Review: 7iDP Sam Hill & Sam Hill Lite Knee Pads

Jan 19, 2023
by Henry Quinney  
Sam Hill is arguably one of the most recognizable names in all of mountain biking, as well as one of the most enduring stars. Being held in the high regard that he is by the community, he's often had his own lines or colorways of components. His list of signature parts has included helmets and componentry over the years, and it now extends to knee pads from 7iDP. Two of them, in fact.

Here, we're going to look at the Sam Hill knee pad, which offers plenty of protection while also being comfortable enough to pedal in, and the Sam Hill Lite knee pads, which are lighter weight but with less coverage.


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Starting with the burlier of the two pads, the standard Sam Hill knee is a versatile pad that offers a strong blend of comfort and protection. The pad itself sits within a reasonably breathable and slightly stretchy sleeve. The removable insert is rounded and flexible, and holds the shape on your knee well. Around its pocket in the sleeve is a ring of extra padding that surrounds the knee cap area to provide more side impact protection.

And that's not all. A combination of the rounded insert and this extra padding means that the pad is incredibly stable on your knee.
7iDP Sam Hill Knee Pads
• Breathable sleeve with secondary ring of protection
• Removable pad insert for easy washing
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• EN1621-1:2012 LEVEL 2, Type B
• MSRP: $94.99 USD
www.7idp.com

As most of us will know, crashing a mountain bike can be quite an unraveling experience, and while a pad might protect us from the first impact, if it shifts under load it can leave us vulnerable to the second or indeed third. This extra support in the sleeve of the pad helps its stability, and hopefully the chance of it rotating away.

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The material has a certain amount of give to it but isn't as elastic as the Lite pads.

The pad has silicone grippers on the top and bottom, as well as a silicone logo that fits on the outside of the upper sleeve to help get extra purchase on your shorts. The pads are comfortable, too. The sleeve has an element of stretch, but I would say there are more flexible and elastic-feeling materials used in other pads on the market.

What this pad does offer, though, is security and the assurance that your kneecap is safely cocooned and held inside. The pads are rated EN1621-1:2012 LEVEL 2, Type B certified. What does this mean? Well, as quoted from 7iDP's website "There are two levels of protection that can be certified Level 1 and Level 2. Level 1 allows for ≤35KN to be transmitted to the rider whilst level 2 allows a max of ≤20 KN to be transmitted to the rider. Type A or B refers to the area of protection, Type B giving greater coverage than Type A."

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The security and fit of the Sam Hill Knee pads is very impressive.

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On the left is the firmer and thicker pad from the enduro pad, with the 6mm thick Lite pad on the right.
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The surrounding padding, which isn't removable, does a great job and locating and retaining the main pad.

Ride Impressions

The Sam Hill pads have a fairly substantial profile due to the generous coverage, which means there are more streamlined pads out there. That said, they fit well under riding pants, and don't give the feel of being oversized or cumbersome. They pedal well, too. On my initial ride they slightly pinched behind my knees, but since then have become my go-to.

Considering the protection and coverage I think they're perfectly reasonable in terms of how they retain heat. I also like how far along past the knee they extend. The area of coverage is far bigger than many other pedal-ready pads. The supplementary side padding is a welcome appendage, even if it isn't as burly as the main insert. There is around 10 mm of shared overlapped coverage before the padding in the sleeve extends 15 mm further than the outer edge of the harder and stiffer insert.

The pad does extend quite a way up your thigh, and it's worth consulting their sizing chart, which was accurate for me. The grippers do a thorough job without leaving any marks or soreness on the skin.

I've ridden in these pads for most rides over the last three months, and I can confidently say they're suitable for pedaling. I also think they're substantial enough for downhill runs, and I'll be using them in the bike park without hesitation.



Pros

+ Comfortable & secure
+ Lots of coverage
+ Reasonable value

Cons

- Some might prefer a hardshell
- Bulkier than some other kneepads



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The trail riding Lite pads.

When 7iDP says "lite" they certainly mean it. The pads are the kind of pad that you'd wear as opposed to wearing nothing at all. This is something that is great for slipping on for trail rides or those XC spins that might even infringe on the realm of downcountryism.

7iDP claims that "At just 6mm the Sam Hill Lite Pads are the thinnest CE EN 1621-1:2012 certified pads on the market". I'm not going to get my verniers on 100s of different pads, but it's not hard to imagine their claim is probably about right.
7iDP Sam Hill Knee Lite
• Lightweight and stretchy sock that breathes well
• Thin removable insert
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• CE EN 1621-1:2012
• MSRP: $$84.99 USD
www.7idp.com
And yes, 6mm really isn't much. The insert in these pads is thin. Very thin. While that's something I quite enjoy when going for an evening cruise, I'd be lying if I said I would use them for little more than protecting my skin from cuts, grazes, and light bruising. Which is of course no bad thing - it just depends on one your intention and what your priorities are. It might not be as bad as a broken bone, but taking the skin off your knee isn't exactly pleasant.

The makeup of the Lite pad is very similar to the enduro pad but with some key differences. The material of the sleeve is thinner and stretchier. Again though, it does have the same silicone grippers that sit quite the way up your leg. Unlike the other pad, the Lite model also have a finger loop on the back to make getting them on or off even easier.

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The pads cover the kneecap but not too much else.

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The flexible padding is great for comfort, but may be a bit too minimalist for some.
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Ride Impressions

This low-weight pad rides just like it with exceptional comfort and flexibility. While the insert doesn't have the same anchored feeling derived from a concave insert, it does offer a lot of freedom as the fit lets your knee move uninhibited. The other pads aren't restrictive, but the lighter model does feel distinctly freer.

The side protection on the Lite pads is almost non-existent around the lower part of the knee. I understand that everything is a compromise whilst trying to shed weight, but I do wonder if this is taking it a little too far. I feel similar about other pads in the category such as the Rapha Trail knee pads. Again, fantastic pads, but I would like a bit more coverage on the lower sides for when I slide out on rocks.

Where I would wholeheartedly say the Sam Hill enduro pad is genuinely a class-leading product in its own niche, I probably wouldn't say the same of the Lite model. It's a good pad, but it's another good pad in a field of many and doesn't do that much to separate itself from the bunch. That said, I'm not totally sold on the concept of pads being just this light and thin, so maybe it was a thankless task trying to make a converter of me. Unless weight is your absolute priority, I would probably spend a little bit more and get something that offers a better compromise between weight, coverage, and pad thickness.



Pros

+ Light and breathable
+ Great alternative to wearing no pads at all
+ Very comfortable

Cons

- Perhaps a little too light for anything aggressive
- Lack of side protection



bigquotesFor a great blend of fit and function, the heavier Sam Hill Knee pads should surely be on your list if you're looking for an option that's well suited to pedaling, aggressive trail riding, enduro, and dabbling in downhill. The pad offers security, protection, and comfort at a reasonable price.

The Lite Knee models do offer a lot, but I feel their targetted crowd is very specific. People who want pads, but only the absolute bare minimum, and for some reason won't tolerate 50 or 100 extra grams for what could add up to more protection. For aggressive XC riders or light trail use, they are good, although they're not standouts in the same way that the enduro pad is.
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78 Comments
  • 53 0
 Have had these for 2.5 years now, and they have been hands down the best I've ever had. They are so comfortable, I find myself just driving to and from the ride without removing them.
  • 2 0
 Many of the sleeve only pads get loose over time and slide/shift. Have you found these do the same? (Also are you referring to the Lites or the regulars?)
  • 6 0
 @rrolly: I've also had a set of the regular pads for probably 2-3 years now and no, mine have not stretched out at all. The only "complaint" is when first put on the insert is a little stiff but within a few minutes of pedaling they warm up and I forget they are there. I've had a few get offs that resulted in side and direct knee impacts and no tears to the material and no injury to the knee. I've had a lot of pads over the years- more protection, lighter pads and these are by far my favorite.
  • 5 1
 @sicboy541: If you're one to wear them from the house like when using pants, I like to put them in the dryer on low for about 2 minutes. Just enough to warm them up and fit like a mold.
  • 2 1
 @rrolly: mine stretched after 1.5 years. These were the regulars. It wasn’t enough to keep me from wearing them, however it was in the back of my head while riding that if I took a spill they would move (never did though). I hit up 7idp and they gave me 50% off the next pair.
  • 4 0
 @rrolly: I have the Lite version since 2020 and they don't slip, despite many machine washes/dryings. Obviously, they're not designed for Enduro/DH sessions, but they do the job for most trail riding and they're so comfortable that you forget that you're wearing them.
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: I have the regular got stretched in a year. I keep using them and pulled them up from time to time, after another year they are done, not hold anything.
For me it's a disappointment.
When they did work they were awesome, saved my knees and shins several times.
  • 5 0
 Fully agree, the regular ones are best knee pads I ever had. Had the first pair for 3 years and only after this time they began to slip a bit. Would have kept them if the family dog would not have decided to eat them. Bought another pair immediately.
I put them on at the beginning of the ride and forget about them after 2 minutes. Even after 3+ hours on the bike they are still comfortable.
I am between sizes and bought the smaller ones.
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: 7iDP has a lifetime crash replacement program on all of their products. They pretty much cover everything including normal wear and tear. 7idp.com/pages/crash-replacement It's not a free replacement, but a big enough discount on replacement to definitely make it worth it.
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 @rrolly: I've had mine for about 2-3 years and they're starting to exhibit some of what you noted, mostly when pedaling. They start to drift down a bit. It may be because I've washed/dried them to much? But I actually just ordered another set because I like the pads so much.
  • 2 0
 Riding these (regular non-Lite version) since 2017 and feel about them the same. I really like trying new stuff in general, but I have not found any other pads feeling so comfy and light while having comparable coverage since then. Sam knows the stuff...
  • 2 1
 @rrolly: thats what mine did, would never buy pads with out straps again.
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 @rrolly: only after about 5 yrs I've had mine, the lower portion has stretched a bit, but it's easily fixed by pulling it up a little. The upper portion is still fine. As far as staying on the same, it's never been an issue. I'd 2nd that, as being a knee pad goldilocks who's owned multiple of the top pads at once, these are the most comfortable besides right next to the G-Forms.
  • 5 0
 I also use the regular ones for around 2,5 years and I really like them. What sets them apart from the competition is the long upper sleeve which can be put under the inner pants. This reduces slipping a lot. The packaging is a bit excessive however. They come in a kind of plastic container with a zipper.
  • 4 0
 I've had the regular Sam Hill version for just over 4 years now, and still wear them on every single ride. I totally recommend them

Here are my thoughts:

I love the long upper sleeve, since you can put it under the bottom edge of my chamois, and the pad is pretty much locked in place. I also really like that it has inner knee padding, and that the bottom foam padding covers much of the upper shin area, which means that I have yet to have a shinner with these pads (I'm riding on flats).

My one interaction with 7IDP was great. I somehow tore through one of the removeable pads (it was cracked right through the center... maybe from being shoved in a bag while traveling? I honestly have no idea how it happened). I explained the situation, and sent a photo, and asked if I could buy a replacement. Instead, they sent me a new pad free of charge (again, just the insert).

My only complaint, is that for me and my bodyshape/type, the pads can start to rub/irritate the outer edge of the knee a touch on longer pedaling days (15-20mi+, with 2000 - 3000ft of climbing). Usually thats not a problem for me, and in the rare instance that it has happened, I've just pulled the pad down around my knees for the rest of the climb. But it is worth noting.

Oh, and they may not fit the best under all pairs of pants. That rubbing the knee feeling, I get earlier when its winter and I'm wearing my Endura Spray pants.

I am considering trying a different lighter pad for the more pedally days (Chromag Rift, or Raphas new pad?), but haven't bought anything yet. I really am quite happy with them.
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: yes I've had the enduro SH for 3 years and the pre SH originals(no donut) for 2 years prior. The stitching was suspect on the pre sam hill 1st gens. Enduros have been all good.
Both tops of each model expanded/loosened after many many washer/dryer cycles-as expected but still do the job as the foam doesnt move around.
  • 2 0
 Agreed! Best pads ever! Can't see how another pair can ge better. 3 years on every ride, park or pedalling! might have stretched a bit but not much, silicon grips good still!
I'm getting a second pair since I ride 5 times a week a need to wash them sometimes Wink
  • 2 0
 One more chiming in to say these are the best ever. Over three years old and still go with me on almost every ride including the epics with 9000' of climbing. Put them on when I begin and promptly forgot about them all day.
  • 1 0
 Same, I had my first pair of the regular SH pads (not lite) for 2.5 years, they were still doing the job but had a few pedal holes in the back from some hike a bike sections. I gave them to my friend's son and bought another. Had many other brands over the years, best so far.
  • 2 0
 @ocnlogan: I wore the regular pads for several years, ended up buying a second pair to alternate days. I washed them regularly and only air dried.

When I started riding Demo (2200 feet first lap, 1600? feet second lap) I started to get rubbing on the outside of my right knee as well. Stung pretty bad when sweaty. I lost faith in them and stopped wearing.

I currently am loving Fasthouse Hoopers and POC VPD Air. Hoopers have better grippers, Level 2 cert, but no perimeter padding. VPD air have great side padding but are a little shorter on the shin. Both work well under riding pants.
  • 1 0
 I had these for 4 years before I wore them out (riding summer and winter, including commuting on trails) and bought the TLD Stage pads. Both are very comfortable and have on a few occations forgot to take them off after a ride, only to realize a few hours later I still have them on. Have crashed a fair bit with both and for general trail use, they're perfectly fine crashing in. Would def. buy them again if they had a distributor in Norway who had them in stock when I was shopping for new ones.
  • 1 0
 Same. 2 years on mine. Numerous trips through the washer and still looking and fitting as designed.
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 @rrolly: I have the regulars and they have not loosened. When they do, they will probably be falling apart in other areas and will need to be replaced. They are very well made.
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 @jmhills: My two complaints about most pads are rubbing and slippage. My SH Lite elbows slid down all the time after a few months. My POC VPD's are super good descending, but after 6 months they started rubbing. So, now with shorts I climb with them at my ankles and with pants I chamois butter the backs and sides of my knees before I go. Just a pain either way.
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: I have not had that problem with these. I got them pre lockdown so probably closer to 3.5 years of riding with them. I put them on before I leave the house and do not take them off until I get home after the ride. There is a sizing table with them so maybe check with that before ordering. They are tight fitting but not uncomfortably so.
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 @rrolly: The regular Sam’s, when I tried my first set I knew they were the ones. On my third set now. Some say that they don’t stay up, pull them up to the meaty part of the calf. Some say they are difficult to get off, turn them 180 and they come off easy like a sock/shoe. Fit is always personal but I really like mine.
  • 1 0
 @platnum: People complain about them being hard to take off?
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 @jmhills: It's not the first thing people think of, but that 180 degree hack is so good. No more hopping around like Mr. Bean.
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: Mine are tight at the end of a ride as muscles grow. They do slide off with some effort I suppose. I would rather that than them being loose and sliding down
  • 7 0
 The heavy version are my favorite pads I've ever used. They mostly disappear after a few minutes of riding and I'm happy to have them on all day. They've saved me from some nasty crashes and are no worse for wear. After a few years you may get some holes in the mesh backing from your pedal pins, but mine are still holding up great! Once mine finally kick the bucket, I'll happily buy another pair.
  • 5 0
 i have the Lite knee pads. agree with the pros and cons. i mainly bought them to replace old knee warmers, so these fit the bill quite well. if you do a lot of racing and crash in rocky terrain, the Lites may not be sufficient in terms of padding/protection.
  • 5 0
 I have a pair of these (the regular ones, not the "Lite" ones) and love them! They pedal amazingly well: I wear them every time I ride, up and down, and even on multi hour days in the Socal summer heat they don't take feel like they're making my legs much hotter.
One downside they didn't mention: the reason they breathe so well is that the entire backside of the pad is a very thin elastic mesh, which is very susceptible to tearing. If you ever snag the back of your calf on the pedal pins (and it doesn't take much force at all) you'll put a hole in them. I've had mine for a little over a year now and the back is covered in holes. So far it's not impacted the fit or performance of the pads, but I wonder if eventually they'll tear to the point of not being usable.

That said, the thin mesh is what makes these so comfortable so maybe there's no way around it. And maybe I'm just a klutz and this won't be a problem for most people.
  • 1 1
 You are correct. I sewed the holes and went to clips. No more holes
  • 2 0
 I think this is pretty common for a lot of knee pads. I have a pair of IXS Carve EVO+ knee pads and the mesh on the back was torn within a month or two. Still been wearing them for a couple years w/ no other complaints. These 7idp ones look like they might offer a bit more coverage than the IXS though. I'll be considering them when it comes time to replace the current ones.
  • 1 0
 @SoCalTrev: I really want a pair of the Carve EVO+, since they have the fastener on the top and bottom, while not being too bulky. I bought a pair, but they ended up too tight since IXS sizes a bit small. They look like the perfect North Shore pad to me.
  • 3 0
 If I went to clips, there'd be no more holes in the pads, but then I'd probably end up with holes in my face
  • 12 0
 We do a crash replacement program that also covers wear and tear. You can find out more on our website under the info tab - Crash Replacement. You are correct though, it is a trade off between breathability and durability. If durability is a higher priority, you can also take a look at the Project knee pads which have a thicker sleeve material. Pinkbike reviewed those a few years ago and named it their top pick in a comparison.
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 @jgoldfield: that's what I thought after 13 years of flats. But clips for trail and BMX are the way. DH is OK, I can do either pedal, I just don't like unclipping mid air, I Can't whip like I do on flats yet. But i dint ride as much park as i used to. On the DJ just shoes with Limited grip. All the bikes.
  • 3 0
 Maybe it's my skin but I have an issue with the upper thigh gripper material. After a weekend of riding it chaffed my skin to blisters in the shape of the grippers around my whole thigh. Months later, I still have the ring scars to prove it! I loved these pads otherwise but cannot use them for extended use.
  • 1 0
 I wore mine the other day for around 7 hours an I too developed blisters around my left thigh where the gripper material was sitting, I’ ve been wearing them for a couple of months now but this was the first long hot day I was in them. Love the way they stay in place but not to thrilled with the irritation
  • 2 0
 I have the 7iDP Coverts and are the best kneepads I've ever owned. Been running them for 4+ years. The compression sleeve is great for fit and breathe-ability. Thee hardshell, and two levels of padding are removable on the knee cap. Minimal to no padding on the sides, which is fine for me. The hardshell has taken some heavy hits and kept everything in order. Wish they wouldn't have discontinued this model, since everything else they are currently making are a bit bulkier OR if it is the lite version its too lite for my liking.
  • 2 0
 Yep. Best knees I've had. I've hit the ground plenty of times, they never budged or let any damage come to my knee. Those lights don't look like they'd do the same job. Look more like a G-form thickness. I crashed in a set of them once. Cracked my knee cap. Threw them out.
  • 2 0
 My wife dented her knee cap too from crashing while wearing those G-Form knee pads! They're the worst. A friend recommended them to her and she bought them and we were brand new (6 years ago) and so I didn't say anything to her but lo and behold my suspicions were correct. The individual little "cells" physically cannot dissipate the impact energy of a point load to an area larger than a quarter, which is about the size of each of those little cells.
They're overdesigned for abrasive purposes, and under-designed for large impacts.
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 @chubby5000: I have reservations about the G-Forms as well, but I use them on knee and elbow during the winter because they fit under pants and a fleece top. I rationalize that snow and ice won't deliver the same point loads as rocks . . . mostly.
The G-Form Elite also has additional thickness without too much extra bulk. OTOH I'm very doubtful about the efficacy of these Sam Hill Lites - 6mm doesn't seem like near enough
  • 2 0
 almost got the regular Sam Hill pads but ended up getting the Dainese Trail skin air pads, as they have decent coverage for a lite pad, and essentially flow huge quanties of air. I figured I'd wear them more often in the hot weather if they breathed well, as most people don't wear pads because they're invariably too hot. It's a big consideration....
  • 2 0
 The Sam Hill Regular Knee pads are my favorite knee pads that I've ever used. I have had them for 2 years now, and use them for every type of ride. I had a horrible crash over a year ago where I broke many ribs, and my arm/wrist, I impacted hard on my leg/knee as well, and that was the only part where I didn't break anything. haha
  • 2 0
 I went with the regular Sam Hill pads a year or two ago and friggin love them...most comfortable pad I have ever worn! A few notes, I love the long thigh sleeve, I tuck them under the legs of my padded shorts...but this does cause some issues if you put the pads on after your baggy shorts...so what I do now is put them on before my baggy shorts/Pants...it looks stupid but it secures them in place so hopefully in a big crash they slip down less. The second thing is if they are stored someplace cold...that the first few minutes of putting them on is very uncomfortable. The knee cup is molded and once warmed up really conforms to your knee...one of the things that makes it so comfy IMO...but when cold it digs in for the first few minutes.
  • 2 0
 I've had 2 pairs of the regular pads since they were introduced in 2018.

The fit for me is really good, I put them on and forget about them, even on long rides, even on 90+ degree days. That's not to say they don't get hot, but I feel it's tolerable. And they do not slide down at all for me, which is key. I think the extra tall sleeve is the biggest reason for this.

The protection has been good but sliding crashes have not been good, that's what killed my first set, I slid on a gravelly trail and it pulled the pad down and ripped the upper cuff to shreds. Had a pretty good scrape from that, but I'm sure it would have been a lot worse without them. Had a couple other big crashes and was very thankful I was wearing them.

Durability-wise, it's a mixed bag I feel like, first set were decent until that crash killed one, so I ordered another set and the upper cuff pretty much immediately had the stitching come undone on one. So now I'm running one sleeve from 2018 and one pretty new, but some of the outer foam padding stitching is coming undone on the old one. My recommendation is to always fold over the upper elastic strip and be very gentle pulling them on, that upper cuff is too fragile. Also the mesh backing will pretty much be full of holes instantaneously if you run flats, but it hasn't seemed to affect the pads too much.

Overall good, but I'm going to try the Hooper pads that also have level 2 protection before buying another set of these.

Also, at some point I bought the lite version and pretty much never use them, they're not very good. They don't stay in place because the sleeve is too short for me at least, and they feel just as hot as the regular version which has waaay better protection. I wear them under pants for dirt jumps and that's it.
  • 1 0
 From the first line I mean, my first set I bought in 2018 and the second in 2021
  • 2 0
 Have had 2 pairs of the regular Sam Hill pads. Easily the most comfortable pads I’ve had (probably gone through 6 other sets). They extend way, way up the thigh, which for me meant I never once experienced any sliding down. Good protection, BUT very suspect durability. Stitching failed on the side padding on both pairs, and one of the main pads split in half - not from any crash that I can recall, just from flexing at the knee I think. Great pads, but I never got more than about a season out of them.
  • 2 0
 I got the regular Sam Hill's intending only to wear them in the bike park, shuttle days etc. but found them to be way more comfortable than any other pads I have other tried. I am happy to pedal in these, much more so than several other lighter, slimmer sleeve pads I've tried in the past.
  • 1 0
 Had these for about 6 months - my complaint (surprised not mentioned in the review) is how firm the impact padding is when they’re cold.

They warm up and get malleable again after being worn, but the literally turn to hard plastic in colder temps, and when first put on. I’ve had them turn into rock after chilling at the top of a cold climb.

Other wise excellent pads for being so slim. Easy to fit under pants or jeans, and comfortable in hot temps.
  • 2 0
 Who rides flats and has scars on their shins from pedal strikes?

The pins on my pedals will easily gouge to the bone but it seems like I am the only rider that wears full length shin guards
  • 2 0
 Women like scars, so i dont mind lol
  • 1 0
 I’ve got the Sam hill knee pads, they’re very comfortable but maybe a bit vulnerable to damage because the material is so soft, sometimes feel like they’ll tear when pulling them on. I also have Sams bars, pedals and stem.
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 I have both of these. The Sam Hill's are what I ride with. Protection is great but the pad itself doesn't have that much width coverage tho. Those little side pads are literally just the most basic, soft foam. No protection there other than abrasion and very slight bumps. Plus the seam between the main pad will leave you bloody in a crash as it creates a gap between the pad and little foamy spots (its not impact foam, just basic foam). They are comfy for sure and I wear them year round. I just wish they actually covered around my knee laterally more like some of the newer pads do. Some of it has to do with the sastech pad is really stiff and firm so its hard to get any ergonomics out of it. Being that they aren't super minimal, I'd want more protection there. The elastic material is also entirely shredded. They still work and I would definitely NOT want any knee pads made with stupid neoprene material lol. You don't want a mini wetsuit around your knee.

If I was buying again today a mid-weight pad like these, I'd likely give the Fast House Hooper pads a try:
www.fasthouse.com/products/hooper-knee-pad-black

I've worn the TLD Stage pads and they are nice but the material isn't as protective and they aren't any less warm than the these. HOWEVER they do wrap around your knee nicely unlike these.

Similar design but better I think.

Oh we've also got the Chromag Rifts. Comfy pads, very cool, not super long. They don't have a pad that goes wider around your knee and use a secondary padding, which is a bit lacking. I think they are also only level 1 protection.
  • 1 0
 Can't vouch for these pads but the sastec inserts are superb, I've been using ion pads with these for years and they're great, when they warm up they're flexible enough to conform really well when pedaling and have really worked well when I've taken a tumble. Even after 3-4 years the insert works exactly the same as new with no degradation at all
  • 1 0
 I've had a set of the 7iDP Sam Hill Knee Pads for a year and a half and love them. I've worn them in 100+F heat as well as in the winter. I've never felt like they were bulky and got in the way. In fact, most times I forget I'm wearing them at all. Taken a couple of dives with them and they held up perfectly. I've even worn them snowboarding and ice skating and again, they did an incredible job of protecting my knees in an unfortunate spill. The only time I've wished for a hardshell is when falling onto sharp, jagged rocks, but even then it prevented any serious damage.
  • 2 0
 I've also worn mine (the big ones) for rides up to 14 hours long (Bigger Beastie ride in Tweed Valley) and forget they're there.
  • 1 0
 Had the regulars, but gave them away after taking a sharp rock to the kneecap through the vent holes. IMHO the vent holes are way too big. Good slide protection, but not great on direct impact.
  • 2 0
 The only knee pad I run. I am on my third set and they are amazing. I will say though they are not bulky like the reviewer said they fit great under all types of pants.
  • 2 0
 I have the same hill and love them. My only qualm is that my quads are really big, so I had to order xl, which don't fit my calves. Regardless, they're my favorite pads
  • 1 0
 Wore my 7idp Sam hill pads ato the dirt jumps last night. When I got home I had huge itchy welts around where the silicone grippers are. I don't normally have issues with silicone. Crap
  • 1 0
 I have the Troy Lee version for 2yrs - my only complaint is the elastic at top stretches and they can slide down when riding. This style is comfortable but I'd try other designs when buying the next pair.
  • 1 0
 The Lite pads are okay, but you're paying for the Sam Hill name IMHO.
A better 7iDP pad is the Transition which provides upgraded knee protection and costs $10 less.
  • 1 0
 there goes Sam Hill's kids college fund
  • 2 0
 I did buy the transition end of last month because of some reviews and the retention . I expect it will serve me well this year to try some sketchier lines.
  • 1 0
 I've had these knee pads for a while now (2nd pair after crash replacement). Super comfy but the back mesh tears super easy, which is unfortunate.
  • 4 1
 Sam Hill doesn't wear knee pads. Knee pads wear Sam Hill.
  • 2 0
 I have the elbow pads to match, super sleek and can't even feel them after a few min
  • 2 0
 Love my 7idp projects! super comfy and plenty of protection
  • 3 1
 Exclusive deal on these if you sign up for Henry's OnlyFans page...
  • 1 0
 Bare knees get me going.
  • 1 0
 I really wish they came with plain white or black logos.
Maybe a special edition?
  • 1 0
 If I'm not gettin' any of Sam's skills along with these pads, no sale!
  • 1 0
 The best for long people too. No more twat gap!
  • 1 0
 No velcro straps- no thanks
  • 1 0
 Any comparsion to Chromag Rift?







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