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Mountain bike website NSMB review Raceface's D30 Kneepads, Raceface's D30 the material which goes solid under a heavy blow but stays flexible under standard conditions so you get the best of both worlds. Here's what NSMB have to say:

I resisted the knee pads-only trend for some time but now that I've tried it I'm hooked. They work great here on the Shre where many rides begin with a long climb and finish with a long descent. I slide them on before I put on my shoes and then keep them loose on my shins for the climb. When things get nasty I pull them into place.

Raceface's entry into the D3o stakes does the trick nicely. The main padding is covered with bad-ass 600d nylon fabric. There is strategically placed padding on the inside and outside of your knees and inside you'll find comfy terry cloth to keep your skin chafe-free.

I had the good fortune to crash whilst wearing these on one of my first rides out. I was coming out of a trail on Fromme and crossing the ditch to get back to the road where I guess I wasn't paying attention. Straight over the bars I went landing in a rocky creekbed. My bare elbow sustained a bone chip but my knees were blemish free.

I've tried the POC knees - which use a similar material to D3o. After a few months of wear the POCs are a little more comfortable but thus far it seems the Race Face version provides better protection.

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