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Pinkbike Knee Guard Round-Up: Leatt AirFlex Best for Tall and Skinny Riders

 

Words and Photography: Nikki Rohan and Pierce Martin 
Cover Shot: Colin Meagher

 

Pinkbike took a look at the different knee pads to suit different body types.

“In the Pacific Northwest, most the riders you see on the trails nowadays are wearing some type of knee guard, and unless you are a lycra loving cross-country buff who regularly pins on a number, you likely own a pair or three. I’ve been reviewing soft goods for Pinkbike now for the past five years, and one of the questions I see most often is, “What knee guard do you recommend for someone who is short/tall/skinny/keg legs/etc”. Reading the tea leaves, I’ve realized that finding a knee guard that fits your individual body isn’t easy. It takes time and research, or trial and error as some may say.”

 

BEST FOR: Tall Riders

“Leatt is one of the few companies who offer an XXL sized knee guard. Jack, our 6’4″ tall model has some gigawatt producing legs and usually struggles to find pads that fit, and these fit him like a glove. Like other companies, Leatt is a proponent of investing in advanced new materials for protection, such as the 3D molded padding in these guards that is soft and pliable during normal wear, but hardens upon impact. These pads also offer some side and top of knee protection which many others usually lack. Perforated Anti-odor MoistureCool and AirMesh wicking fabrics keep things cool in the coming age of hot sweaty weather.”

 

 

From the Tester: I don’t always wear knee pads. But when I do, I prefer Leatt. I want you all to know that just because I am now a famous knee pad fashion model that I won’t forget where I came from. Stay humble, my friends. These pads are extremely comfortable while riding. Not too tight and they stay in place, but post ride I forget they are even on. Comfortable enough that you forget you’re wearing them until you need them.” – Jack Trumbull

 

About the Kneepads:
• Colors: Black only
• Weight: 300g
• Sizes: S – XXL
• MSRP: $79.99 USD
• leatt.com/

About the Tester:
• First bike was a Schwinnn High Plains
• Height: 6’4″ (1.75m)
• Calf Size: 17″ (43cm)
• Thigh Size: 21.5″ (55cm)
• Size Tested: Leatt size XXL

 

BEST FOR: Skinny Legs

” No, you aren’t seeing double; yes, this lightweight knee guard was also featured above for our tall XXL sized rider. That being said, this knee guard is also one of the top picks for those with skinny legs looking for a comfortable size small. As mentioned above, the Leatt AirFlex Pro features side and upper knee protection along with a moisture-wicking, anti bacterial, vented Airmesh fabric, as well as a 6mm CE certified 3D molded knee pad. And it’s also an excellent option for riders looking for a slim fitting, flexible knee guard that goes all day.”

From the Tester: “These pads offer full and comfortable coverage of the knee, without irritating the skin on the back (your knee-pit). The fabric breathes incredibly well and the knee guards stay perfectly in place, no slippage issues at all. I do pull the knee guards down when starting off on a long climb, but the more I break them in and they mold to my body, the less cumbersome they feel and the more I wear them climbing.” – Jen Klee

About the Kneepads:
• Colors: Black only
• Weight: 300g
• Sizes: S – XXL
• MSRP: $79.99 USD
• leatt.com/

About the Tester:
• 20+ years riding MTB
• Height: 5’4″
• Calf Size: 13″ (33cm)
• Thigh Size: 16.5″ (42cm)
• Size Tested: Leatt size Small (note our leg measurement locations do not line up with each company’s size chart)

 

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Pinkbike Knee Guard Round Up

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