Riders after maximum protection should take a closer look at the knee pads in the heavy-duty category. The ideal option for bike park sessions, enduro races and shuttle-assisted rides, we’d argue that some of the better knee pads in this category wouldn’t shy away from longer uphills either and are almost as comfortable as some of the models in our lightweight class.
These heavier-duty protectors bring the brawns to your ride and are a winning choice for anyone that’s simply unwilling to compromise on protection. Our lab tests concluded that modern kneepads with viscoelastic foam protection are the most efficient when it comes to absorbing impacts, although the testing also shone light on just how much disparity there is between the best and worst models. Fit needs to be a key consideration, as even the world’s most protective garb is redundant if the knee pad doesn’t fit properly or causes you some much discomfort and agro that you end up throwing it over a hedge. Ventilation is another important factor–nobody wants to roast their knees on a blistering hot day.
|661 EVO KNEE II
|Amplifi Cortex Polymer
|FOX Launch Pro D3O
|ION K-Pact Zip
|iXS CARVE EVO+
|LEATT 3DF 6.0
|O’Neal SINNER Kevlar Knee RACE Guard
|Scott Grenade Evo
|Sweet Protection Bearsuit Pro
Modern knee pads are better than ever! Not only did most protectors in our test offer great protection but they were also very comfortable. This leaves very few excuses not to use the extra protection. The heavy-duty category saw an exciting head-to-head battle between three models, with overall victory going to the new ION K-Pact ZIP. In the lab the ION was amongst the top performing models and in the practical test it managed to convince our test crew with sublime comfort and a practical zip. Since the ION K-Pact ZIP is one of the cheapest models on test, it also secures our Best Value badge. SCOTT wisely redeveloped the Grenade Evo and made it even more comfortable without compromising its protectivity. The brand new Fox Launch Pro D3O offers good ventilation and high levels of comfort, but couldn’t quite keep up with the best performing models in our lab session.