|The Atlas pads have accompanied me on the vast majority of my rides over the last few months, largely due to how incredibly comfortable they are. There haven't been any hot spots or chafing, no matter how long I ventured out for, and the tall upper cuff works brilliantly to ensure that the pads stay put. I managed to avoid any massive crashes (knock on wood) while wearing them, but they definitely saved my knees from encounters with stem bolts and top tubes on more than one occasion. They're not designed for Red Bull Rampage style crashing, but they will help protect your knees from lesser impacts and abrasions.|
As comfortable and unobtrusive as the pads are, there is room for improvement when it comes to the construction quality. The stitching has begun to come undone at the seam that runs down the center of the upper portion, as well as around some of the smaller side pads. Most of the seams are double or triple stitched, so it's not as if the pads are going to completely fall apart, but better stitching would help ensure they'll last more than one season. In addition, the lower cuffs have lost some of their elasticity, and no longer fit as snugly as they originally did.
Construction quibbles aside, the Atlas pads earn top marks for their excellent fit and function, as well as an extremely light weight that makes it difficult to think of a reason not to bring them along on a ride. - Mike Kazimer
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