Replacement D3O knee armor for Klim Pants Sold as set of 2.
New Tech Provides Enhanced Protection
PostedAugust 13, 2011
The Klim armor is manufactured by d3O. d3O is exploiting one of several new technologies that are enhancing the protection provided by motorcycle gear.
The d3O website explains all about their "intelligent molecules" and the rest. And explains their product lines. Each Type B (intended for protecting limbs, but not the back) piece of armor (knee, shoulder, etc.) has 4 variations: Pro (13 mm) and non-pro (8 mm), and each of those is available in two different densities (FLO 1 and FLO 2). All four variations meet the CE standards.
The one currently available is the 8 mm model (I'm not familiar enough with the product to know whether this is FLO 1 or FLO 2).
For my purposes, to add to the armor I'm already wearing, it works very well. I've got some extra room for increasing the protection, but not enough to be able to add 13 mm or so.
I'm using this knee armor on my elbows - it matches up with the semi-hard armor I've already got installed there.
It's comfortable, it's lightweight, and it is excellent for slamming your elbow into coffee tables and door edges.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Klim D30 Back Protector
Klim D30 Back Protector Replacement D3O Back Protector for Klim Jackets Replaced by the Viper D3O Back Protector .
Excellent technology and a great price - but it's only CE Level 1
PostedAugust 13, 2011
This is the d3O Viper Stealth model back protector, which is rated a CE level 1 back protector and so transmits no more than 18 kN (actually 12 kN per Satra testing) and is 11 mm thick. "CE level 1" is clearly engraved on the product.
This is NOT the d3O Viper Pro model back protector, which is rated a CE level 2 back protector and transmits no more than 9 kN (actually 6 kN per Satra testing) and is 18 mm thick.
i was looking for a temporary replacement for my "always" back protector for use during the hottest part of the summer. That protector has great specs (<3.38 kN), but is so dang big and so dang hot, I need help keeping my ATGATT committment.
I would not recommend that anyone use a CE level 1 back protector, and certainly not recommend anyone rely on those thin comfort pads the garment manufacturers install as standard equipment. No one should be on a bike without a CE level 2 back protector.
Despite my assessment of the adequacy of this particular model, I'm keeping this equipment and repurposing it. I've decided to keep the back protector and cut it into smaller pieces of armor. For example two chunks will make great hip pads - at 12 kN they might be the best hip protectors available. I've got additional ideas to reincarnate this pad.
As best I can determine, the technology in this back pad keeps the promises made for it. It is very light, very comfortable, very protective and has a very appealing pricetag.