Ion K-Pact Kneepads - Review

Feb 26, 2015
by Mary Moncorge  
Ion K Pact kneepad

Ion's roots are in water and board-sports products, and they released their first mountain bike collection in 2013. At first glance, their K-Pact kneepads look like 90-percent of the sleeve-type knees out there, with hook-and-loop straps at the top and at the bottom to hold the pads in place and a rigid shell to protect the kneecaps. On the sides, there is extra padding to help keep your knees safe from all angles. The main body of the K-Pact pad is made from neoprene, much like you would find on wetsuits, but here it has been textured for added breathability and sweat wicking. There are silicone grip-strips inside of the hook-and-loop adjustment bands to help hold the pads securely into place, and a mesh panel has been added to the back of the knee for extra breathability.

SAS-TEC, which produces protective parts for body armor in motorsports, provides the semi-rigid shells that Ion use to protect the kneecaps. The memory shaping cup-material is easily removable from its sleeve, so you can put the pads in the washing machine without damaging it. Ion's K-Pact knees are compliant with the European safety standard EN1621-1, a recognized standard for mountain bike protection. The side protection is made with a visco-elastic type foam. K-Pact knees are available in black or blue, in size small/medium, large and X-large. MSRP: $89.95 USD. Ion Products

Ion K Pact kneepad

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.



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotes 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






57 Comments

  • + 68
 Kneedless to say, these pads are ground breaking.
  • + 26
 I see what you were trying to start here... I wont padronize you for it.
  • + 17
 Don't stretch it
  • + 91
 I've had my ion these pads for a while
  • + 8
 I really kneed a new set of pads
  • - 44
flag WAKIdesigns (Feb 26, 2015 at 22:31) (Below Threshold)
 IPad knees for safety
  • + 49
 Annnddd it's dead
  • + 9
 IONo what to say.
  • - 7
flag Boardlife69 (Feb 27, 2015 at 2:22) (Below Threshold)
 I kneed a pair of these to match my Gambler, but they seem to always fold.
  • + 10
 Alright guys, let's put a cap on it now...
  • - 12
flag jdotr (Feb 27, 2015 at 11:21) (Below Threshold)
 you mean, lets put a knee on it am I right guys
  • - 5
flag SithBike (Feb 27, 2015 at 15:12) (Below Threshold)
 Biking is best with good joints. So IPad knees for safety.
  • + 8
 Are you patellan me that's the best you guys have? Ligament... please.
  • + 3
 To say these are the best pads in the joint wouldn't be bending the truth.
  • + 16
 no North American Distributors....two post on ION gear in a week....seems like a brand is doing some clever marketing to feel out the NA market and find themselves a distributor here. I hope there's enough interest because not only do these look solid, but i loved the look of their riding gear!
  • + 2
 We`re just starting to import ION into Canada. We have some samples available and hopefully by next summer you will be able to buy them in stores. PM me if you want more info or want to get your hands on some of the 2015 samples....
  • + 20
 White and gold pad and short combo. Interesting.
  • + 14
 2011 called, they want their review back.....
  • + 11
 looks like my kyle strait knee pads..
  • + 6
 "with a colour that isn't overkill" "that isn't overkill" "overkill"
  • + 6
 Keep saying overkill & lemmy is gonna sue you for copyright infringement.
  • + 4
 These will add just the right amount of pazzaz to my 90's inspired action sports moments and night out celebrating afterwards!
  • + 5
 Sooo how does a guy actually buy these?
  • + 9
 With 75.95$.
  • + 2
 but where? If you're from the U.S. or Canada?
  • + 2
 I couldn't find anywhere man, I was looking for an online stores to buy a jersey from 2015 collection and could not find a single store to place an order, someone recommended wiggle.com but they have limited inventory and old collection so nothing good in there. I goggled a bit but nothing, still trying to find a source to purchase some stuff from their 2015 collection.
  • + 1
 We`re just starting to import ION into Canada. We have some samples available and hopefully by next summer you will be able to buy them in stores. PM me if you want more info or want to get your hands on some of the 2015 samples....
  • + 5
 This review is from Oct 10, 2011.
  • + 20
 Must have gone back in time to review them, because it states that ION started to make bike products in 2013.... interesting....
  • + 6
 Yeah the date looks dodge
  • + 4
 Trippy
  • + 3
 Fox Launch Pro Knee Pad , never looked back. Has gotten the job done since day 1.
  • + 4
 from the same factory as my 661's???
  • + 5
 The smurfs
  • + 1
 I wear Troy lee design "Lopez" i crashed three times with them; and these protections works so well; honestly I don't wanna test anything more.
  • + 1
 Good product line, I will go for the ION K_Cap which delivers th same benefits like the K_Pad, but with a removable Hard-Cap on top.
  • + 3
 I like them
  • + 2
 These remind me of the Nukeproof critical pad, only less bulky
  • + 1
 Try IXS Flow for the knees. Super pumped on my current set just make sure you measure before you order!
  • + 1
 They do have them in black just check them in www.ion-products.com/bike/men/protection/k-pact
  • + 2
 best pads ever
  • + 1
 why don't do a real test by measuring residual force for instance?
  • + 1
 look way too short on coverage for me
  • + 1
 Best knee pad I have ever used!
  • + 0
 Looks like a carbon copy of the old 661 strait pads, I'm into it
  • + 0
 that's neat, just wish they were like $40
  • + 5
 $76 for a pair of pads with viscoelastic padding is pretty cheap...
  • + 2
 For msrp that is pretty cheap. Plus being that they are not a big name brand you will probably be able to find them for way cheap pretty soon.
  • - 1
 Shape reminds me of raceface ambush pads
  • - 1
 any (good) Price??
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