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IONK-Pact Zip Knee Pad

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Item # INB0018
Description

K-Pact Zip Knee Pad

When you're heading out for a ride, protection shouldn't be an afterthought, but none the less we often forget to put on our knee pads before we get our shoes laced up, which is why the designers at Ion made the K-Pact Zip Knee Pads. Enabling us to enjoy the coverage and confidence that is brought from Ion's well-loved K-Pact, but with a top-to-bottom zipper that makes for easy adding or removal without taking off your shoes, so you can free your knees for long climbs, and toss on your pads for a safer descent, or zip them on in the lift-line with ease.

The K-Pact Zip knee pads are made tough, with a hardshell front and dense foam sides for keeping your knees protected when you're blasting berms and weaving through tight trees. Ion's padding of choice comes from SAS-TEC, a Germany-based company that excels in armor for motorcycles, so you can trust it's built for high speeds and serious impacts. It's sewn onto a breathable neoprene sleeve that is heavily perforated to allow mesh-like breathability, but with superior coverage and protection. The top and bottom of the pad feature a silicone gripper, as well as an elastic strap with hook-and-loop closure to secure the pad, so you don't have to worry about them slipping when you're mashing on the pedals.

  • Beefy pads zip-on-and-off capabilities
  • SAS-TEC hardshell pad for moto level protection
  • 3D foam on sides protect from all angles
  • Top-to-bottom zipper for easy on and off
  • Internal placket keeps zipper off of your skin
  • Super-perforated neoprene lets your legs breathe
  • Silicone gripper keeps pads from sliding around
  • Elastic straps at top and bottom secure placement

Tech Specs
Material35% neoprene 35% polyurethane 15% nylon 8% polyester 7% EVA
Closurezip
Protection Areaknee
CertificationsEN 1621
Recommended Usedownhill, enduro

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    >Rating: 3

    Excellent quality, little ventilation

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    L
    Height
    5` 11"
    Weight
    185 lbs

    These are nicely made and the zipper works as it should. Ion makes high quality gear and this is no different. I think for cool weather park riding these are fine. But for warmer weather these have no breathability. Also though they look burly, there's just one piece of foam inside which isn't very easy to remove or reinstall when washing. Given the level of protection was only moderate, I wasn't willing to accept the trade off of warm knees. Returned.

    >Rating: 4

    Pure post ride bliss!!

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    XL
    Height
    6` 2"
    Weight
    235 lbs

    Oh, the joy at my newfound ability to just unzip and be out of my pads after putting the miles of riding! Worth every penny just for that part. After watching my buddy do this very thing, I sat there and thought, I have to have a set of these for myself! I ordered a set of extra-large. They seem to fit well. They are comfortable and stay in place. I will say the zippers make me a bit nervous as they seem to be on the smaller or daintier side of what I would prefer. I just make sure to take care of stretching them, and I am confident all will be well.

    >Rating: 5

    All out Protection and Convenience

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer
    Size Bought
    Medium
    Height
    5` 9"
    Weight
    173 lbs

    I tried these when they first came out and they just seemed a bit bulky to me. Now a year or so has passed and i've tried several other pads that don't have velcro or are more of a sleeve and in multiple incidents the pad has pulled down and left me with scrapped knees. So I decided it was time to get a better pad for my robust riding style. I ordered a few different ones from our top brands to try on. Not only was the ION K_Pact zip a good fit, and comfort level it also has a EN1621-1 Level 2 protection certification. Other pads may have the 1621-1 but most are only level 1 not level 2 like the Ion. EN1621-1 definition less than 35 kN (EN1621-1 CE Level 1), with no single test result exceeding 50 kN, and less than 20 kN (EN1621-1 CE Level 2) One of the best features is the Zipper. I leave the house pedal up the trail by my house for about 45 minutes, stop and admire the view from the top while I zip on my knee protection then bomb the trail back to the house. What could be better! Now I will say that if you are looking for a more pedal friendly pad this might not be your choice. I've worn these for a few longer rides (15-27 miles) and they have been fine. If you suffer the climb to to crush the downhill these are for you do all bike park and enduro pad these are for you hike your bike for 2 hours for a 15m down hill these are for you you ride hard like an animal and find yourself on the ground a bit more than usual these are for you. If I follow the size chart and measure 10c above my knee I would be in a small. If I measure 15c above my knee it puts me in medium If I measure to my short liner end it would be large. My measurements according to size chart 10c above knee 41cm or 16.1 inches 15c below knee 35cm or 13.8 inches Medium fit's me best and I'm quite happy with the fit. I also tried the large and although it seemed like it fit alright it wasn't until I tried the medium that I realized it was my goldilocks. I also tried the non zip model and the fit was the same, but I wanted the zippers. Another bonus to these pads, you can remove the pad and wash them!

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    >Rating: 4

    Great pads, Cool, Comfy, stick out some

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    XL
    Height
    5` 8"
    Weight
    200 lbs

    These are great knee pads. They feel like knee helmets and never bother me at the mountain bike park once. They're not too hot and don't pinch, which are two huge pluses for me! The only negative I can think of is that they have a high profile...like they stick out in front of your knee. This is probably excellent for straight on hits. I don't know how well they would work for diagonal or side on hits. Hard to find that in any pad, I guess. Oh, the zipper up the side, plus the two velcro elastic bands holding them in place have worked flawlessly for me! Don't have to pull them up the leg, just clamp them over the knee. I sort of forget I have them on, which is nice compared to pulling them up all the time or readjusting them to be more comfortable. They seem really high quality to me also.

    >Rating: 5

    Great fit and protection

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times
    Fit:
    Runs small
    Size Bought
    XL
    Weight
    195 lbs

    I really like these, they fit great, much better than my previous Dainese pads. I agree the sizing seems to run small, I use XL and I don't think my knees or thighs are "XL" - I'm 6 feet, 195 pounds. I did not have a crash yet, but I don't have any doubt that they offer great protection. I've read a magazine test in which they came out on top in terms of protection. However, like most modern pads I think they are constructed so that they have to be replaced after a bad crash.

    >Rating: 5

    Excellent

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer
    Fit:
    Runs small
    Height
    6` 1"
    Weight
    200 lbs

    I love these, I was wearing Kali Strike knee pads which I also love especially in hot weather, but they are lightweight and have durability issues. I wanted something a little burlier for harder rides. These fit a little tighter than one might expect I though I would need Large at first but I speculated they might be tight based on research so I got XL and am glad I did as I avoided an exchange. The XL fit perfectly and these are quite comfortable for a heavier duty pad. The BEST thing about these and I cannot stress this enough, is the ability to unzip and remove them without taking off your shoes. This is a feature I did not know I needed until I had it and will always look for it moving forward. I have seen some durability comments in other reviews, I have hundreds of miles on these and I just don't see it, these are high quality durable pads. Highly recommend.

    >Rating: 1

    Great fit, horrible quality :(

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    I was excited about these knee pads at first, on paper they sounded excellent for what I wanted... a good fitting knee pads that wouldn’t move around and with a fairly low profile for this amount of protection. I wore them for the first 3 weeks and they were instantly my favorite knee pad, loved how they fit, not too bad pedaling with them either. Quick note on sizing, I would say other reviews are accurate and they maybe run a tad small. I was in between a Small and Medium, got Medium and it was perfect. So size up if you’re in between sizes. Ok- now for the bad. Now I have had some good gnarly crashes in my day, or once have I ever came close to damaging any knee pad ever. I was riding in a slightly wet day where trails were a little greasy, had a little slow crash in soft mud, and the entire stitching on the side of the knee pad completely came apart! If a protective piece of gear like a knee pad can’t hold up to this then it is not for me. I can understand if it was a manufacturing defect and they warrantied it but I was told this is considered normal wear and tear so not covered. Out $100 for 3 weeks of use.

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    Hey Jaime, I'm so sorry this happened to your knee pads! You're still quite close to the original order date and we can set up a return for store credit here at Backcountry. I'll email you!

    >Rating: 4

    Great Protection but Runs Small

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    Just got these yesterday. After looking at most of them it was down to these or the Sweet Protection. Glad I did. The pads are comfortable but if I had to to it again I'd just get the ones without the zippers. The zipper is a pain to get started and keep zipping up so it's just easier to slide them up. The sizing on these and the E-Pact run small. I was told I was between a Medium and Large on both and have to exchange the mediums for a size up. I'll update after a ride today. ETA: After three of four rides, these pads are good. I got the correct size for the E-Pacts and even Large was a little tighter than I was expecting but manageable. Yeah, they're hot, but it's summertime and 90+ degrees out so I didn't expect anything else. They stay up, provide protection, and give me some more piece of mind on rides. Well worth the investment.

    >Rating: 1

    SAS-TEC pads ripped in half

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer

    These knee pads are incredibly comfortable and they stay put while riding. I especially liked the zipper feature for not only the ease of putting on/taking off, but it also helped to prevent the pads from stretching out and getting loose. I am disappointed in the quality of the pads though. After less than 3 months of use, both pads tore in half. I have not had any crashes so the only thing I can think of is riding in the cold weather made the material more brittle and they ripped from pedaling. I tried to contact Ion to see if this is normal or not but have not heard from them. I had high hopes for these pads but am quite displeased. (None of my buddies€™ pads by other brands have ripped from riding in the same conditions)

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    Chloe, If you get no reply from Ion, may suggest you contact SAS-Tec in Germany directly. They seem very customer focussed and would prob sort you out with a new pair. They might also appreciate the feedback on their product.

    >Rating: 5

    Ion Rocks!

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    I discovered this brand thanks to Backcountry and it puts all other knee pads to shame (except possibly the POC VPD 2.0 - but only as a contender for the best). I've been loving all the knee pads from them, and they are all a little different, which is great - different types of riding styles and preferences. The protection is also great, as I have crashed a few times on them and had no sliding and my knees were protected!

    >Rating: 5

    Knee-pads that stay up

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    I've had the POC DH 2.0 VPD etc, etc... They were pretty good, not great because they fell down a lot. These ion pads do not, they stay up...period. The zipper was something I opted for and wasn't sure how I would feel about it. First time I wore them the zipper bothered me, after that, they've been mint. I love these things and I think they have pads on the side of the knee which is also awesome because I think I used to hit that on flow/jump trails a lot and didn't realize it (I'm learning). The ability to take them off and drop my stuff in the car easily (because they unzip) and go grab a beer, also cannot be measured. Love them so much I bought the elbow pads too. One thing I cannot say is how long the zipper will last, but if it does fail I'd opt for the non-zipper version. I read an article about these being the best rated knee-pad and in my opinion they are for downhill/aggressive riding but I wear them always.

    >Rating: 4

    Great pad, Not for me

    Familiarity:
    I returned this product before using it
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    Medium and Large

    I have been looking at some different knee pads for quite a while, something that has good protection, stays in place during the pedal and has an overall feel of just being awesome. To be clear I never wore these on the bike or went for a pedal with them. What really interested me in these was the zipper and thought how nice it would be to keep them on a pack and just throw on for the DH portion of the ride. As per there size chart My leg measures in at 17"(43cm) and 13.75"(35cm) which puts me a little in between the medium and the large. I didn't find that either felt comfortable to me and at the bottom where the zipper connects it felt bulky. Medium is 15.5" & Large is 17.5" measured 4" above knee cap & Medium is 13" & Large is 13.75" measured 6" below the knee cap (size chart) https://www.ion-products.com/sizechart-gloves-protection/ The Inch portion reads incorrect for the knee protection Needless to say I returned these without ever taking them out on the trail.

    >Rating: 5

    Innovative Pad

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer

    I recently picked these up for a five day trip to Flagstaff and Sedona, AZ and have feedback to share. The riding we were doing was a lot of XC - uphill then quick descents then back uphill again - and these performed really well! Usually for this type of riding I would use my G-Forms but wanted to test these out and was surprised to find that I loved them! They pedaled really well and I felt comfortable knowing that my knee had such burly protection. However, they still were really hot. We were riding in averages temps in the 80's. So, although I loved them, I wouldn't recommend this pad as an XC pad but it's great for downhill or shuttling. One other feature that I was unsure about at first but ended up loving is the zips! I loved being able to finish up the ride and then immediately unzip these bad boys to let my knees breathe in the parking lot. I would definitely recommend these to anyone!