Troy Lee Designs KGL5450 Knee/Shin Guard
Integrated Lycra® low-compression zones in a strapless, tapered elastic sleeve with no-slip internal grip zones. Constructed with rugged woven Aramid material to resist abrasion.
o Shock Doctor technology
o X-FIT™ integrates a wraparound supporter on elastic mesh sleeve for unparalleled comfort and fit with out bulky straps
o Strata foam articulates with complex body zones while providing impact protection
o Vent-trak moves air through flexible channels over skin surface to cool the athlete
o Mesh construction provides airflow and lightweight design
o Internal knee cap provides high-impact protection with a close, comfortable fit
o Shin Guard extends protection from the internal high-impact knee cap for enhanced low profile protection
I don't ride without knee protection any longer and vary my protection from full knee shin plastic outer shell in the winter (bulky) to basic tech. gel knee only minimalist protection in the summer (limited protection). The TLD 5450 Knee/Shin protectors are IMO the best compromise of the two extremes, they offer good protection in the front, limited on the sides but too much is not always a good thing when my riding style is AM/XC focused.
Fit: The TLD 5450's are extremely comfortable, and they stay in place with no adjustment required. That is a first for me. They have a thin plastic shell under the material to protect the knee and upper shin that is not bomb proof and inflexible, but rather just right! I have taken a couple minor spills and they have been superb.
I would highly recommend to AM/XC riders who are seeking good knee and upper shin protection and who like to ride without having to fiddle with their gear and are not seeking the bulky protection and inflexibility of C3PO.
Lastly, I would recommending ordering one size down I am 6'2" 195 with average legs for my size and sized a large but purchased a medium based on others recommendations and they are spot on. PS I rated 4 stars simply due to the sizing issue. Cheers!
PROS: Stylish, Durable, Lightweight, Breathable
It fits perfectly and does not slip or move around while pedaling. When taking it off, make sure you pull it from the aramid area to avoid over stretching of the lycra and damaging the stitches.
It is my go to knee/shin protection at any given trail day and I will still purchase another set when my current ones can no longer serve its purpose.
PROS: Breathable, Dries Quickly, Windproof, Durable, Lightweight, Stylish
PROS: Lightweight, Dries Quickly
CONS: Bad Material/Stitching, Poor Fit
PROS: Lightweight, Versatile, Durable
PROS: Comfortable, Good sizefit, Lightweight
I have tried 661 Kyle Strait knee guards and 661 Evo d3o. Both are not as good. They tend to drop down and become obstructing after few cycles.
TLD's material are much better... and it feels good. It stays on your leg as I am using the one with knee and shin guard.
PROS: Don't get torn easily, Slim Design, Durable, -Light weight, -Fit snugly, -better than 661 d3o, -They don't drop down
CONS: Taking off not as easy, None that I can think
BEST USES: all mountain, Comes with shin guard
PROS: Stays Put, Looks great, No chaffage, Great Fit
BEST USES: XC, Trail riding
PROS: Lightweight, Versatile, Durable
CONS: A bit short
PROS: Confortable, Good price, Not bulky, stays in place, Covered back of leg
PROS: Lightweight, Breathable
Knee cups stay in place even in long periods of pedalling. Most of the time you forget it's there until its time to take it off.
Just follow the size chart and you're good to go!
PROS: Light, Priced right, breathable, Shin protection, Solid Cups Dont Rotate
CONS: None so far
BEST USES: Am, XC, All Day Pedalling
PROS: Stylish, Comfortable, Durable, Lightweight, Dries Quickly
PROS: No straps, Comfortable, Slip on, Not bulky, Slim
CONS: None so far
BEST USES: Trail, all mountain
6 months ago
PROS: Not bulky, Looks great, Very Comfortable, Don't slide down
CONS: Not much shin coverage
As for fit i do have quite large thighs BUT i did take the advice on these reviews and went for a medium and they fit real well. I am by no means overweight, 5,10 195 pounds. The mediums fit perfect. Defo go a size down!
PROS: Lightweight, Seemless, Breathable, Stylish
CONS: Bad Material/Stitching
BEST USES: Wet Weather, Mountain Biking, Cold Weather
The wrap around the back of the leg and shin is AWESOME protection for pedal bite!!
PROS: Lightweight, Windproof, Stylish, Breathable, Dries Quickly, Durable
BEST USES: Wet Weather, Cold Weather, Mountain Biking
PROS: Looks good, Knee to shin protection, Lightweight stows easy, Comfortable fit no sag, Not bulky, Reasonably Priced
CONS: No size larger than large
This is my first pair of MTB armor. Other than the sizing, seems to work nicely. I haven't tested them in 70+ F yet.
11 months ago
As for fall protection, I have yet to really find out ho well they work, but by feeling the material and ample padding they have, I'm not too worried about how well I'll be protected, but I might be a little worried about the way the pad looks after a crash since the fabric is on the exterior with no hard shell to protect it.
Fitting is a little big, so go one size smaller than on the sizing chart.
PROS: Looks good, Comfortable, Lightweight
PROS: Stylish, Durable
PROS: Not too hot, Comfortable, Light
CONS: Have To Pull On Carefully
CONS: Rubs hair off your leg around grip areas
BEST USES: Cross Country, Casual Trails, Single Track
Not sure if i will be confident enough to run a full DH season in these as i bail once in a while. But i will try.
PROS: Lightweight, Super Fit, Confortable, No pressure point
CONS: Average protection
BEST USES: XC, Light DH, Freeride
I have fallen a couple times with them on, but ended up with bruises under the pretty small shin pad bit. There's no side padding.
It took me a little while to figure out positioning, and I was riding with them too high. I pushed them down a touch, and it was much more comfortable.
I kind of wish I could go back and spring for the POC pads, and I definitely wish I could take them off and on without taking off my shoes.
PROS: Not too hot, Good Looking
CONS: Have To Remove Shoes
BEST USES: XC, Trail, MTB
Riding Down Hill and free ride i am always finding myself pulling them back into place. XC and light riding they seem to do ok. I have found they take the impact great but if you slide much on them they tend to slide right off leaving no protection. I also think the shin guard and fore arm pad are on the short side.
I think my biggest problem with them is putting them on and taking them off. I like to wear pants for DH and Freeride and i either have to take my pants off to put them on or try to roll my pant legs up high enough to get them on and try to get my pants back over them. You can not wear them on the out side very well at all. When putting them on and off you have to be carefull where you pull on them or they will rip.
They fit awesome and you cant even tell they are there. So i think i will give these to my wife wich she likes them alot, they work great for her riding.
PROS: Very durrable, Lightweight, Comfortable
CONS: Difficult to Remove, Difficult to get on, Shins not all protected, They dont stay in place
BEST USES: Light riding, XC
PROS: Comfortable, Lightweight
CONS: Poor Construction, Wears Out Quickly
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