FLY RACING PRIZM
Tech features: Fly racing Prizm pads use
Kevlar padded front panels, an innovative lacing
system and an open-back design. The Prizm’s
lacing system consists of a pull string that sits
around the upper calf. The pull string, along with
silicon grippers at the top, bottom and on the
knees, is designed to keep the pads from slipping.
Prizm kneepads are right- and left-side specific
and have tough and durable stitching. Prizm pads
can be yours for $85.
Field test results: Fly’s Prizm kneepads felt
stout and robust as soon as we pulled them on.
The lacing system worked well, cinching the pads
to our knees, and the silicon grippers added support. We did notice these pads were the shortest
on top compared to other test pads. This meant
the bottoms of our shorts didn’t always reach the
top of the pads while we were pedaling. It wasn’t
a deal breaker, but it bothered a few of our test
riders. Overall, Fly’s Prizm kneepads offer great
protection for trail rippers and still provide riders
with good mobility to pedal back up the hill.
Overall score: 12
Tech features: Slayer kneepads use CE-certified
DK impact foam and offer a low-profile package for
all-day pedaling. The pads are right- and left-side
specific and utilize a pre-curved ergonomic design.
We liked the polygiene odor control materials, and
the low price of $65 was something we were all
Field test results: Dakine offers a simple and
classic-looking kneepad that works well. It is lightweight and flexible, and the cutaway in the back
prevented the sleeves from bunching. Dakine didn’t go
crazy with retention systems. The pads just have a single
silicone ring around the tops of the sleeves. Our test riders
didn’t seem to notice these pads moving at all. They weren’t
the most breathable of the group, but they made up for it by
offering worthy protection and good value.
Overall score: 13
Check yourself before
you wreck yourself: When
blasting through rock gardens at high speeds, the
last thing we want to do is
hit the deck. Unfortunately,
these moments happen, and
when they do, you’ll be glad
you took the time to protect