Dakine Hellion Knee Pad

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FIRST LOOK: 2016 Dakine Hellion Knee Pads

Dakine sent us over a pair of their new, 2016 Hellion knee pads to check out. These pads are for gravity-oriented riding as they provide full coverage and protection, utilizing durable materials throughout. There is ventilation, but you're probably not going on a long trail ride with the Hellions.

The Hellions feature Dakine's 3D-molded DK Impact foam which is malleable during normal wear but takes the shock of impact when needed. The impact areas are CE-certified. We threw the pads in the fridge for a few minutes and the flexibility of the protection zones was affected by the cold, so if you're thinking of riding these in the depth of a cold winter, take note. We can't imagine this will be an issue for most riders, however.

The pads feel well-constructed and should be ready for a good

Dakine sent us over a pair of their new, 2016 Hellion knee pads to check out. These pads are for gravity-oriented riding as they provide full coverage and protection, utilizing durable materials throughout. There is ventilation, but you're probably not going on a long trail ride with the Hellions.

The Hellions feature Dakine's 3D-molded DK Impact foam which is malleable during normal wear but takes the shock of impact when needed. The impact areas are CE-certified. We threw the pads in the fridge for a few minutes and the flexibility of the protection zones was affected by the cold, so if you're thinking of riding these in the depth of a cold winter, take note. We can't imagine this will be an issue for most riders, however.

The pads feel well-constructed and should be ready for a good season of abuse. Save up $75 and get ready to pounce when they're available in the Spring of 2016.

Dakine Slayer Kneepads (left, $65) and Dakine Hellion Kneepads (right, $75).

Well-fitting and stable knee pads

Rating:
The Good:

-Durable materials -Doesn't move when riding -Comfortable to wear even on climbs

The Bad:

-A bit stiff when standing up (2018-2019 version) -Can be hard to pull over the feet

Overall Review:

The Dakine Hellion knee pads are one of the best-fitting knee pads I've tried yet. I was previously using Kali knees which were fine for uphill but kept creeping down on the way back down. The FOX Launch didn't fit me, and when I tried the Hellion I knew they were onto something.

First, I have to say that the 2017 and 2018/19 version don't fit the same. I have both and they are a bit different. Due to the materials used for the shin part, the new version can be a bit stiffer to walk/straighten the legs in, but the rest is similar. The 2017 version has silicone lines on the top and bottom parts which help to stay put, but makes them a bit harder to take off after a ride when your legs are a bit wet from sweat.

As far as sizing goes, I was right in the middle of the Medium size based on

Overall Review:

The Dakine Hellion knee pads are one of the best-fitting knee pads I've tried yet. I was previously using Kali knees which were fine for uphill but kept creeping down on the way back down. The FOX Launch didn't fit me, and when I tried the Hellion I knew they were onto something.

First, I have to say that the 2017 and 2018/19 version don't fit the same. I have both and they are a bit different. Due to the materials used for the shin part, the new version can be a bit stiffer to walk/straighten the legs in, but the rest is similar. The 2017 version has silicone lines on the top and bottom parts which help to stay put, but makes them a bit harder to take off after a ride when your legs are a bit wet from sweat.

As far as sizing goes, I was right in the middle of the Medium size based on Dakine's chart, but they ended up being way too small. I needed to return them and order Larges, which fit much better. At 5'9" 160lbs, I don't have the biggest legs so take that into consideration when ordering. I'd say size up one size at least if you can't try them prior to buying.

I have bought the closeout 2017 model and prefer them over the new version, which is kind of sad. They are more comfortable and stay put just as well. That might be the right time to grab a pair before they sell out.

Dakine Slayer Knee Pad

Rating:
The Good:

These knee pads are great for the price. Dakine always seems to be a little behind the game with releasing of new gear, but you can tell because they are really thinking their products through. These kneed pads are great. They breathe well. Dont slip or slid at all and give me the protection i need on an all day epic. Now that being said, this review is for the slayer, not the hellion. The hellion is clearly more gravity focused with bulkier pads and more protection and strap security. But the Slayers are spot on. In comparing to POC VPD AIR, they do not have nearly the protection or thickness, but they are way more comfortable to pedal in during an all day adventure.

The Bad:

The upper and lower portions are lined internally with rubber grips to make sure they pads dont slid or shift during riding. The good, they dont move. the bad, it makes for a toiugh time getting them off and if you don't shave your legs, in which you do you probably dont wear knee pads, it can cause for a real battle with those leg hairs once your ride has ended.

Overall Review:

Overall, the Dakine Slayer's are a great pair of knee pads reasonably priced for $65. I was very pleased with these for my 3 day trip t0 Pisgah and Dupont and these will be me go to knee pads until something else shiny comes in front of my face.

Specifications

Product Dakine Hellion Knee Pad
Riding Type Downhill, Freeride / Bike Park
Pad Type Soft Shell
Material 4-way stretch, lightweight, perforated 2mm AriaprenePro with Polygiene Odor Control Technology
4-way stretch mesh back
Aramid fiber abrasion resistant fabric knee coverage
Silicone gripper elastic
Knee/Shin Coverage Knee/Shin Pads
Size S, M, L, XL
Color Black/Black, Black/Blue Rock
Miscellaneous 2 Year Limited Warranty
3D molded CE certified foam knee protector
Lateral and medial side padding for extra protection
Interior patella support
TPR molded compression straps on calf for secure fit
Bonded hem seam construction and open back design to eliminates hot spots and increases breathability
Pre-curved ergonomic patterning for enhanced fit
Adjustable thigh strap
Price $75
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