When it comes to cycling clothing and protection there’s a lot of options out there for consumers these days. Dainese has been in the protection game for some time now and have a great track record with their protective products in other disciplines. They’re leveraging that knowledge into the mountain bike side of things more and more each year. In addition to protection, they’ve just launched some new clothing pieces in their Altitude range that works well for cycling as well as sporty people looking for performance clothing.
ArmoForm Knee Guards
$109.99 / Available Spring 2016
Adding to Dainese’s comprehensive protection line for mountain bikers, the new ArmoForm knee guards feature an articulated hard-shell construction that provides unparalleled range of motion and protection for gravity athletes.
Polyethylene knee/shin plate with fractal design
Crash Absorb side pads
Adjustable elastic bands with silicone grippers
Video: ArmoForm Knee Pads
The pattern you see on these pads are functional as they are designed to mimic fractals in nature to allow for the material to be more protective and dissipate impacts in key areas while still being flexible in others to facilitate movement. Additonal shots of this can be seen in the gallery below as well.
To help keep the knee pads in place and facilitate good pedaling characteristics, the knee pads rotate and secure independantly on the top and bottom much like a hinge. This is designed to help the joint move in its natural path of movement as well as staying in place should you crash.
Video: Altitune Product Range
Prices vary / Available Spring 2016
The Altitune collection of mountain bike apparel is designed to exceed the needs of the most ambitious off-road explorers. A complete Adaptive Layering System mixes wicking, insulation, and barrier garments to ensure successful ventures into high altitude mountain environments.
The versatility, packability and stylish design of Altitune give mountain bikers exactly what their all-day mountain rides require.
The Altitune collection includes:
Loft-lite Jacket – Primaloft Gold insulation with very small pack size
Driftec Tee – lightweight wicking ride tee with micro mesh sides
From upper left to right: Atmo-lite 3L Jacket, Driftec Tee, Aria-lite water repellent windbreaker, Loft-lite Jacket(Thermal layer).
The clothing system is designed to work synergistically with the full range of Dainese Alittinue products. They can be paired in a variety of combinations to suit a wide range of applications.
The Atmo-lite 3L Jacket also features a waterproofing treatment that also has a touch-screen compatible clear watch cutout as well as an under-the-helmet worn design hood to ensure the hood works regardless if you’re on or off the bike.