Thanks for all the recommendations, everyone. I went with G-FORM pads, the ones that are soft until impact. The only real downside I can see is they should never go in the dryer, line dry only. Not a huge issue, unless you’re doing last-minute washing and need them right away for a ride. I’ve worn them for one short ride, and found that they do slide if worn atop slippery spandex/polyester clothes. I’ll try them again on bare skin on the weekend. They were pretty comfortable and I didn’t find they hampered me at all. I’m keen to try them on a longer ride.
I ordered the Elite Knee Pads from their discount page, 50% off from regular price.
The set of knee pads came in at 367g.
The set of elbow pads is a scant 106g!
If you want to place an order, you can use promo code THANKYOU for free shipping, or GFORM18 for 20% off the order (up to $300). I might try out their compression shorts if I can find a sizing chart anywhere.
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