Bliss’s ARG Minimalist Knee Pad is a really long pad, both in terms of the overall length of the sock and the length (and width) of the pad attached to it.
The upper sock extends well below the hem of a liner short, which helps grab the knee pad and keeps it in place.
The thin, stretchy sock is topped and bottomed with elasticated hems and a dotted silicone strip on each. The sock has a thin leg-warmer-style Lycra construction with a slightly more perforated material behind the knee, which didn’t bunch during riding and offered a little more ventilation than there would otherwise have been.
With such a thin main material, I never found the knee pad to be too warm, and the protective pad itself is highly ventilated, keeping air flowing to the front of the knee.
The big, blue pad is pre-formed around the shape of the knee, and while there’s plenty of space inside, I didn’t find it flared out, or felt insecure – I’ve taken some big crashes wearing these pads and they definitely did their job well.
The main part of the pad is supplemented by a pair of smaller sections of padding either side of the knee. The only issue I found with this style of open pad is that in a crash (or muddy conditions) the holes can easily fill with mud.
The Lycra sock means that the fit is good, but it does extend a long way down the leg. So unless the pad is pulled up high, the lower hem can prove a little loose around the calf. Once in place, though, this was no longer a problem and, as a general rule, so long as the protective pad is placed correctly over your knee, the higher a pad’s sock can go, the better.
Also be aware that the sizing on the Bliss pad is fairly generous. My medium pads came up larger than many other mediums I’ve tested recently.