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SixSixOne Evo (2012) Knee Guards (discontinued)

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2012 SixSixOne EVO Knee
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Great protection at an okay price

Rating: Featured Member Review
The Good:

Great protection on front of knee. Good protection on sides of knee. Great fluid motion while pedaling thanks to the D30 material. On sale at JensonUSA.

The Bad:

Can get hot on AM trails. Overtime the material can stretch out. Material can bunch up while pedaling that can become uncomfortable. Stitching isn't the highest of quality.

Overall Review:

The company SixSixOne has been around for a ton of years and is one of the companies that I supported when I first started riding. They have a reputation of making good quality products at a reasonable price. The Evo knee pad is at the pinnacle of the company's product line as their best protective and functional knee pad. The Evo is equipped with some of the latest protection technology like the D30 material. I've owned these knee pads for around three years now and has been a good pad for my AM/Enduro riding.

A little of my background:

Picking up mountain biking more than 15 years ago in Southern Utah, I found myself constantly looking for the next big thing to send me and my bike off. Being friends with people like Logan Binggeli helped a lot too. The only problem with all of this was when I crashed, I more than likely would cut my knees open. It wasn't because I was free-floating my patellas around. Whenever I was jumping something bigger than a standard size pick-up I always made sure to wear protection. I found myself cutting my knees open, even if the knee pad stayed in place during the crash. With all this said, I was constantly on the hunt for the best knee pads out.


The SixSixOne Evo knee pad comes with D30 material; one of the first but certainly not the only company to use it. This material has full mobility with normal, pedaling movement but the hardens up and protects when crashing. Below is a video that explains this technology slighly better:

On the Trail:

The SixSixOne Evo knee pads felt great and very comfortable right out of the box. The elasticity tight and hugged my knee very well. This is much better than previous models from the same company. When it came to movement, I didn't feel any major pressure points while going through a full pedal stroke which was great. The velcro straps (top and bottom) were heavy duty so I wasn't worries about the knee pad really falling down in case of a crash.

The D30 material moved nicely to my knee and I didn’t feel restricted at all during my riding.

The fabric of the pad is somewhat thicker than other knee pads in it's class and had a tendency to get pretty warm on average climbing tails. Although bearable, I feel SixSixOne could have selected thinner, more breathable material what wouldn't limit the protective or durability characteristics of the knee pad.

Long-term results:

After about a year and a half I noticed that the elasticity of the knee pad started to stretch out. It wasn't horrible but I did notice the knee pad material was loose in certain areas around my knee while pedaling. This wasn't a huge deal but I could see how it would affect performance and comfort down the road.

I also noticed that some of the material was starting to show signs of premature wear. Some of the material around the back of the straps were getting ripped and some of the stitching, although not failed, was starting to separate.

Bottom Line:

I have been satisfied with the protection of the SixSixOne Evo knee pads. I feel they could have been made of thinner, more breathable fabric though. Lastly, I wasn't overly impressed with how they held up long-term. For $100 I feel you could find a similar protective pad with better materials and better quality. If you find them on sale, like 20% off from, they are worth buying. I would recommend these pads to anyone looking for great protection but can't spend more than $80.

The Essential Kneepad

The Good:

Tried and true- you'll see a lot of these at your local downward trails. Comfy, and fit is easy to determine; it's just what you expect. Solid protection from both abrasive slides, and harsh impacts.

The Bad:

Don't breathe all that well. Lose flexibility over time.

Overall Review:

These are what I consider the "standard" set to knee-only knee pads. 661 created a lasting, comfortable, and protective set of guards that really just tick every box. Basically.

Knee pads should be comfortable. The Evo knee guards match the silhouette of the aggressively bent knee, only feeling present where it matters; the elastic. That isn't to say your knees will feel vulnerable beneath these pads. There is really a lot of smart material up front in charge, and your knees will take notice.

Knee pads should have good protection. Of course the Evo's deliver. With a dense inner padding (visible on the inside, it kinda looks like circus peanut candy, gross) and a purposefully coarse outer fabric, 661 has got you covered on the two kinds of damage your knees have nightmares about. First is the heavy impact. A solid blow to those nobbly leg joints, whether it be from a tree strike (if you're bowlegged like my dad) or a full-blown yard sale. This is what most of us get knee pads for. Heavy hits are no laughing matter to vulnerable bone-y bits. The Evo's inner padding knows how badly designed knees are. I had a crash while wearing these that involved a stump and a low bottom bracket, and I can report no bruises, no aches, and no creaks. That orange stuff just works. Secondly, trails are often abrasive. Rocks are also a threat to your knees. I've experienced both while... "violently dismounting" my bike and I can also report that there are no scrapes or tears on my knees or the guards themselves. The side protection has proven durable as well.

Knee pads should be flexible. I've had these things for two years. Being a downhill rider means that not all of your gear gets taken care of. Sitting in the back of my oft-damp car after laborious rides has not been kind to these pads, and they have since lost their proper flexibility. In the beginning though these guards were not at all restrictive on the descents. The flex loss is mostly my fault. Take care of your gear.

Knee pads should stay on your damn knees. And the Evo's do. Don't worry about it.

EVO knee pads

The Good:

I have been using these for a 2-3 years now. At Rays indoor park I have needed them a couple times that i fell on larger jumps to a concrete floor. They worked really well. Without them my day would have been over and maybe a trip to the Urgent Care? Walked away and kept riding. Totally worth the price. I wear them under jeans with no problems and with shorts. Have also worn them on trail rides on my XC bike. Maybe overkill for that but they were fine and after 10 minutes you forget they are on. Can't really say how they are in really hot weather but indoors under jeans and 2-3 hours of riding they don't get very sweaty that you notice and remain comfortable.

The Bad:

Now that they are a few years old they don't want to stay in place quite as they used to. The velcro straps are too stretchy. to keep them tight I am almost at the end of usable vecro. It's not a huge problem and i will replace them with these same pads next year.

Overall Review:

Well made comfortable pads that work really well.

Versatile knee pads

The Good:

light, comfy, stretchy material, breathable, versatile from XC to DH

The Bad:

shins are still exposed to pedal bite

Overall Review:

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.


Product SixSixOne Evo (2012) Knee Guards
Riding Type Downhill, Enduro / All-Mountain, Freeride / Bike Park, Trail
Pad Type Soft Shell
Material D3O, Neoprene, Kevlar
Knee/Shin Coverage Knee Only
Size S, M, L, XL
Color Black
Miscellaneous Evo Knee Lightweight knee pads with cutting edge technology. SIXSIXONE have teamed up with D3O, leaders in intelligent foam technology to create the EVO pad set, a new approach to the tough demands of 21st century MTB riding. Vented Neoprene expansion panel allows maximum freedom of movement for pedaling. Localized side padding support protect the knee. Custom molded vented Kevlar front panel protects the knee from abrasion. Elastic Velcro adjustable strap systems keeps the knee pads firmly in place while pedaling.
Price $90
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