For 2016 Dakine has introduced a brand new line of protective gear that includes two different models of knee pads and a set of elbow guards. The Slayer knee pads are aimed at the all-mountain crowd, and are intended to be comfortable enough for long rides while still providing actual knee protection when things go south, thanks to the use of CE-certified DK Impact foam that hardens on impact.
Dakine Slayer Knee Pad Details
• 3D molded, CE certified DK Impact foam
• Polygiene odor control fabric
• Colors: black, sulphur
• Sizes: S, M, L
• Weight: 370 grams (size M)
• MSRP: $65 USD
The pads use a simple slip-on design, with a strip of silicone inside the upper elastic cuff to help keep them from sliding down. In order to promote airflow on warm days, the pads use an open back in conjunction with a thin, perforated material called AriaprenePro. Available in either black or sulphur in sizes S, M, and L, the Slayer pads retail for $65 USD.
The Slayer knee pads use a 3D molded foam that hardens upon impact to protect those vulnerable knees.
An open back design and the use of a lightweight, perforated material help keep temperatures from rising too high.
On the Trail
I'm pretty picky when it comes to knee pads, but this winter the Slayer pads have been the ones that I'm most likely to grab before heading out for the trails. Why? Well, for one, they're incredibly comfortable, even when climbing - there were no hot spots or chafing, and even on warmer days they're ventilated well enough that I didn't feel the urge to rip them off as soon as the trail began to head uphill.
The foam used for impact protection is reassuringly thick, and compared to some of the pads out there that are basically glorified knee warmers, the Slayer pads provide real protection for those moments when gravity seems to be stronger than usual. I luckily managed to avoid any spectacular crashes while wearing the Slayer pads, but the small spills and knee vs. stem impacts that I did incur were all handled without any issues. As far as durability goes, so far all of the seams have held up, and there's only the tiniest of tears at the rear of one of the pads that was caused by a sharp pedal pin; otherwise they're looking as good as new despite three months of regular usage.Pinkbike's Take
|For their first foray into mountain bike protection, Dakine nailed it, creating a pad that works exactly as it should, delivering a commendable blend of comfort and protection at a reasonable price. - Mike Kazimer|