-To Small (personal problem)
-Design to fit (same as above...)
Here's my experience with Empire's amazing looking knee pads...
I first saw them on a field where I play. Some kid I shoot with from time to time had these beauties, along with the slider shorts and the matching elbow pads. Needless to say, I was VERY impressed! They are probably some of the best looking protective gear you can get for your money, but, they're also some of the most decieving.
I recieved a pair for christmas...LG/XLG...They are built as a sort of kneepad/shin guard all-in-one. Structurally, they are VERY well built, and when they were staying in place as I was playing, they protected my knees EXTREMELY well! So I can safely say that Empire has definitely created another amazingly well crafted product. However, because of my experience with them, I have come to the conclusion that the concept seems pretty well concieved...but the execution is far from perfected (in my opinion.)
I'm not fat by any means. In fact I'm of a pretty average build. But these seemed to fit on my legs like a tube sock over a locamotive. I lost circulation in my legs the first time I wore them around, and I wanted to send them back immediatly...but I thought, shoot, I might as well try them on the field, before I go looking for something else right away.
So I made it out one weekend with the uncomfortable SOB's. The first couple of times off the break, and after sliding into my bunkers, they began to slide down my legs...at the end of a couple of games, they were blobbled up around my ankles...for as good as the things look and as far as the design, you'd think they'd stay in place a little better. Not a chance...
Before I even really got to break these things in, they ended up ripping at the seam. I was SO dissappointed. I knew that the worked for the guy I first saw them on, but they didn't seem to work at all for myself.
So now I own some Dye Core knee pads, and I couldn't be happier...It all just seems to boil down to preference, and body type in my overall opinion. So approach with discretion, and buy if you KNOW they'll work good for you.
I want to give these pads what they deserve (based on my experience) but that would be an unfair biased review. So I'll rate them based on this thought: Before you buy these beauties, make sure that you can get a chance to try them on first (trust me.) They're well built...they just didn't work for me.