Kali Aazis Plus 130 Soft Knee-Shin Guard Price: $99.00 Starting at $42 on Amazon
Kali Aazis Plus 130 Weight: .75 lbs ea (size large)
I have been wearing knee braces for a while now. I tend to wear as much protective gear as possible, but am not completely sold on knee braces and their ability to protect against ligament injuries. Kali Protectives gave me the opportunity to try out their Aazis 130 soft knee shin guard. It has been a while since I’ve worn knee pads and I was excited to see what I thought of them.
What makes the Aazis Plus 130 unique?
Aramid Weave: This is the generic term for Kevlar (Kleenex is to tissue paper as Kevlar is to aramid weave). You know, the stuff used in bullet proof vests? This is used for for protection and durability in the knee cup area.
Nitrex: Of the foams Kali tested, Nitrex did the best job of protecting from impact. There are very many densities and formulations available from Nitrex, allowing Kali to choose exactly what they wanted for the Aazis.
Anti-microbial materials: Inhibits the ability of microorganisms to grow (bacteria, fungi, viruses).
On the Track:
Anti “pull down” design: With the light weight of the Aazis 130 knee pads and their well designed strap system, these things don’t move around at all.
Comfort: On the track I felt like I wasn’t wearing anything at all! For comparison, before I started wearing knee braces, I had owned Fox Titan Pro, Thor Force and EVS SC03 knee pads. The Kali Aazis 130’s are most comparable to the EVS SC03. The Aaazis 130 uses better, more comfortable materials against your skin and are designed more comfortably than the EVS SC03.
Protection: The Kali Aazis 130 is a well designed product, it uses good materials and offers protection at the top and sides of your knees. The knee features Kevlar and plastic on top of foam for protection and the shin features plastic and foam. That said I’m not ready to trade in my knee braces yet.
Breathability: Like I said, I barely noticed I had these things on. They are very light and much more breathable than the EVS RS-8 knee braces I have been wearing.
What I’d like to see improved:
Protection at top of knee: For mx use it would be nice to have a larger protection area, maybe with some thicker or more dense foam, at the top of the knee for protection from handlebars hitting that area when foot sticks in corners.
Protection at sides of knees: These pads are very thin and soft, much better than nothing, but I would like to see these beefed up a bit for mx use as well.
Final Thoughts: People’s use of protective gear in motocross is an interesting balance of comfort and protection. There aren’t really any standards when it comes to protective gear like there is in other sports. If you’re a comfort person who leans toward wearing knee pads, you should definitely consider the Kali Aazis 130. The protection they offer is as good as you’re going to get out of a knee pad and they are very comfortable.