These Sweet Protection knee pads have quickly become some of my favourites to ride in.
They’re really comfy and sit just right on my legs. The stretchy sleeve has thicker neoprene-like panels in key areas to help the pads hold their shape when your knee bends without flaring at the sides when the joint is fully flexed.
There’s a thick band of this fabric at the lower opening too, which has a rubbery, grippy backing that sits over the top of your calf muscle. The upper opening features more of this fabric but here it wraps around the whole circumference of the pad.
Combined with the single Velcro strap up top, this means the pads stay solidly in place, even when you’re dripping with sweat.
A thin, stretchy panel across the back of the knee and perforations in the neoprene-like fabric on the sides of the pad help to prevent them from getting too sweaty, but they do warm up pretty quickly on hotter days. Thankfully they dry rapidly, so wearing them on multi-day trips won’t be an issue.
The SAS-TEC knee cup (a malleable, D3O-style viscoelastic foam that hardens on impact) sits comfortably and is pre-shaped to keep movement free. There isn’t much padding on either side of this, so these may not be the best choice for downhill, but if you’re looking for comfortable trail riding pads, these are some of the best.