Icon Field Armor Stryker Knee Guard
10/10 Would Crash in Again
About a week after receiving these knee guards I ended up in a ~40 mph collision between the right side of my bike and the left side of a car as I passed it. I happened to be wearing these at the time, and despite there being a decent sized scratch on the front of the guard where my leg hit the car I'm happy to report absolutely zero issues with my knee/shin. My ankle however is broken, but I'm convinced if I had been wearing these knee guards on my feet that would not be the case.
Some reviewers of these guards are saying that they are uncomfortable because of their bulk, and there is an element of truth to that. However in my limited experience with them they are certainly not so uncomfortable as to not be worth the extra protection they offer.
June 24, 2016
Straps seem all wrong
I'm brand new to riding. Older and in no way want to have my knee hit pavement. I'm also a hockey player so I have no issue with knee pads, in fact, these are a lot like hockey pads and I'd never get on the ice without them so why would I ride without them? But the strap looks like it was installed all wrong. The rough side where the elastic material hits the velcro seriously scratches the leg making them very uncomfortable. This is just dumb. The smooth side where they have the scissors markings should be on the inside touching the skin and then at the tip the velcro where it can't scratch the skin but rests at the front of the knee pad. You can't twist it because it requires a double twist to make it right. You couldn't even cut the strap flip and restitch it because the velcro would be wrong. Kinda funny how all this technological goes in to something like this and then somebody doesn't bother to say, hey, isn't there a real easy way to make these straps way more comfortable? And that piece is kinda a no brainer. Anybody got hockey tape?
April 6, 2016
Worth every penny!
Overall, good quality product from Icon. I think they could be worn either over or under your pants, depending on your preference. I've worn them on my pants and that works for me, but I recommend choosing what works best for you and your riding style. I already have the Stryker vest and I plan to eventually buy the elbow armor, but for now I'm very satisfied with Vest and Knee armor.
September 8, 2015
Hurts knees and shin a little
This knee guard provides decent protection and is easy to put on however it does put a bit of a strain on your knees and shins. I guess if you wear them on the outside it might be better but I think that would look awkward. I ride an sport bike and my legs are a lot more bent (i'm 6'0" tall) thus the additional pressure on the knees so it might not be as bad on a more upright bike...fyi.
I still use it in a pinch but i don't use it nearly as much as i'd like.
August 21, 2015
Great knee pad
I have a bad knee from an old bike accident and I need some form of knee protection. When I wear my scorpion jeans I'm all set but if I don't I use these Icon knee pads. They fit well and are hinged so they are very comfy especially in a seated position. They are solid so there is no air flow which makes sweat. They are hydradry but it's still sweat. I like these better than the dainese I had. If you like your knees I recommend these. lol
June 29, 2015
Great alternative to padding clothing for warm/hot weather riding but not low profile
These knee/shin guards offer great protection (love that it also covers the shins). I haven't gone down in them (and hope I never go down at all obviously) but it's obvious that these things are going to hold up to a good bit of impact and really pay for itself if you every do go down in them.
That being said I have 2 problems with these guards. First, they are not really low profile. Unless you wear baggy pants it's going to be a tight fit when worn under jeans. And the way it's designed seems to imply that it is meant to be worn under clothing as the top part that bends on the hinges will not sit flushed against the top part of your knee. Then again I have no reason to believe that this would compromise its protective function so it's more of me just being picky about the aesthetics.
The second problem I had with these is the first pair I ordered actually broke under my jeans. I went out and shot some pool with some buddies and was wearing these under my jeans. Besides getting up to take a shot and sitting down I didn't do anything to put excessive strain on the hinge. None-the-less when I got home I noticed they felt funny and then realized that one of the hinges had broken off. This is just a testament to how tight they will be around the jeans. You may be wondering why I left them on. It's because I can't take them off or put them on without unzipping my pants.
I haven't had a problem with the replacement pair I have though and I've worn them as much as I worn the first pair. I think I may not have paid attention to which guards were the right and which or the left and wore it backwards. It's not visibly noticeable but there may be a slight design difference between the right and left guard so pay attention to the stick which tells you which one goes on which leg.
In summary this is still a great buy! I don't have buyers remorse as I haven't really seen a better alternative except for maybe the forcefields, but I can't say anything about those since I've never tried them.
June 4, 2015
Glad that I bought them
I have big legs and these fit perfectly under my DG Defender jeans. They are comfortable and have great air flow. The straps may become a little bothersome if you fasten too tightly. I don't recommend that you wear on top of your pants.
I feel that my knees are fully protected and hope to never have to really use them :-)
May 18, 2015
Good protection for the price. Easy to use.
I bought these after bashing my knee pretty hard on asphalt after a low-speed front wheel brake lockup (that pedestrian came out of nowhere).
They seem to offer great protection for that kind of fall, and also protect the shins. I wear them over jeans because its easy and my jeans are not baggy enough to contain them. Seems to work just fine. Sometimes I walk around stores with them on and forget I am wearing them (until I get weird looks).
If you want knee and shin protection, I think these are a great buy.
May 11, 2015