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Spotlight: Alpinestars Moab Knee Shin Guards

6/3/2010 : sicklines
, Spotlight: Alpinestars Moab Knee Shin Guards

Alpinestars Moab Knee Shin

For 2010 Alpinestars has created several new armor pieces for gravity MTB riders. They have protection items covering the full range from knee pads to full upper body armor. Inside we take a look at the Moab knee shin guards.

We got to take a look at many of the new MTB protection offerings from Alpinestars back at Interbike. We were impressed with their thoughtful design and construction. In this article we’ll be taking a look at their Moab Knee Shin guard. The Aplinestars Moab is Moto GP inspired.  The design has some nice elements as well as a great look. Check out its features and our thoughts below.

, Spotlight: Alpinestars Moab Knee Shin Guards

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Features and design:

High modulus thermoplastic protectors – The main protection offered by the Moab are the thermoplastic protectors. These cover the knee and shin area and have dual density biofoam interior padding.

, Spotlight: Alpinestars Moab Knee Shin Guards

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Low profile design – The Moab guard is very slim. They didn’t make the protectors bulky or overly thick. This makes the pads easier to put on underneath pads and keeps their weight down.

, Spotlight: Alpinestars Moab Knee Shin Guards

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, Spotlight: Alpinestars Moab Knee Shin Guards

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Flex areas – The knee cap and shin protectors have flex areas where the protector can move a bit in relation to the padding underneath. This allows the guard to form better to the rider without bunching and twisting.

, Spotlight: Alpinestars Moab Knee Shin Guards

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Adjustable dual strap securing system – The guard is able to be put on and taken off without taking off your shoes. To attach the guard you simply fasten the inner Velcro strap to your desired fit. Then the clip strap can be placed in the buckle. The clip strap is adjustable as well so you can dial in the tension once it’s clipped if the pads are too tight or loose.

, Spotlight: Alpinestars Moab Knee Shin Guards

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, Spotlight: Alpinestars Moab Knee Shin Guards

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Extended padding – The guards have extended foam padding at the ankle and around the edges of the plastic guards in order to offer more protection.

Silicone printed interior – The inside of the guard has silicone printing which helps to keep the guard in place while riding and prevent sliding in a crash.

, Spotlight: Alpinestars Moab Knee Shin Guards

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CE Certified – Has met EU consumer safety, health, or environmental requirements.

Fit and Performance:

The Moab knee shin guards have a pre-curved like fit much like you’d find in moto pants or gloves. They’re designed to fit well when riding but can feel a bit odd when standing and walking around at first. The top most edge of the knee cup can put a bit more pressure on your thigh than other knee shin guard designs. This is because the knee cup is more formed and fitted around your knee area. A little adjustment to the straps and little break in time works wonders though. The rest of the fit of the pads is normal and easy to dial in. By having two sets of straps around the knee they give more adjustability to the guard. This helps secure it as well as offering a better personal fit to a wider variety of riders.

, Spotlight: Alpinestars Moab Knee Shin Guards

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Once you’ve got the fit set up, riding with the Moab’s feels comfortable. The straps hold the guards in place well and don’t slip or ride up. The interior silicone grippers help keep the pads in place well and don’t rub your legs oddly. In a crash the guard should protect most vital areas of your legs and won’t shift due to the well formed fit.

The open back and vented materials allow the pads to breathe well. They don’t feel hot on your legs and the open design also makes them feel lightweight. Since the back is so open you will need to be more conscious of pedal bite, however.

, Spotlight: Alpinestars Moab Knee Shin Guards

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We don’t have a lot of time on these pads to speak much about their durability but they are constructed nicely. The stitching is strong and the materials don’t’ feel cheap. We don’t see any problem with crashes over time damaging the Moab because the thermoplastic guards are thick enough to take some damage and come back for more.

One issue we did find is that the expansive Velcro on the back of the straps can get snagged in some shorts lining, while not a deal breaker it can be a bit annoying. Alpinestars also makes a sock that can be installed over the knee that would also help in fitment and stopping the Velcro from getting snagged on the shorts.

, Spotlight: Alpinestars Moab Knee Shin Guards

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, Spotlight: Alpinestars Moab Knee Shin Guards

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Availability:

The Alpinestars MTB gear has not been released in the United States just yet. It is available in Europe however. The best way to get your hands on Alpinestars’ new gear is to find a reputable European online dealer and get it shipped to your location.

Sizes:

  • Small/Medium (pictured)
  • Large/XL

Price:

  • ~$100 MSRP

If you’re interested in other Alpinestars protection offerings we suggest checking our their matching Moab elbow pads as well as their SLC knee pads and Bionic MTB jacket.

[Alpinestars Moab Knee Shins] [Alpinestars Website]


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