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S1 Pro Knee Pad

THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS posted Dec 5th 2016

The S1 Pro Knee Pads hit the market January 2016 after a 3 year design and development process. S1 Headquarters is very close to the ACDG practice facility so we were able to work with ACDG players on wear testing for the S1 Pro Knee Pad. We tested different designs and materials to see how they wore and functioned.

DESIGN VISION

The S1 Pro Knee Pad was designed and constructed with 3 main areas in mind: Stability, Durability and Functionality.

I. STABILITY

Stability is very important in a knee pad to prevent injury by promoting controlled slides. We put Ortholite Memory Foam into the inner knee cup which upon impact molds to your knee and helps to stabilize the knee cap. By stabilizing the knee cap we are able to promote stability, prevent slippage of the knee pad and stop your knee from moving around in the knee cup. Instability in a knee pad puts unnecessary stress on your knee ligaments and leg muscles in a knee slide. The combination of our flat Cap with the Ortholite inner foam allows for stable, controlled slides that will prevent your knees from teetering back and forth.

II. DURABILITY

We created the S1 Pro Knee Pad to last by using highly durable fabrics. We used Military grade ballistic nylon for the outershell material. We use a polymer enriched foam for the inner knee cup which helps absorb shock and not pack out as fast as lower quality foams. We triple stitched seams to prevent blow outs. We use a high quality, high abrasion plastic for the knee cap for longer life. Our butterfly flaps are made with a very tough neoprene that will not stretch and rip with repeated use. Our top straps are made with a high retention elastic that will not stretch out as quickly as other elastic materials.

III. FUNCTIONALITY

We created our inner knee cup mold to be streamlined and deep fitting. By taking out the bulk on the side of the knee cup you will experience a streamlined look and feel to the S1 Pro Knee Pad. By using high density foam on our inner knee cup we are able to achieve the shock absorption of a thicker foam with a less bulky front profile. The articulating back flaps move separately to promote the a secure fit, less slippage and increased mobility without pinching. The S1 Pro Knee Pads also have a length adjustment on the top strap. The knee cap is affixed with top quality velcro that will not allow the cap to be torn off in game play but can be removed and replaced if needed.

NOTABLE PLAYERS WEARING THE S1 PRO KNEE PAD:

Satan’s Little Helper – ACDG, Loren Mutch – Rose, Scald Eagle – Rose, Rachel Rotten – ACDG, Darby Dagger – ACDG, Stef Mainey – London, Lorrae Evens – Victorian, Miracle Whips – Montreal, Lady Trample – VRDL, Tui Lyon – ACDG, Ghetto Fabulous – ACDG, Laci Knight – ACDG, Trauma – Texas, Bloody Mary – Texas, Jaana Nuku – VRDL, Taranchula – Rose, Katie Black – London, Die Die – London, Grace Giles – VRDL, Andracula – London, Kat Von – Jax, Smithereens –Jax, Erin Go Brawl – Jax, Biceptual –VRDL, Ivey K’Nivey – VRDL

“I absolutely love the S1 Knee Pads” – Lady Trample

Eddie Elguera & S1 Lifer Helmet

Eddie tells us how/why he switched from wearing a traditional soft foam skate helmet to the S1 Lifer Helmet. And talks about how he came up with the design for the S1 x El Gato Lifer Helmet.

Get an S1 Lifer Helmet here : http://shop.s1helmets.com/eddie-elguera/

S1 Lifer Helmet review on Wheelbase Mag

“The S1 Lifer helmet is one of the safest and best fitting halfshells available for skating. With a dual safety certification, ASTM to protect from multiple low level impacts, and CPSC to protect from a single heavier impact, the lifer is built to protect and looks fresh at the same time. Repeated testing has proven the lifer’s hard foam build to outperform all soft foam, and many other hard helmets on the market. The lifer comes in multiple liner sizings to ensure a snug and proper fit for all heads, with an EPS fusion foam and ABS outershell construction. This combination provides both a deep fit that protects and fits better, making the helmet more comfortable as well. With a better fit, protection, and look, the S-One helmet is one of the best helmets we’ve owned. We recommend these helmets for all skating applications, and prefer our S-One over all other helmets for parks, pools, downhill, and even cruising to the store down the street. The current halfshell lineup also offers some fresh designs such as the Eddie “El Gato” Elguera model we’ve been rocking, keeping riders stylish and protected at the same time. Pick up a S-One lid to replace your loose, crashed, or grimy old helmet, and feel the difference. S-One has been trusted by countless pro’s, and is rooted in California’s rich skate and action culture. Their unrelenting approach to the elevation of safety has earned the brand a reputation for top quality safety gear, which can be seen in the perfected design of the lifer halfshell. Impact testing, rider feedback, and popularity haven’t lied; the Lifer helmet is one of the best fitting and stylish helmets out there.” – Wheelbase Magazine (link here)
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