DAKINE Hellion Knee Pads
DAKINEHellion Knee Pads

Ride like the hounds of hell are chasing you.

You're a hard-charging trail rider who dabbles in enduro, you say? Then feast your descent-shredding but pedal-ready eyes on the Dakine Hellion Knee Pads, a pair of flexible and low-profile foam sleeves that serve up impact and abrasion protection without impeding your pedaling. The secret is AriaprenePro foam, a light (just a single millimeter thick), stretchy, and bomber material that provides protection to rival thicker traditional foams without nearly the same bulk or weight. AriaprenePro is layered over, above, and below the kneecap, while thin foam pads on the medial and lateral sides of your knee provide soft tissue and tendon protection. The build is reinforced with aramid fiber to save your skin from getting cheese-gratered when you lay your bike down on loose trails.

Fit is as important as protection, especially if you're planning on pedaling, so Dakine designed the Hellion with an ergonomic pre-curved fit, Cross-X elastic compression straps in the back, silicon gripper elastic edges, and a hook-and-loop thigh strap to keep your pads in place. The four-way-stretch mesh back panel hugs your leg without pinching and improves breathability, and the Hellion's Polygiene odor-resistant treatment helps it stay fresh, so your knee pits don't smell like roadkill after half a season of shredding.

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Knee-d Nothing Else!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Excellent protection, she doesn't even notice them when pedaling on trails. She takes them off for major uphill climbs to trails but probably doesn't need to. A couple of branch slaps went unnoticed. Love Dakine!

Beefy protection

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These keep my knees safe every time I take on the trails. They are comfortable enough, but I do take them off when all I am doing is pedaling uphill for an hour. Have taken a few falls with them and you don't feel a thing.

Comfy, Mid-Weight Knee Pad

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Coming from the Dakine Slayer pads (which are awesome as well), and wanting something a little burlier for bike park days, these seem to be perfect so far. The adjustable strap up top helps keep them in place while you're riding and though I haven't crashed in them yet, the padding seems more than sufficient. I'll probably stick with the Slayer for pedaling, but these will be the go-to for shuttles and lift laps.

Great knee pads

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Good fit; stay up; excellent protection. Might be a bit of overkill if you're pedaling a lot but they've not budged on some aggressive downhill tumbles. While the backs are open, the "cords" around that opening will rub your hamstring tendons so get some shorter rides in to adjust to them - banged out 5 20+ milers in the first week and that got a bit uncomfortable towards the end. I dig'em.

Good, but

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These fit very well. The only issue I have is that it feels like the ends of the stitching were burned with a lighter and are scratchey on those spots. I cut off the worse spots (of hanging thread that was burnt) seem fine now.

Unanswered Question

Is the quoted price per pair (i.e. this purchase ships with two knee pads)?

No More Whacked 'Caps

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I went with the Hellions over the Slayers because I figured a little extra protection on the side of my knee caps wouldn't hurt (literally?) and the top strap seemed like a good idea incase they happened to stretch. Definitely not disappointed at all with my decision. The padding isn't too bulky but works like a charm (I'm pretty good at wiping out). I also think it's pretty cool how the pads are flexible yet hard on an impact. Unfortunately they do slide down while I'm riding but never to the point where they fall over my knee and it's only when I'm riding in really hot/humid weather so we'll see if that still happens in the fall/winter temperatures. They are still holding up after multiple wipeouts and they were easy to hand wash. I was in between sizes S and M and ended up keeping the size M (which may explain some of the sliding down as well).
My boyfriend was pretty jealous so I bought him a pair (size L) to replace his old plastic kneepads and he thinks they're pretty rad too! ;)