Pads and Gear: Comparison Charts and Ratings

Protect young rider's hands, feet and knees.


Young and adventurous, helmets, gloves and pads help keep kids safe and protected.  

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Pads and Gloves

Editor's Picks: Pads and Gloves

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Ridgeback Dimension 14″

What We Would Ride

From top to bottom, the Dimension 14 is our top pick for kids ages 4 and up. Built on a lightweight frame and on plush Big Apple tires, the Dimension 14 is fully equipped for a smooth, fast ride.

Our Review Buy: $300

G-Form Protective Pads

What We Would Wear

Simply stunning. The only pads our testers were willing to wear for longer periods of time. Provides great protection without adding bulk or weight.

Our Review Buy: $60

Ridgeback Dimension

What We Would Ride

Beautiful from top to bottom. Built on a raw aluminum frame and riding on plush Big Apple tires, the Dimension 12 a lightweight dream.

Our Review Buy: $300

Strider Elbow & Knee Pads

Best Pads for Toddlers

Perfectly sized for toddlers and preschoolers learning the ropes on their bike.

Our Review Buy: $19

Zippyrooz Gloves

Best Gloves for Young Riders

Fun and functional. Fun graphics get kids excited to put them on, while the finger hoops allow them to easily take them off.

Our Review Buy: $18

Strider Sport 20″

Best for Adults

Designed even for adults, the Strider 20 works well for ages 10+. A great option for older kids hesitant to ride or those with special needs.

Our Review Buy: $220

Ratings & Comparison Chart: Pads and Gloves

Recommendation Levels:

exceptional = Exceptional

highlyrecommended = Highly Recommended

recommended = Recommended

= Not Recommended

Model
MSRP
Seat Height
Weight
More Info

G-Form Protective Pads

Exceptional

Product Specifications

MSRP: $60

Recommendation: Exceptional

What We Would Wear

Simply stunning. The only pads our testers were willing to wear for longer periods of time. Provides great protection without adding bulk or weight.

View on Amazon (Knee)
View on Amazon (Elbow)

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Strider Elbow & Knee Pads

Exceptional

Product Specifications

MSRP: $19

Recommendation: Exceptional

Best Pads for Toddlers

Perfectly sized for toddlers and preschoolers learning the ropes on their bike.

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Bern Junior Pads

Highly Recommended

Product Specifications

MSRP: $40

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Built for skate parks, these pads are well-built to take on multiple impacts. These pads are too big for toddlers and are best for kids aged 5 to 8.

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Little Tricky Pad Set

Highly Recommended

Product Specifications

MSRP: $30

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

Triple 8 pads offer high-end, flexible, full-coverage protection for kids aged 5 and up. The Little Tricky line is great for kids 4 to 8, while the junior-sized Saver Series is best for kids 8 and up. Compared to Strider pads, they are much thicker and better overall quality.

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Zippyrooz Gloves

Exceptional

Product Specifications

MSRP: $18

Recommendation: Exceptional

Best Gloves for Young Riders

Fun and functional. Fun graphics get kids excited to put them on, while the finger hoops allow them to easily take them off.

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Read our Review