Alpinestars Release First Full Face Helmet and Packable Pads - Eurobike 2019

Sep 5, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
Alpinestars Eurobike 2019

Alpinestars made their first foray into mountain bike full-face helmets at Eurobike this week as they released the Missile Pro downhill lid. With input from Brook Macdonald and the Unior Devinci team on the World Cup circuit, and tech carried over from their long history in motocross, they have put a lot of thought into this and didn't want to release it until they felt it was fully ready.

Alpinestars Eurobike 2019

There are two options available for this helmet that are identical except for the inclusion of MIPS in the more expensive version. The shell is a composite of carbon fiber and fibreglass and the main protection comes from EPS foam. There are 22 vents for cooling with a removable vent on the chin for greater airflow if it's needed. Other safety features include a patented visor release system that works with impacts from any direction, collar bone protection from raised and padded areas on the side of the helmet and a smooth shape that is designed to reduce load points and friction on impact. If the worst does happen, there's an ERS pad release system and an Eject inflatable bladder to allow medics to remove the helmet as quickly and easily as possible.

Alpinestars Eurobike 2019
The visor release system simply clicks into place.
Alpinestars Eurobike 2019
A hydration pack tube can be fed through these loops to keep it near your mouth.

The MIPS version of the helmet costs €349.95 and weighs 1020 grams for a size medium while the standard version costs €299.95 and weighs 950 grams. Alpinestars accept that these aren't category-leading numbers but they wanted to prioritize safety over cost and weight with this helmet that's aimed squarely at racers.

Alpinestars Eurobike 2019

Paragon Lite Pads

Alpinestars Eurobike 2019

Alpinestars are hoping to kill the pads-around-the-ankles trend with their new Paragon Lite pads that are so flexible a pair of them can be rolled into a small bag and packed away in your pocket. The idea is to stash them while you winch yourself up the hill then slip them on before you plummet, which should mean your legs are less sweaty over the course of a ride.

Alpinestars Eurobike 2019

The pads are fairly light duty with just one D30-style pad for protection over the knee and elastic fitting at the top and the bottom. The pads are made with Polygeine, a bacterial resistant treatment, which should mean less odor on the trails and that you can wash them less frequently.

Alpinestars Eurobike 2019

The pads are available in sizes XS to XL and cost €59.95 for the knee and €54.95 for the elbow protector.


38 Comments

  • 15 0
 Wonder if the back of the pads are closed, would be inconvenient to have to take off shoes on the trail to put on your knee pads.
  • 6 0
 I just strap the raceface pads to my frame on the long ups.
  • 4 0
 Came to the comments for this. Who designs packable pads designed to be carried up where at the top I'd have to take my shoes off to wear them? Not to mention they are ultra light weight and really only designed for people who maybe don't wear knee pads anyway, and I hate to tell you this but trying to sell a product to someone who doesn't want it is a losing effort.
  • 2 1
 Some of us ride in slip on vans. Having said that I ride with my knee pads on the uphill because I like doing/trying the uphill technical sections.
  • 2 0
 @friendlyfoe: I usually have my pads and helmet stashed in my pack for the climbs and take my 5.10 Freeride Pros off to boot up for the down. It doesn't bother me as much as it bothers my riding partner (wife). It gives me a chance to cool down and reset the heart rate and grab a drink. I can see where some people wouldn't want to do that, but it doesn't bother me. That said, I did think the iXS pads with the zipper were cool. I think I'd rather have the lighter weight of no zipper, and not sure how the zipper would feel flexing with my knee.
  • 1 0
 @sledMXer: race face knee pads have done me well and they strap on. Still take a break at the top but happy not to have to take off my shoes
  • 1 1
 I've been running a set of these new Paragon Lite's for a few months now. Back is fully closed - but i really don't see the necessity to remove them at all - the cell protection stuff is far more supple and vented than normal foam based protectors. I've used a lot of pads over a lot of years and these are by far the most comfortable ive ever used for long days and pedalling.

Protection wise based on the type approval labels pass CE Level 1 impact which is the same as most pads on the market but they are paired down for sure and don't cover a massive area. I've had a couple of stacks on them and the upper body suit with the same protectors at some pretty unforgiving places (dyfi bike park / revs) and they appeared to work fine and most importantly stayed in place.

Pretty impressed so far.
  • 1 0
 @moominator: kind of a shame they didn't show better pictures of the actual padding. And yeah if they pass CE 1 they will definitely protect against small impacts. Article should have made a bigger deal about the CE rating
  • 5 1
 I used those G-form pads for a while...and then badly broke my elbow, haha. I didn't get any scratches at least...just an 8in scar from putting titanium into my elbow. Sorry Alpinestars. Will not be purchasing glorified leg or arm warmers. DON'T USE THE FLIMSY PADS! THEY DON'T WORK! PLEASE NO!!!
  • 4 1
 same here with the dianise trail skins (not any broken bones thankfully!) Great an comfy for pedalling, Absolutley USELESS for crashing in... Might as well have not been wearing them.

Though I do have the A stars paragon elbows an they're chunky enough
  • 3 1
 It always cracks me up when I see people wearing the minimalist pads at resorts, I guess if you are only worried about scratches they are fine, but I’ve often considered wearing my moto knee braces when I’m at the resort....
  • 2 0
 Did same to my tibia w light weight Leatt Airflex Pro. Now using thicker pads.
  • 2 0
 I've actually broken one of the old race face Rally DH knee guards years ago and hurt my knee through the protector. Seriously, google those things. They are equal to freakin tank armor. Ever since then i can't understand how people ride in those glorified knee warmers or even without any knee guards at all!
  • 1 0
 @Loki87: Couldn't agree more. Knees are so easy to protect and there are some good options out there. Just not trash like this.
  • 1 0
 @Dbeisen: Brutal - glad you're back on the bike. I have the good POC elbow pads (never thought I'd be a POC fan but here I am) and mostly use the beefier Dakine kneepads. Good stuff and have definitely saved me this year already.
  • 3 3
 The one problem with the rollable pads is who wants to take there shoes off to take the pads off and then take your shoes off AGAIN to put the pads back on. It does seem like a good system for long rides with hour long pedal up ascents, but for a chairlift?
  • 14 1
 I don't think these are the pads to pick if you're going to be riding a chairlift - something with more padding and protection would be a better option in that case.
  • 4 0
 @mikekazimer: aww I see, the use of winch automatically made me think chairlift.
  • 3 3
 i seen riders just move the knee pads down to the ankle when going up hill.
  • 3 0
 @mikekazimer: Not sure about you but I do believe these days a chair lift is not what decides how gnarly the trails are.
  • 3 0
 @H3RESQ: He was suggesting that if you are only riding down hill, as opposed to cross country, you probably want something beefier. Even if you're only riding green trails.
  • 2 0
 I'm curious as to how the helmet protects the collar bone? Is this protection from injuring it when the chin bar gets driven down into it?
  • 1 0
 In case you´re wondering why the helmets air intakes etc look like Troy Lee´s - it´s produced and probably also (co-)engineered at the same factory: www.eonhelmets.com
  • 2 0
 $430.00 USD? This village idiot will stick with his less than shiny 100% Percent 860 gram Trajectra for $250.
  • 6 0
 Heck I can even buy the Carbon Aircraft for $390.00 said the dumb old guy.
  • 1 0
 Where are you getting $430 USD?
  • 2 0
 @reesty: from the exchange rate of €350 to $
  • 1 0
 @Deoratwo: wrong conversion. I think you did GBP to USD. Article cites EUR currency which is around $385 USD today.
  • 1 0
 @jpat22: you're probably right. I didn't do the math myself but it seemed right. It wasn't.
  • 1 0
 @Deoratwo: Also that price includes VAT
  • 2 0
 Does the helmet come in different shell sizes? what is the shell size vs competitors already on the market?
  • 2 0
 The helmet looks good and in the top 3 of my next to buy,once on sale
  • 1 2
 "Alpinestars accept that these aren't category-leading numbers but they wanted to prioritize safety over cost and weight with this helmet that's aimed squarely at racers."

Sorry, I'm not a racer.
  • 1 0
 Helmet looks bulky. Could be from all the round edges. I’d like to see a pic of the helmet on someone’s head
  • 1 0
 The helmet looks sick!! Not too expensive either.. I am really curious about how the inflatable sleeve works
  • 1 0
 Like the pads...been looking for something low profile like that.
  • 1 0
 Finally some damn vent screens.
  • 1 3
 wheres the water bottle mounts?

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