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SixSixOne Rage Knee Guard

Average User Rating: (Very Good)
Vital Rating: (Outstanding)
SixSixOne Rage Knee Guard  661 Rage Knee
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    Vital Review

    “Tested: SixSixOne Rage Knee Pads”

    The Good: Flexible // Breathable // Secure // Thin profile

    The Bad: Offers slightly less protection than its predecessor

    Overall Review:

    Product Highlights

    • 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

    Riding Impressions

    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.

    “Good for the price”

    The Good: Inexpensive Good padding/protection

    The Bad: Not the best for pedaling Tend to move

    Overall Review:

    This pad is very good for the price point, however you may be best served by dropping a few extra dollars on a nicer set. The downfall of this pad is in the fit. The material and construction are surprisingly high quality, but they don't stay where they need to and that makes them uncomfortable for longer days on the bike. Great for the technical downhills but I would rather not use them at all when pedaling the uphills.

    “Not the Kyle Strait replacements”

    The Good: Lots of front and side protection. Good ventilation. Comfortable during long rides.

    The Bad: They slide down during long descends rendering them useless in a crash. Tighter than the previous model and can be hard to put on especially after washing.

    Overall Review:

    I got these pads after not being able to find any 661 Kyle Straits which were my go to pads for years. I figured that these would be the same in design if not an improvement.  Although not as bulky as the previous model, they are just as comfortable and can be barely noticeable on long AM rides.  I've crashed a couple of times and they've saved my knees but there are a few times when they slipped down during long descends and prevented me from receiving coverage on unexpected falls.  If they could just stay up I'd give them a higher rating but they can't protect you if they continue to fall down.

    “Good Knee Protection from 661”

    The Good: Light weight, breathable and well ventilated, simple looks and design

    The Bad: Bulky, they slide down when you need them most, awkward shape-they seem to bunch up behind the knee and on the sides when you move

    Overall Review:

    Good protection from 661, but they dont seem to do their job. My first proper fall resulted in a big roastie on my knee and the pad around my ankle. Dont know if its just me but they dont really work when they need to most. My friends with the same pad, say that the bunching around the sides and behind the knee also happens to them-it gets pretty annoying and results in you needing to adjust them pretty often. Having said this, the side protection really helps a lot if your knees hit the frame. and they do work for light uses like trail riding not sure if they quiet up to handling Dh spills.

    “A comfortable knee pad”

    The Good: Super confortable Don't slip down

    The Bad: Seem bulky at first

    Overall Review:

    My initial thoughts when I first wore these knee guards were that they were really comfy (more so than the kyle straights). They seemed a little bulky at first but the more I wore then the more they seemed to fit more condense around my knee. One of the problems I was having with my old knee guards (kyle straits) were that the straps stretched out over time and my knee guards would fall down when riding. The Rage are built with better quality straps now and have not given me any issues of slipping down on my knee. I wear these now matter what kind of riding i'm doing there that comfortable. I would definitely purchase these again.


    Riding Type Trail, Freeride, Downhill, Dirt Jump / Urban
    Material Perforated neoprene construction with stretch mesh back
    Shin Pads N/A
    Size Youth, S, M, L, XL
    Color Black
    Miscellaneous Stretch Kevlar® knee cover with abrasion resistant graphics // Pre-curved ergonomic fitInternal hard cap protector // Internal hard cap protector // Upper adjustment closure
    Price $49.95
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