On the surface these blacked-out knee pads don’t look anything special, but while they may not be emblazoned with a fancy logo or plastered in wild colours, they offer a decent amount of protection at a proper bargain price.
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Unlike most pricier pads, the Brand-X DHs use a hard plastic knee cup. While this may not offer quite as much comfort as a ‘smart foam’ like D3O it’ll still help protect against the knocks and is a major contributing factor to why these pads are so cheap.
Above, below and on either side of the knee cup is some chunky foam padding, surrounding the knee in a cocoon of protection. This does mean the DHs get pretty warm, but in testing they’ve not chafed or rubbed even when used for trail riding. The opening at the rear does help to cool things down a little. Most importantly, they stay put, even with sweaty legs on rough trails.
Though there’s a Velcro strap at each opening, we found our medium pads were snug enough that they stayed firmly enough in place with minimal tension on the straps, which helped to keep them impressively comfortable.