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Save your skin.

Sometimes hard pads are overkill, but you still want something between your skin and the ground. Enter the Alpinestars Paragon Knee Guards, a pair of lightweight, breathable, and flexible sleeves that will save your skin without interfering with your pedaling. Made of pre-shaped stretch mesh, the Paragons move as you do without causing sweat to build up, while soft CE-certified pads add a lightweight layer of impact protection. Flat seams prevent irritation, and the elastic cuffs and internal silicone print keep the Paragon from sliding around while you climb, descend, and get generally radical.

Tech Specs

mesh, Lycra
elastic cuff
Protection Area:
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
21 days

Size chart


Knee & Shin Guards
Knee Circumference
(10cm above knee)
15.4 - 16.5in
(39 - 42cm)
16.5 - 17.7in
(42 - 45cm)
17.7 - 18.9in
(45 - 48cm)
18.9 - 19.7in
(48 - 50cm)
Calf Circumference 12.6 - 13.8in
(32 - 35cm)
13.8 - 15.0in
(35 - 38cm)
15.0 - 16.1in
(38 - 41cm)
16.1 - 16.9in
(41 - 43cm)
Knee Circumference
(10cm above knee)
15.4 - 17.7in
(39 - 45cm)
17.7 - 19.7in
(45 - 50cm)
Calf Circumference 12.6 - 15.0in
(32 - 38cm)
15.0 - 16.9in
(38 - 43cm)

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Good, durable, confortable pads

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I bought a pair of these last year. They're comfortable and durable. I've had quite a few crashes while wearing them and I was glad I had them on. Late this year I noticed the pads were getting pretty worn and torn. One reason for this was crashing, but the bigger reason was that I had mediums and needed large (the mesh was tearing because they were too tight). I recently ordered a new, large pair and I'm very happy with them. I wear them every time I think I might need them. Better safe than sorry.

My go-to knee pads

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Comfortable knee and elbow protection that’s great for trail riding. I don’t need to stuff these in a pack for the climb and only put them on for the descent, I’m happy to put them on for the whole trail ride as they feel fine when climbing. Plenty of silicone grip strips keep these in place. No need for buckles or straps, just slide them on and hit the trail.

My go-to knee pads

Comfortable, cool and cost effective

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked these up after a gnarly wreck that knocked me out for a few weeks. For the money, these have done wonders. They're really comfortable, were cool through the middle of summer and helped my confidence a ton. Then when I had a similar wreck a few weeks later, I bounced a bit, climbed back on and finished my ride without issue. Definitely recommend

Comfortable, cool and cost effective

What size knee pads are you wearing in your photo?

Sizing is a little off

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I like these pads, they're lightweight but have a substantial pad on the knee cap. Like most people who have reviewed this knee pad, I had to try a few before figuring out the correct size, it is smaller than I'd wear in other brands. Once you get the right size, these are great!

According to the guidelines, I'm right at the edge between medium and large. Any thoughts on which direction to go??

Hey Ryan,

Personally I would go with the medium if I was right in between. Tighter will stay in place better. If you get both to compare reach out to me directly and I will pay for your return shipping cost.

work well

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Light, comfortable. Sizing is perhaps a bit big. Crashed wearing them a couple of weeks ago and they did a nice job protecting. I will climb with them on, which I never would do in my heavier-duty pads.

Great knee pads - check size

    I checked the size chart of the alpine stars website: and was really glad I did. As someone who often orders XL in everything I ordered medium in these based on measurement. Glad I did. The protection matrix allows a lot of air flow keeping your knees cool. It been hot lately here in Durango and the paragon have been quite comfortable. Good value at this price. I got the yellow sticking option, and even though I am loath to use the term, they look dope.

    Good medium duty protection

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I ride year round and wanted a pad that was not to hot in the summer, but offered good protection for trail riding. My previous pads were the gel style that were suppose to harden on impact. Unfortunately, they slid down during a crash and took some skin off my knee. I have yet to have a problem with heat or crash protection with these. I like the fact that they are actually built to a CE-certified standard. Size wise, the size chart was spot on for me. My only real gripe is that they cannot be washed in a wash machine. I have found the best way to clean them is to wash them under a warm shower head using a liquid body wash, or shampoo. While these won't be a good choice for down hill, they work well for trail, or hard XC.

    Trail Rider's Protectors

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I'm a long-time XC style rider, and have been reluctant in the past to wear baggy shorts, let alone body armor. But after a few crashes early this season, I decided I was tired of losing skin to the trail, and riding days to recovery from minor injuries. I wanted pads that were light, cool, and not too spendy. The Alpinestars Paragon Knee Guards fir the bill nicely. I ordered the large based on the size chart, and the fit is spot on. they stay in place for the entire ride, ventilate pretty well on the climb and much better on the descent, and generally stay unobtrusive. Of course now that I'm wearing knee guards I haven't had any serious crashes, but I'm able to get a little more aggressive in the turns without worrying so much about sliding out. These would not be right for heavy duty use, but for my purposes they are just right.

    Get the job done. Light and cool.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    If you are looking for a light duty knee guard this could be the ticket. Easy on and off. They are not overly hot. Most of the time I forget they are there. I have gone down in them a couple of times and the protection was adequate.

    The only drawback is they don't always stay in place. There are times when I have to hike them back up. Typically there is only one adjustment per ride it seems. I

    Confidence booster

      These are good for light XC riding and when you don't expect to crash. They don't get that warm either. I'd say these are made for very low speed crashes, or just basically getting stuck in your pedal clips and embarrassingly tipping over. I might even use these in the winter under my snow pants for riding park.

      If you wake up and generally say to yourself, "I'm going to push limits today," get something else. I've crashed at a high rate of speed in these- they slipped up when I tumbled and now I have a nice little scar on my right knee. Since then I've upgraded to sturdier knee guards for the way I ride

      Will these work with/fit under a cti brace?

      I used CTI braces, when I rode MX. It seems like the knee pad section would be too big/bulky to fit under the braces. You'd have to order the Paragons, try 'em, and go from there.