10 new protection products to keep you safer on the trail

Latest offerings from POC, Alpinestars, CamelBak, Leatt, Oakley and more

Apparel Armor Helmets Sea Otter Classic
Alpinestars Paragon

Alpinestars new Paragon bibs short offer versatility and protection.

Alpinestars Paragon Bib Shorts

For the ultimate in enduro specific wear, Alpinestars has created the Paragon Bib short. It features removable hip padding and a CE1 certified back protector, hydration pack integration (with hose loop), and mesh pockets for additional storage.

A new M.U.L.E. retails for $150 and will probably outlast your next car.

The new M.U.L.E. retails for $150 and will probably outlast your next car.

CamelBak M.U.L.E. Goes Low Rider

CamelBak has produced its Low Rider category of packs (think low slung horizontal lumbar reservoirs) for a couple years now. But new at Sea Otter was a redesign of the company’s top-selling M.U.L.E. model. The lower reservoir orientation is designed to keep your center of gravity lower on the bike.

Cush Core Foam Insert

Protect your rims.

Cush Core

Traditionally the protective category covers helmets, pads, gloves, and other assorted gear, but how about a product that’s claimed to save your rims? The Cush Core is a foam insert that lays against the rim. It pushes out against the tire sidewall to help reduce tire squirm, and allows you to run lower tire pressures, absorb trail chatter, and protect your rims. For more info, check our coverage here.

G-Form Elite Knee Guards

The Elite Knee Guards have thicker Reactive Protection Technology padding and 1621 Level 1 CE certification.

G-Form Elite Pads

G-Form produces some of the best lightweight kneepads, but until now they didn’t offer heavy duty protection. Their new elite series, which includes knee pads, elbow pads, and bibs, utilizes a thicker pad than standard. They’re certified to CE1 and are intended for the rigors of enduro racing and all around riding. For more info, check our coverage here.

The new Trail XC helmet is lighter and better ventilated than its burlier Trail RS counterpart.

The new Trail XC helmet is lighter and better ventilated than its burlier Trail RS counterpart.

iXS Trail XC Helmet

The new Trail XC helmet is a slimmed down version of the Trail RS Evo lid from iXS. The Hans Rey approved helmet is available in seven color options and comes in three sizes. Price is $99. For more info, check our coverage here.

Julbo 2018 Aero Zebra Light Red

You can pick up the new tinted lens in sunglass or goggle form. Prices for the Julbo Aero glasses pictured above start at $190.

Julbo’s new Zebra Light Red Tint

Julbo eyewear has a new tint option, the Zebra Light Red, that’s targeted at the mountain bike crowd. The new photochromic tint responds in about 20 seconds, transitioning from visible light penetration of 75% for riding in shaded woods to 17% for sunny days. For more info, check out coverage here.

Leatt DBX 3.0 All Mountain helmet

The new Leatt helmet features some of the most innovative safety tech on the market.

Leatt DBX 3.0 Helmet

Leatt is best known for inventing the modern neck brace, but they’ve recently expanded into other segments including helmets. What sets their range apart is the use of a soft pliable material called Armourgel which works much like D30. Shaped into a UFO-like disc, the material is placed in strategic locations throughout the shell. It helps to absorb lower speed impacts and reduce rotational forces. For more info, check our coverage here.

Oakley Crossrange

The new Crossrange is designed to keep you looking fresh on the trails and off.

Oakley Crossrange

The new Crossrange sunglasses from Oakley are positioned at the crossroads of fashion and performance. While they look like a normal pair of shades you might wear around town, the optics, fit, and weight are optimized for performance on the bike, too. Price is $180. For more info, check our coverage here.

POC VPD Kneepad

To show how well these pads work, POC brought out the hammer.

POC VPD Kneepad

At Sea Otter, POC was showcasing just how well their new lightweight kneepads work by taking a hammer to the knee of MTBR founder Francis Cebedo. To see just how well they work, catch the video here.

Protec Full CUT Bike certified-1

Protec updated this 1970s classic with EPS foam to bring it into the 21st century.

Protec Full Cut Helmet

The Protec Full Cut is one of the most iconic skate helmets of all time, unfortunately, it’s not very protective. In its original form, it consists of a simple plastic shell and foam liner. In a crash, it might protect your head from splitting open but not much more. At the Sea Otter Classic, Protec was showcasing a new bike certified version that uses an ABS shell with EPS foam. This combo is significantly more protective. Retail is $60 and it’s available in this stunning gold flake paint.

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