Icon Field Armor Stryker Knee Guard
I haven't yet to try it in an accident and I hope I won't, but I feel safe wearing them under my jeans knowing my knees and shins are well protected.
They fit perfectly I forget they are there.
November 4, 2013
Good protection, decent knee and shin cover
I wear these under AGV cargo pants which are tucked into Forma adventure boots most of the time. Keeps the pads nice and snug against pants and in place very sturdy.
Find that the straps will fray from velcro if you dont store done up (will catch on backwards).
The straps are size adjustable - basically cut to size after fitting and one is having velcro pad coming undone from strap after a few rides. Should be cross stitched to minimize this as they are designed to be cut to size.
I find long high socks prevent strap rash and digging into your calves and spacing out straps over/under calves works as well.
Also, make sure you wear/try these around for a while (on bike too) to get used to placement on leg and knee. Since the end (bottom) portion of (shin) guard will dig into your shins if you pull the pads too high your pants 'hinge' on the shin guard rather than slide or move with the articulating knee sections.
Plastics and overlapping/hinged knee protection feels solid and covers a good area on knee. d3o reduces size but still feels like substantial padding. Strapped on, over socks, the pads feel good under the AGVs.
On cooler days the only part of my legs that cops any cold is thigh area between alpinestars bionic freeride shorts and these guards. (around 15°C) Im happy to have that cold protection - summertime it will get hot regardless of what knee protection you're wearing.
October 10, 2013
Far better than nothing
These are awesome. I wear these under my work pants for the commute and nearly forget I'm wearing them. If you find yourself riding around in pants that don't offer protection consider picking these up. When added protection is as easy as this there's no reason NOT to wear it. I do hate how the Velcro frizzes up the straps though (store with Velcro closed!).
September 21, 2013
overpriced for what they are
if you have large calves the lower strap is too short, no more ventilation than any other knee pads.
get some hard shell knee pads from lowes or home depot and strap them on tight to get the same protection.
July 29, 2013
Good protective material but bad design
The materials are good quality but the design is just bad. These knee and shin guards would be good if the velcro straps didn't attach in the front of the pads. If you are sliding on them the straps would likely come off from the friction with the ground and result in road rash. It should also have a 3rd strap on top for stability. Icon's previous model for knee and shin guards were designed so much better. I would not recommend this product for anyone. I ended up buying the Dainese Knee V guard which is designed much better.
July 10, 2013
Great value for money
These knee guards are pretty large so if you're planning to wear them under your paints then they better be baggy. Also like most protective strap-on guards the straps can take some getting used to on your bare skin.
I definitely feel more protected with them on and they seem well designed from good materials built into a strong final product. Overall I'm very pleased with my purchase. Ordering through Revzilla.com was as always a pleasure.
June 12, 2013
Good material, bad design.
These kneeguards had the potential to be great, but unfortunately poor design has deterred me from trying any other icon stryker armor.
The missing 'third' strap forces me to adjust it every time I stop and go.
Having the straps go across the front of the armor doesn't inspire crash protection confidence.
Armor is very bulky, and is uncomfortable when legs are wrapped around tank.
Price is too high considering other armor options.
In an attempt to make these better, I cut the bottom of the elastic straps connecting the top part to the main bottom part. Then sewed velcro on both ends, essentially creating a third top strap BEHIND the armor like it should have been.
June 9, 2013
Bulkier than the picture seems to be
The first thing I noticed upon unboxing was how bulky they were. They still fit under my Draggin K-Legs, but just. Build quality seems to be excellent. I'm fairly confident they would do a good job in absorbing impact.
I wouldn't wear these over my kevlars though. Correct me if I'm wrong, but as with most knee armours in the market, the straps are not made of abrasion resistant materials. Hence, these armours may not stay in place in a crash unless you wear an abrasion resistant layer over them.
My biggest gripe with these armours is in the comfort factor. The bottom tips dig into my shins and after 2 days of commuting to and from work, they left bruises on my shins. This may have to do with the fact that I had to tuck them in my boots (TCX X-Miles). This may have more to do with me being 5'6". May work better for taller folks with longer legs than mine.
Note: I adjusted the straps just tight enough to keep them from slipping when I walk.
My other complaint would be how the velcro rubs against my calves. They will most likely chafe after a bit of walking.
June 6, 2013