If you tend to go a bit too fast into the rocks and find yourself in hot water, the Leatt Dual Axis Knee Guards are here to keep you from getting burned. They provide some serious protection for a surprisingly low price.
Leatt’s Dual Axis knee and leg guards are a fully articulated High Density Poly Ethylene (HDPE) guard. They’re made to last pounding after pounding from rocks, trees, or small animals.
Inside, your leg is cradled in a comfortable, washable Leatt foam. The hard shell is well-ventilated to allow for air flow to the interior pads. Made from three main parts (shin guard, knee cup, and thigh guard) and bound together with dual pivot points, the guard can accurately bend with the human knee’s natural movements. The pads cover the knee, even when fully bent, as well as the lower thigh and most of the shin area.
The Dual Axis knee brace has received CE impact safety standard certifications, as well as CE abrasion resistance certificates. Using simple-yet-effective low profile buckle reduces the chance of catching on shorts. Fully-adjustable straps are also backed by vented airprene material that doesn’t ride up or down.
Out on the Trail
Right off the bat, I will say that I don’t use hard armor all the time, as I find that I’m more of a soft armor person. But the Leatt Dual Axis guards do make me more inclined to use hard armor. They truly are very comfortable and can easily be worn all day. I’ve used other brands where in a matter of minutes, the buckle system or straps would start to dig into the back side of my leg. That is not the case here.
The generous amount of padding and extra wide straps prevent uncomfortable binding behind the leg. Compared to other hard pads, the Dual Axis guards fit pretty close to the leg, minimizing the bulky look. I have no issues fitting them under my shorts or knickers.
DH riding can and will make you bend your body to the extremes. In rock gardens, you’re off the saddle and the bike is bouncing all around, requiring lots of leg movement. The Dual Axis guards surprisingly have no issues at all with all that leg movement. It’s a true testament to proper pivot placements.
Overall I am very happy with the Leatt Dual Axis knee guards. This is a tough set of well-constructed, very easy to use hard-armored pads.
A big thanks to the folks at Leatt–especially Phil–for making me try these pads out.