What are the differences between the D3O® and CE armor in the catalog?
KLIM incorporates integrated armor into many motorcycle jackets and pants. Also, some products (such as the Traverse) have armor pockets which are able to accept optional armor pieces. KLIM sells two kinds of optional/replacement armor: D3O® and what we call “CE”. The main differences between KLIM’s optional armor kits is in the technical way each absorbs impact, the impact ratings of certain pieces and how the armor interacts with the human body during normal, non-impact riding movements.
Impact Ratings: Both the D3O® and “CE” lines of armor available from KLIM have the same impact rating on the extremity or “limb” pads (elbows, knees and shoulder). There is only one level of rating for these areas. Only in the back pad does D3O® reach a higher rating. Here, the D3O® product reaches a Level II rating where the “CE” product is rated at a Level I.
Impact Performance: D3O® is an "intelligent armor". Its molecular structure is capable of reacting to impacts based on the speed or rate of movement (how fast it compresses is another way of thinking of it). When an impact occurs (high rate of speed/shear), D3O® absorbs the impact as the molecules lock together and spread out the force of the impact.
“CE” armor is a more basic padding structure. Its high-quality foam core provides good shock absorption in line with CE standards for limb and back pads. The foam works organically, absorbing impact through compression and dispersing across its foam structure.
Interaction: D3O® has an advantage over some other forms of armor in that it retains a softer, flexible state when not impacted. This makes D3O® very desirable for riders who don’t want to feel their pads until they need them, so to speak. The highly flexible properties are possible because regular riding movements are generally low in speed and when moved slowly, D3O® molecules flow freely.
KLIM’s “CE” pads are constantly the same density and have the same flexibility when impacted or when moving slowly. Most riders notice the presence of CE pads more than D3O®. Your personal preference will determine which padding is right for you.