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The D30 Air Hip Pads provide patented, CE approved and breathable protection. D30 Air has been developed specifically for Rukka and is a unique material that combines enhanced chemistry with product engineering to produce high performance shock absorption and impact protection.
The D30 material contains intelligent molecules that flow freely when moving but lock together to absorb impact energy upon impact.
Great protection, comfortable, not even noticeable when riding
This type of armor is really protective. It hardens on impact and absorbs more energy than the standard hard armor. It is very flexible and becomes more so with your body heat, so you can hardly tell it's there. I had it sewn into my race suit when I crashed and it was like a pillow in my fall. So, I bought these to sew into my street leather pants that did not come with any hip protection.
My pants did not have pockets or anywhere to insert the armor, so I had to sew it in myself. I bought ventilated sport fabric and fabric seam tape for the edges, since they'll pull apart with use. Cut the fabric into a double-sided pocket to snugly hold the armor, and sewed up 90% of the circle. Then inserted the armor. I just sewed it in permanently, but it works fine with a velcro top if you want it removable. It probably took 90 minutes from start to finish.
It made my pants fit a little tighter through the hips, but the only true effect of that is that I can't get my hand in the front pocket any more. No big deal.
October 7, 2013
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