Product Review – IXS Flow Body Armour
I’ve been wearing the IXS Flow Elbow and Knee Pads for a while, and they’ve really impressed me. I was after body armour which didn’t feel bulky or restrict movement. The highly knowledgeable people at Dirt Merchants recommended IXS because of the X-Matter foam compound used. It’s a light flexible material which hardens upon impact. The silicone band at the top prevents them from slipping down and also requires little tension on the lower velcro strap for a comfortable fit. The materials used for construction allow my skin to breathe and is super tough. They’re really quick to get on and off and I don’t really notice them when I’m riding. They also easily fit under loose clothing. The knee pads are sufficiently flexible that there’s no restriction in movement when pedalling.
I purchased these from the excellent Dirt Merchants. It’s a small indy shop run by passionate bikers and where my Nomad gets serviced for stuff I can’t do at home. Unfortunately I’ve just learnt that they be closing their doors soon as owner James Duncan returns to running a mobile repair service. He’ll also continue to run rides and the Dirt Merchants Enduro. I’m personally happy that he’ll remain a Santa Cruz agent. But after 6 years I’m going to miss the shop being there. For the full news go here.
Thank you for reading – Happy Trails!