Protecting your knees while skiing should be a no-brainer. We pad our heads with helmets and protect our bodies with avalanche safety gear. I’d like to think I’m more likley to hit my knee than trigger an avalanche, so it only makes sense to wear knee pads, too.
Once the domain of telemark skiers, knee pads were bulky, hard-shell items that we strapped on for fear of dropping a knee into a stump or rock. I have not worn knee pads since my dedicated telemark days, until now. G-Form pads take the art of protective padding to a new level of comfort and function. G-Form pads are game changers.
I’m not prone to hucking off drops or cartwheeling down steep, rock-lined chutes, but I have certainly had the occasional run in with a hard object while backcountry skiing. The G-Frorm pads are soft, flexible and comfortable to wear. They are unlike any pad I have ever worn. In fact, they hardly feel like you’re wearing a pad at all. Say goodbye to the classic, sweaty, bunching and rubbing of old-school hard pads. These are pads you actually want to wear.
Reactive Protection Technology
The tech behind G-Form pads is called RPT™ — Reactive Protection Technology, a composite blend of proprietary materials — and offers repeated impact protection. The key being that the material remains soft and flexible until impact when it reacts to the collision by firming up to absorb 90% of the impact energy (so says the specs and techs).
G-Form pads are flexible and promote a full range of motion until impact when respond by becoming firm. Thanks to their stretch compression fabric, they slip on under your base layers and just kind of disappear until you need them. They are comfortable and foster a good sense of confidence thanks their snug, stay-put fit.
Though I’m not not likely to consider suiting up with full armor on my next ski tour, the G-form knee pads are a welcome addition to my resort kit. In addition to crash protection, the keep the knee joint warm, too. They are fully washable, too.