the lower opening up so that it sat above the calf muscle rather than across it.

The pre-shaped D3O knee cup conforms to the leg nicely, wraps around the knee and offers a decent amount of coverage. It never once restricted movement on the bike. While its high volume means that it doesn’t always feel as tightly pressed to your knee or as secure as the D3O cups on some other pads, it stays put well enough without constant readjustment.

Rob Weaver

Technical Editor-in-Chief, UK
Rob started riding mountain bikes seriously in 1993 racing cross-country, though he quickly moved to downhill where he competed all over the world. He now spends most of his time riding trail bikes up and down hills. Occasionally he'll jump into an enduro race.
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 172cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Natural trails where the loam fills my shoes on each and every turn
  • Beer of Choice: Guinness

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