Eurobike 2015: Alpinestars new lightweight protection

Super lightweight knee & elbow guards and the new Paragon protection vest

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The lightweight Volcano knee guard with velcro straps (170 g per piece).

The lightweight Volcano knee guard with velcro straps (170g per piece). (click to enlarge)

Volcano knee & elbow guards

When you ride your bike in hot climates and still want to have some kind of protection without the bulk and lack of body cooling, have a look at the Alpinestars Volcano knee & elbow guards. These lightweight and breathing guards have a mesh fabric base. Over injected foam protector are held in place by this mesh fabric. The protectors are made with Alpinestars’ in house technology and are tested for abrasion, impact and even flame burst protection.

The lightweight Volcano elbow guard (110 g per piece).

The lightweight Volcano elbow guard (110g per piece). (click to enlarge)

The elbow guards weigh in at 110g per piece while the knee guards stop the scale at 170 g per piece. Velcro straps make putting them on possible without having to take off your shoes. The protectors have built in holes for better air flow – no more excuse for not wearing protection, even climbing!

The Paragon vest offers a slim fit, good ventilation and a light weight.

The Paragon vest offers a slim fit, good ventilation and a light weight (click to enlarge).

Paragon vest

As a further development from the Evolution vest, the Paragon vest offers the same lightweight build, but lacks the chest protection. Made for less extreme conditions, the Paragon vest still contains a CE1 certified removable/replaceable and ergonomically shaped back protector. The stretch mesh chassis allows the vest to be worn under a jersey or on its own and offers maximum breathability and ventilation combined with a light weight and a slim fit.

A water tube loop is already built in.

A water tube loop is already built in (click to enlarge).

Thirsty? The back protector compartment pocket can house a hydration pack – on the upper left shoulder a water tube loop is already put on the vest, with a double cut-out on the back panel to pass the water tube. Both the side pockets have internal padding, so you are protected from hard objects in the pockets in case of a crash.

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This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2015 Eurobike trade show in Freidrichschafen, Germany. For more from Eurobike CLICK HERE.

About the author: Jeroen Tiggelman

Jeroen is a contributor based in Belgium. He is expert in the field of photography and a fan of local beer.

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  • Rob says:

    As I get older — lightweight, comfortable, breathable hip protection suitable for XC is what I’m interested in. Anything on that front?

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