G-Form knee and elbow pads are the de facto standard for lightweight mountain bike protection. You can comfortably wear the gear on a climb, and then protect yourself on the way down.
I’m one of those guys that doesn’t wear pads. But last summer I had a rash (get it?) of high-speed get-offs. I decided I was tired of being sore and scabby so I went to my local bike shop and bought a pair of G-Form knee pads. Why G-Form? Because I saw lots of people pedaling with them and I’d heard good things about their comfort and breathability. I have not regretted my purchase, although ironically, I also haven’t crashed since I started wearing them.
Bill Rudell, G-Form’s marketing manager, made a very interesting point. He told me 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. And G-Form is in the business of providing comfortable, breathable protection you can wear all the time. Their RTP (Reactive Protection Technology) padding material is flexible when you’re riding but hardens on impact, protecting you if and when you take a spill.
Along with bits of protective wisdom, Rudell also showed me G-Form’s latest products – their new Pro Bib Shorts and new Elite knee and Elite elbow pads. Together, they form a complete system to protect your body in nearly any kind of crash. The Pro Bib Short is available for men and women and features RTP padding on the hips, ventilated straps, a triple-density chamois and three pockets on the back.
If you’re a bib-person like me, the Pro Bib Short looks like a great way to stay comfortable and increase your protection on the trail. G-Form also expects the Pro Bib Short to be popular with gravel riders who want to add some hip protection.
G-Form’s new Elite Knee Guards and Elite Elbow Guards were designed for enduro racing and gnarlier all-mountain riding where you need more protection. They’re thicker than the standard pads and have CE 1621 Level 1 certification, the highest protection standard for bike or motorcycle body armor. According to Rudell, that means the Elite knee and elbow pads are designed to protect in impacts at up to 60mph. That’s way more protection than any mountain biker should ever need.
Price the new G-Form Elite Elbow Guards is $90 and the Elite Knee Guards are $100. Both will be available this June. The Pro Bib Short will be available on May 1st and will sell for $150.
This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2017 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.