MSR Reflex Knee Shin Guards
inadequate knee padding
Initially thought these were really good but following an 8 day offroad ride with a couple of crashes I am not happy with them. The foam under the knee cap area is too soft and compresses on impact which means your knee hits the back of the knee protection area and leaves a bruise that is the same imprint of the channel that crosses the knee cap area. they are also awkward to walk around in since they do not straighten out. Some have said to swap left and right but when I tried that I got scratches above the knee. Try them both ways to see how they fit best. I was told the foam under the knee is memory foam, if so then that is useless for crash protection and only good for comfort.
August 28, 2014
Most of my riding is in country with lots of large rocks. I have crashed with these and they stay put and I never feel the rocks. I have had the brace stuck in the fully bent position once. I had over extended the joint and one of the overlapping "plates" stuck on another part. Pressing down on the plate that was out of place so that it slid under the other plate cured the problem. They fit nicely into my MX boot tops and are comfortable.
August 19, 2014
Great bang for the buck!
I wish these were made with size options! They fit my boyfriend well and he found them to be a lot of protection for the $. He thinks the range of motion is excellent. his only complaint is when he is straight legged they are a bit uncomfortable on the shins.
June 9, 2014
Decent, but not what I was expecting
As always Revzilla got the product to me quick and it perfect condition. The only downside I can tell from this product so far is it is huge! I saw reviews where people said they could wear them under jeans and with boots, but that isn't the case for me. They come down to about 2 inches above my running shoes so I doubt I could wear boots with them, and as far as wearing them under jeans it isn't going to happen. I'm guessing I'm a lot smaller (5'7" 30x30 in jeans) than other reviewers because I tries and it just wont go in. So if you want something to wear outside of jeans then these are great and offer great coverage and mobility while be comfortable. If you want something under jeans then find something else.
March 7, 2014
This product does what it is supposed to do.
A good value for the protection you need. I specialize in good communication skills. The above review is what every person riding wants to understand.
October 28, 2013
Great protection for the money
They are not the best knee protection out there but they are decently made and offer substantial protection. Range of movement is great and they are comfortable.
October 7, 2013
Great for commute
I use those knee guards for commuting every day. They offer a good deal of protection and easy to put one due to a smart lock-on mechanism.
On the downside, they are a bit bulky. Therefore storage will have to be considered (I lock mine on the bike with a simple Kryptonite lock) and will prevent some movements the first few times. I'm now used to them and ride comfortably.
Good purchase, highly recommended!
September 9, 2013
Comfortable on hot days
I got this to wear under my jeans, because my leather pants were just too much on hot days. The MSR Reflex Knee/Shin Guard with jean is a great alternative to my leather. It looks cool over or under the jeans, I prefer under for that stealthy look. Plus it's super casual for quick stops at the store or pub. It's comfortable enough for wearing around. And when I don't need it, it's easy off and on.
I think this could even work with a pair of baggy shorts, but I won't go there.
Note: I regularly wear loose fit jeans for under the pants look.
August 12, 2013