Leatt AirFlex Pro Knee Guard
Words/Photos by Chili Dog
Pads are a lot like life, you just can’t have it all. Anybody can make a safe pad that absorbs energy, but the challenge is to design a pad that does so while being comfortable for the pickiest of riders. Riding discipline, injury history and age are some of the key factors in the pad conversation. Much like modern bikes, we can’t expect a 120mm trail bike to descend like a 210mm DH sled. Leatt’s AirFlex Pro kneepads may not be designed for downhill racing, but we’d wager to say they may be the best damn everyday pads we’ve ever slipped on. If you’re looking for a new go-to pad for local rides or long days in the saddle, we can’t think of much that compares to the balance of comfort and protection Leatt’s AirFlex Pro pads offer.
Leatt designed the AirFlex Pro kneepads to be a lightweight, breathable pad. The pads are CS tested and certified for impact protection that meets mountain biking knee EN1621-1 standards. The pad utilizes Leatt’s own velocity impact material, that’s flexible at rest, but hardens upon impact. Smaller side pads protect the sides of your knee, while a separate upper pad protects above the knee.
The AirFlex is a soft, perforated pad that has tons of breathability. Though small, the design cleverly covers the sides, upper and lower kneecap with a fitted and formed 3D design that’s pre-contoured.
Silicone grippers on the cuffs and knee stop the pad from moving, despite the lack of traditional straps. Instead, an elastic AirMesh fabric around the back of the knee hugs tight while allowing airflow. Anti-odor MoistureCool fabrics keep smells to a minimum.