G-Form Knee Pads, utilizing RPT – Reactive Protection Technology, a composite blend of PORON XRD material and proprietary G-Form materials and technology, offers consistent, repeated impact absorption for dependable performance throughout the life of the product. They are the first flexible, molded, exoskeleton rate-dependent impact pad worn on the outside of the garment. The ridges and hinges of the pad are specifically designed to flex with the knee and leg to ensure complete protection. The G-Form pad will protect you from repeated impacts – unlike a bicycle helmet, it does not need to be replaced after impact, and does not lose any of it’s protective qualities after repeated use. The unique way the pad is shaped and molded, plus it’s attachment to the compression fabric, keeps the pad close to the surface of the body, and this enhances the protection, especially compared to hard shell pads that can move out of place.
The G-Form exoskeleton armor comes in three different versions currently, the Knee Pad, the Shin Pad and the Elbow Pad, with each retailing for $49.95. The slip-on armor utilizes an elastic fabric tube, made from a nylon and spandex blend, in which the molded RPT padding is flat stitched onto the material. The design mimics a set of arm or knee warmers, and the fabric fits snugly to assist in keeping things in place, and also provides compressive qualities. Continue reading →
Strengths: Keep your knees warm, do manage to soften direct hits as long as you're not going fast.
Weaknesses: Cheap lycra, foam shreds on contact with pedals, no ergonomics at all; did I mention rubbish lycra?
I was looking for a light pad for intense XC as with age my skin doesn't heal so quickly. I wanted something I could wear for tough XC MTB stage races. I read rthe reviews; they are light, so I went for it! The thing is cyclists bend their knees; G-Form didn't think of that. The pad squashes the kneecap because the lycra is straight cut and the pad is molded flat. The LBS explained that you have to buy them tight because the lycra relaxes. So they started their life tighter than support stockings. The lack of bend in the stocking cut made the lycra bunch painfully behind the knee to the point of taking skin off! They did relax, and kept on relaxing until the lycra died the way cheap shorts do! I was riding 4 hours a day for two months, then 10 hours a day for 8 days (IronBike 2013). That's it. Rinsing daily and leaving them in the sun to dry, the stitching started making holes in the lycra and tearing as I pulled them on. I guess I was dumb to buy an over marketed product NOT made by a bike related company! I don't have an Ipad in my knee! I have some expensive lycra shorts that have lasted years with no loss of elasticity; that such an expensive product should be simply sewn onto the cheapest fabric they could find is disgraceful!
I have had a few light tumbles with them, and was glad of them in the direct hits. One slide out however the pad simply slid around my leg the moment it caught on the rock, leaving just the fabric to protect me, which it didn't. I have moved on, and found the perfect very long distance XC kneepads (for me).
I bought these knee pads after I took a pretty hard fall which kept me off the trails for almost a month. Since, I have regained my confidence thanks to these pads. I was a bit skeptical about the "Reactive Protective Technology", but when I had a minor crash the other day, these pads saved my knee from the rocks I landed on. I was able to get right back up and continue on the trail without a scratch. I did read that some people complained about the fit, but I used the measurements from their website and haven't had a problem (I opted for a size up as I was on the line between two sizes). All of my riding has been in 85-95 degree weather (it gets pretty hot in the American southwest), but I can hardly tell I am wearing them. They are rather light weight. The pads come in black and a yellow color. I went for the black ones and think they look pretty good. Overall, I'd say these pads are great for someone needing XC or trail knee pads, but I probably wouldn't take them on any DH runs.
Strengths: - Extremely lightweight
- Comfortable even for long rides
- Affordable in comparison to hospital bills :)
Weaknesses: - I would advise having your LBS do a fitting for you. If you get the wrong size they could be annoying and uncomfortable.
I am so happy to have an easy to wear knee pad for my casual rides. I find that I have far more confidence and quickly put them to the test by falling knee first on a rock the first day out. The pads worked as advertised, I hit the rock and felt it a little bit but was able to bounce right back up and keep riding with no serious injuries.
A must have.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: October 2, 2012
Strengths: Light weight, they stay in place, flexible, they work as advertised.
Weaknesses: Doesn't protect your knees as much as other hard, heavier duty knee pads.
These knee pads work perfectly for what I need. I am a semi-cautious mountain biker, I've never fallen hard, so I wanted something light weight, comfortable, and not too heavy duty just in case and these fit the bill perfectly. I did do some tests, I put the knee pad on and took a hammer and proceeded the hit them kinda hard. The results- it hurt a little, but it would have hurt much more had I not been wearing pads, and I imagine if I had been wearing a hard, heavy duty pad I wouldn't have felt a thing. Would I buy them again? sure, I like them. If I were a hardcore downhill rider, they probably wouldn't safe enough, but they work for me.
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I've been using the Troy Lee Design T Bones. I had to get the XL because I have large thighs, but much smaller calves. To keep them on, I need to tighten the calves waaaay down and keep the thighs loose.
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