The pad on G-Form’s Pro Rugged Knee Guard has a D3O-like material that hardens on impact to offer plenty of protection along with comfort-giving flexibility.
The contoured shape of the pads can be seen through the hard-wearing outer material, while the inner sock is a soft, medium-thickness Lycra that’s very comfortable on the skin and offers some level of compression. At the back, mesh helps with cooling.
The G-Forms wrap fairly far round the knee, protecting the side edges of the kneecap, as well as higher and lower than some other light weight pads. As such, protection levels are good for this style of sock-based, light weight protection.
The pad is covered in a thick-ish Armortex fabric, which certainly gives the impression of being rugged and tough.
The pads stay in place well, with silicone dimpling around the lower hem and a silicone strip up top, plus a Velcro strap. This attaches at the rear of the leg, which isn’t as intuitive as those that secure at the front because you can’t see the male/female parts of the Velcro so easily. Ideally, I’d also like the Velcro strip a little longer.
That slightly thicker material at the front of the sock adds warmth compared to similar looking pads, but it’s not hot enough to cause issues on longer rides.
Despite the higher price, the quality of the material means they feel like good value.