The Transition knee pads offer lightweight protection in a well fitted, pedalling friendly package. The malleable knee cup hugs the contours of your knee well and provides a decent amount of coverage, stretching down to cover your upper shin.
There’s enough protection for most trail riding crashes. You’ll need something bulkier though if you’re into downhill.
The strapless fit is snug but remains comfortable even on long, pedalling-heavy rides, and we never once had any issues with the pads slipping out of place, even on rough trails, thanks in part to the thick silicone strips around the top and bottom openings. When it gets warm, the stretchy sleeve has mesh panels that help to release heat and go some way to preventing a meltdown.
The thin profile of the pads means they can be stowed in your pack without taking up too much valuable room. Add to that the reasonable price tag and they start to look pretty appealing.