Dainese Trail Skins knee pads review£49.95

Lightweight trail protection

BikeRadar score3.5/5

These trail knee pads from Dainese are worth considering if you’re looking for a bit of lightweight protection. The elasticated cuffs at the top and bottom of each pad are lined with grippy silicone and adjustable via Velcro tabs, making it easy to get the fit just right.

Although they don’t sit as closely or as tightly as other knee pads, they haven’t slipped down our legs, even when drenched in sweat. The closure can irritate the knee a little after long stints in the saddle, but it’s nothing to worry about.

After a bit of riding-in, the trail skins offer a good level of comfort as well as protection:
After a bit of riding-in, the trail skins offer a good level of comfort as well as protection:

After a bit of riding-in, the Trail Skins offer a good level of comfort as well as protection

Although the main section of padding is thin, it didn’t conform to the shape of our legs or articulate particularly well when we first started riding in them, rubbing just above the kneecap during our first outing. That didn’t last long though, and riding soon became a comfortable affair. The amount of coverage is good, with some thinner padding either side of the main pad to help ward off smaller impacts.

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

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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