Pearl Izumi’s Elevate Knee Guard combines reasonably high levels of protection with a lightweight feeling pad that’s very comfortable in use – but it comes at a price.
The D3O pad is fairly long and extends far round the knee, with the outer most section backed up by further high-density foam around the side of the knee.
The orange pad is visible through the mesh front, and ventilation is as good as you’d expect from looking at it, helping with the pads’ lightweight feel.
The ventilation is further enhanced by a thin, stretchy mesh fabric at the rear, and a large cut-out behind the knee. This cut-out is fairly large and, as such, means there’s no bunching of the fabric when your leg is bent or during prolonged pedalling sections of your ride.
There is a touch of excess material at the top of the knee, though, so you need to pull them up high to get the best fit. Once fitted, this again seemed to aid that light, breezy feel.
The rest of the sock is very light and extends high up and low down the leg, with silicone grippers providing plenty of security.
There’s no adjustable Velcro strap, but I never found the pad shifted, even after a few hours in the saddle – so long as the sock was pulled up high enough.
My only real complaint is that internally the sleeve has an opening to allow for the removable pad. This meant that at times my toes caught on the opening when putting the pads on.
Finally, at £120 / $125 / AU$189.95 the pad is fairly high priced.