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Whether you prefer high-speed shredding or techy trail riding, flexible and comfortable gear like the Dakine Slayer Knee Pads will save you from bashed 'caps and wicked dirt rash. They combine thin, tough, and flexible AriaprenePro with bombproof aramid fiber and DK Impact padding to protect you without making pedaling impossible. They also feature a stretch mesh back panel that hugs your calves to prevent the Slayer from ending up as unwanted ankle padding. The pre-curved ergonomic design and bonded hems help keep you comfortable, and a Polygiene odor-resistant treatment helps the Slayer stay fresh after long summers full of sweaty trail sessions.
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- Q & A
Great fit, some durability issues
Like one of the other reviewers, I came to these from a pair of POC VPD 2.0s, and had the same experience with those (stretched out to the point where they won't stay in place). The Slayers don't have that problem; I've used them for over 8 months now, and while they do stretch a bit over time, they fit like new again after a washer/dryer cycle (and hey, how nice is it that you can actually do that with them!).
They're the goldilocks pad - just enough to protect, but also comfortable even when it's hot out, and don't get in the way pedaling.
The only issue I have with them (and hence the 4, rather than 5 star review) is that they are a little fragile. Seams are holding up ok, but the light fabric around the sides and back has developed some tears from what should have been minor snags. I'm OK with that as the price for how comfortable these are.
So far so good.
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
After several weekend rides and many day rides these have done great. They have been comfortable and have had no issues with them riding up or down. These fit true to size based on the sizing chart so I would take a look at that when trying to find a size for you.
As for durability only time will tell but after a couple months they have held up great.
Great endurbro pads
I have had these pads for about six months now and they have held together very well. They are very comfortable, and surprisingly breathable through all of the fabric on the back. I rarely have to pull them up. Once they are worn in a bit they mold into the right shape for your legs and fit perfectly (at first they were too small for my big ol mtb thighs). Protection is perfect for small spills but doesn't stand a chance against trees for large rocks so don't get too comfortable in them and use them for the type of riding they're meant for.... Trust me, I tried!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
I've been a pretty religious wearer of knee pads for a few seasons, and these are my new go-to pads.
I've been wearing G-Form on nearly every trail ride, in every condition for the past 2 seasons. Early this season I was given the opportunity to ride and test the Dakine Slayer pads, and have permanently made the switch. Besides lift serve days for which I have a specific hard shell pad, the Slayer bridges a gap that previously was left to sacrifice. You would either sacrifice pedaling performance and breatheablilty or protection. This pad prevents that decision from having to be made.
Offering much more protection than a G-Form pad, in an only slightly thicker sleeve , the Slayer makes me feel much more comfortable and confident while descending. I was able to test these in temps approaching 80 this weekend, and slid the pads down around my ankles for the long climb, then wore them for the remainder of the rolling ride. They disappeared once in place.
I would suggest this pad for anyone who likes to feel safe while riding, and wants a pad that can pedal and handle 20+ miles in comfort.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit is great on these and they dont slide down on long rides. Naturally they arent the most breathable in the world but they get the job done. sadly about 3 rides in the seams that keep the pad in place began to blow out. Dakine was quick with the warranty, but at 3 rides in it leaves me feeling unsure on the replacements as well.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
So far they're great. These are a big step up, protection wise, from pads like the Fox Enduros (which don't have the gel pads), but they're just as comfy for pedaling. Less of a pain to get on and off than the G-Forms, and way sturdier (those tend to rip after snagging on stuff). The only gripe I have is that the silicon grippers are almost too effective for hairy legs.
I'm coming off a pair of POC VPD 2.0s, which protection wise are more along the lines of the slightly beefier Hellion (got a pair of those as well). I loved those pads, but they started stretching out and not staying in place. The Slayers are great for all around trail riding; I use the Hellions when I ride rowdier stuff (they're great as well - bit warmer, bit less unobtrusive, but pretty bombproof on the protection end of things).
Well made, comfy, doing their job. Only have about 30-ish hours riding in them yet, so too early to tell about durability.
How far up the thigh do these knee pads go? I have a pair of POC joint VPD air knee pads, which I love for their performance, but whenever I'm pedaling with them there's a gap between my shorts (Yeti Teller shorts, 14" inseam) and the knee pads. I'm looking for knee pads that are relatively light and that extend further up the thigh.