Slytech Kneepro Noshock XT Lite knee pads - Review

May 26, 2016
by David Arthur  
Slytech Kneepro Noshock XT Lite knee pads

Knee pads are now such a regular part of the trail rider uniform. Slytech KneePro NoShock Lite knee pads are aimed at mountain bikers who want a bit of extra crash protection without the bulk of rigid knee pads, and who are happy to trade in a bit of outright impact protection for improved pedaling efficiency. Slytech is a company focused on safety products, with a huge range catering for all sorts of riding styles, from those wanting to chuck themselves off a Utah cliff to weekend trail riders who want a bit of extra protection in case of a spill.

KneePro Lite knee pads utilize the Slytech's "NoShock technology," which are polygonal-shaped cells molded into polyurethane foam, which provides impact protection with minimal weight and bulk. The padding is flexible so it can move as you pedal to increase comfort, as well as being lightweight and ventilated. The front of the knee pad is finished with an Amortex abrasion resistant material to provide extra impact protection. There are no straps to hold the pads up, instead, they’re a simple slip-on design with the NoShock padding held in place by lightweight and stretchy mesh fabric, and tacky silicone bands at both openings.

• Flexible NoShock molded polyurethane foam protection
• Armortex fabric abrasion-resistant panel
• Elastic mesh construction
• Silicone bands for secure positioning
• Sizes: S-M, L-XL
• Weight: 200g (pair, size S-M)
• MSRP: $99 USD
• Contact: Slytech Protection / @slytechprotection

Slytech Kneepro Noshock XT Lite knee pads
A stretchy mesh fabric with silicone gripper tape at the top and bottom keeps the pads in place and ventilation is good.

Slytech Kneepro Noshock XT Lite knee pads
If you like minimalist knee pads with very little interference to your pedaling, you'll like these.

On the trail

I’m a fussy bugger when it comes to knee pads for trail riding. I just can’t stand heavy, sweaty and cumbersome knee pads unless there’s a chair lift involved. Finding comfortable knee pads for regular trail riding that don't make pedaling a chore isn’t easy. Comfort and fit are crucial with knee pads, and on both fronts the Slytech pads are superb. They stay in place and don’t slip down like knee pads usually do. Without the usual straps, there’s no restriction of blood flow, and the mesh fabric prevents overheating, even on longer rides and in warm weather. That all combines to make NoShock Lite knee pads an ideal choice for all-day rides, or even just short evening sessions messing about in the woods.

The foam cells in the NoShock padding can move independently, allowing the pads to conform to the legs when pedaling. This ensures there is minimal restriction of pedaling freedom. They’re really not much different than wearing a set of knee warmers - which indicates that they’re not going to provide as much impact protection as heavier duty knee pads, either. While I didn’t crash while testing them, taking a heavy wrench to my knees showed that they were adequate for smaller impacts - enough for small spills that might not lead to injury but could still leave you hobbling for a couple of days.

And, because they’re so comfortable and unobtrusive, you're left with no excuses not to wear them every time you hit the trail. If you’re the sort of person who finds regular knee pads uncomfortable enough to save them for special occasions, you'll find them ideal for both shorter sessions, but these pads really come into their own for longer rides with plenty of climbing and heat.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotes If you like your knee pads lightweight and comfortable, and don't mind trading a bit of impact protection for increased freedom of movement and reduced bulk, you'll like Slytech's KneePro NoShock Lite knee pads. They're an excellent, pedal-friendly knee pad with superb fit and comfort, and they are ideal for trail (and enduro) riding - David Arthur


  • + 93
 Might get some for the wife. Probably wont Mtb in these though.
  • + 4
  • + 1
 100% not MTBing in these.
  • - 1
 Spandex aint
  • + 23
 Is it just me, or is that one of the longest names you've ever seen for a fairly simple product??
  • + 6
 I'm gonna hold out for the Yesskock XTR Heavy model
  • + 16
 they sure as hell will protect your knees from the cold summer breeze
  • + 12
 Looks good and must be comfortable but for $99 USD it's a bit steep. You can get into a TLD, Raceface or a few others for less money with more padding and just as light weight
  • + 12
 not enduro enough
  • - 9
flag Kramz (May 26, 2016 at 23:19) (Below Threshold)
 I'm waiting for the enduro protect brand, enduro 9000 pads with enduro inserts.
  • + 3
 Just add fluro yellow graphics Instant Enduro approved
  • + 5
 You can get a decent moto brace for that price. Why are mountain biking product prices akin to mentioning the word "wedding" if you're looking for a photographer or venue rental? If you buy these, you might consider yourself the bike, because you're being taken for a ride.
  • + 3
 I just saw the thumbnail on the PB front page and thought it was two people stood side on with spanks on whatever those fat pants are called and wondered WTF they had to do with biking. Have a look at the top picture again, the leg on the left looks like somoeone leaning slightly forward to the right.
  • + 1
 Haha. I saw the same thing. It looked like the pads were over the cheek and hamstring.
  • + 4
 With articles like this I just go right to the price, saves time on being disappointed on something I may want but won't pay 99 bucks for.
  • + 3
 Knee/elbow pad reviews should always include pic of them in, leg bent on bike so we can see how high the pad goes up, and what happens to its shape etc
  • + 4
 Noskock, does that mean you have to be riding a hardtail to wear them?
  • + 1
 Could you show a pic above the knee, I have some G-form pads and they are short above the knee, so looking for a minimal pad that is longer above the knee, I have large thighs so they need to go looong.
  • + 0
 Can you show a pic above the knee. I have a pair of G-forms and they are short, I have xx-large thighs so I am looking for a minimal pad that stays high up, is cool and easy to wear everyday.
  • + 1
 I use the noshock lite elbow pads for park riding and they are awesome. Super thin and super lite, but much more shock absorption than other super thin pads.
  • + 3
 Haha thought they were ass-protectors!
  • + 1
 Haha! Breaking News!!!

They are $109.99 on the Slytech website.

So keep on b*tching everyone.
  • + 1
 Has anyone used Slytech's padded shorts? I'm looking at them for snowboarding, but I don't know much about them.
  • + 2
 Anybody else find the name obnoxiously long?
  • + 2
 Nice, but what does Raceface say about it.
  • + 2
 what can they say , theirs are junk , couple crashes and mine are destroyed
  • + 4
 @demon666: stop crashing and they wont wear out
  • + 3
 @jaycubzz: crashing is part of riding why else would one put on pads ??
  • + 2
 XT means Xtra Tight?))))

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