Simple off-the-shelf knee and elbows pads are generally ill-fitting, uncomfortable and of low quality. Designed for grade schoolers, most pads are also too big for young toddlers on balance bikes. With the success of their balance bike, Strider set out to design set of pads that will comfortably fit the smallest of riders. Sold with two larger and two smaller pairs of pads, Strider’s pads have a hard plastic shell with a padded base and a Velcro strap. The smaller of the pads is designed to first fit on the knee of the smallest riders and then graduate to the elbow of older riders. Once the smaller pads are transitioned in to elbow pads, the larger pads can them be used as knee pads.
Soft yet durable, our testers aged 15 months to 5 years were all able to comfortably wear the pads. Our 3-year-old tester was very comfortable in them and her movement wasn’t restricted much. She ran, played, and jumped and never complained. While playing, the pads did scratch relatively easily with impact to the ground, but much less so then the lower-end Disney pads we previously used. Our 15-month tester wore the smaller set of the two as knee pads. They were quite tight and very restrictive, however he was wearing them over bulky corduroy pants. In the end they didn’t seem to bother him. He didn’t try to take them off, instead he climbed up on multiple things. Although significantly larger than our one-year-old testers, our 5-year-old was also able to comfortably wear the pads. Although the fit was snug and did not offer he much room to grow, the Strider pads were less bulky than others she has tried and she preferred them as a result.
Great pads at a great price. Simple, yet effective, the Strider pads are great fit for toddlers and preschoolers, but are most likely too small for grade schoolers.
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Two Wheeling Tots LLC received the Strider Pads directly from Strider Sports to help facilitate this review. No monetary compensation was provided and all opinion given are strictly that of Two Wheeling Tots LLC.