Review: 100% Teratec Knee Guards

Mar 6, 2020 at 7:34
by Daniel Sapp  


100%'s Teratec knee guards are designed for all-mountain and enduro riding and use a simple, soft fabric sleeve with a CE EN 1621-1:2012 Level 1 certified protective pad inside. The pad is sturdy but pliable enough to move with a rider's knee for pedaling comfort.

There's a thicker piece of fabric over the pad to keep the material from ripping too easily in the event of a crash. The sleeve is stretchy - think of it as a knee warmer, without the fleece on the inside, and has a high amount of elasticity in it.
Teratec Knee Guard Details

• Removable pad, washable sleeve
• Knee and upper shin protection
• CE EN 1621-1:2012 Level 1 certified
• Size: S, M, L, XL
• Colors: black, heather grey/black
• Weight: 240g (pair, size M)
• MSRP: $69 USD
100percent.com

The thicker pad insert fits inside its own sleeve inside the pad so that the rider's knee and leg are shrouded in the sleeve material in all locations. There are rubber cuffs/grippers at the top and bottom of the pad to hold it in place and the pad is designed to be ergonomic, mimicking the curvature of the knee while pedaling.

The Teratec Knee guard is available in sizes S - XL and in black or heather grey/black, which is the color reviewed here.

The pads conform to the shape of the leg and knee for comfortable pedaling.
An elastic band with rubber grippers on the top and bottom of the sleeve keep the pads in place.

Performance

I've been using the Teratec Knee Guard pads for the last four months and they've proven to be some of the more comfortable pads I've worn. They also offer enough protection that I actually feel that I'm doing some good by wearing them and not just falling victim to the placebo effect. Sliding the pads on is easy and there are no holes or gaps to catch your toes in.

Fit wise, I'm a solid medium in almost every pad on the market and these are no exception. However, the fit tolerance on these pads is a lot tighter than some others, and riders who are usually in between sizes will want to size up - I'd highly recommend trying them on before you buy. The elastic/rubber cuffs on the top and bottom do fit very tight, but the pads stay in place well. The sleeve does seem to have a bit of break-in time and it fits better after a few rides. There are times when the top cuff wants to slip down just a touch, but it doesn't slide to the point of the pad not staying in place. IA wider cuff at the top, or possibly an even longer upper portion would likely help alleviate this. My go-to pad is the Specialized Atlas and the sleeve on that pad is a little longer and wider, which eliminates this issue.

For protection, the removable insert feels solid and I've had a few off the bikes to validate that it works. It is a lot stiffer and more robust than some other lightweight knee pads and it offers a good amount of coverage on the entire knee, as well as some upper shin coverage.

The pad itself is removable from the sleeve for easy cleaning.
The pad is pliable and will mold to the rider's knee but it is most comfortable once warmed up.

The pads don't seem to get overly hot and muggy, nor do they seem to cause any issues when it's cold out, although the pad itself does take a touch longer to warm up and start moving fluidly with your knee while pedaling. The fact that the pads easily pull out of the sleeve so that the sleeve can be washed is a huge bonus, especially for a kneepad that is designed to be ridden on longer rides. Things can get funky quickly, and a quick toss in the wash with the rest of the riding gear makes it a simple process to clean things up.


For a pad made to pedal all day, the pads do a good job of providing a lot of protection while still maintaining an acceptable level of comfort. They don't fit me quite as well as the Specialized Atlas pads, but they do offer a lot more protection and they're easier to get on and off since the sleeve doesn't have a gap in it.


Pros
+ Very comfortable
+ Excellent low-profile protection
+ Washable sleeve

Cons
- They take some time to break in
- Top cuff could be wider and taller



Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesThe Teratec knee guards deliver enough protection for everything short of DH riding with a simple, and best of all, easily washable design. The fit proved to be a little tricky, but many riders will be pleased with the level of comfort the pads offer after the initial break-in period.Daniel Sapp







94 Comments

  • 77 0
 Do they look better in person? Kinda look like the yoga version of knee pads.
  • 18 1
 Looks comfortable
  • 31 1
 No they don't but they are edible
  • 10 0
 I've got the solid black version of these and they look good. They also provide way more protection than what you would expect based on looks alone.
  • 6 0
 First pic looks as if it was taken with insert removed. There’s almost no contour.
  • 10 0
 @Jaylynx: it was in there. They’re pretty low profile.
  • 56 12
 Do they make a men's version?
  • 11 0
 excellent knee warmers
  • 1 0
 Available in black as well
  • 7 1
 @JimmyWeir: are they vegan???
  • 2 0
 @Noeserd: The fabric is super comfortable.
  • 5 3
 @scottlink: no. You have to use colonic pills.
  • 20 0
 Yes they do, and they make my ass look fantastic!

Edit: I may be wearing them wrong.
  • 1 0
 Yeah but don't his legs look awesome in them.
  • 10 0
 The best knee pads I've ever worn are any version of a long sleeve wrestling knee pad- they are hands down the best design. Cliff Keen, Asics, McDavid, basically any long sleeve version.

They take the constant contact, friction etc with the mat or from scrambles. They basically stay put during a +2 hour practice with a little bit of adjusting after a scramble or series of drills. But for pedaling, pffft, they wouldn't budge. And they breath exceptionally well.

If a company could just copy those and allow for a hard shell to be added or inserted then boom, that would be it, design perfected.
  • 18 1
 Careful, with an idea this good, Specialized might just sue you.
  • 3 0
 @ratedgg13: Ha, the jokes on them, I'm poor af….wait, that's not so funny Frown ...so, the sooner someone else can make it happen, the better it could be for more people.
  • 2 1
 Hey @raceface ...Pay @Ian713 some royalty monies and make this happen. You're both welcome. Wink
  • 6 0
 As the kind of guy who was referred to as "husky" by my mom when I was a kid, I don't know that I trust the paper thin plastic to do anything for my knees. I really like the color though. It's modern, lowkey, and actually looks kind nice.
  • 9 3
 Convince me these things wont move around in a crash and leave your knees effectively unprotected. My experience is this style of knee pads are an exercise in form over function.
  • 10 0
 I have a pair of Alpine Stars Paragons that are a similar design, they have never come off during a crash. I've been wearing them 2 seasons with weekly washing some of the elastic is giving out, but a stiff low profile pad like this moves less than a bulky pad.
  • 4 0
 @RonSauce: my paragons have def slid down on mild OTB on dirt and left me with huge abrasions. I wore them for a few seasons. They were sized right etc. I'm on 7idp Sam Hills now and it's a world of difference
  • 2 0
 @Svinyard: I've never had mine move, even with some severe OTBs. 7idp doesn't know what the size EXTRA large means. I cant even get their velcro to touch, so I cant really speak on those.
  • 3 0
 The initial impact is the most important force, knee pads like this do work in stoping serious initial damage. knee hitting stem for example. May get a few scrapes on a bigger, longer crash but these lighter kneepads are super functional, as they are actually comfortable
  • 1 0
 I agree. I wear these type of pads all the time because of the comfort and I do a lot of climbing. However, I want to see companies install an upper strap to lock down pads like this. Sometimes the fit is not spot on and an upper strap would definitely help.
  • 3 0
 It depends on your body type bro. For me anything with Velcro straps do not stay on my knee or elbow. Only the elastic sleeves stay on me.

I run TLD knee and shin guards and GeForce elbow guards. So now I still keep my POC elbow and knee guards as loaners (which cost more than the elastic gear).

Riding terrain? Mostly park. So flow trails at snow summit and tech at mammoth. Both stay in position.
  • 2 0
 @jimbothekid: no, you misunderstood his issue. Knee and elbow guards do jack if they slide off during a ride.

So let’s say he ejects off a jump. Well if his knee guards are at his ankles and elbow pads by his wrist, what initial impact are you protection?
  • 5 0
 I wear Dakine Slayers (two years now)... which are basically the same as these. Unfortunately I have tested them multiple times as well as raced them extensively and cashed them while racing... like I said, lots of testing. They've always protected me and never moved during my crashes. They're an elastic skin tight form fitting sleeve... if you have the right size on, pads like this are very difficult to move. I've used more bulky pads with straps in the past and those all moved on me way way more than sleeve style pads.
  • 1 0
 @Happypanda1337: Perhaps, but having silicone strips, elastic, and straps could all contribute to help.
  • 1 0
 @Happypanda1337: How are the GForm elbow pads treating you? Are the cool enough to be used a lot for trail riding?
  • 1 0
 @Happypanda1337: no you misunderstood, he said slide off In a crash not before it.
  • 1 0
 Bingo.

Nothing but hard shell for me. Couple of stitches in my knee after a maiden voyage on some “soft-shell-that-turns-hard” upon impact marketing bullshit. Fool me once.
  • 1 0
 Good to hear these things do work for most people. I use Ion KPacts and they fit like a glove, with straps. The impact hardening Sastec stuff t
  • 4 0
 I really like 100% stuff and I think they look good. But I have to say that my experience with their quality of the guard products aren't that good. I have theirs SURPASS knee guards. Lowers strap got ripped of after a couple of rides and their branding on the guard peeled off quickly. I really like this knee guards and I am keeping them. Maybe just a touch more quality control. Or maybe it was just my case. My girlfriend has this TERATEC guard and are good.
  • 3 0
 I've purchased 100% gloves that arrived with the stitching already coming apart on the palm. Then they barely last a few months of light riding. Based on what I've seen with a few pairs of gloves, I'll never buy gloves or any clothing from them.
  • 1 0
 @digitalsoul: I have their colder weather gloves and the branding peeled off during the first ride. Now they're just all black. Perfect.

The shop was actually going to warranty them for the branding, but I was perfectly happy without it. The stitching and palm texture are still good 3 years later.
  • 3 0
 @jojotherider1977: The 100% Brisker glove works for me too. My effort level is at about 66% though.
  • 2 0
 @digitalsoul: Funny, I've had the complete opposite experience.
  • 2 0
 @endlessblockades: ha, sometimes that my answer when I look at the palms and the stitching says, "how much effort did you give.". Not enough my friend, not enough.
  • 6 0
 I had to do a double take, thought they were elbow pads for a minute
  • 30 0
 imgur.com/a/6Hbg9dk MS paint coming in clutch
  • 3 1
 I thought it was a very skinny dude in spandex leaning forward and drinking water from a fountain...
  • 2 0
 @huppe - can't unsee that now
  • 1 1
 I triple taked, thought it was a sports bra
  • 2 0
 @huppe: I had to scroll through the comments to see if anyone else thought that when they first saw it.
  • 6 0
 Finally, padded Lululemon yoga pants
  • 4 0
 Like a knee warmer.. but you know like without the alpaca fleece lining and double back stitched cashmere pom poms.
  • 1 0
 dude I almost spit out my coffee haha
  • 2 0
 Off topic but what's an awesome elbow pad? I tried some POC Air elbows and they are trash that falls down all the time. Need something solid for bigger days (not just DH).
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard I had the same experience with the POC elbow pads-garbage. Which is strange because I'm a bit of a POC fanboi and have had good results with their other offerings. I haven't found a suitable replacement yet but want to try Ion and IXS next.
  • 1 0
 POC VPD 2.0 Elbow pads dont move
  • 1 0
 7ipd sam hill light or the transition pads are great
  • 1 0
 @Monsterman156: Are they pretty hot? I use Elbow pads often. I'm not in the desert or anything but want something with a bit of protection thats comfy to wear a lot
  • 1 0
 @hyperider: I have the Sam Hill knee pads and they are bad ass. I love them and the protection is real while not being super hot. Are those 7idp elbow pads cool enough to wear often?
  • 2 0
 Nobody knows, it's only trendy to wear knee pads these days.
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard These are worth a try for sure if you're looking for lightweight protection:
www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072B9K85Q/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

been riding for a long long time and I couldn't find a pair of mtb "name brand" lightweight pads that stayed up over chatter, and I tried a bunch. I'd always be halfway down a run at a park riding one handed to pull the other side up. I figured, what the heck, these pads are only 15 bucks. Cant hurt to try. And whaddya know. They're the only ones that have ever stayed up. I was so stoked on them I bought another pair the next week because I figured if they ever caught on to how good they were for riding, they'd increase the price.
  • 1 0
 Dainese
  • 1 0
 @hevi: Do they fit under a typical long sleeve jersey or flannel by chance? I don't have huge arms
  • 7 4
 Looks like youll be taking %100 of the impact to your bear knee cap with these, #notthicc
  • 3 0
 i wish i had such thin legs... alwasy a real problem to find knee pads they fit well.
  • 2 0
 Same...
  • 1 0
 Same same same. I've sent back many pairs of XL and xxl kneepads.
  • 1 0
 @Noeserd: those wont reach around my calves.
  • 1 0
 @RonSauce: mines barely but i guess you are thicc Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @Noeserd: calves are over 20', thighs 28' I might even have a 3rd "C" coming my way
  • 1 0
 There's nothing worse than kneepads that cut into your calves while riding. It sucks having well-endowed (AKA fat) calves. Frown
  • 3 0
 Agreed.

It blows my mind that the average cyclist pads are built for doesn’t seem to have any calf or thigh muscles to speak of.

And closed-back pads are a recipe for nasty irritation if you happen to sweat.
  • 4 0
 I used these and my girl still got pregnant!
  • 2 0
 False. I got your girl pregnant and she was the one wearing knee pads.
  • 2 1
 These straight up look like the UA compression leggings/pants all the slugs wear to the gym. We all know those guys...the ones who wear them underneath some baggy basketball shorts.
  • 1 1
 I’ve been wondering if pads like these which use a foam that hardens up upon impact are good for numerous hits or do they wear out and become less effective? Are they good for one good blow or do they recover fully after?
  • 1 0
 Will these fit nicely under a long "Enduro"-pant?
Or which ones would you guys suggest for riding underneath longies without stretching the pant too much?
  • 1 0
 Any chance you'll review the Destroyer Equipment Crest knee/elbow pads any time?
  • 3 0
 Googling now - hoping they are denim......
  • 2 0
 The early 80's are calling, they want their knee warmers back
  • 2 0
 No thanks, I’ll take actual knee protection.
  • 1 0
 Hard capped plastic is the only thing that'll save you're knees from a rock hit!!
  • 1 0
 I thought it was a skinny person bending over with the knee pad being the butt.
  • 1 0
 love these pads, would recommend.......cheap, light, washable, and great to pedal in...........p iii
  • 4 2
 Pyjama pads
  • 1 1
 I thought pajama pads were called "Depends". I could be wrong, as I never had to use them...
  • 1 0
 @Geochemistry: No, it's what does an old ladies pajama pads smell like....Depends!
  • 1 0
 That's a really good price......
  • 5 4
 Do these guard against coronavirus?
  • 1 0
 Need a shin only version.
  • 1 0
 Gta be hard to be best the 5 idp offerings
  • 2 1
 I like to wear a garter belt and use it to hold up my knee pads.
  • 1 0
 I’m going to get a pair of those for your mother.
  • 1 0
 keeps the dirt out of abrasions! priceless
  • 4 5
 Thanks, but my condoms protect better
  • 2 4
 Chicken legs aint cute. get sum legs on ya

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