7iDP Transition Knee Pad review£60.00

Lightweight, comfortable knee protection

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The Transitions strike a superb balance between comfort and protection. At first, the stiff and highly concave knee cup feels strange, but once you start pedalling they’re spot on, never feeling tight or restrictive, yet staying in place exceptionally well.

After six months of regular use, they’ve softened up, making them even comfier. Sizing is bang on too, matching 7iDP’s fit chart.

The elasticated thigh cuff sits high up the leg, preventing any thigh gap. During long days in the saddle and the occasional off, the pads have remained securely in place.

They pass the EN standard and the foam padding extends well down the shin, although side padding is minimal.

They’re impressively light and breathable, making them my choice for trail riding. I also tested the Transition Wrap pads, which use a similar knee cup but Velcro straps, and found them less comfortable, sweatier and fiddlier to get a good fit.

Seb Stott

Technical Writer, UK
Seb is a geeky technical writer for BikeRadar, as well as MBUK and What Mountain Bike magazines. Seb's background in experimental physics allows him to pick apart what's really going on with mountain bike components. Years of racing downhill, cross-country and enduro have honed a fast and aggressive riding style, so he can really put gear to the test on the trails, too.
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 192cm/6'3"
  • Weight: 85Kg/187 lbs
  • Waist: 86cm / 34in
  • Chest: 107cm / 44in
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep!
  • Current Bikes: Focus Sam 3.0, Kona Process 111, Specialized Enduro 29 Elite
  • Dream Bike: Mondraker Crafty with Boost 29" wheels, a 160mm fork and offset bushings for maximum slackness.
  • Beer of Choice: Buckfast ('Bucky' for short)
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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