Kali AAZIS Armor Review

Armor Pro Reviews

Bottom Line
The Kali Protection AAZIS leg armors are well made, comfortable, easy to wear, and provide excellent protection. Their combination of soft and hard materials is a great idea, and it increases the comfort level without the burden of overheating. The unique side padding buttons are an excellent idea, and it’s a useful and functional feature that adds greatly to grip the bike, and protection and cushioning. The extra layer of padding under the ABS shell can be felt during pedaling and during crashes, and was greatly appreciated. I really liked the knee guard, as they were simple, unobtrusive, easy slip-on, while still offering good safety.

After nine months of heavy use, the perforated material was getting thread bare above the knee (and no where else), although it was still functioning just fine. I had a few minor nitpicks with the knee/shin guards, as they can get warm (like any full-length leg armor), and need some additional protection on back by the ankle, and can cause some rare irritation at the knee joint due to material bunching.

The Kali AAZIS is a fine set of leg armor, and the knee guards were definitely the highlight of my testing.

Strengths

  • Comfortable
  • Great combination of hard and soft padding/protection
  • Side soft padding
  • Kevlar covering is extremely durable
  • Easy to put on (especially the Knee Guard)

Weaknesses

  • Perforated hole over knees stretch and fray with time
  • Shin Guard – can get a tad warm
  • Shin Guard – needs protection/material on back by ankle
  • Shin Guard – can cause irritation at knee joint due to material bunching

MSRP: Knee $65, Knee/Shin $90

 
Knee Guard – Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

180 Knee/Shin Guard – Overall Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers


Kali AAZIS Specs:

  • Visit the Kali Website at: AAZIS Soft Knee Guard or AAZIS Plus Soft Knee/Shin Guard 180 or AAZIS Plus Soft Knee/Shin Guard 130
  • ARAMID weave for expanded protection and durability
  • Anti “pull down” design, keeping your protection in place
  • Washable, adjustable, anti-microbial materials
  • Quick adjustment with the precise fit strapping system
  • Internal elbow cup for protection from sharp impacts
  • Colors – Gray and green
  • Sizes – small, med, large and x-large
  • Models – AAZIS Soft Knee Guard, AAZIS Plus 180 Soft Knee-Shin Guard, AAZIS Plus 130 Soft Knee-Shin Guard

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • gabe says:

    This is exactly what i’ve been waiting for! thatnks MTBR for reviewing these! :)

  • Jerry Hazard says:

    Nice write-up. They look suspiciously close to the 661 Kyle Strait pads, but, these are next on my list. Hope they hold up better than the 661′s.

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