Go big or go home, but don?t go home for the season. The Fox Launch Pro Knee Pad will make sure that you get to go home after going big, rather than going to the hospital. Silicone grip behind the knee keeps the pad from slipping down your leg or shifting in flight, and the pre-curved ergo fit sits comfortably without bunching. The perforated neoprene breathes better than Michel Phelps in the final 50 meters, and the elastic straps on the top and bottom could give your old skate pads a lesson in comfort.
Amazing knee pad have saved my knee's and some friends many times. No rub, scrapes, discomfort. Amazing knee pad. I had a pair of POC's they were more expensive and weren't very comfortable so I returned them after 2 rides and got these. Amazing pads! I definitely recommend them!
Strengths: Comfort and protection all wrapped in one
Weaknesses: rubs behind the knee but that goes away, plse read my review for details
These are absolutely the best compromise between protection and pedaling efficiency. I actually narrowed my search down to 3 brands/models and the Lauch Pro's won. I had been really contemplating knee pads for a while and decided to purchase 3 pairs for testing and deciding. I had actually written these off prior to purchasing them but they ended up on top of my list. For a complete review with pics and video plse click here:
Best knee pads I have ever worn, hands down. As others have stated, so comfortable you don't even know you have them on. And yet still offer maximum protection. Along with a good helmet and pair of gloves, every rider needs a quality pair of knee pads and these fit the bill. Unless you are doing hardcore downhill and big air these are all the upper intermediate to advanced all mountain, trail and cross country rider needs to get home safe and in one piece. Seriously, don't even consider buying anything else. Thanks Fox!
While these pads are somewhat expensive, in this case you get what you pay for. Ive used lesser quality pads and the difference is huge. These are comfortable and have held up to a couple wrecks now without sliding or becoming damaged.
a All Mountain Rider
from San Francisco, CA
Date Reviewed: February 27, 2012
Strengths: Great kneepads, they work well, don't slip, not bulky, not too expensive. Great for long, fast descents where your knees can bang around against the top tube from slamming your bike into corners.
Weaknesses: Starting to stretch out a bit, and tear at the stretch points, but they have seen a lot of use.
These are my favorite knee pads, but like any protection, you should try them on before you buy. I love the Race Face Rally FR for knee/shin combo for DH, but their knee only pads were not as comfortable and way more expensive than Fox's, whereas the Fox knee/shins were so crappy I couldn't believe it (They may have improved them since then). POC knee pads seemed good in theory, but I didn't like them once I tried them on, and again they were way more expensive.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: September 15, 2011
Strengths: Comfortable, straps stay in place, cups cover knee completely. I was a little worried about the fabric over the cups but after crashing on landings, they're still hole-less.
I get what I paid for for these. A little hot and you can feel them being bulky on XC ride. I don't use pads on XC rides and I use them on downhill races and a bit of light freeriding. Works well and stays on after crashes..
a Cross Country Rider
from Boulder, CO
Date Reviewed: August 27, 2011
Strengths: Comfortable, light
Weaknesses: Bulky for All Mountain/trail riding
I bought these pads for riding DH, but they are light and comfortable enough to use for all mountain/trail riding as well. Their only weakness is that they are a little bulky and difficult to fit in a pack when trail riding.
a Weekend Warrior
from Pasadena, CA
Date Reviewed: October 9, 2010
Strengths: Hard cup knee protection
Weaknesses: The comfort/fit of these pads was a big disappointment. After pedaling uphill for about 15min, they had to come off or else I would have lost all the skin on the back of my knees. If you plan to descend only, these should be fine. But if you want to wear them for the entire ride, don't bother. The design is very poor IMHO.
Uncomfortable. If you can't to wear them the entire ride, what good are they?
Similar Products Used: I've used a set of race face shin/knee pads for the past 3 years. They are super comfy when climbing. But they are also heavy and I picked up the Fox launch pads for more XC rides because they are lighter. Big mistake.
a Weekend Warrior
from Little Silver, NJ, USA
Date Reviewed: July 27, 2010
Strengths: Thorough protection, very comfortable to wear, doesn't slide!
Weaknesses: Very few...other than it gets how and itchy in the back which is expected after all day epics with any knee pads
For the money, these pads are spot on. Great value, and they don't wear down after crashes. Very durable and comfortable product. I felt safer wearing these at all times.
Similar Products Used: Rector skate pads, Kyle Straits
Bike Setup: Which one?
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 5, 2010
Strengths: Good protection, not too bulky, fit ok when stationary, looks.
Weaknesses: Poor fit around the back of the knee, have to remove shoes to take off, get a little hot (understandable)
I used these for about 15kms and had to take them off. The open hole at the back pinched the skin on the back of my knee and would have just gotten worse and worse.
Dissapointed... will have to try some Kyle Straits I think.
Maybe my legs are different to everyone elses and others will find them alright, perhaps over some pants they'd be ok...but not for me.