Rift Knee Guard
At Chromag we simply want to produce things that the staff want to use, day in, day out, which is why we're very proud to announce the Rift.
We saw an opportunity to produce a knee guard that ticked some boxes that we felt were currently left empty, and in partnering with the engineers at RHEON™ Labs, we've managed to create a guard that we're extremely proud of, but most of all, keen to slip on whenever we head out for a ride.
The majority of the protection is located up front provided by RHEON™ and encased in an aramid skin to provide resistance to abrasions and tears. Additional lateral foam inserts keep the pad low-profile and allow for unrestricted movement, without bumping the cost sky high.
The RHEON™ insert is located on an airprene backing to provide structure, and also moderate temperatures on those all day epics.
The calf gusset is designed to keep the pad in place, combined with the generous silicone band around the top, and the upper stretch mesh which allows movement of your leg while keeping everything where it needs to be.
The Rift comes in 5 sizes from XS to XL, and is fully machine washable. CE certified EN 1621-1:2012.
"The Rifts are easily one of the most comfortable knee pads I've ever worn..." - NSMB
"The Rifts are far and away the most comfortable mid-duty kneepads that I've worn to date and it isn't even close." - MTB Mag
"Editor's Choice: the Chromag Rift pads were my favorites out of this bunch." - Pinkbike
Don't just take our word for it, read more reviews here:
The RHEON™ material is made from highly strain-rate sensitive polymers that stiffen momentarily while absorbing energy. These properties make this material ideal for a trail kneepad, which has some unique requirements. It must be comfy enough to pedal in all day, but provide significant protection for the way down.
Utilising this material, and combining it with complex geometries that fold in on themselves when impacted, we collaborated with RHEON™ to develop a kneepad that feels great to pedal in but also provides a very high level of protection.
Check out the videos below to see it in action.
Everyone knows knees are anatomically identical to papaya!
Some phones were harmed in the making of this video...
|Thigh (5" above knee)*
|Calf (fullest part)
|13.75 - 15.25"
|11.25 - 12.75"
|14.75 - 16.25"
|12.25 - 13.75"
|15.75 - 17.25"
|13.25 - 14.75"
|16.75 - 18.25"
|14.25 - 15.75"
|17.75 - 19.25"
|15.25 - 16.75"
* measure 5" from the center of your kneecap. You should be sat down, with your knee at 90° and your leg relaxed.
These knee pads are nice construction and stay in place well, but the seam on the inside middle of the pads chafes my knees raw on even moderate long pedals.
Honestly, I can't recommend them until they come up with a new design to address this issue.
Thanks for sharing. We havent had this feedback before but It's been shared with our design team.
Aside from needing to make sure they are clean to reduce any chaffing, they are pretty much a perfect and comfortable light weight knee pad. I do wish the seam for the pad was below the knee cap because if they aren't clean, you will chaff on that seam.
Rift Knee Guard
These knee pads are great. Once on and adjusted they sit in place and don’t move around. They are comfortable. Haven’t crash tested them yet but my feeling is they will hold up well and do what they are supposed to do.
I have large thighs (not due to being a super cyclist or anything, more of a lack of fitness thing) and was at the top end of the range for size on XL. These fit well and have enough stretch that they would most likely still fit if my leg was larger.
Good fit. Comfy. As comfy as knee protection can be for the long haul.
I have been running these knee pads for 2 summers now, I love the clean design with no Velcro straps. The grippers on the inside of the cuff prevent them from sliding down during long sweaty pedals and descents!
Protection is good for most applications, especially for a low profile, flexible knee pad. These also work great underneath long pants.
10/10 would recommend.
I’m 5’7 135 lbs, went for medium size which loosened up eventually. Probably could have have gone for small and been a bit uncomfortable in the break in period.
These kneepads are comfy cozy (yup) and stay in place really well. Protection is a bit light on the upper inside of the knee, but that seems reasonable for a kneepad that is comfortable to pedal all day in....which these are!
Ordered these knee guards because they sounded well designed and I have been impressed with my other Chromag products (gloves, grips, and pedals).
These knee guards are amazing. After a few minutes of riding I barely notice them, they're super comfortable, they do not slide at all (even on long climbs), and they offer great protection. My first ride with them I took a tumble down a steep rooted section and they saved my knee from a pretty good hit that bruised my shin.
The sizing guide is very accurate too, I measured out to an XL and they fit perfectly, I was worried they might be a bit long but that is not the case.