There are more knee pads on the market than we can shake a stick at. While I won’t claim to have tried them all, I’ve certainly put in a valiant effort and have been busy testing new pairs every few weeks. Some don’t make it very far down the trail and others find themselves at the edge of the garage, ready for the next ride. At the top of that stinky pile of trail riding pads sit the iXS Flows.
What makes the Flows so great? Comfort. Coverage. Size. The backbone of the Flow pad is the sizeable center cap made of X-Matter. The flexible yet protective knee cap covering help make this one of my all time favorite trail pads. X-Matter is an open cell compound made of malleable viscoelastic polymer. The beauty of this type of material is that it can be comfortable and form around the body while still offering multi-impact protection.
iXS also uses antimicrobial Aeromesh material throughout the pad to aid in comfort and heat regulation. A silicone strip lines the inside top portion of the pad to prevent slippage while Velcro closures ensure a snug fit around the calf just below the knee. To be honest there isn’t a ton of smoke and mirrors when it comes to these pads, and there shouldn’t be.