ION K-Lite/E-Lite Pads & GAT Gloves – Full Review

I’ve been using ION gear for a while now and getting on with it really well. It’s super well put together and looks spot on too. Here we look at the Zipper knee-pads, E-Lite elbow-pads and the Gat gloves.

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ION K_Lite Zipper Knee Pads –

After some great all-day knee pads? You can’t go far wrong with these.

After lots of use, they’re comfortable enough to ride in for long rides but with the addition of the zipper, they’re also easy to whip on and off as you need. I found them comfy enough to ride in uphill and downhill, so much so that I’d keep them on for most climbs, only quickly taking them off for the longest of climbs.

Materials –

  • Neoprene – 35%
  • PU – 25%
  • Polythylene – 20%
  • Polyester – 15%
  • Nylon – 5%

Features –

  • Quick E Zipper
  • Snug_Loop Strap
  • SAS-TEC

The zipper is on the small side and a little fiddly to use initially but easy enough to get the hang of, even with gloves on. Elesticated velcro straps top and bottom help keep things in place.

The SAS-TEC padding offers lots of protection without getting in the way. I took a few knocks in them, nothing too serious thankfully, and both myself and the pads both came away unscathed. The SNUG-LOOP system around the back helps to stop them from moving about during use and works well.

A well build pad that does the job of looking after your knee, what more do you need?

£74.95.

ION E_Lite Elbow Pads –

There’s a lot of protection with these, the pad in the elbow itself feels substantial and the padding extends a fair way along the forearm too.

Materials –

  • Neoprene – 35%
  • PU – 25%
  • Polythylene – 20%
  • Polyester – 15%
  • Nylon – 5%

Features –

  • 3-D Shaped Ionic Fit
  • Snug_Loop Strap
  • SAS-TEC

The SAS-TEC padding is mouldable while your riding so you don’t really notice it being there, which is a good thing. I’ve clouted a few trees with them and they certainly seem to do the job they were designed for. Can’t grumble with that. Similar to the knee-pads, after a few knocks there’s no signs of wear or tear on the elbow-pads, showing they’re well put together.

As with the kneepads, the SNUG-LOOP system around the back helps keep these where they should be while you’re riding. I’ve had elbow-pads in the past which constantly need adjusting and putting back in place, ok some of that might bog down to fit but no hassle with these at all.

£59.95.

ION GAT Gloves –

Generally I’m a fan of a super lightweight, minimalist glove, I don’t really go for ones with lots of padding. These sit somewhere in the middle.

Materials –

  • Lycra – 50%
  • Nylon – 22%
  • PU – 18%
  • Neoprene – 10%

Key Features –

  • Preshaped Thumb’s Up Panel
  • Overinjection Protection
  • Digital Tip

I particularly like the simple pull on design, instead of having a velcro strap around the wrist, I just find it a bit comfier.

The single piece palm offers great bar feel, an important feature of a riding glove I’d say. A less important one but still useful, the ‘digital tip’ fingers work well and with today’s reliance on technology, it’s helpful while out riding.

Like with the rest of the ION gear, the gloves are holding up well after lots of riding and a few knocks. A comfortable riding glove with just a little more padding than the most lightweight of gloves.

£34.95.

Photos – Tom Laws

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