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Dainese Trail Skins 2 Lite knee pads review

Sleeveless knee protection

Our rating 
2.0 out of 5 star rating 2.0
GBP £55.00 RRP | USD $70.00
Dainese’s Trail Skins 2 Lites are sleeveless versions of its Trail Skins 2 pads

Our review

High breathability and comfort, but this comes at the sacrifice of security and protection
Pros: Very breathable; good pedalling comfort; quick and easy to take on and off
Cons: They don’t stay in place, so we wouldn’t want to hit the floor in them
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Dainese’s Trail Skins 2 Lites are sleeveless versions of its Trail Skins 2 pads, meaning that the two Velcro straps are the only thing holding them in place.


The bonus here is that you can simply undo the straps and whip them off your knees, without any of the usual shoe-removing faff. There’s silicone gripper print inside both straps to help stop them slipping down.

At 311g (pair, medium) the Lites are lightweight and you can ride in them all day without overheating. As well as lacking the stretchy sleeve of the regular Trail Skins 2s, they also lose the additional foam side padding, though the main ‘Pro Armor’ knee cup remains the same.

With less material around the knee, they offer plenty of breathability and good comfort, but it does mean that there’s very little holding the pad itself in place. As a result, the Lites don’t have a particularly secure fit. They lift off the knee cap while riding and can be pushed sideways easily, which is less than ideal in a crash situation.


While there’s always a balance to be struck between protection and comfort, I think Dainese has compromised a bit too much when it comes to keeping the padding securely in place.

Product Specifications


Name Trail Skins 2 Lite knee pads
Brand Dainese

Fastening Type Velcro
No Of Strap Fastenings 2