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Troy Lee Designs Speed Knee Sleeve

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Awesome for a while, then became problematic

Rating: Featured Member Review
The Good:

- Lightweight
- Comfortable while pedalling
- Enough padding for most trail rides
- Stay in place

The Bad:

- Material has become rougher over time, irritating my knees

Overall Review:

I have used these for about a year. I am a huge fan of minimalist knee pads like this since they offer enough protection for most impacts during trail riding, which are usually more in the bumps and scrapes category than big slams. And although they're less protective, you're more likely to actually wear them.

I got these to replace a pair of Fox Launch Enduros, which I liked. These are a similar idea, but the padding is a bit more solid and they stay in place better. Some reviews have said that the sleeve material is a bit thick, or that they don't come up high enough, but I found them to stay in place well and be quite comfortable to pedal in.

The only issue I've had is, after about a year and several laundry cycles, the material has become rougher and has started abrading my skin. I have had to retire this pair as a result, since wearing them became quite unpleasant.

So overall, I would say these are good trail knee pads but may become uncomfortable over time. If it weren't for this issue, these would get full marks from me.

Great potential but too hot, way too short

The Good:

Awesome minimalist protection

The Bad:

Way too hot due to knit fabric, way too short

Overall Review:

If you don't like the thigh gap between your pads and shorts then don't get these. I actually really liked the D3O pad these have. However, the knit fabric was very warm. It was surprising compared to other knee products from TLD and others. They stay in place relatively well. There is a tiny amount of material above the actual D3O pad. Positives: they are pedal friendly, don't bunch up, and stay in place.

I think they were a good minimalist pad when they came out but there are better options out there. I'm really looking forward to the new Stage knee pad from TLD.

I have used POC VPD 2.0, Troy Lee Designs Speed, 7idp Transition, 100% Terratec, Fox Launch Enduro, and Fox Enduro Pro Guards.


Product Troy Lee Designs Speed Knee Sleeve
Riding Type Cross Country, Enduro / All-Mountain, Trail
Pad Type Soft Shell
Material D30 4mm ultra-lightweight and flexible knee pad.
Silicone grippers prevent slipping.
360° seamless construction for all day riding comfort.
Durable, abrasion-resistant knee panel.
Reflective logos.
Knee/Shin Coverage Knee Only
Size Adult: XS/SM, MD/LG, XL/2X
Youth: MD, LG
Color Black
  • $54
  • $49
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