American brand 100% is mainly known for its goggles and sunglasses but also offers a wide range of MTB clothing and protectors. At first glance, the Teratec Plus knee pad looks rather big and bulky. This is mainly due to the wide cuff across the front of the thigh, which is made of a firm, lightly padded material and combined with a light mesh at the back of the knee.

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Weight per pad 210 g | Price € 79.00 | Certification Level 1 | Removable Insert No
Fastening System Elastic Strap | Lab Test Results 20 kN at 2.4 ms | Manufacturer’s website

The Teratec Plus forgoes Velcro fasteners and relies on a slip-on sleeve design instead, with printed silicone strips on the thigh and shin preventing it from slipping. Retailing at € 79, the 100% Teratec Plus is the second cheapest knee pad in this test, but at 210 g it’s also one of the heaviest ones. The Level 1 certified insert is firmly sewn into the sleeve and gives a reading of 20 kN residual force at 2.4 ms on the lab monitors, which places it in the midfield for protection.

The special design of the 100% prevents the sleeve from pulling on the insert when bending the knee.
When putting on the 100% Teratec Plus, the wide printed silicone strip on the thigh end pulls on the hair on your legs – ouch!
The wide, firm thigh cuff ensures an excellent fit but makes for a somewhat stuffy inner climate.
The mesh at the back of the knee improves ventilation.

The 100% Teratec Plus on the trail

Slipping into the 100% Teratec Plus can be tricky. The wide thigh cuff is stretchy but still quite tight and, as a result, the chunky silicone strip pulls on the hair of your legs, which can be rather uncomfortable. The long thigh-end of the sleeve makes it hard to put the knee pad on when you’re already wearing shorts. Once it’s on, the Teratec Plus offers an excellent and comfortable fit, with the wide, firm cuff holding it firmly in place. As a special design feature, the insert of the Teratec Plus isn’t attached directly to the thigh cuff, with a narrow strip of stretchy fabric connecting the two parts instead. This stops the insert from moving when you bend the knee, ensuring a comfortable fit when pedalling and preventing the pad from slipping. However, the wide cuff also has a drawback: the firm fabric makes the 100% one of the warmest knee pads in the entire test field. That being said, the excellent fit also makes it one of the clear favourites in this test – the 100% Teratec Plus secures a well-deserved Best Buy Tip!


  • Very comfortable when pedalling
  • Excellent fit


  • Tricky to put on and take off
  • Quite warm

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The test field

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All kneepads in test: 100% Teratec Plus | Alpinestars Paragon Plus (Click for review) | AMPLIFI Havok (Click for review) | Chromag Rift Knee Guard (Click for review) | Fox Launch D3O (Click for review) | Ion K Lite (Click for review) | iXS FLOW EVO+ (Click for review) | Leatt AirFlex Pro (Click for review) | Ortema GP5 Knee Protector (Click for review) | Pearl Izumi Elevate Knee Guard V1 (Click for review) | POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee (Click for review) | Rapha Trail Knee Pad (Click for review) | Scott Soldier 2 (Click for review) | Troy Lee Designs Stage (Click for review)

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Words: Simon Kohler Photos: Mike Hunger

About the author

Simon Kohler

​​Simon loves speed. He has many years of racing experience as a longboard downhill skater, blasting down alpine passes on his board. In the meantime, he’s swapped four wheels for two, charging down trails and bike park lines aboard his mountain bike instead. He’s savoured some of Europe’s finest trails on various road trips through the Alps. Having lived in Austria for some time, he knows the local Austrian bike parks like the back of his hand. He’s a tech nerd through and through, using the skills and know-how from his engineering degree and his attention to detail to put the latest bikes and components through their paces for our reviews. As an early riser and self-declared muesli connoisseur, he lives his life powered by oats and the strength of his legs.