The Good: Flexible // Breathable // Secure // Thin profile
The Bad: Offers slightly less protection than its predecessor
- Perforated neoprene construction with stretch mesh back
Stretch Kevlar® knee cover with abrasion resistant graphics
Pre-curved ergonomic internal hard cap protector
- $59.95 MSRP
The Rage kneepad was introduced as a new item in SixSixOne's 2012 lineup. This knee pad shares a lot of similarities with the classic Kyle Strait Knee Pads, but with a few variations. Think of this new knee pad to be the slightly slimmer, less beefy, better vented version to its hugely popular alternate.
For comparison, the Rage is on shown here on my right knee, and the most recent version of the Kyle Straits are on my left knee.
There is a much larger opening at the back of the knee for increased air movement and flexibility while pedaling. Unlike the Kyle Straits, the new Rage pads do not bunch behind the knee when seated. While still utilizing a similar flexible plastic knee cup to the Kyle Straits, it feels as if there is less foam padding over the entirety of this model. With less foam padding it slightly decreases the bulkiness, but also decreases the pad's protective qualities as a serious DH knee pad. For the dirt jump crowd, these should fit and breath better under jeans, while still keeping your knees from getting thrashed when you take a fall. I have also been using these pads during more aggressive all-mountain rides and am enjoying the increased breathability and flexibility for pedaling and climbing.
What's The Bottom Line?
If you're looking for better breathing and less bulky knee protection, the Rage has you covered. I've found it to be perfect for all-mountain, dirt jumping and light-duty downhill shuttle days.