There are some things that interfere with riding flow when a group go out for a big ride. One of those is certainly the constant ‘on and off’ of knee pads before and after each downhill. However, The comfort of knee guards has increased in recent years greatly, by using modern and flexible padding material. Race Face has released the Indy Knee Guard, the thinnest knee pads in the range, which not only scores with a good fit, but should also be highly protective.
Race Face developed the Indy Knee using a mixture of technology from their existing pads, taking the extremely lightweight and comfortable model “Charge Leg”, and mixing with the protective properties of the “Ambush Knee”. The Indy Knee uses the well known D3O protective padding sewn onto a very breathable sleeve. The Kneepad is fixed in position on the leg using a large velcro strap at the top, as well as a silicone strip along the top and bottom.
The comfort of the Indy Knee is impressive, even on hot days, thanks to the airy design hardly any heat accumulates under the pad. The seams are well made and nothing rubs, even on long uphills. Shortly after the start of the tour we regularly forget we were wearing a knee pad.
Race Face uses the D3O padding which we have already tested in Issue # 009 of ENDURO. This flexible material hardens on impact and was able to score in the laboratory with good damping properties. Even with multiple involuntary falls, the knee pad remained in place did not slip.
- Name: Race Face Indy Knee
- Padding: D3O™
- Colour: black
- Sizes: S – XXL
- Price: 69,90 €
- Weight: 330 g (pair – Size XL)
The Race Face Indy Knee Pads impressed us with high wearing comfort and good protection. Even after multiple falls, they remained firmly in place and dampened the impact effectively. The only negative point was that the seam started to come loose. We were very impressed with the €69.90 knee pads – but hand washing is recommended!
For more information visit: www.raceface.com
Words: Christoph Bayer Picture: Klaus Kneist / Christoph Bayer