Troy Lee Designs
KG 5450 Knee/Shin Guard Guard $75.00
Item # TLD0266
The shin bone's connected to the knee bone.
Integrated knee/shin guards are notoriously bad about staying put. No matter how much adjusting you do on the chairlift, they are usually down around your ankles by the time you're two turns into your run. The good folks at Troy Lee Designs recognized this problem and decided to put a stop to it once and for all. The KG 5450 Knee/Shin Guard is cool and comfortable. Best of all, it stays where you want it.
TLD designed the KG 5450 Knee/Shin Guard with comfort as the very top priority.
Troy Lee's X-FIT system uses a wraparound sleeve to keep the pad in place.
Unlike bulky straps, this sleeve moves with the body for a natural feel. The
main body is constructed primarily of stretch mesh in places that don't see a
whole lot of impact and a rugged woven Aramid material in high-abrasion areas.
The stretch mesh fabric allows air to flow freely through the pad to keep you
dry and cool, and also keeps the weight down. The KG 5450 also incorporates
Vent-Trak channels that move air over the skin to reduce heat and perspiration.
The brunt of most impacts is taken by the internal knee and shin caps that are
designed to stay close to your leg for a natural feel and comfortable flex.
Surrounding the pads is TLD's Strata foam, which moves naturally with the body
while it protects so it doesn't feel like it's binding. Inside, silicone
grippers keep the sleeve in place so it doesn't slide around uncomfortably
while you ride.
The Troy Lee Designs KG 5450 Knee/Shin Guard comes in Black and is available in sizes XS,
S, M, and L.
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
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I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
All I am going to say is buy em, they are totally worth it. Like everyone said size down. I went with my normal size and they are a little big, but my size was not in stock, they moved around and shifted a little while riding but never came off my knee. I rode with them on for 5 miles uphill and they are pretty breathable, and I really like that. When I reached the DH I took a small fall and they did shift off my knee a little bit but took the brunt of them impact, fully impressed, and can't wait till my size is in stock.
I recently destroyed a pair of knee and shin pads I owned after taking a hard crash over shooting the landing of a jump. Knowing I needed new pads I decided to try these out. So far they have been awesome and have held up really well. The materials are tough and show no signs of wear even after a few good falls in them. I love how easy they are to get in and out of and they are low profile enough to be worn under pants when the weather turns chilly. The padding is not bulky but certainly protects from impact. If you are unsure what size to buy, I suggest going down in size, I measured 14.2 on the mid-calf and am 5'10" 165 lbs and the medium is barely tight enough. The small may have been the better fit but these still stay in place and have not moved around while pedaling. I recommend these to anyone wanting great protection that does not break the bank account.
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I bought these along with the elbow guards from TLD, and I'm very thankful. I took two spills and had no injuries. Slightly sore, but for the money it's much better than introducing your joints into nature at 25-30 MPH if you take a spill.
I got a size Large and the fit is snug, (227lbs, 5'11", wear XL leg warmers, big legs) they didn't slip at all while I was wearing them. Putting them on, you've got to be careful as not to rush and pull them up into place, you don't want to rip the stitching of the elastic fabrics.
They're very flexible and didn't cause any discomfort. The elastic fabric grabs onto your thigh and calves, so it leaves the popliteal area (the spot behind your knee cap) open for movement and air. I wore these all day, did very minimal adjusting, didn't slide down or move much when I too a spill, had no problems pedaling; very comfortable.
You'll look like a ninja while wearing them. Ladies love it when you look like you're gonna drop down from the roof and stealth attack some mofo like a pro. Even some dude commented while I was on the lift. He said "This guys looks like he's ready to tear shhhiiii- up!"
These do seem to run a little large. I'm 6' 180 lbs so I originally ordered large but they were way too loose. Swapped them for medium and they fit me perfect. Oddly, the large EG 5550 elbow gaurds fit fine.
Anyway, nice design, solid construction, and quality materials. Theses knee guards are very comfortable. Haven't had the chance to put them to the test with a crash yet, but its only a matter of time.
Coming from the burlier TLD T-bone knee/shin guard, which after five years of abuse are worn out, I find these to be the perfect blend of toughness, light weight and good coverage. Unlike the T-bone guard which would slide down until I started sweating, these stay put on my legs from the start of the ride and really stay put as I start to sweat. I have only crashed once in these so far, a relatively low-speed low-side on soft dirt, and they stayed in place and showed no signs of damage. They take machine-washing well, unlike the T-bones which degraded over the years with each washing. They seem a little warm at the start of the ride, but after a minute or two, you don't even notice them. I have ridden close to 100 miles in these and there are no issues with rubbing, hot-spots or ill-fit. They are sized quite large, so go down one size - I am 5' 10" and 165 # and I usually wear a size Large, but these were too large for me in that size, and even for my son-in-law who is 6' 2" and 195 #, so I am using Mediums and they fir well - not too tight . Highly recommend these if you ride in rocky terrain and want unobtrusive protection with good coverage during the ride.