Pastajet’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Demon Knee Soft Cap Pro X D3O

The Demon Soft Cap Pro X D3O Knee is a soft armor knee pad, with a lightweight and slim design, and low profile fit without sacrificing protection. Made with flexible Lycra along the front and neoprene along the back, the pads are highly breathable. They utilize the impact technology of D3O, which facilitates impact and shock absorption during crashes. The knee pads come in four sizes, small, medium, large and x-large, and retail for $64.99.

I have been using these for a very long time now, and they are pretty darn comfortable. They have taken some decent tree bashes, and a couple of minor fall over tumbles, and they have worked fine. Make sure to get the sizing proper so they are nice and tight, since they do stretch a bit with usage. They are compact and easy to take on and off, making them simple to stow in your pack when they aren’t needed. I wore them on a couple of extremely hot rides, and although I sweated like crazy, they seems to wick the moisture away and weren’t overtly uncomfortable. I was able to pedal without any discomfort or pinching, and they rarely drooped while riding. I found that once you yanked them up over the knee and let the bottom elastic portion get above the calf muscle they stayed in place. They offer enough protection for most any riding, outside of full on free riding, and the slight extension outwards from the knee cap offered adequate protection. These became my go-to piece of armor since mid-summer, and they have been through a lot of torture and many miles, and haven’t shown any wear as yet. The Demon Knee Soft Cap Pro X D3O are an excellent soft piece of armor, that is comfortable, soft, easy to pack and pedal in, stays in place, and is very durable.

Product Features

  • Material: [body] synthetic; [front] dual-density foam; [armor] D30 flexible armor
  • Protection Area: knee
  • Closure System: elastic
  • Recommended Use: downhill
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year

Jett Elevation Hoody

The Jett Elevation Hoody is a high tech hoody, that utilizes a performance polyester fleece chassis, which wicks moisture and provides warmth on cool days. It has zippered back and pit vents, which facilitate controlling temperatures and aids with ventilation. The main front zipper extends above neck line to provide additional warmth and coverage, which is great un those windy and super cold days. The hood itself is extremely large, and it works over any helmet type, from full faced to AM and XC. It has an internal hidden media or stash pocket, two hand pockets, and the right hand one contains a key clip. It comes in three sizes, small, medium and large and retails for $110.

I wear this jacket a lot just for normal everyday activities, since it not a simple cotton hoody. The polyester materials mean that the hoody can be used in foul weather, from a light rain to snow, and the outer portion of the cloth has a tight weave, so it offers good wind protection and additional warmth. I have really enjoyed this jacket once the weather turned cooler, and I have used it on many below freezing days as my outer jacket, and it has always keep me warm and dry. It offers excellent breathability and great ventilation, and you can open the front zipper to cool off or close it way up high for more warmth. The jacket has a nice loose and long cut, and the material was nice against the skin. It has been very durable so far, except for some frayed threads on the arm patch. The Jett Elevation Hoody is comfortable, warm and durable, and the use of the high tech material means it can be used in mild inclement weather, and keep you dry and toasty. It’s my fave jacket I have been using so far this fall, and it’s great for riding, skiing and wearing around town

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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