First Look: Shred's Range of Knee Pads Use Proprietary Slytech Foam - Across the Pond Beaver

Sep 7, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  
Tommy Penick Photo

The brand Shred has been around since 2006 but its foray into mountain bike products is a more recent happening. Born as a collaboration between Olympic gold medalist and World Champion Ted Ligety and skier/composites engineer Carlo Salmini, Shred and its partner company Slytech were started by developing shinguards for skiers, quickly adding goggles and other protection. The operations center initially in Ligety's Park City, UT attic has grown and now Shred have a number of other products including helmets, back protectors, sunglasses, and goggles. Shred's goal is to blend performance and style while keeping riders safe.

Shred's pads utilize its proprietary Slytech foam. The foam is designed to intelligently and progressively adapt to different forces and impact speeds to offer thorough protection, even in lower energy crashes. Shred claims that its specially formulated material and structure provides exceptional energy absorption, allowing it to spread and manage the impact energy more effectively by dissipating it in multiple directions. The material is thin, light, and promotes ventilation. It stays flexible while riding but hardens to offer protection when you crash. There are several different styles that the Slytech foam is made, depending on the intended use.

We've got our hands on their line of MTB knee pads so let's check those out below.




Flexi Knee Pads Lite

Tommy Penick Photo


Tommy Penick Photo


The Flexi Knee Pads Lite are designed with trail riding in mind. They utilize Shred's Slytech foam for protection and are thin, flexible, lightweight, and breathable.

There is an anatomically shaped Spandex stretch sleeve that holds the pads in place and Armortex fabric over the foam that provides abrasion and puncture resistance.

The pads meet EN 1621-1 Level 1, K Type A protection standards, are available in sizes XS-L, and sell for €84.95.




Flexi Knee Pads Trail Zip

Tommy Penick Photo


Tommy Penick Photo


The Flexi Trail Zip Knee Pads are made to be versatile while offering up ample protection. The full zip-on style aids in easily donning the pads without taking off shoes with the YKK SOFLEX zipper staying comfortable and flexible while riding.

There is a neoprene sleeve that keeps the pad in place with an Armortex front to give the pad abrasion and puncture resistance with the Slytech pad being removable for cleaning. The pads meet EN 1621-1 Level 1, K Type A protection standards.

The Flexi Trail Zip Knee is available in sizes S-L and sells for €129.95.

Tommy Penick Photo




Flexi Knee Pads Enduro

Tommy Penick Photo


Tommy Penick Photo


The Flexi Knee Pads Enduro offers an added level of protection for more aggressive trail and enduro riding. Like Shred's other pads, they utilize Slytech foam for protection and are made to be flexible, thin, and light. There is Armortex fabric for abrasion and puncture resistance. In addition to the padding on the knee itself, there is padding below and to the side of the knee. The pads have an ergonomic Spandex sleeve as well as a top strap to keep them in place.

The pads meet EN 1621-1 Level 1, K Type A protection standards. The Slytech impact pad is removable so that the pads can be cleaned. They are available in sizes S-L and sell for €99.95.


The Slytech foam insert.




NoShock Knee Pads Heavy Duty

Tommy Penick Photo


Tommy Penick Photo


The NoShock Knee Pads Heavy Duty are Shred's most robust knee protection offering for mountain bikers and are engineered with DH and Freeriders in mind. The pads use a Slytech foam protective NoShock element to dissipate impacts. The NoShock element is a honeycomb structure that adds to the protection of the standard Slytech foam. They are rated at EN 1621-1 Level 2 protection. There is a neoprene sleve that keeps the shape of the pad adaptable to the shape of the knee and straps on the top and bottom of the knee.

The front panels are made with DuPont Kevlar to give a high level of durability, abrasion, and puncture resistance. There is additional protection on the sides of the pad. The pads come in sizes S-L and sell for €119.95.



bigquotesShred's knee pads are some of the most well-fitting and comfortable knee pads I've used. The lighter-duty pads are easy to pedal in all day long and the heavier duty models are nearly as comfortable. I've experienced no issues with pinching or slipping while wearing them and they seem to breathe as well as I could ask for. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a comfortable set of pads.Daniel Sapp


Across the Pond Beaver 2020






58 Comments

  • 40 3
 I'm far too old and too slow (29 and mid to lower pack in UK regional enduros) to emblazon myself with the word "shred" whilst riding my bicycle.
  • 45 0
 I don't think there's enough space to write old and slow on a kneepad though
  • 3 4
 Old/slow or young/fast or old/fast or young/slow....shred on your knees is very Jerry.
  • 6 2
 @rookie100: Old & on the left Pad Slow on the right one maybe?
  • 17 1
 Wtf 29 is old now? Guess i'm already dead
  • 6 0
 Shred until dead, nuff said bro.
  • 4 0
 Just so long as you don't wear the boom boxes the buttheads I ran into this weekend had...you can wear anything.
1 giant group about 15 deep spaced out into fast and loud and fat and loud. Disturbed playing on 1 speaker and some other crap in the faster crew.

I am almost embarrassed to wear good looking, subtle gear these days on the trail. It was as if TechnoViking had raided foreign lands and had bastard children with no father figure. Beer
  • 3 0
 @Auzyman: wait until 40 hits him. ha ha ha ha
  • 3 0
 29... and old in the same sentence... Uff
  • 19 0
 Those holes in the foam insert Match perfectly if you fall onto a lot of hex bolts.
  • 5 3
 Speaking of shape, shame the snowsports people didn't do their homework & take note of the *extra long chassis* on all the very best kneepads that actually stay put when MTBers do the footcircle thing. Sorry, time to Shred these prototypes, & send your "Sly" Tech people back to the drawing board to pattern some nice, long, grippy sleeves like you'll find e.g. on the Sam Hill Knees.
  • 4 0
 @Veloscente: Hey man. I actually own and use these pads and have never had a problem with them moving on my legs. I ride them for trail, enduro, and downhill riding and the hex foam technology works surprisingly well. My friends who ride 100% pads and fox pads all say that these pads move less than theirs.
  • 4 0
 @rikinakamura06: I own a dozen pairs of pads, and have tested over 4 dozen in recent years. There is one across the board rule: when you pedal 90mins+, the longer the sleeve on the pads, the less often you have to pull them up. Personal anatomy is dictates just how well a given model works for you, but if you go out and test the full range of what's on offer, you learn that a longer chassis increases the stay-putness of any given pad design. 7iDP pads are the perfect example: the old Transition Knee uses the exact same Sastec pad as the newer Sam Hill and S.H.Lite models. The later two have an extra 2" of sleeve above the knee. They stay up, and the Transitions simply slide down.
  • 22 4
 Looks like a good product but that logo doesn't look pleasant to eye
  • 9 2
 yep. would probably have bought these but...nogo.
  • 1 3
 The movie makers who work with Brendon Semenuk use the same kind of R. Who was first? Sounds like a TENET kinda case...
  • 1 0
 @vinay: well these were called Slytech up until recently...
  • 1 0
 @vinay: you mean revel, but revels logo is just the 'r'
Whereas this logo is the whole word.
  • 1 0
 Your comment reminded me of "No Fear" at least it's not that bad.
  • 6 2
 @Duderz7: No Fear was cool
  • 6 0
 black Sharpie
  • 4 0
 @Noeserd: while working in a shop way back when, we were a no fear dealer. The rep asked what would help sell more product. The honest answer, "if it didn't say no fear so big across every item". There was some aquard silence.
  • 1 0
 @Duderz7: is No Fear still around?
Needs to be brought back if not.
I agree though. It’s kinda like a massive K9 relative Head on absolutely everything. Or someone’s full name studio written down every sleeve/pant leg/chin bar.
  • 10 0
 I wonder how the foam intelligently adapts. I assume some kind of AI?
  • 10 0
 You need explain Google you're in trouble and discuss your options. The pads will adapt but will also self-learn if you allow it to transfer non-personally identifiable data. Next step is prevention. The next generation pads will bail before you do.
  • 7 1
 I use these pads and have used them for the better part of the year now. I have the more burly DH set and I will say they are actually incredibly breathable, the summers here in Asheville are very muggy, wet, and it feels like your breathing in hot steam some days but these pads breathe remarkably well. On top of that, I have found them to be way more durable than the G-form or Raceface padding I've even washed them multiple times with all of my gear, and not even a single stitch has come loose it is really impressive. Not to mention I have noticed they dampen impact a whole lot more than the G-form/raceface competitors. All around a 10 out of 10 product and I would recommend their stuff to anyone!
  • 6 1
 shins need no protection according to most pad makers but my cheese graters disagree. additional Velcro to keep them in place instead of embroidered billboard size logos Might sell a few otherwise these are headed to steep and cheap
  • 3 0
 I still haven't found anything near as bomber as my old Roach knee / shin guards for downhill...they are the only ones long enough to go down to my ankle and protect the whole shin, and the top foam wraps wider around the legs then the hardshell for extra protection of calves. It has big knee cap stays in place perfectly, with a little floating foam donut to anchor to the kneecap. Finally the back is mesh for total breathability (a few air holes in shell up front too), and there a plenty of velcro straps to keep them in place on big slides, and make it easy to remove with shoes. I'm tried Race Race, Leatt and now IXS mallet, all resulted in scabs on crash. The XL barely covers half my shin (I'm 6'2"), and slid on my first big crash...nothing kills a roach, but they're 20 years old! Really wish someone made a full coverage knee shin guard for old downhillers like me - I don't care what the kiddos at the park think of my pads, I just want to go as big as possible and still be able to walk with my wife when I get home!
  • 2 0
 A slight, but related aside; when riding the Whistler Bike Park the sure sign of a Joey is big elbow pads, but the sure sign of a park rat is scabby elbows!
  • 2 0
 @ccrida-pnw: I bought these troyleedesigns.com/collections/bike-protection/products/knee-shin-guards-gray and they're the best I've used. Two years, lots of crashes, the straps are a bit stretchy now but they still work. Also cheap and breathe well. They don't look cool but I'm too old to care. :-)
  • 3 0
 @Bomadics: Meh, I'd rather have big elbow pads than scabby elbows. My most common crash is onto my right forearm. Reduces soft tissue damage to my shoulder and minimises the blood/goop problem with my long sleeved shirts. www.foxracing.com/titan-race-elbow-guard/04264.html
  • 1 0
 @WishIWazFaster: in the bike park it's about looking cool, not being sensible! I agree with you, but admittedly don't wear elbow pads when I ride the park either!

I use the same knee pads, but the white version, cheap effective and comfortable.
  • 4 0
 Got a pair last minute when I got to angelfire and realized I only brought one of my fox launch pads..... my friend had gotten the wrong size of the DH ones and I bought them off him. They were Incomparably better than the fox pads on comfort and staying up and worked really well all three days I used them. They feel safe and the one washout I had they did their job.
  • 3 0
 Wish the trail set had bigger velcro strap with larger range of application.

My biggest gripe with trail pads, especially now that so many are of the sleeve variety, is that over a year of use they WILL stretch out and start becoming ankle/wrist warmers, even though the pad (the most valuable part) is still in great condition. Need a decent velcro strap to keep things snug.

My other gripe is so many pads are not removable for washing, yet they insist you don't use detergent (eg D30). WTF?!?! Thank goodness these are removable.
  • 3 0
 I have the enduro slide on of these pads and they are very breathable and comfortable, the one downside I have been running into is that the pins of my flat pedals catch on to them an rip them up, I have had some old raceface pads with little wear for the last three years, shred makes an awesome full face and there pads are pretty food when it is hot out, I just worry about long term durability
  • 3 0
 I ride the Flexi light knee pads and they are great. They stay in place all ride and are very breathable. Riding in the warm humid south I was worried that they would be uncomfortably warm, but I don’t even notice them while riding or taking breaks. I would highly recommend their products! I have been very happy with everything that I have from them.
  • 3 0
 These pads are hands down some of the sweetest pads I have ever worn!!! Initially zipping them on and off is incredibly easy and the protection they provide is beyond what I had expected. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the comfort as well, and easy to clean pop the pad out and bam in the washer. They don’t slide down like other pads once they have been washed a few times, amazing product!!!
  • 3 0
 I ride these pads every ride, enduro/dh/trail
They haven’t let me down at All! So comfortable more often than not I find myself back home with then still on, climbing with them is like climbing without knee pads, super well built and will last.
  • 3 0
 Some of the nicest pads. You won't be disappointed. Sweet material, sweet protection, hold in place which was a HUGE win for me. - back protecter is money as well.
  • 1 0
 Nice pads. My everyday clothes are cycling kit. l want quiet colors that hide dirt like grey and brown. Please use bombproof fabric. While you’re at it how about a sock with a shin panel? Yeah ditch the giant logo.
  • 3 0
 Their Enduro knee pads are great. Been rocking them all summer without any issues.
  • 2 0
 Ohhh yea, love my Shred pads! Their full line covers just about any riding you can poke a stick at- super safe and comfy. Thanks for making kickass product gents, keep it up!
  • 3 0
 They have an awesome back protector with bladder though
  • 3 0
 Where are all the shin/knee combos?
  • 1 0
 Most people don't want them anymore as more and more people are getting into enduro style riding, so more peddaling, there will always be a place for shin guards, just not as big as it once was back in the early 2000s.
  • 1 1
 All these years of looking and trying different pads and I still can’t find anything as comfortable as my old 661 Kyle Straits. It was a sad day when I finally used up the last pair in my stockpile.
  • 3 0
 These Shred pads are the most comfortable that I've tried. They don't move and are surprisingly breathable. You should give them a try!
  • 3 1
 When knee pads for MTB are more expensive than MX knee and shin combo pads
  • 1 0
 IKR I don't buy more then one set a year, but even still it does add up over time, I understand they have got to do R&D but bloody hell when you can buy some decent moto gear it does make you think about what your buying.
  • 2 0
 Logo issue: black sharpie. Solved.
  • 1 2
 Don't get why brands are trying to even compete with other brands like least / fox / Poc etc. These guys have protection down 100% I'll never compromise on protection. These knee pads already look out dated.
  • 2 0
 "dOn'T gEt wHy BrANds coMpeTE"...hahaha man oh man... Maybe they should just start having comps with only 3 riders... Or we should just be able to pick from three bike brands... Better yet, I'd love to only pick from Toyota, Honda, or Chevy as my vehicle... The Civic is at the forefront of tech I hear, who needs a Ferrari anyways.
  • 3 0
 Love these pads!
  • 2 0
 Been rocking theses pads for a while now! They are the best!
  • 2 0
 Shred
  • 1 0
 Slycooper
  • 1 3
 looks sweaty AF, ill pass.
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