Kids BMX Pads Info
Kids BMX pads: Who needs them?Any kid who is riding hard needs BMX pads. The cost of a set of kids BMX pads is certainly cheaper than a trip to the emergency room. We know it isn't always easy to get your child to wear BMX pads. We have several parents on the XSportsProtective staff, and we managed to convince our kids that wearing pads is far preferable to an injury that could keep them off the bike for days or weeks.
If your child participates in BMX dirt racing, remember that the American Bicycle Association BMX race rules stipulate that if racers are wearing shorts, they must wear knee and shin guards with "no exposed skin above the knee or below the shin guard extending to above the ankle." If racers are wearing short-sleeved shirts, they must wear "sufficient" elbow protection.
What kind of kids BMX pads are out there?BMX knee pads and elbow pads are kind of like tacos, you can get hard shell or soft shell. Both types of BMX pads have some sort of Neoprene or other soft, flexible sleeve and EVA foam padding to protect the kneecap and the area surrounding it. If your child is racing or vert riding, he or she definitely needs hard shell pads.
Kids BMX pads use the same materials and technology as BMX pads for adults; they're just sized smaller. As with BMX helmets for kids, kids BMX pads may not have "kids" or “youth” in the name, but some sizes will fit kids. We've found that Fox Titan, Lizard Skins, and Troy Lee Designs frequently have sizes that will fit smaller/younger riders, even if the BMX pad is not named as a "youth BMX pad" or "kids BMX pad."
A hard shell kids BMX pad:
Two ways to put on kids BMX padsBoth kids BMX knee pads and kids BMX elbow pads come in one of two designs: slip on or those that close in the back (often called a butterfly closure). Slip-on BMX pads for kids slide up to the knee or elbow. This design is more commonly found in soft-shell guards, less expensive knee pads, knee (or elbow) gaskets, and youth-sized pads. BMX pads for kids with a butterfly closure wrap around your knee so your child can put them on and take them off without removing his or her shoes or gloves. The butterfly closure design is typically found in hard shell knee pads and more robust and/or more expensive knee pads.
Some BMX elbow pads use a hook-and-loop closure to ensure a snug, custom fit that won't budge while you're riding. Before you purchase kids BMX pads, make sure your child understands the different options.
How do I measure for kids BMX pads?We all know that kids come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Put two eight-year-olds next to each other, and you could see a six-inch difference in height and a 40-pound difference in weight. And they'd both fall into the "normal" range. This makes it difficult to only go by a manufacturer's age recommendation for kids' BMX pads.
Before you buy any kids' BMX pads, be sure to measure your child's leg circumference for knee pads and arm circumference for elbow pads.
For kids BMX knee pads, measure your child's outstretched leg four inches above the knee center and four inches below it. For kids BMX elbow pads, measure your child's outstretched arm on the lower bicep and upper forearm.
What are the best kids BMX pads?Below we've listed some BMX pads for kids (or that we've found will fit kids, even if "kids" or "youth" isn’t in the name).
Kids BMX pads combo packs
Kids BMX knee pads and knee/shin guards
Kids BMX elbow pads and elbow/forearm guards