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The Best Knee Guards I've Ever Worn

My old Knee Guards were thrown away after I crashed hard last week - the old shin pads somewhat protected my knees; however, their plastic caps on the knee completely shattered upon impact. After 6 years with the same pads, it was clearly time to upgrade before I really got wrecked.

I tried on a number of different pads, including the Fox Racing Launch, Dainese Revolution and the TLD Lopes'. While all three felt good, the Troy Lee Designs Lopes Signature Knee Guard were the best fitting pads out of the bunch. The neoprene sleeve that comes with them is supportive, protective and most importantly, keeps them in place and off your mind while riding. I used them at Deer Valley today and couldn't be happier with my decision. It was 95 F degrees and the Lopes' vented well - don't worry about the neoprene sleeve making your legs too warm, they actually wick the sweat away from your skin. It wasn't until after my 4th lap that I had to readjust the velcro straps (which fit nice and snug out of the box, leaving a lot of room for them to stretch without getting too big). I highly recommend these pads for DH, Trail Riding, Slopestyle and/or 4x - they are top notch!