Dainese Easy Fit Knee Guards
Versatile and Comfortable, but Light on Protection
I like these for what they are. Easy to put on and comfortable to wear. They stack flat together and take up very little space if transporting them. Over or under pants, they go on and off easy.
Disappointed only in the apparent level of protection. They are CE rated, but the "knee drop" test onto a hard surface from ~6" is painful. Compared to almost any other knee guard I have had, they feel like they will offer less protection. Of course, real world conditions may be different and perhaps they will perform better than it appears.
If you want something that you can throw on when you otherwise wouldn't have bothered with knee pads, then these are a good option. If you want max protection, look elsewhere.
October 13, 2014
Another great product from Dainese
Alright so I have to start off by saying I own the full pants version in addition to the knee guards. I first bought the pants which have tailbone and hip pads in addition to just knees but the pants just were not convenient for work. I don't change when I get to work and wearing them all day/night just was not the most comfortable thing (mostly cause of heat buildup).
So I bought the knee guards and it is the perfect solution. Fit is great and no to minimal pinching depending on the material pants you'er wearing. Keep in mind this is not a hard plastic knee protector but I'm confident it would do a fairly good job during a crash on the street. Also like the added reflective Dainese logo on the lateral side of each guard. Overall a great product. Adds a good amount of protection to a pair of pants on a commute and isn't bulky.
Size wise I'm 5'9 and 165 with a slightly bigger thighs and calves. The pants version I ordered a size L. For the knee guards however, the size M is spot on. You also have a little leeway because the frabirc stretches slightly and they are after all velcro attachments.
October 1, 2014
I wanted to add a little more protection to my riding jeans and these fit the bill. It took me a while to get the fitment right (I had to wear them lower on my leg than I thought at first), but once I did they were fairly comfortable and didn't look too ridiculous under my pants.
September 9, 2014
Great little package
I never knew that you could strap on these knee pads and forget about them. They feel nothing like the hard plastic counterparts out there. They conform to yo body shape and keep cool. on long rides they do tend to get sweaty a little but far less than the previous hard plastics I've owned. it's well worth it in my opinion
September 8, 2014
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