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Does anyone have these? I'm looking for some feedback on how protective they are/how comfortable. Anyone have the icon jeans?

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So, half of your leg gets protected while the other half gets rashed?
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They go under your riding pants...;) I'm gonna wear them with the icon jeans which should provide a lot of protection when combined with knee/shin armour. That setup is probably better than any textile pant out there...not really cheaper though.
 

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exatly, icon advertises them as "armoured underwear" they're supposed to kick in when your pants are "pushed to the limit" according to icon. they're made from aramid-laced nylon. aramid is a generic name for kevlar, and it's stitched into the nylon or spandex.
 

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Sounds like a good deal to me. 80 bucks isn't too bad, especially if it'll save your ass... literally. I'm just hoping that my pants won't be "pushed to the limit." Hopefully they're machine washable tho...
 

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Several things come to mind such as I think they have something like said shorts for cyclists though possibly not aimed at saving one when they prang.

Other point is that once again when you go to take a leak you end up with doing it like a woman in that you must pull off the gear & squat like a woman, if doing it behind some bush & not the zipper length--which is a big downfall of present fly zippers in being way to short, let alone any proper zipper length, so one zip down & pull out the male hose to stand like a man & take a leak. That squating down, I do not like.

Lastly I am very keen on being & smelling very clean, a thing I picked up from an ex-g/f being Chinese & from Hong Kong. I ended up trying to be super clean even to my own mind.

That means at home that evening I toss my shorts into the washer along with some others to be washed with like T-shirt, sweat shirt, trouser & whatever. Meaning I would not feel clean if I was wearing the same shorts (protective shorts) as I did the day before.

Not that I dribble, or leak but also know we prespire & body oder goes on clothing & stays there till washed. I never wear the same gym clothing the next time I come to the gym.

As I am a non-smoker & have been so all my life, IF(?) I have left the shorts, T-Shirt, sweat-shirt or such around, when I was possibly up at the Gun Club Lounge when just ONE person was smoking & man what a smell the next morning & even if I did toss them in the clothing hamper I can smell that spent tobacco oder as I pass it to the washroom. Now no one smokes at our Range.

So how much would 6 or 8 of these protective shorts cost me, especially in Cdn dollars, shipping, & Cdn Customs???????

Yes I have several pairs of m/c jackets, trousers & such to even two crash helmets & while I wear one on Monday I will wear the other on Tuesday to let the other become aired for Wednesday.
 

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Sorry Blue Jays, for I tend to say what I think AND forget there are women on the board as well.

Still the woman that handles my money use to go to the same gym. So, as usual I arrive having had a shower, shaved though no after shave lotion, fresh baggy gym pants (so many men have lousy looking legs especially those that had had operations to the legs & 75+ yrs of age----to much for most to see), no under arm whatever, fresh socks & fresh T-shirt. It seems some of the other women, at the gym & have the same financial female dealer, have said the liked my smell. Sorry just normal soap though possibly it is FRESH CLOTHING as I notice so many have the same gym clothing throughout the week. Obviously that tip from my ex/g/f.

So for interest in my early days of mountaineering it was just another chap & myself. So first time I was with the Alpine Club of Canada I was posted as 2nd rope leader as I had proven my experience & thinking when I climbed with a few from our city.

So here we are on a darn big glacier & we have slugged it for some 6 hrs. Finally the lead rope leader asks something like "How about now?" & I wonder what he means. Then says "Okay women to the east & men to the west" like what in the heck is this about & he was referring to unropeing & stepping so many paces away from the rope to do what nature called for. Sort of surprised me for I was against the four to a rope with preference of just two only they talked me into accepting a third being the middle climber that was a woman in her 20s, but then nature does have its call & when in a glacier------well the best way so far as I know. Only think is with your ice axe you sort of cover up whatever you left.
 

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I have them and use them pretty regularly. They are sorta like thick compression shorts. They actually make the ride more comfortable because of the extra padding. IMO they are a bit overpriced, but definitely worth having if you can find a deal.

Lotsa times for commuting I will wear those and the lower leg armor underneath dress pants. The lower armor I just throw under my desk after I sit down, no one can ever tell I have anything on and I feel like I will have at least some skin on my legs left if I go down.
 

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Nolt so much of a saving on your legs Angrypenguin, but more like your butt area & yes the hip & butt area takes a big pounding & probably why the people racing bicycle also use something similiar, but probably not as protective.

As an ex-comp rider I can assure you often I was receiving blows to my hip area & ESPECIALLY in dirt comp. Also the reason I had to give up dirt comp as I had a bad break in my left hip, a home accident fromt he roof to the concreteof the driveway, & once the specialist got wind that I was a dirt comp rider he said he was not against m/cing, but asked if I came off when racing or practicing & where did I land. That would be 75% of the time on my hip. Then pointed out if I dinged in that hip again I would probably be a wheelchair person the rest of my life. So I gave up dirt comp even if it was Observed Trials 90% of the time, which is not a high speed dirt comp. I knew that in practicing I would NOT be surprised if I had one or two prangs each time.
 

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penguin - i found a pretty good price on them, $60 on sandhillpowersports.com. They usually run for $80 in in a store or retail online for that price. Icon says they are "aramid" material, which is a synonym for kevlar. Do they really seem it? It's hard to imagine a compression short with kevlar in it. I got them to wear under my work clothes too, since they are thin. I don't ride hard to work, but feel naked with just one layer between me and the road.
 

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Nolt so much of a saving on your legs Angrypenguin, but more like your butt area & yes the hip & butt area takes a big pounding & probably why the people racing bicycle also use something similiar, but probably not as protective.
Well I have the lower leg armor too that offers pretty good knee and shin protection.

To Esanders,
They arent really compression shorts with kevlar in it, its more like thick compression shorts made out of abrasion resistance material with a mesh lining. They are comfortable and do look like they will offer some added protection, especially when compared too work pants or jeans. I feel the same way you do and to me they are definitely worth it at $60.
 

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There is some kevlar in there though, at least according to icon. It must be incorporated into the fabric, which is what makes them "abrasion resistant" :confused:
 

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I am not sure what the material is, if they say it is a type of kevlar weave I believe them. The whole thing is basically that material with a mesh liner for comfort.
 
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