Icon Field Armor Stryker series: d3o!

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Icon’s new Stryker Field Armor is the first mass-market, commercially available motorcycle armor we’re aware of that incorporates d3o — a new impact-absorbing polymer which stiffens on impact, deflecting impact energy to the sides. d3o is exciting not only because it provides full CE-level protection, but because it does so in an incredibly slim, flexible package. Impressively, Icon didn’t stop there with this new series of back protectors, elbow and knee armor, also including supplementary foam padding to further absorb impact forces and even Kevlar for abrasion resistance.

I know, I know, “But only squids wear Icon!!!1!!” you’re yelling with your keyboard. That’s not the case. While yes, Icon’s mission is to put riders who otherwise wouldn’t wear it into real protective gear, the quality of the products coming from this young company are improving at a drastic rate. Stryker is a good example. Alpinestars doesn’t have d3o. Neither does Dainese. In fact, the only other company we can think of that’s using the material is The Dethkillers, which is a tiny fashion label that sells in Barney’s. That not enough? Helmets like the Icon Variant and Airframe Construct are among the nicest and best designed on the market from any brand at any price point.

Back to Stryker. There’s three products: The Stryker Vest is a back/chest protector, plus there’s knee and elbow armor that you’d wear under jeans or a jacket or whatever. All is CE-approved and all is brand new. Details are in the videos below and there’s a full gallery of high-res images. We’ve got a full set of armor on the way for review, I plan to do that myself.

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  • http://twitter.com/hagus Luke

    Street riding specific armor. Rebecca looks fascinated.

    I should add the lack of some form of hip protection is a bummer. Hips are bony and tend to dislike interactions with solid things. Aside from that, anything that stops street stuntin’ punks from grinding their kneecaps off has to be a positive thing.

    (Edit: watched the videos in reverse order and saw the “hip” armor. It doesn’t look high enough to protect the hip bone from what I can tell, I’d be interested in seeing one up close. Happy to report Rebecca maintains intensely interested throughout all three videos.)

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I dunno, those shorts look pretty decent to me. There’s a whole panel of foam over the hip supplemented by the d3o, which is more than my Alpinestars MX compression shorts have. I plan to wear these shorts under leathers and jeans.

    • T Diver

      I don’t stunt but I am all for more protection for the people who do. Wheelies look cool. Am I a DB for thinking so?

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        You like wheelies?! My god man, what’s wrong with you????

  • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate BeastIncarnate

    Cool to see a company finally putting this tech to work. I remember reading about it awhile back.

    While I can appreciate the qualities of the products, and I respect the steps Icon has taken, so much of the brand focuses on a badass image. It’s like an alternate reality where Harley makes good and innovative products. I applaud the effort and know it’s not garbage, just don’t care for a majority of the marketing.

  • stephen
    • ontheroad

      Ha, beat me to it.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I love that First Gear’s site looks like this:

      http://img.ly/31qA

      • Ryan

        What browser and operating system are you using to get that?

  • ontheroad

    Nice to see Icon picking d3o up and putting it out there on a large scale, I’ve been waiting to see it in use by one of the big sport-focused manufacturers. FirstGear has actually been offering jackets with d3o for a while but it’s a high price-point, touring/enduro line that hasn’t seen a whole lot of attention: http://www.firstgear-usa.com/TPG/CSSd3oArmor.html

    Icon product quality has definitely been improving over the last couple years and the new pieces this last season, specifically the ones you’ve covered here, are good quality gear that works on the street. My one gripe with any of the new kit that I’ve had my hands on is that the Variant, despite good fit/finish and killer looks, is pretty heavy for $390.

  • th3w3s

    661 have been using d30 for a little while now in some of their moto / mountain bike knee guards, and I think in one of their body armour suits as well (though I could be wrong)…

  • seanslides

    Hyod seems to have been using this stuff for a while now. They’ve even got chest and back protectors.

    If you do a google search for D3O, then click the first result, which is D3O’s website, then click motorcycle, there’s a link (with a photo of a suit) to Hyod’s site, which has D3O plastered all over it.

    It also seems that Klim, KTM (in some pants), Furygan, and Held are all using it as well.

    Did Icon claim to be first in their press package or something?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Nope. Dude, I monitor this shit every day. They’re the first to communicate it.

      Edit: checked the links. Yeah, Icon is the first big company with this. It’s great that some random company I’ve never heard of in Japan has used it, but how is that relevant to my life?

      • seanslides

        I only mention it because I see people at the track and in the canyons with Hyod suits.

  • Trev

    Sweet, now to just wait until it is on clearance.

  • BMW11GS

    looking forword to the review…this may change my mind about icon

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate BeastIncarnate

      I’m also looking forward to the review, though it won’t change my mind. They do make good products. Passed up the likes of “Joe Rocket and Clones” long ago, in my opinion.

  • http://www.damiengaudet.blogspot.com damien

    Is d3o a one time impact kind of thing? I think I’ll be picking up one of those vests.

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate BeastIncarnate

      Though I haven’t found a specific reference that says, “This is not a one time use impact protection technology,” it’s tough to imagine that it IS only good for one use. It’s not like a helmet liner.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Multiple uses/impacts whatever are fine.

  • tomwito

    They need to make a replacement back protector for their jackets. I have a retro Daytona jacket, by far my favorite of the 4 that I have (2 Joe Rocket, 1 Power Trip). Nice soft/thick leather good elbow and shoulder padding but the back protector is a joke, it’s barely stiffer than the foam you buy to put on top of a mattress.

  • Barry

    Who cares about their marketing targets? Really? If they make good gear, freakin’ buy it. I will. Hypocritical image-conscious worry-worts… yeesh. If it’ll save a trip to the ER, they can market it to the Cartel for all I care. Last time I checked, they aren’t rockin’ stylish casts and catheter bags in the hospital…

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate BeastIncarnate

      If they were the only company making good gear, I’d agree. There are other quality options, so I’ll spend my dollars there.

      Maybe it’s not fair to blame their marketing and more the style, as I like their Field Armor series. If these products were on the market a year ago, I very likely would have bought the knee protection. The Dainese and T-Pro options weren’t comfortable, the old Icons felt great but lacked CE certification, so I ended up with Knox. Great gear, but these would have saved me some money.

      Also worth note, it appears that the price tags of the products haven’t increased despite major improvement in protection (and likely expense). That deserves a lot of recognition.

  • th3w3s

    Here are the 661 d3o offerings, though to be fair it’s targeted at mountain bikers: http://www.sixsixone.com/d3o.aspx

    The Icon stuff looks really good. I sometimes wish Icon would turn to making enduro / motorcross kit, purely because I’d love to see what they do with it (particularly the graphics). Icon designed MX kit – I could live with that!

    • DAVID

      “t’s targeted at mountain bikers”

      that means even the XL size is for really skinny folks.

  • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

    I’m impressed with their product development. What is astars or dainese doing to improve their armor systems?

    I wear the icon first-generation back protector underneath my jacket on the street. As far as I can tell it’s pretty good. Never worn it over a sweatshirt though. I need to learn how to wheelie better before I do that.

  • Deep6Dive

    this stuff is awesome, when I’m only wearing a hoodie my wheelies look the sickest.

  • gregorbean

    I dislike the douche glorification, skulls and BS as much as the next guy, but I’ll probably be buying this vest for wear under my leather. A good product is a good product. Looking forward to the review!

  • Skank NYCF

    The back side of the vest needs to be longer, theres no lower back/tail bone protection. Posers enjoy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate BeastIncarnate

      I was thinking about the lack of tailbone protection with the shorts, too. Darn shame.

    • gregorbean

      I agree it would be ideal to have that lower protection, but if it went any further down it would probably push up and be uncomfortable while seated on the bike. I always thought that same thing about my A*Stars track suit and back protector. I think it’s an inherent difficulty in design considering how we sit on bikes and the distance between our tailbone and shoulders.

      • Devin

        I don’t race or drive super-fast, I am just looking for stuff that can go under my clothes/ existing jacket. I don’t know if protection extending down there would be doable. If so then the design could be a little better.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’d be interesting to see compression shorts with a d3o piece in the coccyx area in addition to the hips. I’m not totally happy with the protection any of my back protectors provide to my tailbone.

  • stabmaster

    i would buy the knee guards.

  • KP

    I’m sold, but nobody has it in stock. Bummer.

  • Hien

    The BMW gear has had NP armour for a few years now, it’s similar to the d3o stuff, but is CE level 2 vs ce 1 for d3o.

  • slowestGSXRever

    huh…. I really like the vest with spine pad in it idea.

  • fasterfaster

    I’ve used this stuff for mountain biking and it’s fantastic. Great to see it in moto applications, and really great to see Icon stepping up with some serious gear.

    • Devin

      It’s also great stuff for skiing and Kendo. Very manoeverable and flexible while it isn’t under impact.

    • Alix

      Great to see it in a women’s version too.