7 of Best Knee Pads for Mountain Bikers

Knee bumps and scrapes are inevitable in MTB, so keep yours well protected

It’s going to happen in mountain biking, but falling off and making mistakes is all part of the fun. Getting muddy, slapped in the face with branches and kicking up those stones are the risks we take when we shred those gnarly trails.

It’s important to take care of your body though, and having effective protection is key for a safe and comfortable ride… and fall. There’s nothing worse than coming off the bike, cutting your leg, or worse – breaking it. An injury like this could put you out of action for weeks, even months.

So we’ve rounded up the best knee protection for all mountain trail riders…


Highly acclaimed and arguably the best brand for body armour is POC sports. From their extensive range of protection, we’ve chosen the VPD knee pads which are suitable for all mountain and downhill riding.

The slip-on design has silicone cuffs as well as a loop and lock Velcro system, so these bad boys aren’t going anywhere. Don’t be deceived by the soft feel and bendiness of the pad itself, because these POC VPD’s are hard-wearing, and they can take a good bashing on the trails.

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large

Available here for £70


IXS Flow

A popular choice for many mountain bikers, especially the women, are the lightweight and compact IXS Flow knee pads.

Similar to the POC VPD’s, the Flow pads are soft and bendy but they are able to withstand multiple impacts and a great deal of shock. These are a personal favourite owing to their slimmer profile and mesh fabric which allows for maximum breathability.

Silicone cuffs grip the leg securely, enhanced by the loop and lock Velcro strap across the bottom of the cuff.

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large

Available here for £45


Fox Launch Enduro Knee Pad 2016

The new Fox Launch Enduro pads are stylish and functional for the cross-country and enduro rider.

Abrasion resistant padding around the knee joint and outer panels ensures durability for many miles of riding. The lightweight and stretchy fabric allows for a close body fit without restriction. This second-skin feel is aided with silicone cuffs to keep these pads in place.

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large

Colour: Red and Black

Available here for £50


Troy Lee Designs KG5400

Troy Lee Designs have some brilliant body armour for the all mountain trail rider, and the KG5400 are no exception with their Shock Doctor technology.

The KG5400 have close wraparound fit which offers the joint support in all the right areas to make them comfortable and protective. The mesh fabric allows for maximum airflow and moisture control on those hot days, whilst the dense foam padding provide ample impact protection.

Sizes: Extra Small, Small, Medium, Large

Available here for £44


Bluegrass Wapiti D30

From the award winning MET Helmets comes Bluegrass Eagle protection which continue to offer stylish and highly protective bike armour for the most gnarly of riders.

The new Wapiti D30 knee pads don’t just look great, they are great. Equipped with the silicone cuffs, and Velcro upper cuff lock, these pads stay right where you need them to. However, the full length zipper is a God send when at the end of a muddy wet ride.

They have a strong protective shell for high impacts, encased in durable Kevlar fabric and air meshing for that all important moister and odour control.

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large

Available here for £110


Race Face Charge

These super lightweight and easy to pack knee protectors are the perfect partner for those long cross-country trail days, or even those quick cycle path wanders.

Race Face’s second skin technology allows the Charge Knee guards to feel as if you’re not wearing anything at all. These are ideal for guarding yourself against those pesky branches and chippings that can cause nicks and grazes to the skin.

Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, Extra Extra Large

Available here for £26

Dainese Trail Skins

The all encompassing sport brand Dainese is a UK based company providing quality products for a variety of high impact sports, especially MTB.

The Trail Skins are constructed from super lightweight materials making them comfortable and breathable without any restriction. The impact protective pads are 7mm thick and coupled with elasticised and silicone bearing cuffs, reinforced with straps.

Sizes Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large

Colours: Black, Black/Red, Black/Yellow and Blue

Available here for £50

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