Singletrack Review: Don’t like bulky knee pads? Leatt’s AirFlex Pro is for you
Singletrack tested our Leatt Airflex Pro knee pads– one of our lightest, thinnest and most flexible options in its extensive knee pad range.
“The Airflex Pro is one of Leatt’s lightest knee pad options.”
“Designed with breathability and pedalling comfort in mind, the Airflex Pro is a minimalist-style knee pad that’s designed to appeal to cross-country and trail riders. If you’re after protection for your knees without having to strap on heavy duty cyborg-style armour, these should be right up your street,” they said.
- Lightweight, flexible and pedal friendly slip-on softshell knee pad
- CE certified as impact protection [EN1621-2]
- 6mm thick, pre-curved 3D padding
- Perforated for ventilation
- Additional side & upper knee impact protection
- MoistureCool & AirMesh fabrics for venting and antimicrobial properties
- Silicon printed cupped knee
- Silicone printed non slip cuffs
- Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large & XX-Large
- RRP: £77.99
“Like many modern lightweight knee pads, the Airflex Pros feature a Lycra tube construction with silicone grippers lining both the top and bottom cuffs, and a third silicone-lined elastic band runs over the back of the calf. There’s a distinct lack of Velcro straps or zippers, which keeps everything lightweight and streamlined. The inherent mechanical stretch built into the fabric keeps the whole assembly secure around your biscuits & cheese,” they commented on the fit.
“Silicone-lined elastic cuffs.”
“According to Leatt, the Airflex Pro knee pads notch up 15 points on the brand’s own protection scale. To put that into perspective, that’s a couple of points higher than the bulkier 3DF 5.0 knee pads, which use thicker but simpler padding. It falls a bit short of the 21-point rating of the 3DF 6.0 knee pads though, but to be fair, those do have more coverage and hardshell caps over the top of softer padding.”
“Flexible, 6mm thick padding is pre-cuved to wrap around the knees.”
“The 6mm pad might not seem like much, but it certainly punches above its weight when it comes to these kinds of hard and blunt impacts. Of course, compared to a hard-shell pad, it isn’t going to provide the same level of safety against jabbier rock strikes. That’s where the Leatt 3DF 6.0 pads are a better choice. But that’s the tradeoff you make when going for such a comfortable and flexible knee pad.”
“These have become my go-to choice for all-day pedalling.”
“Having tested 14 knee pads in last year’s ‘Pads For Pedalling’ group test, I’ve gotten a pretty good feel for what works and what doesn’t. And factoring in the flexibility, comfort and protection on offer, the Leatt Airflex Pro have quickly risen to the top of my favourite lightweight knee pads . . . For those who want something that’s more comfortable and easy-pedalling for trail riding, then make sure you put these on your list,” they concluded.
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