Bluegrass Wapiti D3O knee pads review£120.00

Potentially great pads undermined by needless faults

BikeRadar score2.5/5

With D3O protection, a full-length side zip, twin Velcro straps and a mesh back, Bluegrass's Wapiti D3O knee pads pack in the features to justify their lofty asking price. There’s Kevlar covering the front to boost durability too.

The straps at the upper and lower openings let you tailor the fit, while the zip means you can whip off the Wapitis without removing your shoes – handy if you’re on a ride with lots of pedalling. They didn’t fall down or shift around when riding, and the sizing is comparable to that of most other manufacturers.

The open mesh at the back helps stop your legs getting too sweaty but we kept snagging it with our pedal pins, managing to rip two pads in this way. We also found the upper Velcro strap snagged the inside of our shorts, because the hooked/abrasive side is fixed facing outwards. This was frustrating, particularly when climbing.

Bluegrass has big aspirations for the Wapiti D3Os and they have some good features but they ultimately fall short of the competition – such as Scott’s Grenade Pro II pads – due to some easily avoidable flaws.

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

Alex has been riding bikes since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. He first raced back in 2003, winning the Juvenile category on a sketchy hard tail Planet X bike. Alex lived in the Alps for seven years so isn't shy of a climb or two and loves getting out in his bike in all weather. His favorite thing to ride is steep loamy tracks with loads of opportunities to slam the bike into turns and really give it some frame bending welly! He's broken his fair share of frames, so any bike between his knees is going to get a right seeing to.
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 182cm / 5'10
  • Discipline: DH, Enduro, XC, BMX, Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Epic descents covered in the world's finest loam and hero dirt
  • Current Bikes: Nukeproof Mega 275 / Giant Anthem Advanced 275 1 / LeMond Reno / Deluxe Pro 2 BMX
  • Dream Bike: Giant ATX 1 DH (1999 model)
  • Beer of Choice: Teetotal
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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