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Fox Racing Launch Enduro Knee Guards

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Low-profile protection.

If you want some added protection for your knees, and you don’t want to give up your pedaling efficiency, the Fox Launch Enduro Knee Guards have your name written all over them. They’re more substantial than a knee warmer, with an abrasion-resistant soft pad that shrugs off the vast majority of crashes. And with their unrestricted, pre-curved sleeve, you can pedal with minimal energy lost, unlike the burlier gravity-oriented options you may have tried before.

The Launch Enduro pad starts out with a perforated neoprene sleeve, which helps to lock the pad in place for the duration of your ride. The back of the knee has a dense mesh panel, which helps to fight bunching, and frees up your legs when it’s time to spin. The soft knee pad has an abrasion-resistant shell, which enhances durability. And the pre-curved shape means that you won’t waste excess energy pedaling with restrictive pads.

The Fox Launch Enduro Knee Guards are available in four sizes, from Small to X-Large, and in the color Black.

  • A lightweight mountain bike pad for emergency XC ejections
  • Flexible, pre-curved sleeve accommodates saddle-bound legs
  • Perforations provide a touch of breathability

Tech Specs

Material:
perforated neoprene, mesh
Closure:
pull-on
Protection Area:
knee
Recommended Use:
mountain bike

Size chart

Fox Racing

Knee and Shin Guards
S/M L/XL
Top Strap 13-18in
(33-46cm)
15-20in
(38-51cm)
Middle Strap 9-12in
(23-30cm)
10-14in
(25-36cm)
Bottom Strap 7-12in
(18-30cm)
8-12in
(20-30cm)
Length 21in
(53cm)
22in
(56cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over bare skin.
Top Strap:
Measure around your thigh directly above your knee.
Middle Strap:
Measure around the thickest part of your calf.
Bottom Strap:
Measure around your ankle.

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They Could be Better

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

They do the job. I usually keep them in my backpack and bust them out on the DH portions of the trail.

Pros: Fit well around your knees
Look pretty sick
Decent price point
Super light weight

Cons: Durability is an issue
The elastic band up top tends to slip off from your upper thigh
Stitching and the fox logo tend to wear down after only a couple rides.

For the money, they definitely do the job and are comfortable on short rides. Easily slide down from your thigh to your calf when you need them to, which is nice and fairly easy to do. Went with the XL's and could have gone with the Large's... could be a reason why I have more of an issue than most with slippage.

All in all, I would most likely try out the POC Joint VPD knee pads or the G-Form Knee pads.

They Could be Better

Surprised by the comfort

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I didn't expect these to be so comfortable while pedaling. I don't notice when I have them on. I've taken a couple falls with them and they do the job. Don't expect them to protect like a full hardshell knee pad though.

knee warmers with a little bit of paddin

    im not huge on knee pads. only when I feel like I could potentially need them(and by that I mean, I'm most likely going to crash on that ride) for my winter rides in southern Utah this winter I have been using these as "knee warmers" and they have been perfect, and to make things even better these "knee warmers" come with some extra padding! yay! win win. they fit like a glove, for your knee. a knee glove. they don't slide down or move around. I pedal in them all day and love them. honestly if I were to crash and bash the knees into some rocks I wouldn't expect them to do much but they might minimize some cuts and scratches.

    They do the job.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These kneed pads are very low profile. More like legs warmers, but a bit more durable. They are great for putting on and forgetting. If you are looking for solid downhill protection look for something else, but if you are looking for something to keep you from getting stitches or road rash from a spill these will work. You can pedal all day in them and won't be disappointed. If you only want something low-profile and to take the edge off a crash this will be perfect.

    not made to last

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    After three months of using these on most trail rides (after discovering that I invoke Murphy's law when I don't wear pads, and almost always crash and land on my knees) - three main things come to mind -

    Protection: These have definitely saved me from road rash on/around my knees on several occasions. So if that's your main objective for knee protection, and you want kneepads you can pedal in, these are probably a good choice for you. They won't do much for you if you go down HARD on your knees, or jam them against your bike frame/etc in crashes, since they don't have hard caps.

    Pedaling: You can pedal in these - I've taken to wearing them for entire trail rides, but they do get pretty hot (I don't care what anyone else says, they feel like an oven after a while)

    Quality: The quality is probably the biggest downside to these. The stitching around the pads on the knees has been coming out for a while (so I can basically wiggle my fingers between the pad and the sleeve). This is at the top of the pad so I think it's unrelated to any crashes I've had wearing them. The stitching is also coming out around the top and bottom of the legs. The rubber relief Fox logo on one of the knees has also been breaking off in pieces. Overall it just doesn't seem like these were made to last very long, and considering what they're priced at, it doesn't seem like a very solid deal.

    Better than nothing

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I bought these with high expectations. I wasn't necessarily let down by the protection, but the construction is cheap. The stitching on the sleeve that goes around your leg came undone on the first ride. I fused the frayed ends and just rolled with it. The breathe-ability is pretty good, but you will get sweaty in the Moab desert if it is greater than 90 degrees.

    comfy and not bulky

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These knee pads are great, I can wear them on the entire ride if i want to or they are small enough to stow in my pack until I'm ready to descend. Sizing is a little weird- I first ordered a Small as I would in most things but couldn't get them over my calf, and the Mediums feel a little roomy but get the job done. Highly recommend these if you want to protect your knees!

    Perfect for trail

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Have ridden these during long rides in Moab and on the front range in CO. Have not slipped down my legs yet and offer enough protection when you need them

    Avg. ride time: 1m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Perfect for Trail Rides

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    They get the job done on trail rides. I'd never in my right mind trust these on a full DH track, BUT these kill it out on trail rides where some protection is better than none.

    Only issue I've ran into: on long rides, where they get moist from sweat / weather, I've rubbed the skin off the back of the tendons behind my knee. Is it annoying? Yes. Does it happen often? No. I'd rather have a little wear and tear on the back of my knee, then shredded and bruised knee caps.

    Perfect for Trail Rides

    that is such a sweet shot, man :)

    Will these fit under a cti brace?

    They are pretty svelte, but they may create some pressure points under a brace like that

    CTI makes a knee pad that attaches to the brace. They call it the moto accessory. I recommend it. Much better than trying to fit a knee pad under the brace.

    Poor fit

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I ended up returning two different sizes of these knee pads (medium and large). The elastic was very uncomfortable and I couldn't imagine pedaling with these on. Additionally they seemed to have very minimal protection. I ended up purchasing some POC knee pads which did the job much better.

    Will keep your skin on

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These are a great lightweight pad for pedaling all day in, or keeping in your pack and putting on for the descent. The knee pad is a softer foam, not an ABS or VPD like other offerings, but whats lost in padding is gained in mobility. These are great for keeping your skin on as opposed to taking hard direct impacts..

    Why does the black have perforations for...

    Why does the black have perforations for breathing and the gray looks like there are no perforations? Are they two different types or models?

    Best Answer

    See my answer below about the knee caps ... which are also on my beefier Fox downhill pads and really help hold them snug and in place without slipping. Looks like the black is a different design and material from previous year but no longer offered. Looks somewhat better than the grey to me, but hard to know for sure. Will call Fox to see if they have any additional info.

    Is there a hard cup over the knee cap or...

    Is there a hard cup over the knee cap or is it just a soft knee pad?

    Hey krip53326,



    Thanks for your question.



    This is a soft knee pad. I hope this helps.

    The description of the black model specifically mentions the knee cap, which apparently is not offered on the newer grey design. If you look at the pictures you can clearly see the difference in design between the black, which has much better ventilation, and the grey, where the air holes are smaller and more closed. Unfortunately it appears the black model was a previous year's design and all that is available now is the grey.

    Super comfy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These are AWESOME!!! Since I live in AZ, I decided to go with the grey instead of black. I was a little concerned about getting too hot wearing them but after a while you do forget that you are wearing them. I have only ridden about 60 miles on them but my first impressions is that they are very well made, super comfortable and I do not want to ride without them. Sizing is spot on. I used the sizing chart and they are a perfect fit. No issues with range-of-motion. No bunching up behind the knee. They stay put. They conform well to your leg and actually fit better after a few rides. Easy to clean. I really love them!!! I will probably buy them again when these are worn out.

    Thanks for the review Letgo. Where did you find the sizing scale for these if you don't mind me asking? I'm seriously tempted by a pair. I'm on 5'7 but fairly stocky so I'm unsure what size to choose. Probably a medium.



    Unfortunately there's no where in north scotland seemingly stocks them so trying a pair on is no going to happen.