Forcefield 4-Layer Replacement Hip Armor
Cushions for your hips
Your joints are the weakest part of your body and why manufacturers don't provide included hip protection is beyond me. I was looking at various hip protection solutions that fit my jeans, my budget, and were comfortable. I wear the AGV Sport Alloy jeans, which I also bought from Revzilla.
I initially bought the Icon Stryker shorts, but trying to wear them under my jeans just made it extremely uncomfortable and bulky. I then tried taking the D3O pads from the Stryker shorts and putting them in the AGV jeans to see how it was - no bueno. The pockets for the pads were too big and the D3O pads didn't sit well. Plus they're tiny; no way would they have any real protection in a fall.
Back to the catalog... protective shorts were out of the question, so I started looking for removable hip pads. I was browsing the Revzilla website for hip pads and settled on this one. The reviews and the brand reputation hooked me on the purchase.
When I received the pads, they were huge! I thought no way they'd fit in my pants. It's 4 layers of rubber, but low and behold, they fit PERFECTLY in my AGV Sport Alloy jeans. They fill the entire hip pad pocket and don't move. They're extremely comfortable and you can't even tell they're there when you look in a mirror. These pads really increased my confidence in riding on the street. You can feel them there, but they don't affect flexibility or comfort.
My only concern is that while they are hip protectors, they don't really protect your pelvis. I did some trials to simulate falling on a bike with the pads in and in some instances when I fell, my pelvis made contact with the ground. Nevertheless, these are HIP PROTECTORS and they do a really good job at protecting your hip. Hopefully I will never have to test them out in a real life situation.
July 27, 2015
Fits great in Klim Dakar pants
I used these to replace the factory junk hip pads in my Klim Dakar pants. These breath great and slip right into the factory armor pockets. These are a bit thicker than the factory ones. Great product and great feeling wearing these.
July 12, 2015
Forcefield does not disappoint, again
After using the ForceField back protector as an upgrade for stock A-Star and Dainese jackets, I decided to give the hip protectors a shot. Once again, I am impressed, perhaps because here's a company whose entire purpose and focus is body armor.
FF armor flexes as you move and doesn't pinch or feel hot--the 'honeycomb' structure allows ventilation and seems to absorb force without losing shape or becoming damaged. Thankfully I haven't actually crashed but I have done some quick personal tests which give me some sense of confidence I am getting some good energy absorption.
I bought these because my Rev'It hip armor for the Air Wave pants just pinched my sides for some reason. The FF was an easy swap and I am much more comfortable, plus the level of protection seems higher now.
June 22, 2015
Decent protection for an often neglected area
I put these hip protectors in my riding jeans with some easy DIY modifications to the stock pads pockets.
They conform to the body and fit well, adding minimal extra bulk.
Taking the original pockets as a reference, the pads are in their ideal location to protect the greater trochanter (the "bony" part of the hip) from a direct hit, but the area covered is not very large.
June 8, 2015
Best protection for Rev IT Airwave Pants
This is a big step up from the standard foam pads provided in the Rev IT Airwave pants. I initially upgraded from the standard foam pads to the Knox hip armor...but it clearly lacked the coverage (though protective) which the hip pocket is designed to accommodate. Luckily I haven't been down under to confirm how well it holds, but I'm sure I won't be disappointed. Full marks to Revzilla's customer service for guiding me through the details and also prompt delivery (as always). You guys simply delight.
January 23, 2015
Like my spine but for the hips.
Didn't get to use them thankfully.
Takes the shape of your body after a while, you don't feel them, they look like they'd do the job.
A bit pricey but not Rev's fault
December 22, 2014
Great replacement armor
My Olympia Motoquest pants only came with EVA foam in the hips so I started doing some research to find the best replacements and ended up here. I tried D3O T5 Evo Pro and it's great armor but it was too small for the pocket and hung a bit too low. I was beginning to consider doing some mods to the pockets when I saw these. I watched the Revzilla Forcefield armor video and was impressed enough to try them out. They have an unique shape to them (they're clearly marked on the back so there's no question on how to properly orient them in your pants) and I wondered if the shape would make them twist around in the pockets so they wouldn't provide the best protection, but after a 90 minute ride they hadn't moved a bit and I didn't even notice they were there. Bang for the buck is a 4 only because you are paying $40 for some rubber pads. They're very comfortable, although the temp was around 65 for my test ride and I'm sure they'll be making me sweat a little in the summer but it's worth it for the protection. They also seem like they would hold up well in a crash. All-in-all, a great product that I would not hesitate to recommend. Ride safe!
November 7, 2014
I got this armor to replace the non-ce rated hip armor in my Olympia Airglide pants. The pads fit the pockets well and put the armor directly over my greater trochanter. Can't ask for much more.
November 4, 2014