Post subject: REVIEW!661 Kyle Strait knee guards + Chicken Wing elbow pads Posted: Feb 20, 2007 - 12:00 PM
First post: Oct 14, 2004
Total posts: 569
after twatting my knees and shins one too many times on rails and icy landings i decided to invest in a pair of 661 kyle strait knee/shin guards, which are intended for bmx use. ive just spent 4 weeks riding parks in the alps and the knee pads provide excellent comfort and protection levels.
they are constructed mostly from neoprene, there is no hard shell plastic bit, something which appealed to me as i wanted to wear these without them feeling too bulky or obtrusive. they provide decent impact protection for the knee, as well as covering my shin all the way to the top of my boot (burton hail). i went for a size medium when buying over the net, and they fit me fine, i weigh about 11 stone and am about 165cm i think(!) i found that even without securing the velcro straps tightly the knee pads sat in a perfect place on my leg, as the bottom of the pad sat directly on the top of my boot. i rode both park and off piste in the knee pads and only really noticed them when hiking, double sweat from the knee area! they also gave me added confidence when hitting bigger kickers/rails, i felt like superman!! one thing, if you are currently rocking tight-ish pants then you may have a problem getting the knee pads underneath, but they should fit underneath 'normal' type riding pants.
in addition i bought some 661 Chicken Wing (they really are called that!) elbow pads, again neoprene so not the toughest protection available but i wanted a comfortable all day pad (like 'Always Ultra' ya know...) they fitted fine on my skinny elbows, stayed in place all day with the velcro straps and gave me no discomfort at all. proved themselves useful when i managed to wind myself with my own elbow, im pretty sure without them my ribs would still be healing!
so yeah, if you want some unobtrusive protection these two products are worth looking at, i bought without trying on ebay and got lucky with the sizes, there are plenty of people knocking them out on ebay, i got the knee pads for £33 inc p&p and the elbow pads were £23 inc p&p.
First post: Nov 10, 2006
Total posts: 104
Great review so I went out and bought some 661 Kyle strait knee guards.
Terrific all round knee protection - I originally bought the Dakine ones but they do not have the side protection which is where I tend to need it. Also the Kyle ones go all around the knee so the velco straps do not bite into your leg like the Dakine ones do.
I tried on the 661 Pro DJ ones with the hard plastic shell but they were too big and bulky.
The Kyle ones are very comfortable, totally forgot I had them on.
Bought mine from Cyclesport, good service
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Post subject:Posted: Jun 14, 2007 - 11:16 AM
First post: Oct 14, 2004
Total posts: 569
Just a quick update on the 661 kyle strait knee pads, i used them recently for their intended purpopse of mountain biking (or bmx) and i had problems with the pad staying in place, perhaps the medium size i opted for is a bit loose for biking, as they are not helped to stay in postion like they are when worn above a snowboard boot (as described in the original review). On rocky fast descents they had a habit of shaking themselves down onto my shin even on the tightest velcro setting. Still, i reckon a smaller size would rectify this problem, although may not feel as comfy for snowboarding. So consider the primary use of the pads before choosing your size i reckon!
First post: Nov 27, 2007
Total posts: 618
I too own the Kyle straits and love em, but i use them for the original intended use of Mountain Biking (bmx is not the origin for these pads, Kyle strait is a freeride/slopestyle mountain biker) anyhow i find them amazing, never had them move an inch even when im doing Downhill racing (pouvignon i think u are right u may have got the wrong size for your chicken legs lol)
They offer up great protection for your knee and surrounding area, they have a semi hard plastic shell covering the knee cap and several softer pads for the side areas.
They allow complete movement and after only 2mins of wearing are unoticeable.
Even when doing light xc rides they stay put even when i undo the velcro straps to allow my muscles to breathe they stay nicely in place, so i reckon for hiking to off piste areas with your board they will not be a hinderance.
As for elbow guards, you like the chicken wings? hmm i really didnt like mine, so if any1 wants a set i have a brand new unused set in medium up for grabs.
I bought myself a set of the vpd POC elbow guards, they are amazing!! They have the same tech as the 661 evo pads, in that they are soft untill impact when they go rock hard,so they offer great comfort with uncomprimised impact protection. I again use these for mountain biking and love em, but they would also be superb for boarding if u required pads.
Post subject:Posted: Feb 11, 2010 - 04:18 AM
First post: Oct 11, 2004
Total posts: 4926
i've just ordered some tomcat 661's knees, which have a hard shell with soft covering...hope i'm not going to regret going for them rather than the kyles !!
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