Whatever you want to call it, ‘enduro’ riding is really taking off. According to helmet and safety gear manufacturer SIXSIXONE, more riders are pushing longer loops on all-mountain terrain as bikes become more capable and enduro racing continues to gain popularity. Consequently, more and more trail riders are tossing on knee pads to offset the risk of tackling increasingly technical descents.
Launched at Eurobike 2015, SIXSIXONE’s new Recon knee pad is their newest offering for all-mountain riders. The pads are designed to offer protection where you need it, but minimal material where you don’t. With their impact-reactive foam padding, the Recons aim to provide a balance of effective crash protection and all-day pedalling comfort. Find out if the Recons suit your typical riding missions after the jump…
To develop the Recon Knee pad SIXSIXONE teamed up with XRD Impact protection, a manufacturer of impact-reactive foam that becomes firm upon sudden impact, but is soft to the touch and flexible when worn. The company’s products are used in sports, workwear, safety and military applications, and their XRD Technology padding is designed to provide excellent protection against repeated impacts but remain thin, flexible and comfortable over time.
The photos reveal generous relief cuts in the Recon’s kneecap padding that should allow for a comfortable fit and good pedalling mobility. The pads also feature open mesh back panels for ventilation and a cut-out behind the knee to reduce potential chafing.
The Recons are a slip-on style pad that feature silicone printing on the insides of both hem elastics, an elastic strap over the calf, and SIXSIXONE’s PADLOCK connection system to keep them snug and secure on your legs. They’re designed to be comfortable for the climb, but if you’d really rather put them on mid-ride you’ll probably have to take off your shoes.
The Recons were put to the test by the Lapierre Gravity Enduro Team’s Nicolas Vouilloz during the Enduro World Series, and earned his seal of approval as a light, durable and comfortable knee pad. SIXSIXONE’s Recon pads will be available in stores this fall. Keep an eye on their website for updates on sizes, pricing and further details.