Ion K Lite Zip Knee pads.
These Knee pads from Ion are a bit different. First off you’ll notice that you don’t need to take your shoes off to fit them. Why? Well thanks to a handy and as it turns out sturdy zip up the side, you can put them on or take them off by simply zipping or unzipping. Not only that but there is a handy little velcro tab to keep the zip out the way and stop it from undoing. Neat eh? A velcro band at the top means you can fine tune the upper thigh section too. Protection wise these offer a good balance as they sport SAS Tec soft foam and Power Aramid. This effectively gives you a hard shell and a soft impact cushion in one go. There are a couple of smaller EVA pads in the side too. The Snug Loop feature ensures a good fit and prevents shifting. There are many more features too.
But how are they riding wise? To start with i was concerned i needed a bigger pad as they are quite snug to start with. Ideally try before you buy. But after a good few rides they aren’t as tight but are still pretty good fit wise. I was also concerned about the Zip fixture too as it looks a little on the small size. But worry not it’s still working fine and hasn’t failed once. You do need to make sure it’s engaged properly though.
I have found them pretty good all in all and i have knocked up some long rides in them too. They offer a good amount of protection and feel sturdier than my old Bliss Pads. I definately go for these if the going is going to be a bit wild. They are pretty light weight wise too. I didn’t find them too restrictive either given that they are quite a heavy duty trail/enduro pad. The styling is neat and a bit different from some other pads out there. The length is pretty much spot on. Not too long and not too short.
Now they have worn in a bit they are pretty good and well worth a look. I would definitely buy a pair again. They are packed full of neat and well thought out features that actually work and aren’t gimmicks. They are nicely unstated but noticeably different if you see what i mean. Well priced and a top pad for all your two wheeled shenanigans.