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MTB Lab: Leatt 3DF 6.0 Knee Guards Review

“The Leatt 3DF 6.0 Knee Guards are a perfect blend between minimalistic soft armor and full-on storm-trooper gear, offering better protection than their softer counterparts and more comfort and pedaling performance than downhill gear.”

MTB Lab reviewed our Leatt 3DF 6.0 Knee Guards. Here’s what they had to say.

“The knee cup utilizes a pre-curved 3D design for improved comfort, better fit, and function, and keeps them in place during a crash, tumble and while pedaling. The perforated main material that sits behind the primary 3DF section and padding covers most of the front and side of the interior was comfortable and pliable, significantly adding to the pedaling characteristics and plushness of the armor. I took a few crashes while wearing them and I can honestly say that the hard/soft combinations works like a charm, and helps relieve the brunt of impacts along with excellent sliding attributes. They provide better protection and coverage than a standard set of soft armor, but they’re not quite full-on downhill or bike park worthy for high-speed insanity, though with the way I ride they’d be fine most anywhere.”

“They’re comfortable and flexible making even long pedaling sessions pleasant, though after 3-4 hours of pedaling they can become slightly uncomfortable, though that’s outside of their design criteria. I sometimes would carry them on my pack when climbing long fire roads and singletrack, and put them on at the top of a climb. I did find after long rides that the very bottom of the lower elastic hem could irritate my calf.”

“The 3DF AirFit material provided some ventilation due to its perforations, though the hard shell sliders decreased the frontmost air movement. Even with the main body’s perforated and vented Neoprene material and perforations along the knee cups outer edge, it only offered adequate ventilation, so it can feel a bit warm on hot days, though it provided enough wickability to never get overly damp when sweating. Most of the breathability comes from the rear section which is covered by the open weave Air Mesh fabric.”

“The hard shell and flexible 3DF AirFit offered excellent protection and shock absorption during my few tumbles that I had, with highlights to additional sliding characteristics of the dual shells. Along each side is a set of calf pods and knee pods which offered increased impact protection, and they were functional when taking a sliding digger during a crash, hitting the top tube of your bike with your knee, and when bashing through bushes.”

“I found the Leatt 3DF 6.0 Knee Guards to be extremely comfortable and flexible, with great pedaling attributes for a such a beefy piece of soft armor. The innovative design combining the hard shell sliders with the energy-absorbing 3DF AirFit material offers excellent impact protection and sliding characteristics during a crash, and the soft side foam pads provided additional safety when needed. The systems crash-worthiness and impact absorption during my rare tumbles and fall over’s and crashes was noteworthy, and I didn’t suffer any unnecessary injuries, which highlights their excellent protection.”

“The pre-bent shape of the knee cup and the sticky silicone grippers on the hems kept them in place without any excessive movement, and the single upper Velcro adjuster worked fine. I could pedal and wear them for an extended period of time without any real issues, though on long rides the lower hem caused some irritation on my calf. I didn’t find them overly warm except on the hottest days, and they wicked moisture decently for a fairly beefy piece of armor.”

“The Leatt 3DF 6.0 Knee Guards are a perfect blend between minimalistic soft armor and full-on storm-trooper gear, offering better protection than their softer counterparts and more comfort and pedaling performance than downhill gear.”

 

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