Previous offerings of the 661 Recon Knee Pad have been offered with protection ratings for gloves used whilst operating machinery. Essentially designed to stop your fingers being chopped off a la Tony Iommi, your hands might well not be much use to you otherwise.
This latest offering ups the ante thanks to the D30 Ghost insert which allows the pad to be both lightweight and add the CE 1621-1 certification, which is the lower motorcycle certification. Weight is still impressive at 322g for a pair in size large too.
Elsewhere you’ve Padlock integration if you want to connect the pads to 661 shorts, extended coverage onto the shin, stretch fabric for fit and mesh fabric for ventilation, plus a big old hole in the back of the pad. Silicone grippers aim to keep them from riding up, or down for that matter.
Whilst the certification increase is welcome, anything beyond a big old pedal where full size pads would have been clunky and uncomfortable, these don’t feel particularly confidence inspiring. That said, on those big days out where you’re not wringing your neck to hit turns or jumps hard, they’re perfect for the job. Up the ante though in terms of risk and your knees start feeling naked quite quickly.
Fit wise these were, as their prowess for big rides shows, pretty spot on. The high-riding upper has essentially made the tw*t gap phenomenon extinct, even without using the Padlock poppers. On occasion, the gap in the rear of the pad would line up perfectly and they would be comfort par excellence, whilst not uncomfortable when this was misaligned, it was noticeable.
After a few washes, the silicone grippers started to lose their grip, leading to them shifting more, affecting the comfort levels somewhat. This won’t be unique to these pads, but it still happens all the same.
It’s worth mentioning that I didn’t actually have to find out how much protection these offer as I didn’t stuff my knobbly knees into terra firma.
What do we think?
The current 661 Recon Knees do offer more real world protection thanks to the higher CE certification and do deliver all-day comfort for those big rides. They’re even small enough to pop in your pack to slip on when you’re heading downhill.
For anything where the attack levels go beyond 50% though, you’d be better off with the Recon Advance.
CE 1621-1 protection very welcome
Tw*t gap exctinction
Could do better:
Not an awful lot
You can check out the 661 Recon Knee Pad over on their website here.