We’ve put in a lot of winter miles with these pads over the past couple of months. Most of those rides have been wet shuttle rides, but we have done several longer rides that involved a considerable amount of climbing, and we have to admit, that we even did a couple of dirt bike rides wearing the TP 199 Lites.
After sliding the pads on, the first thing we noticed was that the circular gel donut fit nicely over the patella (knee cap). There were no strange seams in the pads that aggravated the skin around our knees and adjusting the fit was easy thanks to the Velcro straps. Our one complaint with the Velcro straps is that the contact area seemed to run out fast when we were trying to tighten the pads. A larger contact area would allow a better fit for a wider range of riders.
Since most of our test period has been the last 3 months, overheating has not been a concern. Over half of those rides were in the rains that accompany the Pacific Northwest winters and, for the most part, our knees stayed warm and dry. The pads didn’t take long to dry out and they don’t smell funky from being wet on almost every ride. Something we truly appreciate.
After a bit of pedaling at the start of a ride the pads need a little bit of strap adjustment, but once they found a comfortable spot on our legs they seemed to stay put. Like with most pads there was some shifting when climbing but it wasn’t enough to turn us off.
The TP 199 Lites offer good coverage on both the front and side of the knee. The inside of the knee pad has a bit more coverage than the outside of the knee, and this was nice for those times when your knees come in contact with your bike. Luckily the crashes that we had in these pads were not major ones. The crashes we did have were mostly due to slipping out on wet roots at slower speeds and the pads did their job well. They didn’t shift around after impact and we came out of them without injury.