Alpinestars’ entry to the competitive world of knee-only pads is the SLC. Initial impressions were promising – they’re a good length, with some padding on the sides too. But once on, the top and bottom securing straps are tight even though the actual pad sits pretty loosely, making them quite uncomfortable to wear.
The knee has a large shaped cup inside, and the huge exterior padded area swamps it around the edges. They’re okay with trousers, but if you wear them with shorts they flap around and have a tendency to twist on impact, even with the securing straps tighter than they need to be. The side padding isn’t particularly thick and doesn’t cover a big area either. On the plus side, they do allow a good amount of air to circulate so things don’t get too sweaty.
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine.
|Name||SLC Knee pads (11)|
|Sizes Available||L M S XL|
|Features||• Constructed of breathable laminated impact foam and mesh with accordion nylon panels. • Integrated Kevlar fabric covered soft shell patella piece offers protection to the knee cup from both abrasion and impact. • Dual density liner offers progressive protection while providing soft contact on the skin. • Sleek fit offers firm compression and soft tissue support for all styles of riding. • Velcro fastening straps. • Soft patella cup.|