If you have been bushwhacking/riding through bushes, or if you have been smashing into trees, you might want to try handguards, or already hhave tried some already. I found some Hand Protection, not all of these are equally well known, some I showed for a long time, some I discovered recently, I’m sharing this so you know of more choices. Not much info on this.
I would like to try hand guards eventually.
Recchie by MrWolf:
These protect the cockpit controls too. But it has somewhat a sharps shape the inside so in a crash that might be unpleasant, but it’s unlikely to get your body infront of the cockpiut or jam a finger in the hole the guard has.
Since July 12, 2017, I have spent more time with these knee pads, and I took more pictures. I have improved the text and rest of the review. my mind has not changed since last time.
I have used these pads for a really long time now, over 2 year,The whole year, and I put them trough some hard crashes, and they protected me every time.
I was so satisfied with these, that I bought second pair as spare,So I always have clean protection, or if I damage one the other can be repaired.
When the rear fabric has worn or got damaged so are resulting sin similar effect to stretching, make sure you fix it, get it back to the correct measurements again so the pads fit as intended,which is important so they don’t slide around,So they give you maximum protection, but these this product is easy to repair, and the fabric does not stretch out of shape.
You have to use the right technique to put them on:
if the pad slides up its because you did not use the right technique to put them on,You should hold the top part with 2 hands and pull them up so all the fabric slides upwards keeping the pad low, and have to top part with the adjustment strap as high as possible, this way they say in place, I have the typical muscle legs and thighs, And I use size Medium and have worked perfectly, as long as I did put them on right. I also noticed that they will make noises as the pads are against each other, as for the discomfort,you should have the upper part as far up as you can,if it’s right under the knee it will not be comfy.
The stitching should be close to the end of the pad, thigh pad and leg pad should be overlapping, slightly. The strap should NOT be way on the top,the rubberised material on the in side of the pad should be on the end near the end,there should be about 0,5cm space between the Velcro and the end of the pad, but as you use it it move little bit,as seen in this picture,few millimetres of change will happen as you have the knee in a different position.
pic taken Taken on May 15, 2016 of the first pair, they got some signs of wear, but this is unavoidable,the way its made, but the way its made gives you good protection, and the wear you see here developed slowly.
This is the first pair, one of the pads got wear on the stitching for the Velcro, but The Velcro was still good.
The wear you see between the plastic plate and the Velcro strap is caused by friction from bending your knees, which causes friction.
How to wear them correctly: Thigh pad and leg pad should be overlapping,slightly.The strap should NOT be way on the top,the rubberised material on the in side of the pad should be on the end near the end,there should be about 0,5cm space between the Velcro and the end of the pad, but as you use it it move little bit,as seen in this picture,few millimetres of change will happen as you have the knee in a different position.
The stitching should be close to the end of the pad
good fit, the upper is made like a joint, so the upper part stays n palace while the rest moves with your leg and knee. this work very well.
does not slide down
good protection on the side of the knee
good Velcro straps
no movement restrictions
size matches the size guide, not like 2015 products from Bliss
But of course you are gonna get bit warm, but the protection Poc’s pads give you is definitely worth it, but in the fall, winter this is not a con:-)
the weight,but I don’t care, if they protect me.
After few crashes & branches, ,but this is easy to fix, if you know how to sew
I don’t remember which pads these are if it’s the pads I first got or the second pair, but both got in quite similar shape.
I think these pads are one of the best on the market right now
if you want durable,heavy duty protection these are a good option,if you ignore the fact they are sweaty to wear.
Sickline.com video in the Poc stand at Interbike 2014:
I have been using 2 pairs of these goggles for since winter 2016 to April 2018.
Some words about the brand:
100% is a well-known brand in the motocross community & the past years more and more knowledge in the Mountain bike community.These goggles are made FullFace helmets like used in downhill and motocross.
If you use the tear-offs, in rain or humid weather, there will be fog between the lens and the tear-off. So in rain or humid conditions, I don’t use the tear-offs because of this.
does not obstruct the view, you might barely notice them, or not at all.
I think it’s easy to change lenses, but not too easy like with Adidas Pinner googles.
It to change lenses in a hurry while out riding because they are so secured so well, but for me, this is this is not a con, you do not wave to worry about the lenses falling off.
the triple layer foam & the vents make sure you don’t overheat and/or get soaked of sweat. The difference between the Adidas Pinner and 100% Racecraft is huge, soaked versus dry or almost dry to slightly moist foam in 25 Celsius, and soaked vs slight moist in not so hot days. But the sweat travels through to the Grey layer and if it’s much it can drip some.
even after 4 weeks of summer riding the foam did not stink, this was done to test it, But I have been cleaning them at a regular basis, and swapping to fresh pair when the washed goggle was drying.
The foam is well glued, and the durability of the foam is much better than the Adidas Pinner google has, none of the foam peeled off.
good FOV/field of view
the lens will stay on even if you are rough with the goggles.
The rubberised strap works well, I use a 2015 Mavic notch & Fox Rampage Pro Carbon helmet, and it never slipped off.
The tear-off system actually work, unlike on the Adidas Pinner goggles.,the plugs are the correct size, and the tear-fit tight so they won’t fall off. But I don’t use Tear-offs.
Nose guard, which is a must for me, I hit branches sometimes, which can be painful.
the nose guard sits snugly and won’t just fall off I had to replace it
Comes with 2 lenses
several colour choices.
the lens stays in place well.
the perfect shape on the top which will not leave a big gap between the goggle and the helmet which some goggles do, Adidas Pinner for example.
no replacement foam.
you can lose the nose guard without even noticing it, which I did with one of the goggles, mine probably snapped out when I took them off or a branch hit them, who knows.
the extra lens got an anti-scratch sticker on it which needs to be removed, but one of the lenses that came with one of the 2 goggles I got left glue residue, so you should clean it off.
After a long time of use they showed signs of wear:
The summer of 2017 the foam got a little bit torn, which is not surprising after so much use I put them trough.
then some of the white parts have been discoloured, with a red tint, the same goes for the foam, why this happens I don’t know, it might be a reaction to sunlight or temperature, or something else, I am not sure.
and the strap has been stretched by few cms.
used to failure:
April 2018 the plastic part on one of the two goggles on the strap failed, this resulted in the stram loosening up, The difference in wear was probably due to me using one goggle more than the other, but both goggles had on the sticky strips, they had cracked, and did not grip as well as when the goggles were new.
The strap arms were starting to separate from the goggle frame, which could be fixed with glue, but for me it’s easier to just buy new goggle instead of doing a DIY repair job, I am surer someone could do it.
The nose guard I replaced also showed signs of wear, the paint was peeling off.
This is a decent google, but It would be nice it had replaceable foam, but if you have the skills you can repair them with aftermarket foam, if needed, if the foam separates from the goggle, you can glue it together if you got the right glue.
Since I first wrote this review in 2016 I have improved this review, more & better pictures, improved text, and more details.
no more twisted strap, like on 2015 Index DH glove
more air flow than the DH index glove provided by the holes in the palm
I stay cool even in 25 deg. Celsius
true to size, I have 21cm knuckle size, and the medium fits me perfectly. I went from Index DH gloves in large which was a bit too bit too big, to this glove.
Durable ceramic-coated SuperFabric® with abrasion-resistant properties, this actually works.
the impact protection is silly thin, they won’t help on a proper impact, I tested it with hitting my hand harder and harder on a stem.
Because of the holes on the palm, the durability suffers when you get something (pedal pins for example) stuck in the holes you can tear the fabric, but this is also caused by the fabric’s weakness.but if you do it can easily be fixed if you got some sewing skills.
the triple dots on the fingers wear off fast because they are glued on.
The Stitching failed on one pair, They were Only used one day, I put these on today and the stitching came loose.
the glue holding the Velcro to the rubber strap failed of some pairs of gloves, but you can easily fix this with a sewing kit. Sadly I got an inconsistent quality of the stitching on these gloves with the gloves I got.
after many months of use, the glove stretched and had to be sewn in the palm to fit me properly.
These shorts use 2 buttons instead of one button through a hole.
The pockets are smaller than in the trail vent shorts, a small wallet or keys will fit perfectly.
the Ykk zippers are smooth
Zip pocket at leg works well as phone pocket
Durable material used in the the seated area.
True to size fit
good breathability, the short is made of a thin material in the thigh and front area, and with Super Fabric on the sides. these shorts are a huge improvement in terms of cooling over the trail vent shorts.
perfect with knee pads
good adjustment & sizing, the sizing is perfect for me, I am 32 in waist and 26 in the hips, and I use the adjustment straps to the max both on the Poc Trail vent and Resistance shorts.
if you don’t adjust the straps just right the back of the short might feel like it’s going to fall off, even if it does not, I think this is due to the stretch material, but as long you adjust it properly it’s not an issue.
This one is half con and half pro, the huge Sony xz premium phone with Love Mei case just fits in snug, but but could be bigger, or maybe or have two sizes one on each side, but the zipper is a weak piont, also having phone in there is wearing holes in the fabric.
The VPD padding does not compromise comfort.
And of course white will look dirty
the VPD padding could be wider and longer.
only 2 colour choices
better zippers are needed, stronger zipper, with strong zipper grip.
I had to use a zip tie to fix the broken grip.
eventually the zipper failed on all of the shorts.
Because of the fit, comfort, and protection, I recommend these shorts.
These shorts are one of the best shorts you can get, but these are the only proper shorts I have tried.
In my opinion, these shorts are the best shorts for use so far.
i do not recommend these: read why below:i have been riding wit these on every ride no matter if just to commute or to ride on the trails. now as i have used them a lot i can say that they are not up to my standards.
Design and materials used:
Bliss use the similar mesh design and materials to Raceface,Fox’ Launch Pro,661’s Rage Hard Shell pads,but with just one elastic strap,of course Race Face and 611’s will stay in palce better. If they use the exact same materials they will wear out fast, specially if u grap them by the mesh where the wear elastic materials are and the side pads, which is not what I have done on my bliss ARG’s but they are just too weak they will break and get big holes no matter what you do or not do, so if you crash or take them on and off a lot they will wear off.,this is unacceptable to make such bad products.
protective gear must be durable and withstand much abuse,and be comfortable, if its not don’t buy it unless its the only thing you can get at the time.
Kevlar® at elbow area,which is very durable material.
more comfortable than plastic pads not as bulky and weird looking when you have a jersey on top of them.
mine are bit too big,i should have gone with size small.
Hook and loop fastener wear out fast more strap loops needed.
the elastic rubber mattress alike mesh is not durable. Just after few weeks or riding and the mesh on my left pad ripped.it is made of weak of weak material,the mesh stretched until the point it got big holes in it.the elastic band is rubbing holes
more comfortable than plastic pads not as bulky and weird looking when you have a jersey on top of them.
they don’t feel warm all around, like the elbow pads.
Hook and loop fastener wear out fast
more strap loops needed.
silly logo on the bottom that wears out and looks ugly
they are uncomfortable on the back side of your knees
too little side protection, so the handlebar can hit your knee on the side
they don’t stay in place,they slide down, look at pic below: this is how they will be afther u have doen soem hard riding. they should be about 2 or 3 cm upward, they wear otu pretty fast,so the elastic on the sides wears out and dries out, it looks to be rubber.
the result of wearing bliss arg pads,it hurts afther a while.
the front of the pad gets very hot in the sun,almost feels like a heating oven