Let me just say that I was never a fan of knee pads before I tried these. They always seemed bulky, slipped around a lot, and were always catching on my pants or pads.
Happily, Warrior has solved these problems and provided solid protection as well -- and just maybe some extra 5 hole coverage, don't tell the NHL.....
Designed and anchored on the leg in 3 pieces, they work together to make themselves nearly invisible. The lower piece is nicely padded but thinly tapered over the knee- no binding in the knee channel to affect pad rotation. The top piece is securely wrapped around the lower thigh. The innovative middle piece slides up and down to provide the maximum coverage when and where it is needed, especially sealing the top of the knee when in butterfly.
I have noticed absolutely no binding or interference with pads or pants. I wear them under my hockey socks, but you could wear them outside if desired. Honestly, once they are on with my pads strapped up I don't even notice them.
They also help close the knee gap in the 5 hole, especially for my skinny knees.
Took a 'B' league slapshot the other night off the top of the knee and was very happy I was wearing these guys. I can tell you from experience that they work!!
These also work perfectly with my new Warrior Ritual pro pants and pads. Only problems I would look out for are pads with very narrow knee channels (unless you wear them loose).