The Best MTB Kneepads In 2020

Lightweight knee pads that will protect and serve on every ride

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The best mtb kneepads will protect you from impacts without getting in the way of pedaling performance.

The best mtb kneepads will protect you from impacts without sacrificing pedaling performance.

Trails are getting rowdier and riders are pushing their limits harder than ever before, often on shorter-travel bikes that don’t leave much margin for error. Yet the human body remains the same—we’re meat-filled primates, and we’re not getting any younger. When we crash, something has to give, and it’s usually our bones and soft tissue.

Thankfully, mountain bike body armor is evolving to keep pace with the sport. Kneepads were once something reserved for riding in bike parks and downhill racing. Now, many riders wear kneepads on trail rides. New, flexible materials that are light and comfortable make it possible to wear knee pads on all-day epics.

The Best MTB Kneepads In 2020

Leatt AirFlex Pro

best MTB Kneepads: Leatt AirFlex Pro

The knee guard Airflex Pro is comfortable, well-ventilated, ergonomic, and offers CE-certified impact protection. The lightweight construction and silicone grip panels made it possible to redisign this popular kneepad without the bulk of a Velcro strap. The Airflex Pro stays in place and is comfortable enough to ride in all day.

Price: $79.99

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Fox Racing Enduro Knee Sleeve

Best MTB Kneepads: Fox Racing Enduro Knee Sleeve

The Fox Racing Enduro Knee Sleeves are our pick for riders who don’t normally wear knee protection. These knee pads are ultra-lightweight and incredibly comfortable when pedaling. They’re don’t offer the same amount of protection as some of the burlier pads in this list, but if you’re looking for a little added insurance against injury and don’t want to sacrifice comfort, the Enduro Knee Sleeves are the way to go.

Price: $59.95

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Pearl iZUMi Elevate Knee Guards

Best MTB Kneepads: Pearl izumi elevate

The Pearl iZUMi Elevate Knee Guards stay comfortably in place with effective ventilation though the front of the armor ventilation. These medium-weight pads are perfect for enduro racing and aggressive trail riding. They use D30 viscoelastic LP1 pads to shrug off impacts.

Price: $125.00

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7 Protection Project Knee Pad

Best MTB kneepads: 7 Protection Project Knee Pad

The 7 Protection Project Knee Pads are a hybrid with soft and hard armor. The flexible hardshell is designed to disperse shock and slide over surfaces while the flexible armor underneath absorbs the shock of the impact. The knitted construction is breathable and flexible, ensuring that you can pedal efficiently.

Price: $119.99

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G-Form Pro X2 Knee Pads

Best MTB Kneepads: G-Form Pro X2 Knee Pads


Trail riders in need of knee protection don’t want extra bulk slowing them down. The G-Form Pro-X2 Knee Pads are made with lightweight, flexible, body-mapped pads that are comfortable on long rides. The compression sleeves have silicone grippers that keep the pads in place.

Price: $59.99

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  • Alia gates says:

    Perfect knee pads to protect the knee while installing tiles.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Josh Patterson says:

      I can’t speak to which kneepads are best for installing tile, but I’ve used the Leatt knee pads to ease the pain of installing wood flooring and trim…

    • PNWmtnBKR says:

      That’s what I’m using my old g-forms for!

    • Matt Hileman says:

      Way too pricey/not suited for that. Just buy some cheap ones at home depot, or more expensive ones that are designed for that purpose if you will be doing it often. Tile knee pads are super thick and plush. I prefer a nice hard shell so that I can slide around the floor with ease.

  • Greg Frantz says:

    We’re these pads actually tried and reviewed, or is this just an advertisement? Seems to me it’s just marketing copy with no real first hand use of them. We want real first hand use reviews not the crap we can read on each mfr, reseller website or advertisements. Thanks!

    • Bob Klaas says:

      Greg, good points about the value of the article. If it helps, I’ve been very happy with my G-Form Pro X2 Knee Pads. Lower price point, VERY light and comfortable. They stay in place and show no signs of wear after two seasons of use.

    • Tony Wilhelms says:

      Hey Greg,
      I agree with your comment.
      I did a little personal review of the PI pads on my insta page which also addresses your concern. If you want to check it out look up @twilhelmson Instagram.
      I recommend them, for sure. Cheers.

    • Jason Bowen says:

      Totally agree with this posters comments.

  • Simon says:

    I bought Danise knee guards, and while nice and protective, and relatively comfortable, they “intruded” too much when peddling for longer distances. I tried Fox Enduro, and now use them every ride. Getting the correct size is obviously important.

    I find pulling my “nix” (worn under MTB shorts) over the top helps hold them in place.

  • Eric says:

    I have the Leatt’s and they are a very comfortable pad for all day riding. I also have the matching elbows that are good for all day rides as well.

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