O’Neal Sinner Knee Guard  2013 Mountain Bike Review

O’Neal Sinner Knee Guard 2013

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At A Glance

The Sinner knee guard from O’Neal is a high tech piece of kit. Unlike some other pads it uses a SaS-Tec Memory foam insert, which is vented and cut to provide excellent flexibility and cooling properties. The foam is pliable and relatively soft, but when it hits something it hardens in a relative manner to the force of the impact. Two Velcro straps keep the kneepad in place and the neoprene material is vented to keep you cool.

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On the Trail

Riding in the Sinner is a real pleasure, the pad doesn’t slip and grips the knee well, the shaping to the pad aids this and the Velcro straps ensure everything is locked in. The side pads help to prevent the everyday knocks and bumps and the SaS-Tec pad works really well when you need it to. The Sinner made a noticeable difference when taking a tumble. On long rides the towelling liner makes them very comfortable and we didn’t get any chaffing even when it was hot.


A little more expensive than some of the pads on the market, but the SaS-Tec pad insert does offer excellent protection. If you want something with a little more in the tank than a traditional pad, look no further!

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This review was in Issue 19 of IMB.

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By Rou Chater
Rou Chater is the Publishing Editor of IMB Magazine; he’s a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, but his passion for bikes knows no bounds. His first mountain bike was a Trek 820, which he bought in 1990. It didn’t take him long to earn himself a trip to the hospital on it, and he’s never looked back since. These days he’s keeping it rubber side down, riding locally and overseas as much as possible.

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