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Icon Field Armor Stryker Knee Guard Road rash on your knees or gouged shins will ruin your month. Icon knows these lessons well. If you chose to hit the streets in anything less then full leather pants you need knee armor. That's a damn fact. The Field Armor Stryker knee armor is equipped with d3o intelligent foam and feature full CE approval. The low-profile rider developed chassis fits easily under almost any pant with easy adjustment Velcro strapping to keep them in place. Wear them and stand a fighting chance of skipping that painful trip to the hospital, so you can begin the equally painful search for new clipon and rearset on ebay. Features EN 1621-1/1997 K+L TYPE B APPROVED KNEE AND LEG IMPACT PROTECTORS BREATHABLE INTELLIGENT IMPACT DISPERSION SYSTEM ARTICULATING INJECTION MOLDED SHELL WITH AIR FLOW CHANNELS VENTED BIOFOAM AND AIRMESH CHASSIS HYDRADRY MOISTURE WICKING LINER Sold in pairs
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Heavy on style and armor, not on fit and utility
PostedMay 31, 2012
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ggentzke
From NYC
State:NY
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Style 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Comfort 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
Full disclosure: I just received the Stryker knee armor and am returning it before giving it a test ride.
About me: 5'7", ~155lbs
I own other Icon products that I'm very happy with, although I tend towards the more discrete products they sell - this is not one of them. The Stryker has BIG armor - it does not fit under my baggy jeans even - and without a strap for the upper knee/thigh protection it just sticks out awkwardly. Even though the armor itself seems very protective, the 2 straps on the shin section do not convince me that this will stay put in a crash.
Comfort-wise, the straps are irritating at first but that quickly fades to a comfortable level. They're perfectly comfortable for sitting in riding position (I was wearing shorts while testing) and I think you'll forget you're wearing them if your eyes are on the road.
Price wasn't an issue for me (I'll pay for quality armor) but I couldn't justify $100 spent on what would probably become a Halloween costume piece (Mortal Kombat ninja, anyone? ;). Returning for something that assures me it will stay put.
Rides: 2000 Kawasaki ZRX1100
No, I do not recommend this product.
+2points
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Firstgear Kilimanjaro Jacket The Flagship jacket in the Firstgear line, often imitated and never duplicated, it's the jacket that others aspire to be. If you could only have one jacket - this is it. With its exceptional fit and attention to detail the Kilimanjaro is comfortable in any weather, any season, anywhere, anytime. Battle-tested to the ends of the earth - and now in its third decade - it keeps you warm when it's cold, cool when it's hot and dry when it's wet. It's the multi-tool of motorcycle outerwear. Kilimanjaro, gear you can depend on. Features Classic fit A more tailored fit Hypertex waterproof and breathable outer shell made of 400 denier nylon and 100 seam sealed construction provides a barrier to keep the elements outside of the jacket. To resist abrasion, shoulders and elbows reinforced with 640 denier nylon Fully adjustable D3O T5 CE Armor in the shoulders and elbows delivers the same protection as standard CE foam armor, but is thinner and more flexible, resulting in a more comfortable, flexible fit - EVA dense foam back pad When warm, supply fresh air direct to the body using two- 6 shoulder vents, Two 9 pit vents and two 9-1/2 back exhaust vents ---shoulder vents can be held open by folding the cover inward to hook and loop closure Main closure held in place by a two way #8 YKK Vislon zipper, shielded from the elements by a double storm flap with rain gutter and secured using spring snaps inside the placket for easy access is a security pocket with a red slider for increased visibility Collar closure utilizes a slider snap that allows up to 1-1/2 adjustment for a personal fit Integrated on the front chest are two cargo storage pockets to secure your stuff, protected from moisture by #5 YKK rubberized zippers More storage in the two lower front cargo pockets seam sealed pocket bags and an envelope opening, closure uses hook and loop plus there are two front side pockets protected by #5 YKK rubberized zippers Compression straps on the bicep and forearm adjusts to fit you Integrated into the collar is an under-the-helmet rain hood to keep water from running down your neck One time adjustable waist belt with hook and loop closure - sleeve cuffs can be adjusted to fit you Stretch material used in the shoulder, arm and elbow joints add flexibility and is waterproof and breathable Removable, insulated thermal liner with wind blocking, adjustable, neoprene cuffs Interior pocketing in all Firstgear jackets are in the same location, whether the liner is in or out. On the left side, chest high is a mobile device pocket with flap closure using hook and loop to secure On the right side is a cargo pocket that is 12 wide and 8 tall to hold whatever you need for the adventure ahead Extra wide reflective taping on front, arms and back for improved night visibility Jacket- to-pant 10 full conjunction zipper fits easily through liner portal HiViz color Jacket made of polyester for best colorfast results - Nylon Day Glo has a tendency to release this color 2 Year Limited Warranty
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great features but runs larger than desired
PostedDecember 12, 2011
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ggentzke
From NYC
State:NY
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Comfort 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit
Small
Slightly Large
Large
Stats: 5'7", 155 lbs, suit jacket size 40S
Purchased: Medium in Gray (b/c black sold out)
I bought this jacket for cold and wet weather riding. I've put down a few hours of riding in cold weather so far but haven't ridden in the rain yet and will update when I do.
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The Kilimanjaro jacket seems to be built for war. It has plenty of storage pockets (also comically so - the chest pockets conceal 2 more pockets internal pockets, each). The textile outer shell looks to be of high quality material and construction. The flexible and lightweight D3O armor is nicely unobtrusive and protected my elbow in my standard "elbow attack the doorjamb" test. There are 3 cinches for adjusting the fit - as mentioned below, I needed these.
-'s
The fit is a bit too "American" for me - even with my wide shoulder's and less than stellar current fitness level I found myself employing every cinch liberally. The result is a pretty good fit but bunched up materials at the cinch points. I compared the jacket with many others that advertised a more Euro/fitted cut but stuck with the Kilimanjaro based on feature/cost ratio.
TL;DR: Great build quality, cargo, and armor for a decent price but you sacrifice style and fit unless you're a big guy.
Yes, I recommend this product.
+5points
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