Vented, high-impact, injection-molded plastic over perforated EVA padding make the RockGardn AirFrame Knee/Shin and Elbow/Forearm guards the choice for lightweight, cool protection. Available in S, M, and L.
Strengths: Light, comfortable when positioned right
Weaknesses: after 3 pedal rotations they have slipped down where they offer little protection. Straps are WAY to long, and do not provide a good fit at all. Very uncomfortable after the knee guard slips down below my knee (happens EVERY time). piece of cloth between knee guard and upper velcro strap ripped on both.
These pads seemed great when i was starting to downhill, and used them maybe two or three times a season. Now that i use them 2-3 times a week for the past few months i reealize they have major faults and are not comfotable to wear. Since i can remember, they have never stayed in place, and have always slipped down offering no protection and making it uncomfortable to wear. I will not buy anymore rockgardn products becasue of the low quality and horrible design of these pads
from Pine Plains
Date Reviewed: November 14, 2005
Strengths: Excellent fit, comfortable, stays in place.
Weaknesses: Would be nice if they wrapped around to protect me from my damn peddles...
This is the first set of knee/shin guards I have ever used and I found them quite comfy and they did not interfere with peddling, walking or crashing. I think they took two or three direct hits this year (I don't crash as much as I used to) and they did the job very well. I got them to protect the custom metalwork in my right tib/fib. I've looked at other manufacturers and the biggest complaint I saw was slippage. These seemed to stay put on me and get the job done.
Bike Setup: 2004 Iron Horse SGS DH Pro, Junior T, 4-way, E-Thirteen, Yada, Yada, Yada...
from Westwood, MA
Date Reviewed: October 14, 2005
Strengths: do not shift much during pedalling, comfortable, durable, they protect you, bargain price.
Weaknesses: get warm, still not crazy on colour
A year on using these pads..... terrific. Very comfortable (though do get warm in warmer weather) but overall they work excellently for the XC I do. Curious to see the previous review -I do not find the shin strap to be too long at all -just goes to show horses for course I suppose. I definitely don't have a problem with them shifting too much either. At the end of 45 mins riding, they might only have moved a centimetre if that. Maybe the difference in reviews here is to do with finding the right size for you?
Strengths: None, well... at least you think you're protected.
Weaknesses: Slip and slide constantly. Knee strap? What knee strap, oh a little stretchy piece of spandex with velcro. Shin strap? Oh, it's about to feet long. Worst design ever.
Do yourself and your knee/shins a favor and don't buy these pads. These pads constantly slip and slide while riding. If you crash, forget about it, this things will not save you. I've got the scars to prove it. The worst pads EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I only wish I could give them zero flamin chilis.
Get Roach Rally FR pads. Yeah there exspensive, but put a price on your skin and ride time.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: November 9, 2004
Strengths: cheap, light, stay in place
After a really nasty kneecapping experience, I thought it was a good idea to get some knee pads. I looked hard at reviews on this site, and eventually found some Rockgardn pads on ebay from CambriaBike for $27.
Usually I don't think it's a good idea to review products when you haven't used them much, but I was moved to review these. I'm so pleased with them -nicely designed, the plastic shells seem hardy enough, and most importantly they stay in place -possibly only slipping a 1/4 to 1/2 inch after 30 mins peddling. I even forget I'm wearing them when I do my gentle xc riding. I haven't crashed hard with them, so I am assuming the pads give decent protection (which look as though they would -and they stay in place). I would review these pads again if they gave me reason to change my mind.
Weak points? Well maybe the colour which is a light grey -I'd prefer a darker colour rather than looking like an Imperial Star trooper thanks. Also the pads are stitched onto the material, and I would think that this could make them liable to fraying, but we'll see. A bit of glue or tent sealer might help out here. Maybe they are a bit warm (but not uncomfortably so) but I'd think almost all pads are, plus I ride mtb in the winter time so that's a plus rather than a negative for me. Niggling points really.
I've given five chilis for rating -but I do know I haven't used them for a long time, but still, from what I've experienced so far I'm very satisfied. I'd recommend for xc as they stay in place when cycling.
a Cross Country Rider
from Mount Kisco, NY USA
Date Reviewed: September 16, 2004
Strengths: These padsfit very well and have a good amount of adjustments that I didn't expect (the top spandex that grips your thigh has two velcro sections to control). I've ridden them on three cross country rides (75-80 degrees) and I quickly forgot they were there.
Weaknesses: Make sure you order the right size, I could see ordering too big and they would strike the top of your foot.
Very well made and comfortable and they provide premium protection
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 11, 2004
Strengths: Inexpensive Fits well if you get the correct size Lightweight (19oz/pair) Packable
Weaknesses: Cheaply made (China), but hey, they were cheap Exposed stitching on hardshell won't last long Pad can't be removed from shell for washing
I have a set of CoreRat arm armor and the construction and functioning are beautiful. Needed something for the legs and wanted to see what Rockgardn was all about, so found these on eBay being sold by Cambria Bike. The price was right so I got them.
They don't compare in quality of construction to CoreRat stuff but they were 1/3 the price. I'm going to coat the exposed stitching on the shell with "Seam Grip" tent sealer to protect the threads from abrasion.
Pay attention to the sizing guide on the Rockgardn website. Measuring my massive quads put me on the borderline between Small and Medium, but the Small fits perfectly so a medium would have been too big.
Bottom line, excellent value, good protection, if I wear these out it's CoreRat next time. Enjoy.
Strengths: Since some posters obviously didn't actually use the product, tested or demo'ed only -HUH!!!, I'll give a real review of the strengths. Construction - Top notch Materials - Comfortable & durable Protection - Perfect. The cups are very strong and the strpas do a great job of holding everything in place in a crash. Fit is great. However, keep in mind that everyone is different and no armour can fit everyone perfectly. Customer Service - Top notch. The guys at RG tell it like it is and keep it real. Even if it doesn't benefit them. No BS.
Weaknesses: Doesn't clean itself?? Doesn't protect against stupidity. It's armour people, not a replacement for intellegence. Use your brains.
The bottom line is ROCKGARDN is about as core to MTB as you can get. Which shows in the quality & design of the products they keep releasing, it just keeps getting better. On top of that the CS is exceptional,working real hard to make sure your completely satisfied. I've been using they're products for years and have never had an issue. For the money you pay you simply cannot get a better product, if anything I feel like I'm robbing the company.
Bike Setup: 03 BIG HIT XXXprt & 03 Monster T w/ Kenda Tires and PUSH'd Vanilla RC.
a Cross Country Rider
from Dallas, TX
Date Reviewed: June 26, 2004
Strengths: While most of these reviews are positive, I can only say this product is better than nothing. The build quality is simply "okay."
Weaknesses: Poor design compared to what similarly priced competing products offer in terms of protection. Specifically, this product offers no protection to the sides of your kneecap, and I was concerned that the knee guard would easily slide to one side in the event of a hard crash. You have to put your foot through the lycra section, which is also easily damaged by velcro sticking to it.
I ordered these based on the good reveiws here on MTBR, but I was very disappointed with the fit and quality of the product. The straps and plastic sections are poor quality, and the knee sections seem as if they would easily move to one side during a crash. They looked a lot better in the pictures.
I ordered new Roach pads and was blown away by their quality when I received them. They fit so much better, they look better, easier to put on and they offer all the protection I had been looking for. Bottom line- don't buy the Rockgardn pads when you can go for a better product at the same price.
Weaknesses: No calve coverage just in case you get smacked by the pedal.
This product fit well and provided more than enough protection. I believe it saved me from a broken leg (shin) by looking at the marks on the shell. I forgot I was wearing them after a few minutes of hard technical riding.
Bike Setup: Stock 04 Kona Stinky, Stock C'Dale Jekyll 2000
a Weekend Warrior
from Keizer, OR, USA!!
Date Reviewed: May 5, 2004
Strengths: First and foremost: CUSTOMER SERVICE!! Very comfortable. Good absorbtion of the hits. Solid protection from the bottom of shin to above the knee cap. Not too hot during ride.
Weaknesses: Feels like putting on a pair of pantyhose...could be a strength if you like that kinda stuff.
Let me start out by saying that Mark (at RockGardn) is the Man! He is very concerned with Quality Assurance and wants his customers to have only the best equipment. I had one issue that he took care of immediately that far exceeded my expectations. He is an all around great guy!
As for the shin/knee guards, they are very comfortable and don't get too hot. I haven't had them too long, but I spent a day riding with them in 85 degree weather taking jumps and drops to flats. You really don't notice them much after riding for a few minutes. They stay where they are supposed to be! Very good quality.
Get these if you have shin shredding pedals, jump, take drops or travel at anything above low speeds on downhills. Don't get these if you don't have legs.
When I step up to body armor I will definitely be getting the RockGardn Flak Jacket. I know that the quality will be solid and customer support will be there when needed.
Now, if I can only get Mark to design an AirFrame jock strap to take care of the jiggly bits!
Strengths: They stay where there suppose to stay. There new design is awesome. The top strap is sweet it goes up the leg more and adds a more protection than other pads. They just fit really good and comfortable. There really light and you don't even notice you have them on...I use them for Freeriding And DH these pads are sweet.
I'm very comfotable with these pads. I feel no restriction's. These pads rule for the price you can't beat it. They don't slide down like other's and stay where there suppose to stay on your knee's. Check Rockgardn out they have just about everything for body armor. They have new googles and gloves that are very sweet. In 2004 I'll have all the Rockgardn gear. This company is sweet there customer service alone is awesome. They just offer great protection.