Firstgear Hiprotec Comfort Armor
Don't even know it's there...
I initially purchased size large to upgrade the hip pads in tourmaster air venture pants. Turns out the tourmaster padding and the hiprotec armor can both be used at the same time and does not feel bulky or heavy. Can't comment on the protection because I thankfully have yet to need it
October 30, 2012
Perfect for Hein Gerricke jackets
I've been looking to armor a couple of Hein Gerricke jackets and a leather Firstgear. But didn't want anything bulky or that would make the jackets look like I was wearing LaX gear under them. These are actually labeled Hein Gerricke on the armor and are thinner and more pliable than any other CE rated armor I've seen. Very stealthy when installed making tha jacket usable when not riding. Added bonus, Revzilla has the best pricing anywhere on this armor!
June 4, 2012
I'm not really sure how to feel about this product. I think its going to depend a lot on your needs and expectations whether or not you'll like it. It is not the best armor out there by a long shot, but it does provide a baseline of minimum CE certification at a good price point, and is incredibly unintrusive.
If you're wavering between not wearing any gear at all, and sewing some of this armor into a pair of jeans at the knees and/or hips, its definitely better than nothing and is hardly noticeable. If you're willing to tolerate something a little more intrusive, though, there are probably better options out there.
I wouldn't bother with the medium size, especially seeing as they're the same price. I found the large size to be about the perfect coverage for hip protection, and you could always trim it down if you wanted it smaller.
April 4, 2012
What a ridiculous, wafer thin, piece of...I can't even bring myself to call it armor. A thin, pliable piece of rubbery plastic that would serve one function...to make you sweat uderneath it.
October 24, 2011
i am not impressed with this product. it is thin rubber or a rubber like substance. when i first got it i wasn't sure what to think of it and decided to test it out. i put it in my pants and went out to a grass field in a local park and did some falls. it did absolutely nothing. i could not feel any difference between having them in or out (no armor).
June 6, 2011
Light weight to be sure
I received my order today and found that there is no documentation for this product included in the shipping package. I called Revzilla and spoke with a customer service agent who helped me orient the armor. Apparently, the smooth side of the armor goes toward your knee, and the bumpy side faces out. That being said, the armor is very light and very thin. I have seen demonstrations on how this armor works and I have no fears about the armor being protective and safe for riding.
I replaced the foam knee protection in my Firstgear Mesh tec 2.0 pants, which felt a bit flimsy to me and did not inspire much confidence.
May 4, 2011
Really amazing what this thin piece of rubber does. If you dig through the Hein Gericke literature, you'll find that a residual force of 24.5kN is transmitted when the pad is subject to the CE test. While by no means the best pads out there, they do a very good job at absorbing energy with very little bulk.
These are great for putting in a tight jacket to get a little more arm room, or behind the stock pads of a loose jacket to give a tighter fit.
February 24, 2010