Silicone gripper strips beneath standard hook-and-loop straps keep Ion's pads in place, and a mesh vent in the rear adds a degree of comfort.
|Putting the Ion K-Pact kneepads on for the first time was like putting on a brand new wetsuit. I had to battle with them a bit, as they are tight fitting, but soon after, they felt like a part of my body. Heat and use caused them to conform to the shape of my legs in around 15 to 20 minutes and I quickly forgot about them, even on long pedaling sections. I'll admit, I have an aversion to kneepads - I can't stand riding with them, especially if I have to pedal uphill, but where I live they are much needed, because if you go down hard, there is no loam to welcome you. The K-Pact pads helped me overcome this aversion and I now rarely head out without them, even at the height of summer. They stay in place impressively - I can do an all-day ride without needing to adjust them, and over the course of this season K-Pact pads have been my companion for everything from EWS races to 50km backcountry loops. When it matters most, they provide good protection and I'd go as far as to say that I'd happily wear them to ride park or DH. Having the pads available in blue is definitely a plus too - it's nice to spice up my riding wardrobe with a color that isn't overkill. - Mary Moncorge|
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