I tested the first prototype hip protection back in February of this year and I was very excited to receive the modified hip protection (2.0) in the mail with all the changes from my feedback. I had a little time before my next day at the track where I would be able to test them out on the race bike and I could not wait. So, I changed into my leggings and placed the hip protection in them and proceed to wear them around the house, feeling a bit like a football player.
The pads molded right to my form and laid smoothly inside my leggings. I walked around the house going about my business; sitting, standing, walking, going up/down stairs, etc. with the pads in place for about an hour. They did not move around or cause my pants to slide down and they did not chafe my skin. There was no noticeable restriction with movement.
As with the first prototype, I tested the hip protection while riding my dirt bike, at a friend's mini-bike race event, and on my road race bike at Thunderhill Raceway, then again at Buttonwillow Raceway.
Dirt Attire: I tested the hip protectors while riding a dirt bike (Yamaha TTR125) in a mini GP dirt track race environment under motocross gear (Thor pants/jersey) - I typically wear tight athletic leggings under my moto gear (I wear custom knee braces and the leggings act as skin sleeves for those as well as a comfortable base layer). I was also wearing an armor jacket over my jersey which has a built in back protector, roost guard, shoulder and elbow pads. The back protector stops coverage just below waist level. I wore the hip protectors velcro’d into my riding pants (where the hip protectors that come with the pants would normally go) and over my leggings so they were not in contact with my skin.
Road Racing Attire: I tested the hip protectors while riding my Yamaha R6 at two track test days. – I typically wear a compression athletic shirt and athletic leggings under my leathers so that the leathers do not stick to my skin. The leathers I had on during testing (Women’s Spidi Pro Lizard) had a very thin, sewn in layer of padding over the hip bone. My normal racing leathers (Custom Pilot) do not have that. I wore the hip protectors inside my leggings against my skin and I also tried them velcro’d into the leathers, though this set of leathers did not have good secure manner for attaching them because the sewn in liner was loose and moved around.)
Dirt: The hip pads stayed in place very well in normal conditions. Standing/walking around it was no different than wearing the low profile hip pads that come with the riding pants. While riding on the mini bike my leg normally has about 90 degree bend at the hip, except when laid over in the corners when my inside leg is off the peg and stuck out. With the modification we made from the prototype test set there is now no interference with my leg movement.
Road: The hip protectors again stayed in place very well, once I set them in place inside my leggings they did not move when walking around or riding, the only small issue I had was when putting my leathers on/off the hip protectors would move around a bit so I had to manipulate the pads to keep them where I wanted them as I was pulling my leathers up. There was no interference with my leg movement or riding form.
Dirt: I found these hip pads to be quite comfortable which means I didn't even notice they were there. I typically wear the hip pads that come with the Thor MX Pants so I substituted these in which gave me the extra protection over my pelvis and with better impact material. I was able to wear them all day while walking around and doing my thing.
Road: Again, the pads were not even noticeable once I had my leathers on. When I wore them inside my leggings against my skin, I found that they were comfortable while riding and were unobtrusive when I was walking around with them inside my leathers. When I wore them velcro'd inside my leathers, I found they moved around a bit. This was more due to the loose sewn in liner in my leathers, so my preferred method of wearing them is inside my leggings.
In regards to coverage, I am obviously excited about the extended coverage over the pelvic area as this is where my injury occurred. The comments I provided on the prototype set hold true for the modified set.
Dirt: With the shorter back protector on the dirt gear there was no interference with the hip protectors and the back protector. If I was only getting these protectors for dirt I might want the pelvic protection to come up a little higher and cover more of the back of the pelvis since there is no tail bone protection on the back protector that would cause interfere. The hip protection for falls is significantly better quality and area of coverage than you get with the standard hip pads that come with riding pants and it is much lower profile than you get in aftermarket padded riding shorts. I did crash test these in the dirt, though it was a low impact low side, no bruising or injuries were sustained to my pelvis/hip.
Road: My hip protectors were designed to sit tight against the tailbone extension of my Impact back protector, so that I have full coverage across my entire lower back and around the hips. I prefer the hip protectors inside my leggings as it held them in place even when I was walking around in my back protector. With the modified set I was able to place the hip protectors where they were lined up with my back protector tail bone coverage, there was no interference and I had complete freedom of movement.
Unfortunately I did not get photos of the hip protection in testing, I was too busy having a blast riding and they were so unnoticeable that I kept forgetting to take pictures of them. I am ecstatic with how the hip protection pads fit and feel now. I have so much more confidence with the extended protection on my hips and pelvis. I am ready to race 2016 with my Impact Safe-T Armor!
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