Arc’teryx LEAF Knee Caps
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and usually end up at my ankles where theyare useless.Prior to writing this review, I was exploring
LEAF line of apparel,specifically designed for Law Enforcementand Armed Forces. I was extremelyimpressed with the quality of the product.Even at its high price point there wasmeasurable value that went beyond its elitestatus.In the process, I decided to check out the
cap to see what it brought tothe table for the princely sum of $59;especially with competing products at the$18 to $25 price point.
The Arc’teryx knee cap geometry is
anatomically correct and conforms to theknee very naturally. Because the knee captends to cup or wrap around the Patella andupper portion of the Tibia, all of
key components are protected. A secondarybenefit is stability with less side-to-siderotation on the leg, which ultimately startsthe downward slide on the leg.
Arc’teryx, next, takes an interestingapproach to the knee cap’s design. Rather
than using the same pad width from top tobottom, they slim the knee cap down as itextends past the knee and down over theTibia. To illustrate why this is a valuableconcept, please take a seat. Now run yourhand over your knee and down your legtowards your ankle. Note the spot justbelow your knee cap. See how it protrudes,this is your Tibia. By reducing the width of the knee
cap at this point, Arc’teryx has
designed into its product considerableflexibility; adding to both comfort andstability.The Knee Caps are secured to the leg viatwo straps that terminate in T-locks. Theupper strap is elastic and will not restrictyour movements. The bottom strap is non-elastic nylon webbing and does most of thework;
ensuring that the knee cap won’t
slide down your leg. Simply synch it uparound the back of your leg and the KneeCaps will remain in place for as long as youchoose to wear them.