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POC unveils new MTB collection


POC has introduced its 2019 mountain bike collection at the 2019 Eurobike trade show, including the VPD System torso protection and new Resistance apparel collection.

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Leatt 3DF 6.0 Knee Guards launched


The inventors of the Leatt-Brace have launched their new 3DF 6.0 Knee Guard as part of their 2018 line.

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8 exciting new protection products


Check out the latest helmets, pads, and gloves from brands like 661, G-Form, Lizard Skins, and Kali Protectives.

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Leatt Interbike 2017


Step inside the Leatt Interbike tradeshow booth to learn about the brand’s most exciting new products for 2018, including the Trail Line Jersey and Jacket, the Core Hydration Pack, DBX 3.5 Neck Brace, and DBX 6.0 Knee Guards.

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CamelBak K.U.D.U., TO.R.O., Repack, and Chase


The well-regarded hydration pack leaders have updated several popular packs and added a riding-specific hydration vest to their product line-up.

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  • JOe says:

    Good call with Podium Dirt Series. I have the original one and skipped the new model because of larger “dirt pocket” (even the old, smaller nozzle would trap mud or dust). I was not convinced with “improvements” even for normal, clean conditions. I’ll see the new model.

  • Jason says:

    When will the Chase be available? There is no info about it on Camelbak’s web site.

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New protective gear from Alpinestars, G-Form, and Kali


Check out the latest from Alpinestars, G-Form, and Kali, including new trail-enduro gloves, burly kneepads, and a budget priced helmet.

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G-Form launches new Elite Protection


Well-regarded impact protection maker G-Form this week announced two new additions to its lineup. The new Elite Elbow Guards and Elite Knee Guards are enhanced versions of the Pro-X Elbow and Knee Pads.

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  • Martin says:

    Are they for indoor use only like the Pro-X version? Disclaimer, I like the product but laughed out loud when I read the back of the Pro-X packaging which stated for indoor use only and yet G-Form promoted the Pro-X in mtb magazines.

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10 new protection products to keep you safer on the trail


Here’s a round-up of the latest offerings from POC, Alpinestars, CamelBak, Leatt, Oakley, Julbo, G-Form and more.

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G-Form shows Elite Knee and Elbow Guards, plus Padded Bib


G-Form makes body protection not body armor. The distinction is that body armor sounds (and often is) heavy, hot, and uncomfortable. Body protection doesn’t need to be any of those things. Find out why.

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iXS Trail XC helmet sheds weight, increases ventilation


iXS has a new budget-priced trail helmet and two upper body protection options that slip on below your jersey.

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POC VPD knee pads and Tectal helmet details


POC highlighted three products for us at Sea Otter, the Tectal All Mountain helmet, the very lightweight and usable VPD knee pad, and a T-shirt style jersey that is much more than that inside.

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Troy Lee Designs Raid Knee Guard review


If you are interested in knee protectors that offer downhill-level security but can still be pedaled in, the Troy Less Designs Knee Guards are worth a look.

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Mtbr Best of 2016 Awards: Protective Gear


As bikes get more capable and trails more aggressive, body and brain protection becomes more and more important. Here are the Mtbr picks for best pads and helmets on the market today.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Armor and protection


With advances in protection, comfort, and ventilation there’s almost no reason not to wear knee pads when you ride. These are the best we’ve tested this year — and will all make great gifts.

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Best new protective gear from Interbike 2016


Protection, be it for the brain or body, continues to be one of the hottest and most innovative segments in the cycling industry. Mtbr combed the halls of Interbike’s Mandalay Bay Convention Center to dig up the latest and greatest.

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Leatt Interbike 2016


Leatt, designer of protective riding gear that looks as good as it performs, pumps out a round of updates across its entire product line for 2017.

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Interbike Preview Highlights: G-Form, GoPro, Abus, Polar and Now helmets


A few product highlights from Interbike’s Media Preview event featuring G-Form, GoPro, ABUS, Polar and Now helmets.

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SixSixOne Rage hard kneepad review


The SixSixOne Rage Kneepads are the spiritual successors to the iconic Kyle Straight Kneepads. But they’ve been updated with modern materials for better all around performance. So how do they stack up against the originals?

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2017 Dainese Protection


With a moto heritage, Dainese understands the science of protection. They focus not only on the absorption and dissipation of impact, but also fit and articulation.

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2017 Alpinestars protection and clothing


Alpinestars continues its march in to mountain bike clothing and protection with the same mantra. Offer great styling with top-notch quality at a reasonable price.

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G-Form Pro-X knee pads review


The combination of ever-more-capable bikes, enduro racing, and the fact that technology has improved by leaps and bounds has spawned all manner of lightweight mountain bike pads. One of the biggest players in this rapidly emerging market is G-Form. Find out what we thought of their Pro-X knee pads.

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  • JA says:

    Been using them for years. It has protected my knees and elbows in crashes – I know they work as advertised. Comfortable and barely noticeable even in 90 degree days.

  • Retired VT UPSer says:

    I love these knee pads! I have crashed hard on sandstone with them and knees came out unscathed!

  • ciclistagonzo says:

    Glad to see they brought the XXL size back, Rode with these for years and they are super comfy, but when they switched to the newer “articulated” design instead of the simple sleeve, they stopped producing the XXL size, My first set died and I have since switched to Troy Lee’s, if those over fail me, I may go back to G-Form.

  • Ali says:

    I upgraded to the new version of the pro-x last week after 3.5 years of use with my original pads. Newer version is a nice improvement.

    The new ones have a lighter fabric on the back and are thicker and cover more surface area than the older version.They don’t move/fold as much as the originals did for me.

    The increase in protection worked in my favor during their inaugural wear on a muddy day at Tiger Mountain. Had a few wipeouts on Predator that left me with a bruise on my leg that lines up exactly with the bottom edge of the pad, but my knees escaped totally unscathed.

    Definitely recommend!

  • Zachariah says:

    Key to making these last, is how you put on/take off. Turn them inside out and slide them up leg. Unfold. Removal is reverse…

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G-Form shows off bib short liner with hip protection


G-Form revolutionized protection by creating knee and elbow pads that were different from what existed at the time. Instead of heavy and cumbersome, they went with light and flexible.

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SixSixOne Recon knee pads review


Hate wearing traditional kneepads but still want to protect yourself on the trails? The newest from SixSixOne might be the answer.

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  • Tom says:

    Hey Charlie, any chance you bought a size too small, and are over-stressing the stitching while putting them on.

    Very interested in these.

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Dakine Slayer knee pad review


Dakine’s new bike protection line-up includes the heavier weight, gravity focused Hellion knee pads, Seeker 15L protective backpack, and the lightweight Slayer elbow and knee pads, which we’ve been testing.

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Round-up: Best new lightweight knee and elbow pads


For folks who wouldn’t wear knee pads because they are too cumbersome, now there are good options.

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  • Randy Cherry says:

    I am one of those riders who is getting older and I try to forget that and get a little to wild !!! Luckily I have not been hurt bad yet, but I have delayed buying pads cause no one could really tell me which ones were worth buying and be confortable too, and I need to swallow my pride and put them on !!! This is a good article !! Thanks !!

    • paul davo says:

      totally agree, im in my 40’s and still think im in my teens and i have come to the conclusion you dont bounce like a teen no more , i also think i need protection im sick of taking skin off my shins and knees :/
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    • Stephen Couture says:

      I am 61 yrs old and have been mountain biking for just one year (divorced my road bike after a 30+ year relationship). Ride primarily single track (rocks and roots) trails in Southern Maine. I have fallen several times (at slow and high speeds) and have been well protected by my Dianese Trail Skin knee and elbow pads (occasionally wear Triple-8 shin pads in lieu of the knee pads). All are very comfortable (especially the Dianese pads) – I forget I am wearing them as they are very flexible/comfortable).

  • Kevin Woodward says:

    Not just the skin I’m trying to protect but the elbows and knees don’t bounce off rocks that well, not to mention the way a root or sharp object can penetrate to the point of ruining a perfectly good day. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure (or two weeks on the couch) as they say. Huge fan of TLD and the bang for the buck they provide: Super protection, well-designed, solid construction and material, cool in the heat and minimal on the climb. 5450s are not the first I’ve tried, but they are the best.

  • trailsnail says:

    I’ve been running knee pads for several months now and won’t ride without. I was surprised to not see RaceFace in your lineup. I have the Charge knee guards and they are light and have saved me a couple of times already. Even rigid single speed riders can benefit from some protection, not just the all mountain crowd:)

  • Andrew Cuddihy says:

    Had what I would consider a minor crash at fairly low speed a week ago. Lost it in a corner on loose soil. Got up to remount and noticed that my knee cap was completely open with the bone showing. Lost time at work and on the bike. Gonna ride with light knee/elbow pads every ride now.

  • Jeff C says:

    I’ve used POC VPD 2.0 Knee and Elbow pads for the last year+. The one time I didn’t wear them my front tire washed out and I had a nasty Knee injury.

    Just wear them! To me, if I put on a helmet, I put on my pads – and gloves.

  • Tim says:

    How about a review that talks about real performance on the trail?

  • Everything MC says:

    I have become crash proof. Everything I wear my pads, no crash. The rare occasion I take them off, I always crash!

  • jason says:

    from the looks of it, 7p aka 7IDP aka sevenprotection seems to be the top shelf protection company for 2015.

  • hellbelly says:

    One that was left out of this list that is remarkable is the Dakine Slayer. Again, these are not for DH combat (get the Helions for that), but rather solid AM/Trail/Enduro exploits that most people do. I have been a knee pad/armor wearer for years (back when we looked like hockey players, ha!) and I have to admit that these are the most stable of any I’ve ever used. They are ridiculously comfortable for all day pedalling and are reasonably priced.

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