Thor Motocross Force Knee Guard
So far so good.
A half dozen or so rides in, and I'm quite pleased with them. Good impact protection, some resistance to travel in the wrong direction. I haven't ridden in any proper summer heat with them yet, but they're always good and sweaty when I take them off, but my knees and shins aren't feeling uncomfortable hot. I've crashed in them a few times, and they have done exactly what they are supposed to do, and more than I expected.
My only complaint is that somehow, the Velcro on the back strap always seems to find a way to start stabbing me in the leg. It gets uncomfortable, but not unbearable.
May 14, 2013
Too bulky, way too hot
Just ordered these hoping for something I could wear under loose fit jeans. They look like they would really hold up and would provide a lot of protection, but they are just too bulky for me. They fit under my jeans, but when I sat down the knee area of the jeans were really tight. You could ride with the combo, but it would wear through the sides of your jeans really quickly.
If it were just the bulkiness it wouldn't be an issue, most people probably have some loose riding pants they like (my jeans are very relaxed fit though). The main problem is, these guards are very hot. The wrap around fabric is like a thick neoprene knee sleeve. My leg was sweating within just a few minutes, and I was just walking around inside my house. I can't imagine wearing these in the summer or even a warm spring or fall day.
Since the plastics are pretty much solid, I don't see how being on the bike would help airflow-wise. Maybe if you're cruising along at highway speeds some air would get through, but offroad no way.
I wish I had a local place where I could have tried them on. It cost $16 to ship these back the Revzilla.
April 11, 2013
Good bang for buck...functional as well
You get a lot for the money with this Knee Brace, but wear with long socks as it chafs the back of the leg without them.
March 5, 2013
Very nice Knee Guard but ....
Very good quality material.
It is too bombastic and if you are a muscled guy you will havr a problem to close your boots!!!
Very good price / performers
Go and buy it :-)
December 17, 2012
9 years now... something like that. Still awesome.
I've had these for about 9 years now. Bought them to use offroad on my DRZ400. Well, used them for that for a while, crashed them a bunch of times and don't even want to know what a couple of those dumps would have done to my knees if I wasn't wearing them. These things are absolutely worth it. Now I use them anytime. They're actually comfortable on long rides on my Buell Ulysses. Like others have said, a real sportbike bend in your knee, they're not great. They can get a little warm in the summer down in the Carolina or if you're really working it off-road, but I love these things. Just make sure you're wearing loose pants or jeans or you're not getting them under. I've got the early ones so the velco can get a little scratchy on the back of my shin, (easy fix... taller socks), but awesome.
On the sizing. I put true to size, but you really have to try these things on. If my calves were any bigger, I'd definitely want to go up to a the next size and I'm already wearing the XL at 6'2" and 185lbs. Or, maybe the make the velcro wider... you really just need to try them on.
Not too much else to say. I love these things.
December 3, 2012
Thor has apparently made recent improvements
I usually don't write many reviews, but was very happy with the Thor Force kneepads. It's a good compromise between regular shin guards and a full brace. After knee surgery earlier this year, on the bone break vs tear cartilage debate, I ultimately land on the "break bone" choice side...but I hope the ample protection of these puppies will help to put off having to make the decision for a bit.
I was a little concerned about what size to pick for these; I'm below 5' 7" but have pretty big thighs and calves. I ordered L/XL, and they fit me perfectly. By that I mean that they end just above the tops of my Fox Shorty boots. I did not want a shin guard that tucked inside the boot - if you have a full-height MX boot you'll need to do tucking in or reconsidering. As it is, I have a very comfortable and protective system, bends fairly easily while moving on the bike, but it's surprisingly comfortable walking around and hiking as well. The whole rig, including compression shorts, just fits under my Duluth Firehose Loggers. They go on in about the same time to put on typical shinguards.
The main improvement that I think Thor made is on the back of the braces. They added fabric flaps under the back of the calf and the thigh sections, and I haven't noticed any strap chafing at all. As with any product like this, the airflow is a bit restricted and the lack is more noticeable under pants...so while I am normally a full ATTGATT kinda guy, with the addition of the fabric flaps I'm tempted to do some hot day rides sans the Loggers.
Highly recommended product.
August 17, 2012
If your a big guy, I would recommend these!!
Having tried a bunch of knee guards and having large calves, I find a lot do not fit like stated. If you have calves 18 inches or larger I would defiantly get the xxl-xxxl. They fit proper and are comfortable.
July 2, 2012
I am 167 lbs and 6'2" tall, and that forced me to buy the large/xl size for the length. Since I have a thinner build, I had to really cinch down the velcro straps in the back and the 3 other straps. The 3 straps are great, but the velcro on the two main straps can get digging into my skin, as these are meant for standing on your bike/ less bend in the knees.
For the price you pay, these are probably the best you can get, but they aren't meant for all situations, as bending your knee past 90 degrees is where it starts to get tricky. These are also meant to be worn under riding pants, but this summer I will probably throw on some boots, these knee guards, and some shorts for my lower body. Should provide ample protection and will keep me cool without being a squid
Oh and they look sweet!
April 30, 2012