Icon Field Armor Stryker Knee Guard
They are fairly bulky but the biggest problem was the straps. They were scratchy around the rear of the knee due to the stitching and I was constantly uncomfortable. If they were great in all other respects, I would live with this but they were only average.
October 30, 2014
Never Ride without Them
I've got about 2,000 miles on these now and thought I'd write a quick review. Yes, the straps are uncomfortable at first. But give them a chance, they break in quickly and these really do disappear the longer you use them. Easy on and off, tight as you want them to be, stay in place to protect appropriately, these really are the way to go. Off the bike for a quick trip into the 7-11, you don't walk funny and no one would ever know you had them on. I wouldn't wear them for hours off the bike but they are certainly fine for a stop or lunch or whatever while on a trip. The last thing I need is a lifelong knee injury from some silly low speed dump or a high speed slide. These are comfortable and very confidence inspiring. Put them and drop with force onto your knees and you'll be impressed at how you don't feel a thing. Worth the money for sure, I'll never ride without them.
August 17, 2014
Up-Armor your jeans with Icon's Stryker Knee Guard
I originally picked-up Icon's "Field Armor Stryker Knee Guard" to go under a pair of rain pants, but I also found they are an easy way to armor-up a pair of loose legged bluejeans. If you can pull your pant-legs over your knee, they will go on/off without you also having to take off your boots or your jeans; which means you can go right from being on the bike to being in the crowd, quickly. These knee guards are bulky; so if you leave them on it will be obvious and, of course, if you wear tight jeans, these won't fit underneath. Also if you tighten the straps down too much as you are just standing there getting ready, you will notice them binding as you ride. However, I have found you can have it tight enough to stay in place as you get off/on the bike and as you move around on the bike to stand up on the pegs or jockey into turns, without it also being uncomfortable.
Other reviews commented on the idea that the velcro straps will burn off in a slide... If fitted properly, I can't see them moving before the first impact, and with the straps being lower on your shin I don't see them making contact with the pavement in a facedown slide; so I don't think the straps are going to be a problem (And I hope to never find out!); so knowing what else is out there, I am thinking the choice is ride in moto-pants, or help your jeans, help you, by wearing some armor underneath.
August 11, 2014
Get the whole set.
I bought the entire Stryker set, an couldn't be happier with it. Knee pads fit well. getting used to the straps on bare skin took about an hour, and you wont even notice them over pants. great protection when dropping down on kitchen floor (god forbid I test them past this).
June 26, 2014
needs another strap
good knee protector, but it needs an over the knee strap. it feels like it flops around and doesnt stay in place. in an emergency situation i am not confident the protector would be in position to protect what its supposed to protect. and over the knee strap would fix this.
June 23, 2014
It's bulky but works.
I bought a pair of these a couple years ago after my last ding with the first gen icon knee armor. Recently, I dumped my bike when someone waltzed in front of me during a turn. The armor makes contact with my bike constantly, the looks are weird, but the armor kept me from banging up my left knee. After the dump, the left knee was scratched and slightly cracked by one of the vents, but is still fully functional. My only pet peev is the bulky design and that's all. For the record: the dump was done at 7-10 mph so it's effectiveness may vary. Currently, I recommend this. I just wish it was designed a little tighter around the knee area.
May 23, 2014
This may be alright for scooter riders, but it is unusable for motorcycle riders
Honestly is has a very good protection, and with the d3o material you feel really protected.
But they made a huge design mistake, not adding a third strap that will hold the protector from sliding off.
I can see that it may be well sitted for scooter riders, because it stays at place as long as you don't touch it. But on a motorcycle it will probably touch the body of your motorcycle (that what happened to me) and that causes it to slide down. It feels uncomfortable because of this lack of stability.
January 12, 2014
If you are doing track days and want some added protection fine.
For road riding and touring the logistics and lack of comfort for strapping these guards on to your legs and the pulling on jeans is not an option. The lower shin guard has a slight lip and this digs into your shin. The straps and location are uncomfortable against the skin. To put sub layers on then jeans over the top makes it all too hard and hot. No...they are impractical for road riding use.. get some nice leather or breathable textile armour pants.
January 5, 2014