SixSixOne Rage Hard Knee Pads - Review

Mar 29, 2016
by Vernon Felton  
SixSixOne Rage Hard Knee Pad


The Rage Hard has been a mainstay of SixSixOne’s line for a while now, but this latest version of the knee guard is a bit of a different beast. The new-for-2016 Rage Hard features an updated chassis, sporting a larger knee cap and more side padding. There’s a minimalist movement afoot in the body-armor world, with some knee guards that are nothing more than overgrown knee warmers and, on the other end of spectrum, overbuilt models that offer the kind of bomb-proof protection you’d look to from a full-on DH kit. Where does the Rage Hard fit in the scheme of things?
Rage Hard Knee Pad Details

• Flexible, internal knee cap
• Hardshell, external knee cap
• Extensive, EVA side padding
• Hook-and-loop/elastic gripper combo
• Colors: black
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Weight: 557 grams (size L)
• MSRP: $75 USD
www.sixsixone.com/bike, @sixsixone

The Rage Hard steers a little closer to the full-face-helmet-and-chairlift end of the bell curve, although SixSixOne has made definite efforts here to create a set of pads that can be pedaled about comfortably. Available in sizes S, M, L and XL, the Rage Hards sell for $75 USD.


SixSixOne Rage Hard Knee Pad
The Rage Hard combines a flexible, internal impact cap with a hard external cap. Plenty of protection.
SixSixOne Rage Hard Knee Pad
SixSixOne didn't skimp on the side padding, which extends the length of the knee pad.


On the Trail

Knee pads that chafe, loosen up and weigh a ton are not worth the trouble of wearing. I wasn’t sure how the Rage Hards would measure up, given that they are a bit burlier than a lot of the 3D0-style guards that I often ride in.

Well, let’s start with the pros—the actual protective quality is outstanding. SixSixOne has married the same flexible inner knee cup found in their soft-shell Rage knee guards with a hard, outer plastic shell that does a fine job of blunting impacts and sliding/deflecting off of rocks and such when you do actually eat shit. So, yes, they work like a champ. There is also quite a bit more padding on the shin and sides of the pad than you find on most of the competitors in this class. If I knew I was definitely going to be riding over my head today, I’d definitely strap these things on.

For a stout set of guards, they are also fairly comfortable. SixSixOne has clearly worked on making that a reality by making a fairly flexible pad that, on the backside, also sports a lightweight mesh. Bottom line, the backs and sides of my knees never got rubbed raw, even on all-day rides. I’ve ridden plenty of pads that aren’t this comfortable.

That isn’t to say, however, that the Rage Hards are perfect. For starters, these guards weigh a fair bit more than a lot of other “all mountain/enduro” style pads. It’s not a huge deal, but it is noticeable.

Second, the pads do have a tendency to migrate south after an hour or more of pedaling—this despite the fact that each pad is equipped with a large Velcro-strap, elastic grippers on the calves and plenty of internal silicone printing on both the top and bottom of each pad. To their credit, SixSixOne has also equipped the Rage Hards with their PADLOCK connection system-essentially, a snap that attaches the pads to SixSixOne’s Evo shorts and keeps the Rage Hards from growing all droopy. That’s a cool feature, no doubt, but the Rage Hards should stay in place by their own bad selves. The slippage is not as severe as what I've experienced with some other pads, but it'll prove noticeable if you're the type who pedals all day in knee guards. If, on the other hand, you're the shuttling/bike park type, you can pretty much ignore the last 100 words.


Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesOutstanding protection quality, both for your knee and the ligaments/tendons running alongside it. This is also a pad you can pedal all day in, but there are other models out there that do a better job of staying put. - Vernon Felton





70 Comments

  • + 40
 I'm tired of this $80 pads sliding down crap. There needs to be a universal system that somehow clips the pads to the riding shorts so they don't slide down.
  • + 102
 That'd require companies to create an actual working standard... in the mountain bike industry... Goodluck bro
  • + 227
 Try Victoria's Secret. I bet they have some things that would clip to your knee pads and keep them up.
  • + 11
 And you'd get some good looks for the old dudes in your riding group
  • + 35
 The bigger faux pas may be that the pink lace enduro-garter won't match the rest of my kit.
  • + 12
 "To their credit, SixSixOne has also equipped the Rage Hards with their PADLOCK connection system - essentially, a snap that attaches the pads to SixSixOne’s Evo shorts and keeps the Rage Hards from growing all droopy."

..it's not universal, but that'd just be crazy talk
  • + 5
 7idp control has a great strap system where it is tight above the calf muscle, they never budge and hard to get off lol
  • - 1
 Dude my nukeproof critical enduro knee sleeves are perfect! they have never slid down and I dont even notice them while riding. Local conditions aren't exactly rocky but these prevented a skinned knee and a smash on roots when I lowsided when I was hauling ass. They haven't torn at all (kevlar) and are the perfect pads for trail riding or more aggressive riding on softer ground.
  • + 4
 To those that have split a knee from sliding pads in a crash, id much rather take an ugly knee pad that stays put over a flashy, knee covering fashion statement. I thought many would agree
  • + 3
 I went down a size with my Poc VPD 2.0s and they were quite tight for a while - I don't even have to use the straps. But I went down a size for that exact reason @ibishreddin and I'm glad I did. They've stretched out to fit me well and I'm sure they're gonna stay in place much better. The grippy neoprene inside is adequate to keep them up for me, despite my hairy legs.
  • + 2
 I doubt clips hold pads to shorts would actually do anything. Think of the amount of motion ones legs go through in a pedal rotation. People could go back to full leg hard-shells for more protection
  • - 10
flag gooseman310 (Mar 29, 2016 at 22:49) (Below Threshold)
 Victoria Secret jaajjaaaajjaaa that's was some Funny Shizznit right there you set your self up on that Noise son like we say in L. A... LET THE CAPPING Begin..on the pad review I'm digging last year's version of the 661 Rage hard . Knee pads pedaling for miles from street to dirt and back only by mile 20 I feel like a cramp starting other than that they seem great no sliding so far, Don't. Need a Victoria Secret Enduro Garter thank God LMAO...
  • + 2
 I have the POC pads without the hard plastic cap. They dont slide at all. I sized down too. They're really short though. I want 2.0's someday.
  • + 2
 Well not crazy short. Just could be a bit longer.
  • + 7
 You guys need to develop your leg muscles - get some calves and those puppies stay put.
  • + 2
 If you are using 3 year old Fox Launch knee pads It doesn't matter if you are Robert Forstemann. They'll still hang loose like sleeve of wizard. It sucks because the plastic is still in good shape. Its just the stretchy stuff that breaks down.
  • + 10
 just staple them on your knee
  • + 3
 use a hockey garter belt
  • + 0
 @ibishreddin we use to have that back in the day. Dainese use to make a short/bib combo that had the knee/shin guards attached to it. Was really popular back in the days when people wore more stuff.
  • + 1
 Yep they are the best pad and have thick upper knee pad that keep in place if u fall. I don't understand y other companies stay with this traditional design which provides zero protection once u hit the ground. Poc well worth the money
  • + 0
 a trick is to add some water (between knee and pad) and any pad will stay on.
  • + 1
 the ion knee pads are great. they stay in place. no more slipping
  • - 1
 you need to train more
  • + 2
 So then my pads and my shorts will slide down?! No thanks! There are pads that don't slide down. These are not the pads you're looking for!
  • + 2
 Scott Grenade Pro II Knee Pads are the answer...The best knee pads i ever have.
  • + 1
 @Flysmile I 100% agree.

Scott Grenade Pro II knee pads are the best hands down. I've NEVER had an issue with the pads slipping or even feeling like they're about to slip. I've ridden in them and crashed in them and they hold up damn good. Also, they're super comfortable to the point I forget they're even on.

I don't understand why other companies can't figure this out. I've owned 2 other knee pads and they both sucked, so glad I got the Grenades now.
  • + 2
 @LiquidSpin: Yeah Thanks buddy. I tried so many knee pads in past. Those one are the best. Mostly I do freeriding, parks, trails even xc and enduro and have to say (never let me down) Smile 100% recommend to all...I did 4 hours riding today just come back. Not even notice that i had them on. So damn comfy...Enjoy riding and be safe.
  • + 24
 Seems appropriate that Vernon is reviewing a pad called the "Rage Hard"
  • - 5
flag MaxDeutsch (Mar 29, 2016 at 21:26) (Below Threshold)
 sick burn!
  • - 20
flag Donodh (Mar 29, 2016 at 22:15) (Below Threshold)
 Shut up and stop trying to be the "cool" sarcastic joke kid.
  • + 4
 I think it'd make a confidence inspiring codpiece...
  • + 4
 @vernonfelton has been putting in work since he started at pinkbike.
  • + 8
 I have the 2016 Rage soft knee/shin gourds and I have no issue with the sliding down at all even when I get sweaty after hiking up with them on. Just a tiny adjustment and I ready to roll. IMO they are outstanding and very good even when crashed in. If you ain't crashing you and tryin'!
  • + 9
 I find shin gourds particularly good when I don't want to wear a pack...I'll get my coat
  • + 3
 I wear the previous Rage hard pad knee pads with NO sliding down ever !!!!
I actually prefer the TWO straps over the slip on type...
All I do it tighten the lower strap just above my calf and I'm good to go Smile
top strap is barely snug and mine never move..

even over tights in the winterEek ... wait.... I mean they probably wouldnt even move if I wore them over tights in the winterRedface
with baggy shorts over them of course Salute lol
  • + 8
 Question is, will it protect the skin on my knees when I go sliding for first base after a botched crash landing?
  • + 3
 I bought the Knee/Shin pad a couple of months ago and they are very good. I was a bit reluctant to buy an expensive pad with virtually no reviews due to it being brand new but i am more than happy with them. You hardly feel that your wearing a pad and there is virtually no slip. Sizing is pretty good compared to older models that slipped and turned as soon as you tried to move your leg lol. Only thing that i did find is that the top velcro strap is slightly tight. On the older model i had the velcro strap was WAY too long. Definitely a 9/10 in my opinion.
  • + 2
 I have tryed a lot over the years and the only ones that have been close are poc's they mould to your knee you forget you have them on! Best bet by far!! These look abit bulky for me plus how hot would you get in these they look like they belong in a bulders site maybe some gutters to let the sweet out haha.
  • + 1
 When are pad manufactures going to wise up? Our legs and arms are tapered. So anything placed on a taper will inevitably slip down. No amount of silicon grippers or straps on the tapered section are going to stop the pad eventually sliding down the taper. Answer? Look for a point on the limb where you might be able to arrest the slide. I know! The top of the calf and forearm muscle. AND always give us adjustable straps so we can compensate for the elastic eventually going baggy. Never mind the fact we are all different proportions. In 15 years I can't find pads that have a strap in these locations. If I wasn't so lazy, I'd cut and reposition the straps. The RAGE HARD pad is another fail for me. The search continues...............
  • + 1
 I've recently picked up some Sixsixone shorts with the PADLOCK. Does a good job keeping my pads from sliding and it works with several of their models. I'm build like a roadie and have always had issues with pads ending up around my ankles.
  • + 3
 Poc all the way , they have the best product for saftey gear thats all i use now
  • + 2
 Scott grenade pro 2 , more side protection and more pedal friendly than the poc . No slip and Velcro straps
  • + 1
 Coming from a guy twho shattered his knee cap on a boulder...get the IXS Dagger knee pad. Tons of protection, super comfortable and they dont move at all. Surprisingly they don't stink after about a year in them too.
  • + 3
 Is it just me or is he wearing the knee pads too low...?
  • + 2
 IXS Carve, top of the line. Light, stays put, a little pricey but the knees are worth it.
  • + 1
 after trying poc, i feel bad for wasting money on all other pads i have wasted money on
  • - 3
 POC ftw.. only thing is, "POC" paint job becomes sticky after some times..
  • + 3
 Like sleeve of wizard
  • + 1
 Anybody want to buy a brand new pair of these? $40 negotiable. Never been worn. In my buy/sell.
  • + 1
 these will protect my "tendons and ligaments"?
  • + 1
 I think they mean "the side of your knees". Silly thing to write in any case.
  • + 1
 Knee diapers are for babies, rage hard!!
  • + 2
 POC - simple
  • + 1
 How about the gform knee pads?
  • + 5
 Used them for a while... calling them pads is very generous. Not much real protection there for any impact. They prevent scratches; that's about it.
  • + 2
 They also give you scratches. The black threads will tattoo your knee with fabric injections when they slide up on a fall. They work good if you wear jeans over them (cause they actually fit underneath)
  • + 1
 Looks like Vernon rides a Kona!
  • + 3
 Pretty sure thats a Ibis Mojo
  • + 2
 I thought that rear shock link looked like a kona process. I see the mojo now, good eye.
  • + 3
 I only know this because I lust after Mojos numerous times a day
  • + 1
 oneal pumpguns
  • - 2
 Hard knee pads are still a thing?
  • + 8
 I am glad they are, the hard cover lets them slide better over dirt while fabric tends to stick and pull down the pad. I split my knee open in the last slow moments of crash when skin on the knee was really stretched from the pad fabric sticking and a light dirt-skin contact.
  • + 1
 The old Kyle Strait pads I have have kevlar cloth over the pad which seems to slide quite well.
  • + 1
 @feeblesmith yep, same here, after a hard fast crash in scree, where the 661 evo pads protected me from the initial impact, but caught the dirt and slid off my knee, and my kneecap hit a huge rock, I limped home and then bought some hard shelled poc pads.

Never going back to soft shelled pads again. It's not about the impact protection as much as it is about their lack of friction and ability to stay on. And, this is my own opinion, but I believe they also lead to fewer injuries because your limbs can't catch on the ground and twist, you just end up splayed out after sliding to a stop.
  • + 1
 @headshot I love my old Kyle Strait knee pads. 5 years old and still going strong. Just used them for a week in Moab and they definitely saved my kneecaps more than once.
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