Protection

Ion K-Pact Zip review: knee pads when you need ’em

Ion K-Pact Zip knee pads are a take on a time-honoured solution: pads you can take off on the climbs and don for the descents.

Rapha Trail Knee Pads

Rapha Trail Knee Pads review: genuinely great

The Rapha Trail Knee Pads are the first piece of protection from the prestigious cycling brand (their helmet is made by Smith).

Ion BD 2.0 Protection Socks review: thanks for the memory (foam)

These ION BD 2.0 Protection socks have padded elements sewn in to help give your legs a little extra protection while out on the bike.

sendhit handguards

Sendhit Nock Handguards | Should you go full enduro?

Made in France and designed to protect your hands and your brake levers in the event of a crash, but are Nock Handguards worth it? What is it? Before I...

3 Full Face Trail Helmets, Head To Head

We get George and his downhill buddies to put three full face helmets light enough for trail use to the test. I’d like to think that I was assigned this...

Alpinestars Vector Tech Pilot MIPS Helmet Review

Over the past few months, Andi has been rocking the bright red Alpinestars Vector Tech Pilot helmet with MIPS and he’s come away impressed! Alpinestars might be best known for...

Leatt Impact 3DF 3.0 – Impact Protection Shorts For Women (And Men)

When Hannah went looking for some impact protection shorts for women, she couldn’t find any – so she tried these unisex ones from Leatt instead. Impact shorts are perhaps more...

Smith Forefront 2 Helmet | Tested, Crashed and Reviewed

Ross tests (perhaps a little too literally) the latest Forefront 2 helmet from Smith Optics The Smith Forefront 2, as the name suggests, is the updated version to Smith’s popular...

Review | The Bontrager Blaze is the first MTB helmet with WaveCel technology

Antony checks out the new WaveCel technology from Bontrager, as fitted into its Bontrager Blaze helmet. Recently, mountain biking has seen a big increase in the awareness of the long-term...

Endura MT500 Lite Knee Pads | Review

Wil gives us his review of the new Endura MT500 Lite Knee Pads Just two months ago, Endura released several brand new protective products under the venerable MT500 label. These...

leatt dbx 5.0 3df knee pads

Review | These Leatt 3DF 5.0 soft-shell knee pads are almost perfect

James Vincent gives us his longterm review of Leatt’s soft-shell 3DF 5.0 Knee Guards It’s incredibly rare that you’ll see me out on a bike sans knee pads. Ever since...

Review | Evoc Neo Protector 16L Backpack

Hannah reviews the EVOC Neo – A Backpack With Protection. I’m a fan of having a back pack on – I like having something between my back and the ground...

BELL SUPER 3R MIPS

Review | Bell Super 3R MIPS Helmet – the ideal ‘just in case’ full face?

The Bell Super 3R MIPS helmet is a (surprise, surprise) MIPS equipped lid with removable chin bar, but as a touch lighter than Andi’s Editor’s Choice Super DH MIPS helmet,...

661 EVO AM MIPS

Review | The SixSixOne Evo AM helmet comes loaded with MIPS, BOA and magnets

First released back in 2015, the Evo AM took the top spot in the SixSixOne (661) helmet range from its now-younger (and cheaper) sibling, the Recon. Since then, this broad-coverage...

giant rail sx mips helmet

Review | Giant’s latest Rail SX MIPS helmet has more coverage and clever goggle compatibility

Giant may be best known for popular mountain bike models such as the Anthem, Trance and Reign, but the Taiwanese manufacturer actually has a pretty huge array of components and...

leatt dbx 3.0 enduro helmet convertible full face

Review: The Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro V2 Is a Transformer Helmet

The convertible helmet market continues to heat up, with Leatt throwing its hat in the ring with the DBX 3.0 Enduro V2, which converts between a half shell and a...

bontrager rally mips helmet specialized ambush

Helmet Review: Bontrager Rally MIPS vs Specialized Ambush

Both of these are what I'd refer to as 'trail' helmets. They're heavier than a XC race lid, though they do come with more coverage to add protection around your…

camelbak sternum protector gopro

Don’t Skewer Yourself With A GoPro – Camelbak Sternum Protector Review

I’ll make a bet. If you were drawing up a shopping list for new bits of body armour right now, I reckon it’d be highly unlikely that you’d have ‘sternum...

Met Roam Helmet Adele

Review: Met Roam Helmet – Keep cool and look cool

Described as ‘an all-mountain enduro helmet’, the MET Roam is designed to combine streamlined enduro styling and goggle compatibility with hours-in-the-saddle trail-riding wearability. Straight out of the box, and it’s...

leatt airflex knee pad

Review: Don’t like wearing bulky, uncomfortable knee pads? Leatt’s Airflex Pro is made for you

Most famous for pioneering the modern-day neck brace, South African company Leatt also produces a broad range of protective wear for mountain biking that includes helmets, body armour, spine protectors,...

Bluegrass Skinny D30 kneepad review

Review: Bluegrass Skinny D30 – Your Knees Are Worth It!

Bluegrass offers two versions of the Skinny kneepad, one is the regular Skinny, and the other is a premium kneepad called the Skinny D30. We’ve been sent the upmarket version...

661 reset helmet review

Review: The 661 Reset Helmet Is A Totally Tropical Full Face At A Great Price

After a bit of a hiatus 661 is back and with an all-new full face helmet named the Reset. As the name suggests, this updated lid shows a new direction...

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Review: Bell’s brilliant Super DH MIPS convertible helmet really is 2-in-1

Stemming from a long lineage of mountain biking lids from the 64-year old helmet brand, Bell’s flagship Super DH helmet represents the 4th generation of the popular Super model. The...

Endura Singletrack II

Review: Endura SingleTrack II Helmet

A few months ago I reviewed Endura’s MT500 helmet, and quite liked its fit and broad coverage design. So when the more affordable and similar-looking SingleTrack II helmet arrived at...

lazer roller helmet mips

Rachel wrecked two helmets to bring you this review of the sub-£100 Lazer Roller MIPS

When we sent out a Lazer Roller helmet to our resident pedal-head, Rachel Sokal, we didn’t quite expect her to ‘test’ it so comprehensively. Over to Rachel to explain further…...

g-form knee pad

Review: G-Form’s Elite knee pads are burly and flexible, but they’ll make you like ‘The Thing’

I used to detest wearing knee pads, or any other kind of body armour for that matter. Living in a warm climate was part of it, and up until a...

bell sixer helmet wil

Review: Goodbye Bell Super Helmet, Hello New Sixer!

First shown off to the public last Autumn, the Sixer is a fresh top-of-the-line lid from Bell Helmets. Designed as a replacement for the venerable Super – one of the original...

Review: Bikemonger’s Happy Bottom Bum Butter – definitely not for toast

Bum Butter. Flash in the pants or cracking good product?

Deuter Enduro Bag

Review: Deuter Attack Enduro 16 Bag – capable of carrying a full face helmet

Hannah'd been carrying and crashing this pack around for 7 months - how has she got on?

giro chronicle helmet mips

Review: Giro’s Chronicle Helmet Brings Brain-Saving MIPS Technology Under 100 Quid

The Giro Chronicle is a purpose-built trail helmet with some clever features - and coming in under the magic ton