Singletrack reviews Leatt 3DF 6.0 Knee Pads
“These Leatt 3DF 6.0 Knee Pads are almost perfect.”
James Vincent from Singletrack magazine gave his long-term review of our Leatt 3DF 6.0 Knee Guards.
“For some unknown reason, my elbows, wrists and shoulders all escape unscathed (famous last words), but my knees continue to take the brunt of any crashes (which to be fair are few and far between, but when they happen, they happen in a big way).”
“I have no doubt that I’m doing something wrong, but until that changes, I’ll continue to wear pads. And so it is, my ideal knee pad is something soft and relatively unobtrusive that I can happily pedal in all day, while providing enough protection to keep my delicate patella in one piece.”
“Upon first inspection, these 3DF 5.0 Knee Guards from those South African purveyors of protection, Leatt, looked like they’d fit the bill.”
“The 3DF 5.0 pads are a slip on affair, so you’ll be fitting them at the start of a ride, rather than faffing around with them at the top of a Lakeland pass while your riding buddies scoff Haribo. Fortunately, they’re very comfortable and you won’t object to wearing them while pedalling in all but the hottest of conditions.”
“They feature a pre-curved foam pad for the primary protection, and plenty of additional protection at the sides. If you’ve ever had the misfortune to catch the side of your knees you’ll appreciate this extra padding.”
“The outer soft shell is hard-wearing aramid (similar to kevlar), and there’s a mesh back with plenty of ventilation, including a whopping great hole right at the back of the pad so there’s no bunching up of material. A silicone lined elastic cuff works in tandem with a single velcro strap at the top of the pad to let you fine tune the fit, while the lower cuff relies on some elastic and silicone thread.”
“I’ve crashed in these pads a couple of times, and my knees are still intact, which is nice. Not that you’d know it from looking at the pads – they’re holding up really, really well. They get chucked in the wash when they start to hum and come up gleaming everytime, with the velcro still doing its thing and the elastic still being elastic. The mesh backing still looks fresh and intact, although I should point out that I ride exclusively with clips, so the pads aren’t being subjected to flat pedal pins on a regular basis.”
“I like these knee pads a lot. They’re supremely comfy, even on mega long rides, and they’ve kept my knees intact despite the many meetings they’ve had with the earth. I can also vouch for how useful these are while kneeling down beside the trail to shoot photos.”
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