These were the first real pads I owned, after the Triple 8 debacle. My friend Kissy bought them at the same time I did and she summed them up succinctly: it’s like falling on kittens.
Seriously, they’re a great standard pad. They’re comfortable, well-padded, and have an open back design so you can put them on after your skates. The only downside was, initially, they felt very bulky. I had a bit of trouble crossing over until I got used to how far they stuck out from my knee.
I replaced them after a season because, well, that’s what I do. They were starting to pack down a bit so there was less protection, which but they had a great life span, in my opinion.
At USD$55, they’re so freaking reasonably priced that I don’t know why anyone would choose another, cheaper, pair of pads. If you don’t know what to get or don’t want to spend a ton of cash, buy these.
187 has also recently brought out a derby-specific knee pad that a few girls in my league are ravenously in love with. Has anyone tried those? I haven’t yet, but I sure am intrigued.