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: Best for Toddlers

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: Best for Multi-Sport

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 fit best for kids ages 5 to 8. These pads are comfortable but somewhat large and bulky.  We like them best for parent’s who want one set of pads to do it all–bike, skateboard, rollerblading, etc.

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Fox PeeWee Titan Pads: Best for Parents on a Budget

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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  • MSRP: Knee pads ($17), Elbow Pads ($18)
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G-Form Pro-X Youth Pads: Best for Serious Riders

G-Form Youth Pads

While a little pricey compared to the other pads listed here, the quality of the G-Form pads make the price tag worth it.   These are grown-up quality pads for kids who are serious riders.  The pads are soft, machine washable, and stay in place. Appropriate for ages 4+.

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Troy Lee Protective Gear: Best for Lift-Served Riding


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 little riders. Their youth pads are appropriate for 5+, but may be a bit large for petite kids.

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Leatt 3DF 5.0 Kids Knee Guards: Best for Hot Weather

Leatt knee pads

The Leatt 3DF 5.0 knee pads offer plenty of breathability making them our top pick for summer riding.  They are flexible and have a Velcro strap around the thigh to help hold them up on small thighs.  Should fit most kids ages 5-6 and up.

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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)

Leatt3DF 5.0 Knee Pads$60One size (10.5″-12.5″ around thigh)



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

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