Knee Protectors and Shin Guards
Knee protectors are nowadays available for a wide range of uses. Breathable and lightweight models, which are outfitted like padded knee warmers, can be worn comfortably on extended trail tours. Other types offer more protection for heavy terrain, but are more noticeable when wearing them. The transitions are somewhat fluid. Think about how much you value protection on the sides of the knees – not all protectors offer this to the same degree. You don't even have to fall to hit the side of it. Contact with the top tube or stem can also leave bruises on your knees after hectic riding manoeuvres. If you also want to protect your shins from objects such as the pins on your flat pedals, look for protectors that extend slightly downwards. Alternatively, there are also pure shin guards or socks with protective inserts, in some cases also at the ankles. If you aren’t in a hurry before and after making your descent, you can of course take off the protectors and stow them in or on your backpack. In most cases, however, you will have to take off your shoes. Some styles from Race Face, ION and iXS are put on with hook & loop straps or zippers, which would make them more practical in this case. In autumn or winter, knee pads help to keep your knees warm in addition to preventing injury.