Leaving the trailhead with an artful arrangement of bandaids, gauze, and dirt caked wounds is nothing to call home about for you, but even you have to admit that taking injury inventory every few minutes on a ride certainly slows things down. Instead of carrying a first aid kit with you whenever you head for the lifts, accept that you're crash prone and up your coverage on trail with Bliss Protection's Vertical Extended Knee Pad. The name says it all: rather than just being a knee guard, this pad provides upper leg protection and extends past your knee cap towards the middle of your shin. Made with a lightweight, breathable Lycra chassis and a mesh backed knee area, it won't trap heat or inhibit your pedal stroke, and with the top hook and loop strap, you'll be able to fine tune the fit so it stays secure when you're barreling into the deep stuff. Additional KEVLAR at the knee equips the guard to handle scrapes against rougher trail features, while flatlock stitching and silicone grips combine to make the pad something that's easy to integrate into your kit.