Best Knee Guards-- Opinions

I was riding yesterday & crossing a man-made river bed that was a little slimy I guess.  The bike slid out when I hit power band & ate it on my left knee, & nothing else.  Well my knee is swollen as a mother & I'm hoping it's not a fractured kneecap.  So this puts into perspective for me, maybe I should get some riding protection gear.

 

In everyone's opinion, what are some good knee guards that aren't really expensive (broke college kid problems).  & what are some problems you have with wearing them.  Pros & Cons.

 

Thanks!

the fox knee guards are really comfy and they're only $20-30

Well it depends on how much you want to spend really. I had a post on this subject about 3 weeks ago. I hope this sheds some light on the subject for you. Most of the shops in my area are sold out for the season so i am waiting to spring to try a few pairs on before buying. My top 4 though is Leatt, Fox, Thor, and the Fly.

 

http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/1044051-100-or-less-knee-guards-whats-good-and-why/

 

And the post before mine was...

 

http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/1042083-anyone-wear-knee-guards-not-knee-braces/

I got some Thor Force Knee guards.

 

Pros: 

I find them quit comfy, dont slide down or anything on me.

Pretty decent price.

 

Cons:

The knee joint system is a bit thick and can make the whole brace turn slightly on ur knee which can be annyoing.

 

Other then that I would recommend going with the knee guard that looks most like a knee brace for most protection, and also added comfort.

EVS Vision and EVS Epic looks pretty good. 

I got some Thor Force Knee guards.

 

Pros: 

I find them quit comfy, dont slide down or anything on me.

Pretty decent price.

 

Cons:

The knee joint system is a bit thick and can make the whole brace turn slightly on ur knee which can be annyoing.

 

Other then that I would recommend going with the knee guard that looks most like a knee brace for most protection, and also added comfort.

EVS Vision and EVS Epic looks pretty good. 

I do like the EVS Epic but apparently it didn't get good reviews, but it looks like it's got good coverage.

& I like the idea of the floating knee guard & it having the movement with hinges.  

 I was also looking at the EVS SC05 Nitro Circus ones but now I don't even know.  :(

I figured if the Nitro Circus team wears them they're good enough hahah but then again I'm not a pro.

Edited by justineee

So what did u end up getting??

You don't need to spend big bucks to get significant protection against getoffs like you had. You having wised up to the good idea of wearing knee guards, I hope means you've also wised up to the need of wearing elbow guards too, if you don't already.

Not being proactive with your riding protective gear is painful and much more expensive than having spent the money on and wearing the gear in the first place.

Being a college kid that can't afford to buy and wear protective gear means you can't afford to ride.

Edited by Trailryder42

I use evs gliders.

I am in the market for braces as well. I haven't had any braces for MX but I did have a knee brace before. I blew out my knee in a race when I was 16. After surgery and recovery insurance covered a knee brace. I had to go through tests, and a specialist took measurements to make me a custom brace. It wasn't a CTI or EVS but it was a big name in sports. Apparently it's the same brace all of the Bills and Sabers used when they had knees rebuilt. I used it a while but it never felt right. After riding the back of my knee was all torn up from rubbing weird. I have no idea why but it always happened and it hurt. I tried sleeves and different configurations, but it still tore the back of my knee to shreds. I don't know, but I would hope the actual MX braces work better. They are designed differently, so I hope they are better.

I just wanted to share my knee brace experience. Especially since I stopped wearing it after a while. Get something good, and get something comfortable.

You don't need to spend big bucks to get significant protection against getoffs like you had. You having wised up to the good idea of wearing knee guards, I hope means you've also wised up to the need of wearing elbow guards too, if you don't already.

Not being proactive with your riding protective gear is painful and much more expensive than having spent the money on and wearing the gear in the first place.

Being a college kid that can't afford to buy and wear protective gear means you can't afford to ride.

I work & go to college, so i can afford 30-60$ knee guards not a $100+ pair.

 

So what did u end up getting??

I didn't order any yet because my bike is being rebuilt & I'm still recovering.

But I'm going to order the: 

EVS SC05 Knee Guards

http://www.2wheelpros.com/evs-sc05-knee-guards-2362078.html?16370-nitro-circus-medium&gclid=CM-lpt6C97kCFQie4AoddS4ATA

Something to do the job but nothing crazy.

I have a similiar design knee guard [MSR Reflex] I was wearing when I fell backwards head over heels off a 15 foot rock I was trying to climb. I had no knee issues because the guards did their job. My new bike did not fair so well though.  I looked at the guards after the fall which I wear undr my pants and they had a couple marks on them from that fall. I paid $67 for them at my local dealer. I am sure one could find them for $60-62 online. 

 I bought a pair of Thor Force knee guards when they first came out many years ago and never had an injury from any of the falls i had while riding with them on also.  Both of these guards are the shin/knee/upper thigh design.  Never can have too much protection.

Edited by bigbore2

I got some Thor Force Knee guards.

 

Pros: 

I find them quit comfy, dont slide down or anything on me.

Pretty decent price.

 

Cons:

The knee joint system is a bit thick and can make the whole brace turn slightly on ur knee which can be annyoing.

 

Other then that I would recommend going with the knee guard that looks most like a knee brace for most protection, and also added comfort.

EVS Vision and EVS Epic looks pretty good. 

 

 

Got a few rides on my new pair of these. Like them a lot and they have saved my knees a few times already. Also stopped the nice bruise I was getting on the inside of my knees from gripping the tank.

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