Alpinestars Vapor Knee Guards
These knee guards fit well and stay in place. As another reviewer noted, perhaps they'd fit under super baggie pants but otherwise expect to wear them as an outer layer. They are very comfortable over jeans and I don't even feel them. Also I didn't have the strap issues that another reviewer mentioned.
June 21, 2015
Great value for the money
Good bang for the buck, fits good but slightly slides from the tank
September 8, 2014
Great buy for the price!
Good buy. Fills it's purpose. I've got skinny legs, and they seem to fit fine. Have yet to crash test them, hopefully will never have to.
March 19, 2014
I don't want to outfit my wardrobe with a bunch of ugly, ill-fitting kevlar or armor-ready jeans that cost north of 2 benjamins each. I like my clothes just fine. Depending on your style, these guards are great for keeping you safe from point A to B.
A couple of people mentioned they are "low profile" and fit "great under work pants or jeans." NOPE - I disagree. I wore these under my relaxed-fit Levis and they are totally noticeable and uncomfortable. But they are great to just wear on top of the jeans/pants and get rolling, that keeps me comfortable and safe.
Otherwise it's a simple, cheap, effective pair. True to size. They are L/R specific (asymmetric), designed to give a bit more coverage to the outer sides. One more thing - I like to wear them rotated outwards a bit (see pics) so they cover even more of the outer calves and knee joints.
February 12, 2014
Look for a better fit
First let me say that they seem to be rather well made(not well designed) for the price and I imagine they would provide good protection based on how they feel, but the fit isn't so great. They seem to be a little on the large side but I'll get into the real problem below.
The main issue is with the lower strap. The buckle ends up turning in it's strap which loosens the guard. While riding this isn't a huge problem but gets worse once you get off the bike. They should have designed the buckles in order to prevent them from turning. That would have made the product so much better and I would feel confident in recommending them to anyone. The current design is poor and seems as if they cheapened out on the fastening hardware.
My solutions has just been to tighten them a bit more than I would like as it helps prevent the loosen becoming too much of issue when the buckle rotates.
I would not recommend them to anyone based on the fact that there appears to be so many different knee guard options and to recommend these would be silly. I have not returned them as I don't think the issue is annoying enough to go through the hassle, but I certainly would not repurchase them and advise others to look for a better product.
September 13, 2013
Light, reasonably comfortable.
These entry-level guards were a good bang for my buck, however I noticed the following things over the last four months of riding:
1) The square plastic loop through which the calf-strap is fed nearly always rotates lengthwise while the knee guard is worn - which narrows and bunches the strap at that contact point. *See pic.
2) The knee-cup liner material is soft to the touch, however after more than an hour riding I feel a friction burn on my knee. I will remedy this by further lining it with fleece.
I suspect that at 5'9" & 185 lbs, had I opted for size M/L instead of L/XL I may not be experiencing one issue or the other.
August 21, 2013
Good bang for buck, Slightly large
Bought this to wear over jeans for short grocery runs in the city. Can't really find anything else that can beat the values of these CE approved knee guard for the price.
The knee guards are really comfortable and tucks right into my riding boots. The knee guards are a little big for me so I have to pull the straps all the way to get a good fit. My only complain is that the top strap only have a small contact patch for the Velcro.
August 15, 2013
good protection but poor fit
I got these to go under my REV'IT! Airwave Pants. In theory this was a great decision because the knee armor on overpants moves around too much. And as protection for the knee/shin I think these will do a great job.
My problem with them comes in the straps. I tried wearing them with shorts, but the velcro against the leg was too scratchy. And after only about 5 times of using these, the hook on the shin strap moves around causing the strap to loosen and for the pad to slide down my leg. If I get off the bike and walk 20ft (into the store and back) the knee pad will practically be around my ankle.
July 30, 2013