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[First Look] Troy Lee Designs RAID Knee Guards

[First Look] Troy Lee Designs RAID Knee Guards

21/02/2016
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21/02/2016

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Troy Lee Designs recently sent us a new set of knee guards. Dubbed the “Raid”, they are TLD’s first foray into D3O. If you haven’t heard of it before, D30 is a soft, flexible foam that hardens under impact. It’s a great material for knee and elbow pads because it offers more light weight mobility than a hardshell pad but is more effective than traditional foam.

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The Raid pads are clearly aimed at Downhill and Enduro.  It’s a minimalist pad that still offers a great deal of protection minus the bulk.

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Specs

• $115 US
• 418 grams
• Abrasion Resistant
• Contoured D30 Foam
• 1 upper velcro closure
• Mesh back panel for breathability
• Pre-Bent shape for easy articulation

The Raid pads are pre bent to minimize chafing and increase comfort.

The Raid pads are pre bent to minimize chafing and increase comfort.

Close ups of the mesh back panel, R/L indication built into the anti slip inner grip, and the "Fit Lock" contoured rubberized section.

Close ups of the mesh back panel, R/L indication built into the anti slip inner grip, and the “Fit Lock” contoured rubberized section.

A minimalist singular strap above the knee keeps things secure.

A minimalist singular strap above the knee keeps things secure.

Possibly difficult to see, there is a contoured cup inside the knee pad.

Possibly difficult to see, there is a contoured cup inside the knee pad.

We’ve had only one full day of DH riding on these and so far we dig them.  It’s far too early for a full review but we’ll keep you posted on how they fare over the coming months.  Tomorrow we’re going for a big long pedal in them to push their limits.

www.troyleedesigns.com

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