D3O CE Approved Impact Protectors for Elbows, Shoulders, and Knees :: MotorcycleGear.com

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.

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Sizing Information

These armor pieces will fit the armor pockets of most jackets and suits; they’re a fairly standard shape and size. They can also be trimmed a bit if necessary.

There are two ways to measure these armor pieces, and we’ve done both. One way is to measure the overall length and width with a ruler and with the armor in its natural pre-curved shape. The other way to measure is to use a soft tape and measure from tip to tip over the natural curve of the armor.

Overall length and width measured with a ruler:

Armor Widest point (near top) Narrowest point (near bottom) Length
Elbow 5 1/8 inches 2 3/4 inches 8 7/8 inches
Knee 5 3/4 inches 2 3/4 inches 8 7/8 inches
Shoulder 5 1/2 inches 3 1/4 inches 7 1/2 inches

Measured over the curve with a soft tape:

Armor Widest point (near top) Narrowest point (near bottom) Length
Elbow 6 1/2 inches 3 1/2 inches 9 1/2 inches
Knee 7 1/2 inches 3 3/4 inches 10 1/4 inches
Shoulder 7 inches 4 inches 8 1/2 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.

Happy Customers Who Bought This Product

From: Mike S.
Location: Ohio

First, as such, there were no manufacturing defects with the 2013 Mesh Text Red jacket. Bought on closeout, one size large than nornmal because my existing size Large FirstGear jackets seemed to be "shrinking" in the closet, I went with XL. Mist... (Read more...)