The rear of the pads is made from a lighter weight stretch mesh that has a large circular cut out across the back of the knee. This helps them articulate and prevents bunching.
To help lock the kneepad in place, there are elastic strips at the top and bottom of the Rage. These have silicon patterns printed along the inside lip, which adds another layer of security. Towards the top of the pads, there is also a long Velcro strap for dialing in fit.
In our testing, we found that despite the number of straps, the pads had a tendency to slip. Part of the blame lies with the Velcro strap, which quickly wore out after exposure to mud and power washing. We also felt that the Velcro strip should have been made longer, to increase the range of adjustability.
In terms of comfort, the Rage pads are best for lift assist riding. They vent and articulate well for a pad that offers DH levels of protection, but they’re still a little bulky for long rides. We have taken them out on big days without issues, but we’d prefer something lighter such as SixSixOne’s Recon pads for everyday use.
The real question is how do these pads compare to the original Kyle Straight model? As we’ve mentioned, the Rage pads are noticeably slimmer, which makes a difference when pedaling or hiking. They also vent and articulate better, which makes them better suited for all around use.
While the Kyle Straights were among our favorite kneepads five years ago, the design is somewhat dated now. The new Rage platform offers the same impressive protection and comfort as their predecessors, but in a much more ergonomic platform. From that perspective, we’re big fans of the new design. Our issue comes down to fit. While the Rage pads are comfortable and offer solid protection, they ride down over time. That’s something we could look past in a sub-$50 kneepad, but it is hard to overlook when you’re forking over $75.
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