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

New enduro-oriented padding and base layers round out protection system

Armor Sea Otter Classic

2017 Sea Otter Classic

G-Form Protection

G-Form marketing manager Bill Rudell shows off the full system of G-Form protection, including the new Pro Bib Short, Elite Knee Guards, and Elite Elbow Guards.

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.

G-Form Pro Bib Short

Hip padding on G-Form’s new Pro Bib Short. Available in men and women’s versions with padding on the hips, the new G-Form Pro Bib Short is a pro-level bib with added protection for those times when getting rad goes bad.

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.

G-Form Elite Knee Guards

The new G-Form Elite Knee Guards are designed for enduro and all-mountain riding. The Elite Knee Guards have thicker RTP (Reactive Protection Technology) padding and 1621 Level 1 CE certification.

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 Elite Elbow Guards

G-Form’s new Elite Elbow Guards use the thicker RTP (Reactive Protection Technology) protection and CE 1621 Level 1 certification. The new pads are designed for enduro racing and all mountain riding.

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.

About the author: John Shafer

John Shafer, a.k.a. Photo-John, is a respected photography expert and adventure photographer. He’s been an Mtbr forum member and contributor since 1999 and you can find his writing and photography across the Web, in mountain bike magazines and on his own Web site, Photo-John.net. John loves big mountains, rocky singletrack, low-visibility powder days, 6-inch trail bikes, coffee and tacos. Look for him pushing his bike uphill, carrying an inappropriate amount of camera gear in an overloaded backpack.

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