Body, knee, arm and head protection is a very important part of extreme sports and these day’s there’s a huge choice out there to go and spend your had earned cash on. So how do you sift out the good from the not so good, I’m not saying that there’s bad products out there but we all have our own brands we stick with because they work and fit our body parts. My biggest problem with knee pads are that if you did have a big off, the first impact pretty much was ok, but if you slide down the track or hillside the pad just slid down your leg which just left you knee to take the big hits = not good.
It was back in March at the first Fetish enduro where I met up with Gregor Brearley the sales manager for Sweet Protection, he was there cheering on DirtSchools Andy Barlow who was wearing the new Bear suite knee pads. One thing led to another and I agreed to go and do a long term test on the knee and elbow pads. Being a long term test this is a bit of a mid test update.
I personally haven’t wore a pad like this as it just seems to stay where you put it, I’ve had a few big offs since the test started and they never moved – took the big hit and the scrapes down the trail leaving me with a knee cap in tact.
I’ll leave you with a bit technical data and a quote or 2 from the guy’s from DirtSchool.
We created the Bearsuit Knee Pads around the pedaling movement. using 3D anatomical design, together with a careful selection of materials. The Bearsuit Knee Pads offer excellent protection by using SAS-TEC SC-1 Visco Elastic Foam in the main impact areas. SAS-TEC SC-1 was developed to provide high levels of comfort and security for the user.
Most of the protectors on the market have been developed for the high impact standards of the CE-norm, this means that in the case of a impact with low kinetic energy the impact is transferred almost undampened to the body. This does not apply to Sweet’s knee pads because SAS-TEC SC-1 provides he perfect response to any kind of impact!
The Bearsuit Knee Pads offer great protection that won’t slip off. Just like you we hate knee pads that won’t stay put. These knee pads aren’t going anywhere due to the advanced 3D anatomical shape, specifically designed for a pedaling motion with super grippy and elastic neoprene zones above and below the knee joint. With a super slim design, adjustable top strap and offering great ventilation which makes them soft and comfortable to wear.
Chris Ball said “Over the last 15 years I’ve ridden in a fair few pads, finding the balance between freedom of movement and protection is tough but Sweet seem to have got it spot on first attempt. After a few hours, and a few crashes, they’ve certainly inspired me with confidence that they’ll always be there, in place and ready to mop up my next mistake”
Look back in a few months to get a proper low down on how they’ve performed but for the time being if your around at the iXS Cup race at Innerleithen this weekend look in at the AlpineBikes stand and see the Knee and Elbow pads in the flesh and Gregor will no doubt give you full low down on the top spec these pads offer.
|Title:||Sweet Protection Bearskin Pads|
|Material :||1. SAS-TEC visco elastic foam shock absorbing material 2. Molded EVA secondary impact protection 3. Aramid reinforced stretch material in impact zones 4. Yamamoto super elastic breathable perforated neoprene 5. Dust proof and breathable durable Lycra on thebback of the joint|
|Sizes:||Small, Medium and Large|