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Breathe in, breathe out, ride on.
Honeycomb-style protection is all the rage these days, so it's no surprise that the innovators at Kali Protectives jumped on the bandwagon with the Strike Knee/Shin Guard. These guards feature a molded Xelion knee cap that takes the brunt of big blows, while allowing air to pass through so you can keep cooler. The sides of the guards are decked out with EVA pads to elevate the protection for charging big lines where error isn't an option. The top and bottoms of the pads feature silicone grippers to keep them locked into place, and utilize hook and loop straps on the top to keep them extra secure. Carrying breathability from the front to back of the guards, Kali Protectives uses a lightweight mesh along the back of the knee, so sweat can be wicked away and fresh air can meet your skin for ultimate cool riding.
- Low profile protection with next level breathability
- Molded Xelion knee cap takes the brunt of blows
- EVA padded sides protect from stray branches
- Mesh backing helps wick away sweat and breathe
- Hook and loop closure secures guards in palce
- Silicone grippers on top and bottom prevent mid-ride slippage
- Item #KAP001R
- Q & A
Not my preference
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
I ended up returning these before using them. The kneecap wasn't a good shape for my knee and I found that the material wasn't conforming enough considering that it was a soft kneepad to begin with.
I ended up getting the Leatt Airflex pro and it conforms to my knee much better.
My new go to
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: small
- Height: 5'9"
- Weight: 175lbs
Digging these pads, I haven't taken a serious digger in them yet but feel when I do they will be up to the task. I was wearing a much thinner pad with less protection which I still use on my more XC rides, but for a run in the Mountains with some serious descending I grab these first.
I was a bit in between the S and M on the size chart and went with the small just for the fact that I wanted it a bit tighter around the knees. I'll measure my calf and thigh and add that to my review, if my calf was any bigger they would be to tight.
They stay in place and are pretty comfortable. My only complaint is that if you happen to kneel down in dirt or take a digger you will end up with dirt in the open part of the pad which can then fall out on the floor in the house.
All in all great pad!