D3O CE Approved Impact Protectors for Elbows, Shoulders, and Knees
Use in sport jackets, pants and suits that have pockets for the addition of armor
- High performance shock absorption
- Maximum flexibility
- Extremely comfortable
- CE Certified
- Sold as a pair
There are two levels of protection offered in each product (knees, elbows, shoulders). The overall length, width and shape of the the two levels is identical for each type, but the level 2 protectors are made thicker and are heavier (by about 50%). I cannot see or feel any difference in the actual material used to make the two different levels. See below for overall dimensions and comparable thicknesses.
These armor pieces will fit the armor pockets of most jackets and suits; they’re a fairly standard shape and size.
Actual dimensions are as follows:
|Armor||Widest point (near top)||Narrowest point (near bottom)||Length|
|Elbow||6 inches||2 inches||9.5 inches|
|Knee||7 inches||2.75 inches||9.5 inches|
|Shoulder||6.5 inches||3.75 inches||8 inches|
The level 1 thickness of any of the knee/elbow/shoulder pieces is approx. 3/8” and the level 2 pieces are approx. 9/16” thick. So the level 2 pieces are about 50% thicker.
Our Two Cents
We’ve seen this brand of armor used in FirstGear and Icon products and we like it a lot. And now you can purchase them separately (not just with a new apparel item). We think there are lots of folks out there with older-style armor that would want a good replacement/upgrade. This armor is thinner and softer than most and would enhance the enjoyment of wearing your favorite gear.
Here is the manufacturer’s technical description: An advanced, patented polymer, CE-rated D3O® impact protectors are the latest advancement in protective armor. D3O® impact protectors utilize intelligent molecules that lock together on impact. Because of this, the impact protector can be made thinner and lighter, making a jacket or pants more comfortable and easier to wear. However, this decreased size does not come at the expense of impact protection. D3O material has very low compression set properties allowing the material to return to its original form after repeated loading or compression. D3O can also recover from multiple impacts. However in the cases of extreme forces the ability to recover fully may be compromised.