The Best Knee and Elbow Pads for Kids

Bike Pads for Kids

Whether your kiddo is racing BMX, hitting up the bike park, or just learning to ride, you are going to want to find good-fitting child-specific protective pads. Until recently, these were nearly impossible to find, with many young riders wearing XS adult versions that didn’t fit well.

Luckily, as more and more kids enter the sport, increasing numbers of options are entering the market. Here’s a round-up of the best knee pads and elbow pads for kids 18 months to 10 years old.

The Best Knee and Elbow Pads for Kids

Strider Pad Set

Strider Bike Pads

Strider builds great balance bikes for toddlers, so it makes sense that they would make a great pad set for toddlers as well. For kids under 5, the Strider Pad Set is probably your best bet for pads that actually fit. These velcro-on knee and elbow pads have a hard plastic exterior and are appropriate for little ones as young as 18 months.

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Bern Junior Pad Set

Bern Knee and Elbow Pads

The Bern pads are designed and marketed as skateboard pads, but can be used on the bike as well. They come in only one size and best fit kids ages 5 to 8. Users comment that these pads are comfortable but somewhat large and bulky.

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Fox PeeWee Titan Pads

Fox PeeWee Titan Knee and Elbow Pads

The Fox brand oozes “coolness” and kids love their stuff. The knee pads have all around great reviews; some parents complain about the fit of the elbow pads and say that they are hard to keep up. These pads fit kids in 3T to 4T clothing to about 8 years old.

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G-Form Pro-X Youth Pads

G-Form Youth Pads

While a little pricy compared to the other pads listed here, the quality of the G-Form pads make the price tag worth it. Both the knee and elbow pads receive universally positive reviews. They are soft, machine washable, and stay in place. Appropriate for ages 4+.

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Troy Lee Protective Gear

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Troy Lee offers quite a good line-up of youth protective gear for young downhillers. Same great design as their adult pads, but sized down for littler riders. Their youth pads are appropriate for 5+, but may be a bit large for petite kids.

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Comparison Chart

BrandModelPrice (MSRP)
Recommended Age/Sizing
BernJunior Pad Set $40One size (ages 5-8)
StriderPad Set $20One size (ages 18 months- 5 years)
Troy Lee DesignsSpeed Knee Youth Sleeve$49Youth Medium (10.5”-12” measure 4” above knee cap center)

Youth Large (9.5”-11” measure 4” above knee cap center)

Troy Lee DesignsYouth Elbow Sleeve$24One size (ages 5+)
FoxPeeWee Titan Knee Pads$13One Size (3+)
FoxPeeWee Titan Elbow Pads $16Small (Ages 3-5)

Medium (6+)

G-FormPro-x Youth Knee Pads$59S/M (10”-12” around thigh)

L/XL (12”-14” around thigh)

G-FormPro-x Youth Elbow Pads$55S/M (8”-9.5” around bicep)

L/XL (9.5”-11” around bicep)

 

Kristen

Kristen is a project manager and writer. She spends all her free time mountain biking with her family on the trails in Salt Lake City and Park City, UT.

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2 Responses

  1. Ethan says:

    Our 5 yr old has been using the Raceface knee and el ow pads since he was about 4.5yrs. Great product, good fit, above average protection.

  2. Rich says:

    My 6 year old is using my small troy lee speed doctor elbow pads as knee and shin pads. Perfect fit