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Ian K.

Ian K.

Ian K.

Ian K.wrote a review of on August 31, 2015

5 5

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

A couple months ago, I stuffed a front tire going down a steep and rocky descent. I went over the bars, broke a couple ribs, and lost a good amount of flesh from the tops of my knees. It was in this moment that I was reminded that I'm getting too old to take this kind of abuse and that it was silly to not wear knee pads of some sort.

Unfortunately, I can't get any less old, but I could easily remedy the knee protection.

I bought these with little to no knowledge on what I was getting. I wanted a "soft" knee pad that covered more than just my patella. A bulk of the professional athletes I follow use POC gear, so it just made sense.

Now that my ribs have healed and the skin has mostly grown back, I headed to the bike park to give these a go.

Pros:
- They look very nice. This may seem silly to list as a pro, but a lot of the pads I've seen people use are incredibly gaudy and don't make any sense.
- Once they're on, you barely notice them. The padding material (VPD) doesn't seem to wiggle around on your leg or rub your knees. For the most part, I forgot that I was wearing them both up hill and down hill.
- Pedal bite be gone. With the exception of one footing mistake, these pads covered far enough down my leg that they caught the pedal every time I slipped one. No signs of distress or wear from those pedal bites.
- They do not budge. Maybe it's because I'm on the top end of the "large" size, but they did not budge during the first couple hours of riding (more on that below).

Cons
- Poor ventilation. I could definitely feel the heat in these. I understand that this is part of the design though, and it wasn't terrible...just sweaty.
- They don't like going on sweaty legs. During a whiskey and burger break, I pulled the pads down to allow my legs some time to "breath." Unfortunately, I learned that once they got sweat on the bands, they had a difficult time staying in place. The pads that hadn't moved all day now needed to be adjusted at the end of every run. It's still not a deal breaker for me, but it's good to know going forward.

Overall, I absolutely love these pads and plan on adding the matching elbow pads to my kit in the next short while. It's always better to have them and not need them than it is to need them and not have them.

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Ian K.

Ian K.wrote a review of on August 20, 2015

5 5

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

While I can't comment on the functionality of the shorts, yet, I figured it was somewhat prudent to review the size and fit since those seem to be the general theme of every other review.

First, I think it's worth pointing out that these shorts are adjustable.

Using a measuring tape and some guess work, I believe that the sizing uses the smallest possible waist size instead of the largest. This may be why some are struggling with finding the right size. For the most part, this is backwards to every other short on the market that I have come across. The 38 is a 38 when the velcro straps are done all the way tight. It's closer to a 40 when the straps are undone.

This is absolutely perfect since every other "XL" or "38" short that I've tried did not come anywhere near fitting me, even though most of my trousers have a 38" waist. These shorts are snug when tightened with the velcro, but give me room to expand, which means they'll still fit when spring comes around and I need to burn off my hibernation gut.

They're also mega comfy and the vents seems to be very useful. I wore them to the office the other day (mostly to show off) and I was surprised at how much of a difference the vents made at walking speed. They may be a little short for someone of my height, but that's par for the course.

We're headed to the bike park next week and I can't wait to give them a full shake down.

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