Forcefield Limb Tube Knee Protectors - Review

Mar 5, 2015 at 14:59
by Chris Johannes  
Forcefield Limb Tube Knee Protectors

Forcefield probably isn't a name that comes to mind when considering a new set of knee pads, but the UK company might be worth checking out of you're looking for something a bit different. They specialize in upper and lower body armour for different sports, including a massive range of pads for snowboarding, moto, and mountain biking, and it's their multi-sport Limb Tube Knee Protectors that we review below. The oddly named pads retail for $99 USD, and are available extra-small, small, medium, and large sizes.

Limb Tube Knee Protectors Details:

• Removable, moulded CE approved Nitrex Evo padding
• Detachable retaining straps (not on XS size)
• Machine washable (with armour removed)
• Vented panels for increased breathability
• Repeat Performance Technology
• Ergonomic design for increased comfort
• Made in Portugal / insert in Taiwan
• Certified EN1621-1:1998

Forcefield Limb Tube Knee Protectors
The Limb Tube pads are slim and comfortable, although the graphics do look a bit odd.

Forcefield Limb Tube Knee Protectors
Each sleeve is a bit like a knee warmer, has a breathable back panel, and is completely separate from the two elastic retention straps.

Materials and Construction

The Limb Tube pads employ a simple upper and lower strap system to hold them in place, with the 1.25" wide elastic straps being detachable (except on the XS size) and wrapping completely around the top and bottom of each pad. The removable protector slides into an internal pocket, allowing you to pull it out when it's time to throw the Limb Tubes into the washing machine, and the set weighs just 375 grams when all together. They're also flexible enough to easily stuff into a small pack, or even a jersey pocket, and Forcefield have taken care to make the inside soft and free of any irritating seams.

The Nitrex Evo injection moulded insert is designed to dissipate impacts by using multiple and varied layers of energy absorbing material that cover the entire surface of the insert, and Forcefield says that their Repeat Performance Technology means that the padding won't be compromised after multiple impacts. They are also certified to the EN 1621-1 testing standard.

Forcefield Limb Tube Knee Protectors
Forcefield says that the Nitrex Evo inserts will provide long-term protection due to their injection moulded and multi-layered energy absorbing construction that won't pooch-out from repeat impacts.
Forcefield Limb Tube Knee Protectors
The inside face of the Limb Protectors is smooth and comfortable.

Fit and Function:

My large-sized Limb Tube pads measured fourteen inches top to bottom, and while the size of the actual pad provides good coverage over the knee cap, these aren't the pads for a rider who's looking for extended protection above or below the knee. As their name suggests, the tube-like construction means that you have to pull them on up over your feet, so you'll have to remove your shoes to make that happen. Once on, the adjustable Velcro straps do potentially allow you to get just the right amount of tension applied, although that took me a few tries to get right. They began to slide down during the first few rides, enough so that I had to stop and make adjustments, and it took me a bit of fiddling until I had the right amount of strap tension to hold them in place for an entire ride.

Riders who wear knee pads while out for a longer pedal (not just in the bike park or during shuttle laps) will likely find the Limb Tube pads comfortable compared to anything else on the market, although I did get a bit of odd chafing on both knees during the first ride. However, the more I used them the better they seemed to fit, and I never had any other issues with them in that regard after the first day. They're reasonably breathable as well, which is nice if you're riding in warm temps. After a few rides, plenty of exposure to dirt, and a trip to the washing machine, the Velcro strips weren’t too keen about staying staying engaged, which is a bit of a bummer. Forcefield wasn’t too generous when sewing in the Velcro, and the short strips just don’t provide the range of adjustability and good engagement to make the pads feel as secure as I prefer.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesThe Limb Tube name is a bit weird, but Forcefield's knee pads do deliver when it comes to protecting your knees. Comfort and fit got better over time, which isn't something that's usually said when talking about knee pads, and longer Velcro strips would be one of the few changes that we'd request. A different take on knee protection from a name that you might not have heard of before, but they're worth checking out. - Chris Johannes


  • 36 1
 When I drink too much, I have a Limp Tube. Not very impressive, I know.
  • 28 0
 I want a pair just so I can ask everyone if they want to see my "limb tube"
  • 3 2
 Which limb?
  • 12 0
 Bit of an incomplete review to just talk about the fit, which is never particularly helpful anyway as one mans good fit is always anothers "round the ankles" fit and where Forcefield stuff really comes in to its own is on the crash performance side of things. I have both Forcefield Zeus Knee pads and the Pro shirt and back protector, which due to my ambitions as a rider unfortunately not being backed up with same levels of skill, i have tested out both all too regularly and once where the paramedic said that it was the only thing that saved me from eating through a straw. This stuff meet stringent european independent safety standards and you only have to see the crashes which speedway riders regularly walk away from how good it is at doing the job its made for, ie protecting but also being flexible and light enough to ride a bike, board or mtb. I'm 42 and self employed so i dont bounce like i used and theres no one to cover me or pick up the tab if i break myself, so i've tried lots of different stuff and for its either dianese or forcefield as both offer protection that you can actually move in.
  • 16 1
 I just use bubble wrap and water wings. Has worked pretty well so far.
  • 7 0
 i just use sofa cushions and duck tape that also works well
  • 4 0
 Yeah bubble wraps the greatest. When the time comes to replace it, you get to have hours of fun popping it before you throw it away!
  • 2 1
 Cheaper too.
  • 14 0
 I duct tape a Blue Banded Grass Parakeet to each knee.
  • 6 1
 @RICKTHE HUMAN, So you must be the reason they are almost extinct...
  • 20 1
 I just use my head, saves the knees getting scraped up.
  • 1 0
 You can't beat socks and sellotape
  • 1 1
 Fooking comments, man! LOL.
  • 1 0
 I have had a pair of these for a few years now, I use them under my kevlar jeans when riding in the summer... a 160kph crash goes to show how well they worked... can truly recommend them. They are soft and malleable when in normal operation, however act like a Newtonian fluid in a crash... amazing how they worked.
  • 5 1
 is there a star wars VII version or a han solo version?
  • 3 0
 I like the blunt honesty, no surprises if anyone were to buy after reading this review.
  • 4 3
 As a company, I'd be so pissed off if I paid for a bunch of money for a review and the reviewer said "the graphics do look a bit odd."
  • 3 0
 I'd be happy, I'd know what I can improve before I send it off into production... Wink
  • 2 0
 The graphics are a bit odd tho.
  • 2 0
 And yet if they become iconic people will be proud of the of graphics.
  • 2 0
 Will the production ones come Bedazzled to go along with the graphics?
  • 2 1
 they're pre-production
  • 2 1 thanks.
  • 1 2
 They look cheap.

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