ION Products K Lite Knee Pad  2016 Mountain Bike Review

ION Products K Lite Knee Pad 2016

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At A Glance

The K Lite pads from ION are a lightweight pad claiming to offer breathability and pedal friendly levels of comfort. They use SAS-TEC padding with a hard cap to keep your knees in one piece and neoprene to keep everything comfortable. This is combined with silicone ribbons on the top and bottom of the pad to remove the need for velcro or any other straps.

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On The Trail

Pulling on these pads felt like putting on an old pair of slippers - familiar and instantly comfortable. They feature silicon grippers on the inside, top and bottom of the pads which hold them in place with no further fastenings or adjustments. With no straps round the back of the knee these are some of the most comfortable pads for pedalling that I have used. When brand new, the fit was exceptionally good, but after a few rides the upper portion of the pads lost it's grip and became slightly baggy. From a sizing point of view, it may be worth going down a size to allow for a bit of stretch.

Protection is provided by combining thin SAS-TEC pads with a hard shell over the kneecap. This sets them up well for front-on impact but, as these are a lightweight pad, side protection is minimal.

In addition they feature ION's antibacterial fabric treatment to stop them from getting too stinky, which was great given the damp testing conditions we experienced. It allowed the pads to be dried out multiple times without washing.

Overall

Exceptional comfort levels, but a slightly looser fit round the thigh means getting the right size is key. Excellent for long days pedalling where comfortable lightweight protection is required.

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By Ewen Turner
Ewen Turner is a self-confessed bike geek from Kendal in the Lake District of England. He runs a coaching and guiding business up there and has a plethora of knowledge about bikes with an analytical approach to testing. His passion for bicycles is infectious, and he’s a ripper on the trails who prefers to fit his working life around his time on the bike.

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