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The IDF’s New “Robocop” Knee Pads

Agilite Axis™ knee pads selected as new standard issue knee pads for all combat troops.

Holon, Israel, 7th March 2017-The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has announced the selection of Agilite’s Axis™ tactical knee pads for standard issue to all IDF combat troops from March 2017 onwards.

A 2017 adaptation of an old industrial design, Axis’s primary advantage is that unlike regular knee pads, they do not fall down. Whilst rather unusual in appearance (they are nicknamed “Robocop Knee Pads” in Israel), they outperformed every other type of knee pads in extensive IDF trials that spanned several months.

Agilite worked with IDF SF units to perfect the design which provides over 180 degrees of polymer, hard protection as well as internal closed-cell memory foam for comfort even over extended periods. They are also exceptionally light, weighing in at just 9oz (255g).
“Anyone who has spent five minutes in the military knows that with regular knee pads you spend all your time picking them up from your ankles. You put Axis on your knees and forget about them,” said Eric M, a five year veteran of Israel’s Navy SEALS (Shayetet 13) and Head of International sales at Agilite. “The look of them takes some getting used to but they outperform every other tactical knee pad by miles” said Marks. They are also preferential over internal pant knee pads as they provide exponentially more protection, surface coverage and comfort.

The IDF was looking for a new knee pad with increased durability and performance that does not fall down in order to increase combat awareness and the Agilite Axis was selected after an extended period in IDF SOF.

Agilite is now beginning trials of the Axis knee pads in SOF groups across Europe and North America.

Axis are available in Ranger Green, Flat Dark Earth (FDE) and Black from or authorized Agilite dealers and retail at just $32.90.

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11 Responses to “The IDF’s New “Robocop” Knee Pads”

  1. Joe says:

    Almost certain those are rebranded KP industries kneepro.

    • Kit Badger says:

      Ya, I feel like my uncle used to wear these when I helped him do tile work…

      • Jed Lofton says:

        Tile work…. That is what I was going to say. Have a pair just like them in my garage.

    • Joe says:

      This one size fits all method of approach is making less sense. Each body type is different for knees goes the same of course.. if there was a company that molded your knee in the padding would be a cool idea i think.

  2. d says:

    When you can’t afford Crye, you convince yourself that you’re Robocop.

  3. Robert says:

    These are the only knee pads that do not fall down:

    • John says:

      I used those before. They do not fall down, but the buckles are the problem. When fast movement is combined with sliding/ducking, the buckles can dig into your leg. I had to stop using them for this reason. They are great for doing work (flooring, digging), but not in a tactical situation.

  4. Andrew says:

    Wow, I have a pair of those kneepads from KP Industries from 10 years ago. Gotta admit the straps didn’t bind up or shift around like with the BlackHawk or Hatch kneepads and were actually fairly comfortable. But they sure looked goofy.

  5. SG says:

    The Monkey had a feature on the KPs over a decade ago… and they don’t look any less goofy today.

    Do yourself a big favor and try the Arc’teryx Knee Caps if you haven’t already. Less surface area than these by a country mile, give good protection, light weight and ridiculously flexible. Put them on… and then forget that you put them on.

    • William Janurberg says:

      “forget that you put them on.” This is true, I have spent weeks in the field wearing these every day without any issue. They restrict blood flow a little but not enough to bother taking them off.

  6. 6B51 says:

    They are also preferential over internal pant knee pads as they provide exponentially more protection, surface coverage and comfort. – Robokop