Issue #018 Review

AMPLIFI MKX Knee in review

Kneepads: yes or no? Those who opt against wearing knee pads usually do so because the pads are heavy, impede pedalling and get sweaty and damp. However, If you don’t like the idea of leaving your delicate knees exposed then light pads could be an option. The Amplifi MKX Knee pads weigh just 260 grams in size L and can be pulled on like a sock.

Manne isn’t the typical knee pad wearer given that he very rarely rides in bike parks but he still finds himself in a lot of scenarios where knee pads could make sense. This is where the Amplifi MKX Knee pads come into play since they’re comfortable enough to wear on long rides and keep wearing on the climbs. Thanks to their seamless, 3D-knitted mesh they’re about as thin and flexible as a pair of warm socks, with no zips or velcro straps to cause any friction.

The 3D-knitted manufacturing process gives the Amplifi MKX Knee pads their comfortable sock-like fit, quickly letting you forget that you’re wearing pads at all. However, some riders might get annoyed by the mesh wrinkling at the back of the knees when pedalling. The silicone dots on the inside of the hem reduce slippage but don’t completely prevent the pads from moving out of position. Since there are no Velcro straps, it’s vital to get the correct size for the optimal fit and to prevent slippage. The Amplifi MKX Knee complies with the EN1621-1 standard, but due to their lightweight construction, they don’t provide the protection you’d get with a heavy-duty knee pad.

The Amplifi MKX Knee pads are a lightweight and comfortable alternative for everyday use outside the bike park. They pack down very small and can easily fit in the smallest backpack. The workmanship is good and they should last a long time, but the best part is that the Amplifi MKX Knee pads are so inconspicuous that you quickly forget you’re wearing them.


  • light and flexible
  • comfortable fit
  • can be worn unobtrusively under your trousers


  • mesh wrinkles at the back of the knee

Tester: Manne
Duration: 12 months
Price: € 79.99

Weight: 264 g (size L)
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Words & Photos: Manne Schmitt

About the author

Manne Schmitt

As the proud father of Robin and Max-Philip, Manne has been there from the start and is the wise elder of the editorial team. He won his first cycling race in elementary school at a school sports day. After less successful attempts at football, he found his passion for cycling via endurance racing in 1989! The world of racing still consumes him and no one in the team knows the EWS pros better than Manne. As a former head analyst of a state agency, he knows how to do proper research and finds exclusive news that no one else has. He supports his sons in day-to-day business dealings as the authorised signatory for 41 Publishing – viva la familia!