SixSixOne Rage Youth Knee Pad Review

SixSixOne Rage Youth Knee Pad Review

Rage Youth Knee Pad Review – Providing your kid with knee and elbow protection is a great way to boost his/her confidence on the bike and decrease the risk of a painful injury from a fall. A lot of youth sized products have caught up in the bike industry, but we have struggled to find pads that fit our skinny kids well while being light enough to wear during a longer ride.

SixSixOne Rage youth knee pads are heavy-duty pads with an internal soft cap over the knee and two round, thick EVA foam padding areas on the sides. The Rage knee pads are composed of 50% Neoprene, 15% Kevlar, 15% EVA, 15% Nylon, and 5% Plastic. The back of the knee knee pad is open to release heat and enable full range of motion. Both the top and bottom of these pads can be secured with velcro straps.

Review of SixSixOne Rage Youth Knee Pads

At this stage, the SixSixOne Rage Youth Knee Pads are broken-in and ready for another day of riding.

The overall quality and craftsmanship of these knee pads is very good. Our 10 year old wore them for several days in-a-row; in the mud and rain – and even crashed in them a couple of times. We know that aside from cost, how they look and fit, you always wonder ‘How will these hold up in crash?’. Well, we have the answer for you.

Crashing In The SixSixOne Rage Youth Knee Pads

Our young mountain biker took a digger in the Whistler Bike Park on Crank It Up while wearing his SixSixOne knee pads. It had been raining all day, and with the determination of Icarus, he hopped on one of the wall rides near the top of the trail. These wall rides have vinyl graphics on them and when they’re wet- they are slick. Lacking the right speed and/or angle, our kid slipped out and fell a few feet into the dirt.

The pads protected him on the front and sides of his knees just fine. I like the fact that manufacturers are aware that mountain bike knee pads need to be designed differently than knee pads for other sports.

The Look And The Fit

Rage youth knee pads are black with white screen printed graphics. The velcro straps wrap around the back of the leg and are secured across the front of the knee pad on the top and bottom. They look great.

Side view of the SixSixOne Rage Youth knee guard

Side view of the SixSixOne Rage Youth Knee Pads. We love how they have protection on the exterior right-side and left-side of the knee pads.

Regarding the fit, we stated earlier that our kid has skinny legs. The circumference of your favorite pint glass is about the circumference of our rider’s knees. His knees are so skinny that we tied a couple of knots in the strap so the velcro aligns on the front in order to fasten the pad. It’s our kid’s opinion that this is uncomfortable and leads to chaffing. Dad definitely needs to take the time to shorten up the strap by sewing it properly and getting rid of the knots.

At A Glance:

  • Burley padding saved knees on numerous occasions!
  • Durable – stands up to use/abuse
  • Loose fit over time – the straps stretched and became too loose to secure tightly

A Short Interview With Andrew Shandro From SGC – Whistler Summer Gravity Camps

Andrew Shandro - SGC, Summer Gravity Camps at Whistler, BC

I had the chance to sit down with SGC Founder, Director and Pro Mountain Biker Andrew Shandro this morning. He was kind enough to answer a few questions about his week-long mountain bike camps in Whistler, BC. SGC stands for Summer Gravity Camps and sessions have been taking place throughout the summer at the Whistler Bike Park since 2002. Riders come from all over the planet to get coached by some of the best mountain bikers in the world at this extraordinary venue.

Why did you start SGC?

I think a big part of why I started it was when I was a kid I went to a few of the ski and snowboard camps on the glacier. At the time the bike park had only been around for a couple years and there was nothing really like this. I was like, “Okay, well I think we can do this. Now’s the time.” And that’s how it started. I was born in the Whistler/Vancouver area, and I’ve spent my whole life here. I think that’s kind of why I started.  “Well, let’s try to do a week-long mountain bike camp. We can use the same kind of template as what they do in glacier camps, and we obviously have a facility here to use.”

How does SGC differ from the camps/lessons offered by the bike park?

The coaching is amazing, obviously. We just bring a different sort of vibe and environment to it. I think we’re just a little more loose. I mean we’re with these kids for a week, so we can’t be serious every day. We do a lot of coaching, but we always have a lot of fun. To a lot of these kids, it’s like a dream to be here just riding – riding with Kyle [Norbraten], and Aggy [Graham Aggasiz] (who were also at the table with us), and the rest of the coaches. So we’re here to have fun. We do our own thing a little bit.

Who’s a good fit for SGC as far as age and/or riding ability?

We take any ability. It’s easy to get intimidated by the Whistler Bike Park, but there’s a lot of trails in the bike park where you can be a beginner. I wouldn’t say we take full beginners. It’s not the best camp if you’ve never ridden a mountain bike. But, certainly, we take people that don’t have a lot of mountain bike experience. In terms of age, we’re seeing younger kids come just because they’ve progressed a lot with mountain biking, in terms of the bikes a little bit, and the accessibility of these bikes. These kids have progressed so much in a short period of time, so we’re seeing younger kids come. Most kids are between 15 to 18, but we can take younger kids in the program.

What do you like best about running SGC?

I truly like kids. It’s work, but it’s fun. I enjoy it. I love being at Whistler. We stay up here as a family. There’s so many positives on what we’re exposing these kids to and providing them with all these experiences. I never had those experiences growing up. And I see how incredibly stoked these kids are after a day or two for riding again or just riding with the coaches. It’s truly impactful, actually. And that’s true for the adults too; The adults come to Whistler Summer Gravity Camps and they’re like, “I can’t believe how much we’ve improved. I never thought I would improve that much during the week.” A lot of people don’t get mountain bike instruction. It’s pretty rare, actually. Adults have all these bad habits. We’ve got to break them down a little bit.

How has SGC evolved over the last few years? Has anything major changed?

We have three youth weeks and two adult weeks. Before we only did youth weeks. We added an Enduro Camp within one of the weeks. About enduro – I mean really it’s just mountain biking, but people come with their Enduro bikes and trail bikes. We do progression stuff, and then we’ll go ahead and ride the valley trails in the afternoon.

Anything else you’d like to mention?

Obviously, I can’t do it without the coaches and the staff.  Melissa and Trish (the camp “moms”) do an amazing job. They organize the crew. Whistler Summer Gravity Camps is a team effort here, for sure.

Is SGC right for your kid? Read about our kid’s experience at Whistler Summer Gravity Camp

Andrew Shandro, SGC - Summer Gravity CampsThanks to Andrew, Trish, Mel, and all the coaches and staff at Summer Gravity Camps. This program isn’t just unique — it’s regarded as one of the best mountain bike experiences available. SGC would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make what they do possible: Trek, Dakine, Fox, JBL, Odi Grips, Zee/Shimano, Bontrager, Adidas, Clif Bar, Whistler Mountain Bike Park, Atlas Brace Technologies, Bell Helmets, Muc-Off.

Video – Lower A Line, Whistler Bike Park

Mountain biking with kids in the Whistler Bike Park, lower A Line

A Line Whistler Bike Park: Wyatt, our 14 year old, is in Summer Gravity Camps all week long. Following a daily session, he got in a little extracurricular activity on A Line. Here’s some of his run.

A Line overview:

A Line is an extremely difficult black diamond trail in Whistler Bike Park. This trail has a smooth, flowing trail surface that encourages speed. A Line consists of jumps, huge sculpted berms. and more jumps. A line is known for very large jumps – both dirt and wood bridges – and high speeds. This trail is for expert riders only.

Whistler Bike Park with Kids:

We love visiting Whistler bike park with kids. Whistler is an amazing location for family vacations!  There are lots of beginner trails that are family friendly. Additionally, you can enroll your kiddo in DFX lessons so they can learn skills form some cool coaches (See our Planada article for more details!). Meanwhile, mom and dad can take lessons on their own OR hit some epic rides including one of our favorites: Lord of the Squirrels.

Check out our Destinations and Trails page for more fun places to ride!

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