Ow!I bought these for about $40 liking the coverage between boot and knee, as well as the rigid cup over the knee and the velcro fasteners top and bottom so hinged armor always covers the knee however bent.
I was initially very pleased with the warmth and wind protection afforded at speed in cold temperatures this winter. They also kept my pants drier from mud and water splashes.
However this last weekend I put them to impact test when a branch deflected me into a ditch. I landed hard enough for the perimeter of the rigid cup to dig through the accordion like padding of the knee guard as well as my riding pants cutting into and breaking my skin both above and below the knee itself. Knee is just fine, no blown up patella, pain nor swelling. However thigh and ankle which absorbed the deflected energy are still quite sore to the touch.
Do I call this a favorable review since I ended up with just minor injuries adjacent to the knee? I think so. I fear without the Herobikers I might not be walking today. I would recommend these guards.
Other souvenirs of the spill were a cell phone shaped bruise to the ribs and a mildly sprained and swollen paw.
Wrist was annoyingly painful rest of the trip but was worth enduring since the riding conditions were so excellant....accelerating out of corners was a mix of "Yeah!...Owww!...Yeah!"
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