Eurobike 2015: Ion Clothing and protection

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Yep, we’re still wading through Eurobike stories, even on the first day of the Interbike show in Las Vegas… Jessica Stein has a quick look at action clothing brand, ION.

First off, you know when you’re at the top of a downhill and you reckon you should put on your knee pads? Most of the time, you need to hop around with your shoe off while you slide them on, inevitably getting a wet sock… well, wet socks begone!

It’s as simple as a (padding backed) zipper
Ta and da!
The pads use SAS-TEC reactive padding material.

And now a solution to something that doesn’t happen too much in the UK, but anyone travelling to hotter climes will appreciate. This is a chunky sized rucksack, with built-in back protector. The design means that only your shoulder blades and hips contact the back of the pack to keep things reasonably cool. But what about that three hour Lake Garda climb that you’re going to have to endure in the noonday sun? Ahah!


Pack is pretty sensibly designed in this guise, but push those black mounts backwards and…
The pack is rigidly pushed back from your back, allowing what little breeze there is to circulate
There’s a 24L and 16L pack. Both with or without ‘air conditioning’
There’s the mechanism that keeps it from swaying. Back height is adjustable too.


No wait, there’s more!
…told you!
Here’s the bare, vented back panel pad

ION makes a wide range of highly-regarded clothing too. Everything from full-on downhill gear to lighter, trail clothing and casual stuff too.




Surf style is evident in many pieces, like this lace up short.


As always, the ladies always get the best colours, with this fully technical riding outfit.
There’s a selection of gloves for all uses too.
Vented enough for you?



Here’s that K-Lite zip-up pad in more sympathetic lighting. It’s olive and yellow.
Comes in black too, natch.


We liked the look of this padded sock, with protection on shin and anklebones from pedals and cranks.

For more info on ION, see


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (1)

    Most rides are humid rides, even in the UK, for us sweaty folk… those packs look great.

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