Dainese Knee V E1 N Guards
Easy on/off, good protection
A friend recently had a 0mph tip-over in a parking lot and broke his kneecap into three pieces. The next day he showed me his x-ray and I bought these kneeguards an hour later. I commute in jeans every day (yes, I know I should wear proper gear), and I think these guards offer quite a bit more protection than denim alone.
The straps are easy to use and the Velcro holds pretty well. Even on a hot day, they have good airflow and I don't feel hotter than normal. Overall, I'm happy with this purchase.
September 8, 2015
Excellent product and an excellent price.
I will start out by saying that I like these so much, I prefer to wear them over my dedicated riding pants with integrated protectors (Dainese Drake Air pants). The fit on these is spot on for me, and definitely afford more coverage than most knee protectors I've come across, for sub-$100. I wear these almost every time I ride, with either riding jeans or a pair of over pants, and hardly notice them. Hopefully I never have to test them, but I trust in their construction enough to bet my knees on them - not something to take lightly.
August 31, 2015
Important Protection At a Low Price
I bought these a couple months ago for some extra protection commuting to work. These are extremely well designed external armor.
-Great materials: This armor is dense, but still manages to breathe fairly well. The stitching was to the high-standards I expect from Dainese.
-Ergonomic: Each guard is specifically designed for either your left or right leg and fits extremely well.
-Articulation: The multiple joints built into this help provide further protection and also comfort. The armor is layered like scales so that you do not sacrifice safety for flexibility.
-Coverage: Despite the name, these are much more than knee-guards. They cover the full length of my knee, not just the kneecap, and then end at the point my Stylemartin Indian riding boots begin. They're slightly tapered so that they can either be laced into or placed over a normal road boot. They also seemed fine with a pair of storm-trooper boots a buddy of mine tried them on with.
-Sizing: I have no idea what the people complaining about these being too small are talking about. The straps have a ton of extra-length and the jointed armor design provides a good fit for all of my friends who tried them on. This includes a guy who is 6'2" and has freakishly muscular legs from playing soccer and mountain biking.
-Heat: I live in a warm climate. These things will make your legs sweat above 85 degrees, but they have about as much ventilation as possible considering the density and quality of the armor. It's a trade-off, but I believe it's worth it.
-Straps: Dainese decided to use velcro with these, which while fairly convenient for taking off quickly, is personally a bit of a pain. I'm a fit guy and it definitely seemed like there could have been a bit more of the fastener material. The middle strap can also occasionally dig into your leg a bit if you ride with them as tight as I do. My suggestion would have been d-rings with a clasp mechanism, and I may still end up replacing the stock straps with something along those lines.
Over all, these are excellent and definitely the best choice for leg armor at this price-point. If you're overweight, obese, or have thunder-thighs, this isn't the product for you, but I don't know why you would expect an Italian manufacturer to be in the business of plus-sized equipment to begin with.
Anyway, I don't write reviews that often, but these definitely deserve my endorsement. They look cool, are convenient to carry with you considering their size, and are also a ridiculously good deal. Buy these things, you'll be glad you did.
August 29, 2015
Do they make these in men's sizes?
Ok, here is the deal. The guard itself fits well on my leg. I can tuck it into the tops of my SMX Plus boots no problem, or put them into the Toucans. These cover me from knee to lower shin and feel comfortable. I'm 6'1" tall.
Now here is the problem, if you are female, a slender built male or a teenager, the straps are 99% going to be just fine for you. If you have man sized calf muscles, or athletic legs, or do squats, they are probably going to come up short.
Here is why: the female velcro on the straps only goes so far and for me and my muscular calves it was not possible to reach the velcro together on the straps without pulling them so tight that it would be turning my legs blue in short order.
But, there is a solution:
1. First go to the fabric store (wear a disguise if embarrassed) and buy a spool of female velcro matching the width of the straps. Get some heavy black thread.
2. Step two, drive to your mom's house and ask her to bust out the sewing machine and add more female velcro to the straps.
3. While your mom is doing that, make yourself useful and fix something around the house or take out the trash.
I think these would be especially good for a guy who wears low cut boots or riding shoes and is looking for shin protection for the initial impact. I personally can fit these under a pair of kevlar jeans if I take the jean's factory pads out. They also fit under more tour oriented type riding pants with the factory pads in if you like.
I would also like it if they were a little bigger wrap-around towards the sides in terms of the plates, but again, I have man sized legs, so it might just be me. In any event they still have good coverage.
All that said, I would buy them again, and if you wanted to wear them over your pants, they look real good but you would expect nothing less from Dainese.
August 13, 2015
Cumbersome to put on, Not terribly protective
Two things you should know about these
It's great to have extra knee armor like these, but having crashed in a similar product, they will begin to slide out of position after the primary impact. They also don't include much armoring on the sides which is kind of surprising. Just know these aren't a replacement for leathers
But my biggest issue with these is that they don't include pre-adjust strap snaps. People wear these things to add protection to jeans in normal situations. So you get to the bar, you tear away the velcro on each strap, and there are 6 velcro straps. To put them back on, you thread them through the loops, back around, etc. This is anooying, especially if you have multiple stops to make.
Other manufacturers secure a male snap to the straps, and a female to the guards, so each time you use them, they snap right back into place. This seems to make a lot more sense. Why Dainese missed this a total mystery
August 4, 2015
Feels very comfortable - BUT - VERY SMALL in sizing
I got the Knee V E1 N to replace some standard shin/knee guards Shift brand that works well, but I feel doesn't offer enough level of protection compared to the Knee V E1 N with the Knee having EN rating, the Shift does not.
I also have the EVS Epic Impact Knee/Shin guards for when I ride mostly off-road. The EVO are great, but too big for my summer 1-piece Olympia Stealth riding suit to cover. The Shift Knee guards fit fine under the pants. If I wear my separate over pants, either fits (Dubinky pants).
The Dainese Knee feels great, the patella plate is perftectly lined up. The foam feels wonderfully soft. My only complaint (even about the EVS) is that for the right length top/bottom - the straps are TOO short. I have the L/XL in the Epic. I have very muscular legs/and large calves compared to most people that are 5'10" I supposed. 32" inseam. The straps on the Knee are very stretchy, but to get the Velcro back around to latch requires me to pull the strap so tight that it made my calf fall asleep. I am going to see if my wife can fit in these or else return them for a similar product. Maybe we could fix it by making our own velcro attachment extender....?
If they fit better they would have gotten 4.5 stars - they feel great against the front of the leg. Straps could be a little wider for the back of the upper leg strap. I can make a pad for those though.
July 23, 2015
Great looking, quality material, & comfortable. Didn't give them 5 stars as cumbersome to put on & take off (should have used a hook & velcro system, similar to the fox titan pro knee guards) and seem a bit narrow leaving part of the lateral knee exposed.
July 23, 2015
A very good buy
Seem to be well made and I expect to stand up to many years of use, they are ventilated well and I have never felt any warmer wearing them vs with out them on the bike. wouldn't want to walk around in them for long they do get hot with no air flow, but on the bike I forget I have them on. They fit well under jeans, but they don't hide at all, not that you would expect them to. the only nit pick I have with them will only come in to play if you wear them against bare skin, I would like to see the male Velcro switched to the other side so it can't rub against your skin but if you take an extra half second when putting them on to make sure its well aligned you never have that problem.
July 19, 2015