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Light Flexible Knee Protection

May 24, 2017, 4:23 p.m.
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I am in the market for new knee protection. Light Flexible. D30 foam looks interesting what are your real world results with this material?

May 24, 2017, 5:50 p.m.
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I love my Astars Paragon pads, they stay in place when riding and when crashing, and mine are the original version that they have upgrades since.

They aren't D30, but they are CE certified, which is the European standard that you need to meet to say that the pads do protect you.

May 24, 2017, 8:03 p.m.
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I really like my Dakine Slayer pads.  I find them comfortable enough that 5 minutes into a ride I forget they are there.  I haven't had any really big wrecks since I got them, but they've adequately prevented scrapes and bruises after a few unexpected dismounts.

May 25, 2017, 3:47 a.m.
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I got the first gen Poc Vpd Knee in 2015 and have had quite a few crashes in them. The material which is similar to d30 I think works amazingly well. 

Given the new pads I think you are on the safe side. Definitely odd at first since the new pads have a different feel to them than the old ones from years ago. 

Which ones do you think of trying?

"You don't learn from experience. You learn from reflecting on the experience."
- Kristen Ulmer

May 25, 2017, 10:09 a.m.
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I've been using ixs flow pads for a couple years, wear them all the time and don't really think about them so that's a good sign I think.

May 25, 2017, 3:02 p.m.
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Dakine Hellion's are a great medium/heavy pad, the slayer's are the lighter versions which i haven't tried.  Hellion's fit me very well and are quite warm. lots of fabric. my go to favourites are the POC vpd air. very light and minimalistic but still decent all around knee protection. the design covers the top of the knee very well. very little excess fabric so coolish.

May 25, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
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I wanted to try the Dainese Trail Skin 2s but those appear to be vapourware...

May 26, 2017, 3:57 p.m.
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Thanks for all the feed back. 

I tried everything in Stock at all the shops in little old Nanaimo and I settled on the all black G-Form knee pads in XXL to fit over my hamhock calves. I am doing the Hammer Fest Enduro Sunday so I will see how they fork out.

June 21, 2017, 9:56 p.m.
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Do any shops carry Sweet Protection locally? (S2S area) 

I notice no sizing or fit chart on their site so it's something that I'll need to try on first. 

Pete I see you have a pair of their knees, what's the scoop on them?

June 22, 2017, 5:52 a.m.
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I've got a pair of Ion K-pact pads that are great - so I'd recommend the lighter version (K-lite)?

June 22, 2017, 11:28 a.m.
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I'll add another nod of support for my POC VPD air. Very comfortable to pedal in, my only qualm is that they are less flexible in the cold and I suspect they forgo some of their non-newtonian properties in the winter.

June 24, 2017, 11:33 a.m.
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Any love for the RF Indy's or the RF Ambush?

June 25, 2017, 5:03 a.m.
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Posted by: flowrider

Any love for the RF Indy's or the RF Ambush?

I tried them on, but they just did not feel right and comfy. 

Guess it is similar to helmets.

June 25, 2017, 7:42 a.m.
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Posted by: Kevin26

I've been using ixs flow pads for a couple years, wear them all the time and don't really think about them so that's a good sign I think.

Me too. I put them on at the start of the ride and take them off when I'm done, other than that I don't really notice them.

June 25, 2017, 8:31 a.m.
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Posted by: Mic

Posted by: flowrider

Any love for the RF Indy's or the RF Ambush?

I tried them on, but they just did not feel right and comfy. 

Guess it is similar to helmets.

The Indy's were not too durable. I found the stitching came apart where the neoprene met the padding.  This happened with two of my friends as well.

I've had succuss with the i7dp pads. Very comfortable.  Cove has them

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