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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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JJ P:Robert, if you were to trim them as much as you've indicated, you would be well inside the border into the perforations. The pad is thick -- maybe 3/8ths of an inch to 1/2 inch in the thickest part. The thing is that it doesn't wear as though they're thick. In my Rukkas these pads disappear. You could trim 3/8ths around the edges and perhaps 3/4ths of an inch in the widest part before getting into the perforated portion. The pads are thick enough I would speculate they would hold their shape, but mine is not a knowledgeable guess. As to whether they would still respond as designed in a crash, I cannot say. Good luck.Mar 20, 2014
David M:I'm not a D30 or Crash Protection expert but I had the same question before I bought after-market pads for my riding pants and jacket. Everything I've read says that if you trim the D3O material it still performs in exactly the same way but bviously you won't have as much coverage. More and more companies are using the D3O tech for their inbuilt pads so I'm probably just going to have to bight the bullet and buy new riding gear soon. Not everything about riding a bike is cheaper than owning a car :)Mar 20, 2014
pomaikai m:I am not an expert. We use the pads for an ice skater learning triple jumps. I once cut a pad into pieces to fit his needs and didn't have any problems with the way the pad worked. It still protected him. I had to shave down the edges for comfort, but you will not be falling on them repeatedly.
I can't speak to how it will change the protection area for your needs but the pad will work correctly. Cutting won't change the properties of the pad. HTH.Mar 20, 2014