Landscape Magazine

Leatt 3DF Knee Guard

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Writer: Philipp Heise Photo: Benni Stockhaus

The search for the right knee guard nowadays almost equals the search for the Holy Grail. At least, that’s how it appeared to me, when I start browsing the web at the beginning of this year in search of some new protectors. My wish list consisted of not too much weight, soft shells and a perfect fit. Because there is nothing more annoying than shifting protectors and, especially during competition, that’s something I do not want to worry about.

Another important feature: the guards mustn’t ‘be in my way’, even during hour-long enduro tours. With these criteria in mind I visited the websites of numerous brands, only resulting in the realisation that the offer is just too big and only a trip to my well assorted local bike shop whould shine some light on this.

But even in the better bike shop it was hard to find a well fitting protector, also due to the fact that my leg proportions not seemed to be standard. Above the knee too tight and around my calves to loose, or just the other way around. In the end I (or actually my knees) got hold of the Leatt Knee Guard 3DF. These guards with just one strap felt good immediately, however I had my doubts at first because of the only one strap. So let’s get outside and give these babies a chance to proof themselves worthy.

Up- as well as downhill they felt really comfortable around my knees and even hour-long rides in high, summer temperatures are no problem at all. And after my first race of the Specialized Enduro Series in Riva, Italy, I was completely convinced. ‘Hard-bottom-tests’ on the notorious Trail 601 were taken with ease and proved the protective function.

Now, a complete season and various races behind me, when riding XC trails I even feel uncomfortably ‘naked’ when I look down on my uncovered knees. And that is exactly the point; you put on these knee guards and just forget about them for the rest of day. No rubbing or scratching, even on long uphill passages.

So concluding; a very successful knee guard for a fair price, which (on my advice) is now being worn by a lot of my riding buddies as well. 

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