VitalMTB Rates Leatt AirFlex Pro Knee Guards 4.5/5
“An impressive product that manages to cram a lot of features into a well-designed package that is also one of the lightest on test.”
VitalMTB put together a feature of their recommended light weight kneepads out there.
“Kneepads are an essential piece of kit for any serious mountain biker, because the knee is the one area you will land on almost every time you fail to keep the rubber side down. However, if you do a lot of pedalling, it can sometimes be difficult to strike that perfect balance between the amount of protection you need and how potentially uncomfortable you want to be on longer rides. To help you figure out what’s what, we spent about 200 hours of saddle time testing 13 of the best lightweight, sleeve-style options out there. If you’re looking for something a bit more robust, check out our heavy-duty kneepad roundup,” they said.
They included our Leatt AirFlex Pro Knee Guards and gave them a 4.5 out of 5 rating.
Vital Recommends: Leatt Airflex Pro ($79.00 USD)
“The Airflex Pro combines a soft, bonded external kneecap pad with several smaller, auxiliary pads in a lightweight protector that offers a perfect fit around the knee. Secure and comfortable in use, it looks like a heavy-duty pad but behaves like a sleeve,” VitalMTB commented.
“On the trail, the most impressive aspect of the Airflex Pro is the cut. It really sits in the right place, providing a secure fit without any particular pressure points or uncomfortable areas. The sizing does run small (this tester sized up to XL), but there is an XXL at the top of the size range so most riders will be able to find a suitable size. Crucially, the rear cut out is made in such a way as to avoid chafing, as can sometimes happen with this kind of design. We put it down to the shape of the hole as well as the elasticity of the stitching around the edge of the hole (often the culprit if you experience chafing in this area),” they said.
“The pad also runs cool and wicks away moisture very effectively, and it does not shift around while riding. When it comes to protection, the Airflex Pro doesn’t disappoint, despite the thinner than average kneecap pad. This protector is fully CE certified, and we can also attest to the effectiveness of the “3D molded” pad when it comes to absorbing impact. All the auxiliary pads sit in exactly the right spot to provide the protection intended. The tight cut and figure-hugging shape also help the pad remain in place during crashing. It does come up a bit short with regards to shin protection, but that is not unusual in this category of pads. All in all, an impressive product that manages to cram a lot of features into a well-designed package that is also one of the lightest on test,” they concluded.
See the breakdown of their rating below:
Protection: 4.5 stars
Fit and Comfort: 4.5 stars
Quality and Finish: 4.5 stars
Price/Value: 4.5 stars
Overall: 4.5 stars
CLICK HERE to read their full ’13 of the Best Lightweight Kneepads – VitalMTB Round-Up’ feature.