If you’re using your bike on the track, you’ll soon get through a pair of knee sliders as you crank up the lean angles.
As well as giving you feel, they’ll also take a bit of the brunt if you fall off, saving your leathers from getting too scuffed, not to mention your knees.
There’s a lot to choose from out there, and it can be difficult to decide what kind of knee slider is the best.
One thing to remember is, different sliders wear at different rates and they all have a slightly different feel when on the tarmac.
You can get them in plastic, leather and even wood! Some even come with a colourful design all the way through, making them look attractive even when worn.
Sparky ones, with titanium rod inserts, give off a shower of sparks once you’ve connected with the track. They look quite cool (and very disconcerting to anyone following you as they’ll probably think you’ve crashed), but some circuits (like Bedford Autodrome) ban them as they claim they damage the surface.
So if you fancy a track day or you’re a die-hard racer or a mad-as-a-brush road rider that also likes to get their knee down, here are some of our recommended knee sliders from the 100s on the market.
These £13.99 knee sliders by DXR have a hard-wearing TPU outer construction and a strong hook and loop retention system. Easy to attach, pair with DXR leathers to complete the look and protect your knees.
If you want a wooden pair that had a decreased wear rate, these ones by Held come in at just under £40. Available in a variety of colours, the shield shape design covers enough area without having to mess about with placement too much.
Another knee slider from RST, the Race Dept comes in 6 colours to suit any taste. Made from durable TPU, these knee sliders have a handy pull tab for easy removal and a wide area to make it easy to fit without too much adjustment. For only £24.99, these come highly recommended by the Biker Rated team.
If you’re a fan of the Isle of Mann TT or know someone who is, for £24.99 these knee sliders make a perfect addition to your kit or a thoughtful gift idea. Made from TPU for enhanced performance and now with a rubber pull tab for easy removal, these sliders are hard wearing and can take the heat when you’re out on the track.
The good folks at Alpinestars have these knee sliders as part of their range, for just under £50. Manufactured by true racing gear professionals, these TPU knee sliders are durable and have a strong velcro for attachment to your leathers.
If you’re proud to be English, then why not grab a set of these St George Flag knee sliders, sporting that famous ensign, derived from Saint George’s Cross. Old George would be proud to know that one day his emblem would be leaving a white trace on the way down Craner Curves.
Can you buy titanium knee sliders
There isn’t a fully-titanium knee slider on the market but some sparky knee sliders use titanium bolts to create the sparks.
Can you buy carbon fibre knee sliders
No, they would be awful. The carbon fibre would shower everyone with nasty fibres and the sliders would end up having super sharp edges.