Dainese Easy Fit Knee Guards
Decent option for low profile knee guards
I originally purchased these knee guards under the hopes of finding something low profile I can wear under my jeans. I ultimately returned them & chose a different pair, but these at least deserve an honorable mention.
I mainly returned these knee guards because the size I ordered was questionable. My knee measures 14-15" so universally I should be a size Small, but the straps to these guards barely had enough velcro to stay on with secure confidence. On top of that, it's difficult to tell whether or not I ordered the wrong size, as there's no size chart for this product. The guards were barely noticeable under my jeans, however, so it does have merit for style. And I imagine that if I'd had the correct size, it would be comfortable and breathable enough to wear all day for a ride to commute & work.
The CE-rated pads don't inspire much confidence for protection as they feel very thin; I can still feel my knuckles if i were to firmly tap on the pads, and I could still feel impact if I were to lower my knee down to the floor. But I'm assuming the physics of impact energy dispersion goes beyond simple tests such as these if it's able to earn a CE rating, so it's up to you to put your faith in that.
The guards I chose were the Forcefield Zeus guards. Between these two, I'd stick to my final purchase since the Zeus guards offer abrasion resistance, and even though they both use the same style pads, I'd rather trust Forcefield over Dainese when it comes to standalone armor. The fact that Forcefield offers a size chart while Dainese does not stacks into their favor as well.
But if you feel that you can't commit to the higher pricetag of the Forcefield guards, I would recommend these as an alternative.
July 30, 2014
3 for 3! I ordered a jacket 2 weeks ago, and then some gloves, and now these knee pads arrived today. Again with the wicked fast shipping! Everything I've ordered fits great. I got these knee pads in Medium. I'm 6'3, 210 lbs, 38" waist. I gots the skinny pale chicken legs. The Mediums fit great under my jeans, and they barely show. I had to put them on first, and then put on my jeans however. I couldn't roll up my jeans above my knees. They kinda fit outside my jeans. I don't think I'll where them like that, as the velcro tabs are just barely on. But under my jeans, yeah they fit great. Nicely made too.
June 26, 2014
Got this for on the run protection if armored pants not possible. Also as protection for passenger. They are simple, I feel the hexagon pro armor cushions but needs solid hard layer with the rubber to help as like the regular armor. maybe if the top of the hexagons had hard plastic...
June 18, 2014
Perfect solution for not-great-but-at-least-some protection
I've been looking for a solution like this since I can't stand wearing the full moto-pants to give myself maximum protection. I know I should, but sometimes I just want to putt around the lakes going 30-40 and I don't want to put on full gear.
I picked these up to complement some riding jeans and mesh/armor shorts to wear under the jeans. These are low profile, very comfortable, well ventilated, and they also just look nice.
The adjustment straps do a good job keeping them secured in the right spot, and once on they are not very intrusive, and bend well with the knee if you right a bike with an upright, athletic position.
I know there was some confusion on here about sizing. I found a sizing chart on the Dainese site (tough to find as the product is considered a multisport piece). The chart was spot-on for my knee size. Page 2: http://www.dainese.com/media/catalog/sizing_chart_eng.pdf
Very much recommend this product. I can't speak to their protection during a crash (and here's hoping I never have to), but I think they'll do a pretty decent job if it ever comes to that.
June 2, 2014
Dainese the name strikes fear into the hearts of the poor and pudgy everywhere. Fear not. The price is worth it. These things hug the knee area and are snug. Went out on a ride and they stayed in place just fine. And are very comfortable. I could almost forget they are there. I used to wear dirt bike knee pads and guards under riding jeans. No more. I ordered the XL and they are almost too big but are fine. I measure 6" above the knee at 22"
Circumference. Below the knee at 17". Hope this helps someone make a decision.
May 21, 2014
The only true stealth knee guards!
I have been looking high and low for a true stealth pair of knee guards to go under my jeans. There are plenty out there that will fit under jeans, but they still aren't very comfortable. When you get off your bike wearing other brands you like your waiting for a flood and have to pull your jeans back down past your knee caps. The only other pair that I found that fits well under jeans besides these are the RS Taichi (which still make you flood) knee guards and these blow them out of the water. They have perforations all through them and they conform well to your shape. It's like they are made out of some sort of very dense memory foam. From falling in other knee guards and comparing the feel of these I'm confident they will hold up as well as the others. I have a 14.5 measurement around my knee and I ordered a small. They fit just right. Any bigger though and you want to go a size up because these are nice and snug like I wanted.
May 12, 2014
Good alternative when wearing kevlar jeans
So the circumference around my knees is about 15", and since there is no sizing chart at the time I wrote this, I ordered a Medium. So lucky for me, the medium is a good fit. I can put it around my bare knee and have it nice and tight, as well I can put it over a pair of dockers and it still fits (I wear the kevlar jeans over my dockers when going to work).
I like the fact that the back of these guards is open, so the back of your knee can breathe. The main way to secure the guard is by attaching the velcro tabs together. There is also a small elastic strap in the middle of the guards that you can put your leg through, I guess if the velcro came undone the strap would help the guard not fly away. But the guards stay in place without having to put your leg through that.
When adjusted properly the guards conform well enough to a bent leg, with no bunching around the back of the knee. My Kevlar jeans fit nicely over the guards (I have a relaxed fit), but the guards appear to be slim enough that a straight fit would work as well.
I need to put some quality riding time on these, but these are fairly comfortable: the main knee guard is some sort of compliant insert (I think it might be silicone) that looks like it would work well in absorbing impact. It bends easy enough over your knee, but there is a bit of resistance initially. There is also some protection to the sides of the knee.
I took off a star since it just seems a bit expensive for what you get, but that's the price you pay for convenient protection I guess.
April 25, 2014