First Look: New Pads & Shoes From Ion - Across the Pond Beaver

Sep 10, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  

ION have given us a look at several new products they have in the pipeline which will be available in April of 2021. The K-Sleeve Amp is a new high-end CE1 knee sleeve, and there's a new elbow sleeve to match it. The Rascal Select BOA is a new high-end enduro clipless shoe, and the Seek Amp is a new "urban-inspired" flat pedal shoe.

K-Sleeve Amp
Ion have been developing knee pads for some time now, some of which we've tested. Their new K-Sleeve Amp is a completely new knee guard with a matching elbow pad. The sleeve construction gives a compressed fit to ensure the pads stay in place. For impact protection, there is a 3D-shaped protection pad with a pre-shaped form and cuttings on it to help it fit the natural posture of the knee, allowing for easy and comfortable riding.

There's a "no-sew" layer on top of the sleeve for durability and slidability when a crash happens, preventing the pad from slipping when it comes into contact with the ground. The pads are EN 1621, Level 1 certified and sell for $84.95 USD.

Rascal Select BOA Shoe
The Rascal Select BOA combines stiffness in the length of the shoe with lateral flexibility to create a comfortable yet functional shoe. There is a special dedicated climbing and pedal zone on the tread for on and off the bike traction. Cleat placement is further back, compared to a more XC / trail shoe, as the shoe is designed for downhill riding.

The L6 BOA fit system on the upper instep is designed to give a fast and precise fit. A soft inner lining provides a smooth entry into the shoe but has a directional rough side to keep feet in place. An EVA midsole with a rubberized and reinforced toe and heel cap to give extra protection hard impacts and from rock and root strikes.

There's an asymmetrically shaped shaft that protects the foot on the crank side while offering full freedom of movement and a robust PU main fabric for durability. There are breathable mesh inserts on the forefoot area to moderate temperatures. The Rascal Select BOOA is available in sizes 37-47 and sells for 199,95 EUR.

Seek Amp Shoe
The Seek Amp is an urban-inspired flat pedal shoe with a classic lace system. The sock liner has a cushioning effect to protect feet from impacts. There's a suede upper for durability.

Ion's Pin Tonic concept on the sole is designed to be a good mixture of grip, protection, and style. The profile of the outsole in combination with the SUP-traction rubber compound provides grip on and off the pedal.

There's toe protection for rock strikes and ankle protection for the cranks. The Seek AMP is available in sizes 37-47 and sells for 129,95 EUR.

Across the Pond Beaver 2020


  • 55 1
 If only those BOA shoes had a flat pedal option too...
  • 23 21
 You only need the boa clip on clipless shoes

Then you can remove them easily when your ankle breaks in a crash [insert thumbs up emoji here]
  • 6 0
 suplest has some and pearl izumi announced some models
  • 8 0
 Yes, please. If i'm not super careful, every other ride i'll be holding a torn shoelace in my hand. Pretty please make some proper flat pedal shoes with BOA or an equivalent system.
  • 7 0
 100% why are they not doing this already?
  • 5 0
 Vaude AM Moab Tech.
  • 10 0
 Check out Pearl Izumi - great new colourways and lots of boa flat options!
  • 5 0
 @raozaki: the pearl izumis are available on their site. Just ordered some
  • 27 0
 Am I the only person that buys a new pair of 5/10s, ties them into double knots just tight enough not to come off while riding, but loose enough to pull off by hand. And voila, 5/10 riding slippers.
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: Let us know how u like them
  • 1 0
 @harristeetor: will do. should get them tomorrow. I ordered the midtop version which answers my previous issue with pearl izumi shoes.
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: they look cool but don't seem to be available in my region, at least not on their website or via google search..
  • 3 0
 I just got these for that same reason:

Mountain bikers who ride flat pedals deserve shoes with as much advanced technology as those who ride clipless, which is why we developed this flat pedal shoe with a BOA® Fit System to provide unrivaled fit and comfort. The redesigned Launch Flat builds on everything we love about riding flat pedals: freedom of movement, versatility, walkability, and kicks all the downsides to the curb. The Launch uses a lightweight, quick-drying upper, constructed from durable Cordura® fabric made with recycled content. We partnered with the rubber experts at Goodyear® to develop a tread compound that’s both sticky and long-wearing for our PinLoc Outsole™, which is wider for more surface contact and uses a chevron tread design to capture pedal pins, keeping your feet planted and in control.
  • 1 0
 @rodeoJ: I'd do that but my Hellcat pros don't have a pull loop on the back making the pull-on proposition impractical. I suppose I buy one of those handy heel slip devices though to mitigate that issue and reduce wear on the heel cup of the shoe (seems to always be the first thing to go in any shoe).
  • 2 0
 @Bikerdude137: are you suggesting clips dont disengage in crashes? I can personally attest from a lot of personal 'research' that they do Smile
  • 1 0
 @nvranka: i'm suggesting that it's a joke...
  • 2 0
 @Bikerdude137: I've never got stuck to my pedals in crash...
  • 1 0
 @Allen82: neither have i, i was just kidding since people say that "clips are more dangerous"
  • 2 0
 @Bikerdude137: My bad...
  • 1 0
 @adrennan: If those mid top boa flats came in a more universal color like black/grey I would definitely scoop a pair
  • 1 0
 @wilbersk: the awful colors are fun to me. It's a ridiculous sport we participate in. Why not look ridiculous while you are at it?
  • 1 0
 Vaude has flat pedal shoes with boa. They are a sustainable brand and shoes are really good! I can't believe that they aren't more brands jumping on the boa-on-flat-shoes-train.
  • 1 0
 @Bikerdude137: Yeah, and ironically those are also the people with the fattest scars on their shins.
  • 1 0
 @Theguyfromthealps: clips or flats?
  • 1 0
 @rodeoJ: I've seen people crash so hard their shoes blew off...then get up & ride away. You've solved a mystery that had been plaguing me for years. Loose shoes!
  • 2 0
 @harristeetor: first impression, fit is nice (I wear a 12.5/13 and ordered euro size 47). I will be curious after a few rides how the ankle support breaks in, I think it will get better with time. Will test pedal grip and robustness tomorrow at deer valley
  • 16 0
 knee warmers/leggings with a lttle bit of padding....
Oh those skatestyle shoes are nice I wonder how muc.... F$%K OFF they must be joking :'D
  • 1 0
 still trying to figure out why all the leg warmers masquerading as knee pads. Nothing says suffocation like hitting the climb and feeling like a massive box of soggy, hot, steaming lycra with a fringe of knee pad to rub you raw as you get hotter, and hotter...and sweatier. They're a sauna.
  • 14 0
 cant believe they'r asking for 130 EUR for those flats.. outrageous money

the bike industry has a reputation for high prices and in some areas its justified (bike production) but when they try sell a basic ass flat shoe for that much money, they're not doing themselves any favours.
  • 12 0
 I've got my ion these
  • 6 0
 I did as well, until I saw how much I'd be Charged. I'll get my coat.
  • 1 0
 grass always bluer on the other side or something
  • 2 0
 I've been wishing for companies to start using lightweight, techy materials and boa dials on flat shoe uppers for a while....unfortunately, after giving a few other brands a try, I'm realizing that it's all worthless unless it's combined with a five ten sole. nobody else comes close to the grip.
  • 1 0
 I like the BOA system, not digging the shoe design or the build of the shoe. If the shoe were akin to the 5.10 Hellcat Pro and had that BOA I'd snatch one up in a heartbeat. Why has no one done this yet. IMO velcro has no purpose on a mountain bike shoe, especially in places where water and mud are common ( cough PNW). Speed lace systems, ratchets, or BOAs ought to be the preferred approach.
  • 1 0
 I just bought the most expensive pair of Vans I've ever thrown money at. They're called the Ultrarange. Hiker/trail shoe sole and ventilation like any Salomon, etc type shoe, but I get my cool Vans white Old School logo down the side and avoid the curse of the Nike logo in my life.

I had to have some sort of vented sneakers and couldn't stomach Nike, Adidas, etc on my feet. And now I'm thinking Vans didn't realize they could slap a sticky rubber sole on them and outsell the heck out of all these new fangled skate shoe rip offs.

But that seems to come up every single time these MTB specific skate shoes hit market....that they're still....not....Vans.
  • 1 0
 Ive been using the Xpand elastic laces in my 510 flats and its great. More snug fit than the tie once and forget method, but still slip on/off and no dealing with muddy or icy laces.
  • 2 0
 I have the first Rascals. The best shoes i even had! Supercomfy, well protection and reasonable weight
  • 1 0
 hows the sizing?
  • 4 2
 Can those flats be 3 x better than some £40 vans?
  • 1 0
 Ironically, the ION knee pads I used last year ground a hole in each knee from pedalling. Now I have matching scars.
  • 1 0
 oh shit, im in need of new shoes and those rascals look pretty good!

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