Review: 7iDp Project Knee Guards

Jul 24, 2018 at 17:51
by Mike Kazimer  
7iDP Project Knee pad review

At this stage in the game, it'd be easy to think that knee pad design has plateaued. After all, you just take some viscoelastic foam, sew it into a pocket attached to a knee warmer and call it good, right? That's the tactic that many companies take, and while there are plenty of good options based around that basic design principle, 7iDp's new Project knee pads go a step further. They're a hybrid of sorts, with a flexible rubber panel at the front of the knee that's designed to slide over the obstacles encountered during a crash. A removable Sas-Tec foam pad helps dissipate that impact energy even further, and there's additional foam padding around the perimeter of the knee.


7iDp Project Knee Details
• Sas-Tec main pad
• Flexible hard shell outer protection
• EN 1621-1 certified
• Weight: 423 grams (pair)
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• MSRP: $119.99 USD
www.7protection.com

The Project pads have a tall upper cuff and a hook and loop strap that wraps around the entire to help keep them from sliding down while pedaling, and to prevent the dreaded gorby gap from making an appearance no matter how short your shorts. A cutout around the back of the knee provides a little extra ventilation, and the entire sleeve is constructed from a breathable knit material. Available in sizes S, M, L, and XL, the Project knee pads retail for $119.99 USD.


7iDP Project Knee pad review
Along with the Sas-Tec viscoelastic main pad, the Project knee pads also have foam padding on each side.
7iDP Project Knee pad review
A cut out in the knit fabric at the back of each knee allows for a little extra ventilation.


Performance

There's a lot to like about 7iDP's latest creation, especially that tall upper cuff. The last thing I want to be doing during a descent is trying to convince my knee pads to stay in place, and with this design that was never an issue. The overall length is great, but do wish that the elasticized portion of the cuff was a just little taller - if that were the case it probably wouldn't be necessary to rely as much on the velcro straps to adjust the pads' fit. All the same, these pads do a commendable job of staying in place while riding or crashing.

That extra padding on the side of each knee is a nice feature, and one that I immediately missed when I switched to a more minimalist set of pads while testing a bike with particularly wide seatstays that I kept smacking my knees on. That side protection isn't quite as robust as what you'd find on a more purely DH-focused pad, but it it's effective.

The Project knee pads' length and anti-slip design makes them more of a set-and-forget sort of pad – it's a little more of a hassle to pull them down before a long, sweltering climb compared to options with a shorter cuff. Luckily, they breathe fairly well, and considering the amount of coverage and protection they provide I found the extra warmth to be very manageable, even on warm summer days.

As far as durability goes, the Project pads have survived the last three months very well, and the only real signs of wear are the pedal-pin induced tears in the fabric that covers my calves. I did notice that the front rubber material is starting to peel up a little bit on the edges – a little touch up with some Shoe Goo may be in order, but the bulk of that material is still fixed firmly in place. I'll report back if that changes in the future.


7iDP Project Knee pad review
The main pad can be removed for washing.
7iDP Project Knee pad review
It'd be nice if the elasticized band at the top of the pad was a little taller.


Pinkbike's Take

bigquotes7iDp's Project knee pads strike a great balance between being light and comfortable enough to wear all day, while still providing enough protection to actually do something in the event of a crash. They're perfect for trail rides where things might get a little rowdy, and although it would take a little more side padding for me to recommend them for full-on DH riding, for everything else they fit the bill perfectly.  Mike Kazimer



34 Comments

  • + 61
 Picture three- has Mike gone to the doctor about his horribly broken leg?
  • + 24
 Asymmetric Boost spacing on the lower limbs makes sense to me.
  • + 4
 @Kickmehard: checks out
  • + 7
 My only regret... is that I have... boneitis!!!
  • + 18
 I'm bowlegged as a cowboy, but instead of riding horses I ride bikes. It seems to work out ok. But there's a reason I never tried to pursue a career as a leg model.
  • - 9
flag fecalmaster (Jul 31, 2018 at 11:07) (Below Threshold)
 Go from 0 to douche in $119 USD.
  • + 1
 @mikekazimer: I dunno, that first photo is quite cheeky.
  • + 1
 you mean Adam Price
  • + 4
 @mikekazimer: Not available in Canada, and neither are the new Sam Hill pads, which also got great reviews. What the hell are the Canadian distributors playing at..?
  • + 1
 Surley one pad is on backwards right..?
  • + 1
 @jrocksdh: ...and don't call me Surley.
  • + 5
 Yes, pads were cheaper. But they were shit compared to the new crop of impact absorbing, thin, ventilated foam. They dissipate impact energy way better, and we are safer for it. We are spoiled for choices with great pads nowadays, but you pay for that new, and safer, tech.

If you want, there's still some $50 pads around to buy. Your knees.
  • + 3
 Wore them for the first time this weekend at a bike park. They are extremely comfortable and well thought out. I like the hard plastic over the patella region. I have TLD raids and was pierced by rock just below my patella tendon which left me unable to ride for 3 weeks. So now I only ride with something now that is plastic over patella region. For me these tick all the boxes. My only gripe is the stitching up top near elastic started to come undone. Maybe I pulled them to hard getting on not sure but would think they might be a bit more rugged.
  • + 6
 Well played home page selection, Pinkbike

imgur.com/wyRHyZh
  • + 6
 Remember when knee pads were like £40. Sigh...
  • + 1
 Kali Mission or Alpinestars Paragon. Done. Love my Paragons.
  • + 6
 *Checks price....nah fam.
  • + 2
 I have 2 rides on mine now, love them so far. Put your bib/sham over the top of the knee pads, otherwise they might roll down a bit like mine did on the first ride. 1 direct impact to the knee slow crash and they worked great. Felt fine pedaling uphill as well.
  • + 1
 Have a pair, super comfortable, and finally an end to my constant fiddling with pads before or after a climb. Put them on start of day, forget about them
  • + 4
 Rickets?
  • + 2
 They look good, but at $40 bucks more than 7iDP Sam Hill pads, they are like the Louis Vuitton of enduro pads.
  • + 3
 osteomoronosis
  • + 3
 Usd119?
  • + 1
 Leatt Dual Axis Knee / Shin Guards

Work great , peddle great and not hot ...
  • + 1
 They've survived the last three months very well. Might require a bit of shoe Goo !! Bargain for $120
  • + 0
 And there are holes from contacting pedals. Great durability?
  • + 2
 still prefeer ion rather than the rest Bulls#$% in the world!
  • + 1
 Comment on sizing relative to other brands would be nice.
  • + 1
 But how would they look if you were wearing a rainbow jersey?
  • + 1
 Once your wearing a rainbow i guess anything else takes a back seat. I guess a pair of Ronald.MC DONALD shoes and a horn nose could go ok.
  • - 1
 These would go Great with the New Trance 29er!!
  • - 2
 no water bottle holder, no buy

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