27 January 2017

DI.Award 2017

Newly launched products Xact helmet, Carve upper protective Jersey and Flow upper protective Vest have been awarded with the industry Design & Innovation Award 2017.

A massive boon for the protector market, the iXS Carve Upper Protective Jersey is so comfortable and unobtrusive that you virtually forget you’re wearing it while riding! This high level of comfort has been achieved through clever design features working together. First, the X-Matter protector insert softens with the rider’s body heat, conforming snugly onto the back, while iXS have also placed comfort-enhancing elastic materials in key places such as the zips. Second, the shoulder pads are ideally positioned, meaning the rider’s freedom of movement isn’t hampered. Finally, there are the generous vents and breathable material that regulates and optimizes your body’s temperature. In terms of safety, iXS have naturally gone all in, seeing this protector meet the strict EN1621 Level 2 standards, which makes it a fail-safe choice for downhillers and bike park riders who are unwilling to compromise on protection or movement.

Price: 179 € | Weight: 842 g (S/M) | Website: ixs.com

A massive boon for the protector market, the iXS Flow Upper Protective Vest is so comfortable and unobtrusive that you virtually forget you’re wearing it while riding! The achingly high level of comfort has been achieved through certain design features: its X-Matter protector insert relies on the rider’s body heat for a satisfying amount of flex meaning that it fits snugly onto the back; iXS have placed comfort- enhancing elasticated materials in key places, like on the zips. Then there’s the generous vents and breathable material that regulates and optimizes your body’s temperature. In terms of safety, iXS have naturally gone all in, seeing this super lightweight vest (just 600 g in a size S/M) meet the strict EN1621 Level 2 standards, which renders it the ultimate choice for trail and enduro riders who think that a bit of back protection won’t go amiss.

Price: 149 € | Weight: 596 g (S/M) | Website: ixs.com

The more expensive sibling of the iXS XACT, the XULT, has already been crowned with the Design & Innovation Award 2016. This year, it’s the significantly more wallet-friendly XACT, which costs just € 160, that’s getting us excited. Its distinctive image and integrated visor were hits with the test jury, who also appreciated the well thought-out VORTEX ventilation system that expels warm air out of the helmet (even at slow speeds). The XACT’s satisfyingly compact volume also minimizes the rotational forces on your head and spine in the event of a crash. Finally, there’s its low weight and affordable price tag, which confirm that iXS have crafted a seriously appealing product that’s easy to recommend.

Price: 159 € | Weight: 1.003 g (S/M) | Website: ixs.com

Source: design-innovation-award.com