2017 Alpinestars protection and clothing

Revered brand with great styling and good value

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The Paragon is an amazing value at $40.

The Paragon is an amazing value at $40.

One of the products that has impressed us the most in the last couple of years is the Alpinestars Paragon knee pad. And given the flurry of new product introductions specially in the All Mountain category, this is no small feat.

The Paragon knee pad is a lightweight knee pad that is designed to be worn the whole time on any ride. It is pre-shaped to conform to the knee and it has built in grip elastic to keep it in place without any straps. And since it’s sold in Europe, it conforms with the protection standard EN Standard 1621.1 which means it’s legitimate protection for mountain biking.

It weighs in at 300 grams and it provides a lightweight, breathable material behind the knee designed to ventilate and prevent binding and chafing during pedaling.

Finally there is a matching elbow pad to the highly touted Paragon pad.

Finally there are matching elbow pads to the highly touted Paragon knee pads.

As we talked to many Enduro World Series athletes like Jerome Clementz and Anneke Beerten over the years, we were surprised to learn that this is the pad of their choice among the entire Alpinestars line-up. It’s not a big pad by any means but they feel it’s enough to protect them in these often scary EWS courses.

And the real kicker is it’s only $40 a pair! The value is almost inconceivable as there is nothing in its price range even with sub-par products and brands.

And yes, we’ve used this pad for well over a year and have had many crashes with them. They’ve protected us every time and they still look fresh.

Has a lot of perforations for great venting.

Vento elbow pad has a lot of vent holes to let air through.

As far as new products, Alpinestars was excited to show us a lighter version of the Volcano pad. This one called the Vento is designed to offer more ventilation with better materials and more advanced construction keeping them in place.

Back mesh provides great fit and ventilation.

Vento knee pad back mesh provides great fit and ventilation.

Features For Vento knee and Elbow pads
  • Innovative knee and elbow protector construction features special developed impact absorption material on breathable mesh.
  • Big hole perforations throughout the protective padding for good ventilation
  • Lightweight, comfortable protection for all riding situations
  • Weight is 250 grams for the pair of elbow pads
  • Available March, 2017
  • Price is $54.95 for elbow pads and $59.95 for knee pads
Lightweight black/brown shorts with a red top is a good combo.

Lightweight black/brown shorts with a red top is a good combo.

As usual, there is an endless array of great designs and colors from Alpinestars. Hop on to the gallery and see some of the new styles for Fall 2016.

For more information, visit www.alpinestars.com.

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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