The Good: light, comfy, stretchy material, breathable, versatile from XC to DH
The Bad: shins are still exposed to pedal bite
I lusted after these for quite some time before shelling out the big bucks for these knee pads, they come at a hefty price tag (for just a knee pad) but I think they are well worth it. In my opinion the best feature about these pads is the versatility, meaning that they can be worn from DH races to XC rides. Since they are compact, light and breathable they can be used for all day trail rides but at the same time they offer tons of knee protection and can be used as a DH/freeride pad.
I’ve read some other reviews about these pads saying that they don’t offer full knee protection, especially on the sides but I don’t find this to be the case. Although the sides and back don’t have the full protection the whole kneecap is protected by the 3do compound providing confidence when the trails get rocky and rough.
Like all other knee or knee/shin pads these do get a bit hot and sweaty but not to the point where they get uncomfortable or noticeable. I just recently rode 2 full days at the Panorama bike park in scorching +32 Celsius weather and did not notice the pads. Even in the heat the pads stay put and remain comfy throughout the whole day.
These pads use two straps to stay firmly on the knee and the nice thing about these pads is that you can simply slide the pads on and off. I know this is just a minor convenience but it’s nice when you are doing DH runs and you can simply slide the pads down to your feet when taking the lift back up or hiking back up without having to undo and redo any straps.
So although these only offer knee protection and your shin is still vulnerable to pedal bite, they do have a high price tag, in the end I think the comfort and flexibility of these pads make it a great buy that will allow for multiple uses for different types of riding.