Kali Veda Elbow Pads Review
Product Name: Kali Protectives Veda Elbow Pads
Recommended Use: Agressive AM / FR / DH
– A Nitrex foam-lined, flexible ABS shell to protect the elbow
– A Kevlar-weaved synthetic elbow cup cover for extra durability against abrasion
– Two additional Nitrex foam pads above and below the flexible ABS elbow shell
– Six dense foam pads positioned on both sides of the elbow guard cuff to protect your ligaments
– Perforated neoprene cuff for comfort and breath-ability
– Slip-on style elbow guard that will fit under or over your jersey or base layer
– Two large Velcro belts to keep the Veda elbow guard securely in place
– Anti-microbial material that is fully washable
DESIGN & FIT:
The Kali elbow pads offer a comfortable, light and sturdy solution to the alternative hard pads which are more restrictive in movement. I spent a full day in them at a resort and they were great under a jersey. They are low profile and don’t stick out. They slip on with a bit of effort and stay put, I didn’t think about them or have to adjust them at all. Beyond protection and comfort, a pad should “stay put” really well; these pads didn’t disappoint (whereas the popular 661 EVOs moved quite a bit once neoprene has stretched out).
The sizing on these is a head scratcher. They run one full size too small and when using them one size bigger, they are still snug (but not overly tight). This explains why they stay put so well, but it does create a little binding when they are new. I wore them for 6-7 hours one day and by day’s end, the internal rubberized material (that keeps the elbows from slipping down) on the upper arm had started to cut into my skin. Ouch! This is probably extreme, since on occasions where I wear them for 2-3 hours, I haven’t had the same experience occur.
CONSTRUCTION & FUNCTION:
Construction is good and so far with a few rides in, they don’t show signs of stretching and wear that I’ve seen on the 661. They are however, warm to use on pedaly rides or where you need to HAB. Even with the perforation on the neoprene material… it is a wetsuit material afterall, and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing a wetsuit, it’s not something you’d want to wear and go for a run in. That is the one of the tradeoffs you’d need to live with if you are considering these pads. But overall they work pretty well and do their job. Just don’t use them if you’re doing an epic and the temps are going to be warm.
GOOD: Good looking elbow pads, low-profile and great for under the jersey. Quality construction, light at 270g and all around comfortable. Stays put — slip them on and forget about them.
BAD: The sizing is really off with these elbows, you’d want to buy one size up. When worn all day (beyond 6 hours), the no slip rubber ring on the inside did cut into my arm. They are perfect for 2-3 hour jump sessions however. Best used when outside temperatures are 70° F or cooler.
Reviewed by Qwan Pham