A good pair of knee pads can make or break a day’s riding and can certainly ruin more than just the day if they don’t do their job properly. In this day in age we’ve become pretty complacent with brands offering great kit across the board, which inevitably makes shopping for new kit that little bit more challenging with so much to choose from. While some brands follow existing designs and ideas, some hit the drawing board and create new ones…
Some brands really brake the mould and some brands actually make the mould in the first place. TLD do the latter and the new KG 5450 Knee/Shin Pads certainly follow on from where they started, six years ago with their now benchmark, T-Bone pads.
The knee cup is made from a hard, but flexible plastic surrounded by foam to add extra protection around the knee cap. On the inside, TLD have used a gripper style print, similar to what you have on the braking fingers of your gloves, to help keep the pads where they need to be. Construction seems to be of the usual high standard, so no worries there and these are still looking shop fresh after a few trips through the machine on the cold cycle.
I was pretty excited to finally get my hands on these, but I was also concerned that my hopes of an awesome product would be dashed upon finally taking these out into the field. Troy Lee’s T-Bones and Fox’s Launch pads are pretty much where I am with knee protection; comfortable, tough and easy on the eye, but to be honest, the 5450′s have really blown me away.
They’re comfy, light, well priced, look awesome and will certainly help protect your important knees if you fall off your bike – so what are you waiting for? Troy Lee Designs products are exclusively distributed in the UK by Fisher Outdoor Leisure and CI Sport. Big thanks to the team at Race Spec for supplying the pads in this review.
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