I don't know how they could possibly call those knee pads improved. Every pair I was ever issued either disintegrated after taking a knee or were instantly chucked into the trashcan just outside of CIF. 20 minutes after that I'd be on my way back to the barracks $25 lighter and a brand new set of Alta Superflex knee pads in my duffel bag. The IOTV sucked. The MOLLE vest was a waste of time. And those stupid elbow pads were for privates and over-zealous 2LT's. FTA.
Fudge Elbow pads and he issue knee pads. I only wear one Alta Flex Knee pad on my right knee, and only during qualification. Other than that, knee pads are just as useless as elbow pads on patrol. And fudge the FLC.