Icon D3O Knee Pads
Excellent replacement armor at an amazing price
I bought a full set of Icon D3O armor to replace the old armor in my race suit. The armor itself is actually generic D3O T5 Evo armor (CE Level 1, but very near Level 2). It is incredible value for what it costs. To get to true CE Level 2 you have to pay at least twice as much.
The armor is lightweight, flexible and comfortable. It conforms to the shape of your body and doesn't dig into your flesh. I basically couldn't feel it when I don my race suit. I haven't tested it in action but I think it will hold up well for anything but the nastiest crashes.
By the way, the knee armor works for elbow as well. In fact, if in doubt, get the knee armor since it cost the same as the elbow armor. You can easily cut D3O using a sharp pair of scissors.
The D3O material feels a bit slick, like new tires. If you want to bond it to something, roughen it up with medium sandpaper or a fine file, and clean with isopropyl alcohol first. Mine bonded to velcro with nylon backing easily using cyanoacrylate glue (i.e. super glue).
September 11, 2014
Good price, right fit.
I wear these with my Alpinestars Drystar pants. They form to your knees fairly well and are not uncomfortable. I am, however, limited in experience with replaceable padding/armor so I have very little else to compare them to.
May 5, 2014
Basically, I'm a big fan of these knee protectors because they are inexpensive, flexible, and comfortable. Check out the various videos on the internet showing off the D3O material and you'll be sold.
April 23, 2014
Great bang for buck
When I looked for armor inserts for my AGV kevlar jeans I wanted D3O because of the success that pad has had within the indusrty but I had no idea that it could be aquired for such a resonable price. I've only had one outting in the jeans since I've put the pads in and that was about a 100 mile ride in 57 degree F weather, that is why I rated Protection, Air Flow and Features at an verage rating because I have not had enough time with them for a fair assessment. I will tell you that for the "generic" velcro-adjusted pocket that my jeans provide these pads fit very well and were quite comfortable while riding.
January 6, 2014
I picked up the whole set of D3O armor from Icon for my Tourmaster Transition 2 jacket and Venture overpants.
What I found was, the shoulder armor fit very well, but the knee and elbow armor was too small for the pockets in both garments.
What I ended up doing was swapping the knee armor into the jacket sleeves. They fit quite well!
Now I just need to figure out what to do with this elbow armor...
December 10, 2013
I hope the scientists are right
I'll admit, I like the "feel" of the old hard armor, but I am going to defer to the big brains and go with D3o where I can. In regards to how this set works, I found that Icon's D3o replacement knee pads hang a little low when walking, but fit snugly over my knees when I am on the bike. They're lighter and have a higher level of protection so what's not to like?
October 21, 2013
Fits my Olympia X-Moto pants well
Purchased these to replace the armor in my Olympia X-Moto pants. They fit in the pockets well, and the velcro system the pants have to locate the armor in the pockets works fine to customize the location of these. They're comfortable and flexible, barely noticeable really.
My only beef with these is the same as with the original pads: I don't know if they're big enough to ensure coverage in a crash. I'm concerned that they'll roll out of the way when I most need them. This is endemic to the knee pads in all the major makes that I've seen, so it's hard to hold it against Icon in particular.
September 2, 2013