Bluegrass Eagle 2018 Product Line - First Look

Oct 5, 2017
by Paul Aston  
Bluegrass Team rider Liam Moynihan putting the new products through their paces


Bluegrass have redeveloped their whole product line starting from scratch for 2018 and onwards. The Italian brand, which is an offshoot of the classic MET Helmets marque, now offers knee, elbow, and core protection in two distinct lines – Skinny and Solid. The Skinny line is focused towards longer trail and enduro rides with an emphasis on comfort and fit. The Solid line is orientated towards racing and bike park days with a higher level of protection.

Both ranges are then split between two price points, one with D30 padding and one using a more affordable dual density foam. Bar the pad material, Bluegrass were keen to point out that regardless of price the protection uses almost identical construction methods and both pads are certified to the same CE levels – just because you have less to spend doesn't mean your protection should be compromised. The following is a quick insight into the new range; more information can be found on the Bluegrass Eagle website.



Skinny Line

Skinny Elbow D30

Bluegrass 2018

Bluegrass 2018
Skinny Knee

Bluegrass 2018

Bluegrass 2018


The Skinny Elbow and Knee guards use extended sleeves to help with a secure and comfortable fit, they use silicone bands on the on the hems to keep them in place. Sizing on all 2018 Bluegrass knee and elbow pads are XS to XL. The D30 versions cost €99 for the knee pads and €90 for elbows, the more affordable foam version costs €50/€45.



Skinny Armor Lite

Bluegrass 2018
Bluegrass 2018

The D30 back protector is the only option for the Armor Lite, it is shaped to be neckbrace compatible and is CE Level 2 certified. The wide back protector is also designed to protect shoulder blades and the upper back and is claimed to weigh 530g. The stretch mesh fabric is lightweight, and uses a silicone hem at the waist and has elastic loops to hook onto your pants or shorts.


Bluegrass 2018



Solid Line

Solid Elbow

Bluegrass 2018

Bluegrass 2018
Solid Knee D30

Bluegrass 2018

Bluegrass 2018


The Solid Elbow and Knee guards are bulkier than the Skinny line and include some extra features like adjustable hem straps with velcro. The knee pads also have a side zip, so riders can remove the pads without taking off shoes and plenty of care has been taken to ensure the zips don't irritate your skin. There are extra pads surrounding the main protective piece, to add extra protection around joints and materials are thicker and harder wearing ward off pedal pins and gravel slides. Again there are five sizes and standard and D30 options. The prices are higher at €75/€70 and €120/€110 for the D30


Solid Armor B+S

Bluegrass 2018
Bluegrass 2018

The Solid Armour Back and Shoulders uses the same D30 back plate as the Skinny Armour, but with added D30 shoulder pads, there are also soft foam pads on the chest. Vaportech fabric should keep you cool and there is an option to store a 1.5-2.0litre bladder in the back plate pouch. There are two side pockets to keep money or a lift pass, making it a good park riding and downhill option when you don't need to carry tools or tubes.


Bluegrass 2018





Bluegrass 2018


We met Bluegrass in Finale Ligure, the day following the EWS final to check out the new line. We did a couple of runs to try out the pads and will be putting them through their paces during this winter for a long-term test. Our initial thoughts are that they are a big improvement on previous offerings from Bluegrass, having a great attention to detail. Using professionals like Liam Moynihan from the Dudes of Hazard and Team BH Miranda Racing's Karim Amour and Alex Cure, they appear to have built a great protection lineup to stand proudly in the huge range of products on the market.


For more information head to the Bluegrass Eagle website.


36 Comments

  • + 56
 Is this only compatible with 12sp sram drivetrains?
  • + 3
 yes couse they have now a new boostdrive standart.
  • + 4
 12sp SRAM drivetrains and banjo music.
  • + 14
 I can't afford this so I will have to wait for Bluegrass GX.
  • + 0
 If you wear this and have 11 speed your cranks you will just spin circles with no forward momentum because it isn't compatible
  • + 5
 stop you guys are so boring
  • + 1
 @High-Life: indeed... puns have been fun but now it is soooo hipster....
  • + 45
 Is it possible to order Solid armor with Batman logo instead?
  • + 1
 That is exactly what it looks like!
  • + 10
 Not much gut room in those vests. But looks good.
  • + 5
 and we Carolinians need our gut room
  • + 6
 European company. Maybe they'll come out with a 'Merica line.
  • + 5
 One season on the 'older' hydro-armor from bluegrass (tuatara idro) - 10/10 would bang again.
  • + 5
 That zip on the Solid Line knee pads... i doubt they can side bend without discomfort. :/
  • + 40
 can your knees side bend without discomfort?
  • + 1
 @VtVolk: Please review how your knee is supposed to bend vs. how yours might bend
  • + 2
 @VtVolk: HAHAHAHA the zip is placed on the side of your leg, so actually they bend perpendicularly to the leg, which means they will side bend, you thilly little thing. Wink Give a try on a zip, side bending is harder than bending it front to rear because of each tooth getting in contact with its neighbour on the same row.
36 people liked your comment because you made them laugh.
  • + 3
 All under armour jerseys should come with pockets in the rear. The RF line has got it right.
  • + 3
 That skinny line is truly ‘skinny’! Holy cr4p! Do they come with instructions on throwing up after dinner?
  • + 1
 I like the design idea of the light weight stuff. For most mortal men/women, you really just need slight bump protection and abrasion resistance. In the market and they are now top of the list. Thanks PB.
  • + 1
 All your previous bluegrass kit was below-par & substandard. Please upgrade to 2018 spec. Until 2019 when all your 2018 spec kit will be obsolete again.
  • + 2
 Another D30 pad system with poor ventilation. Aren't there enough of these?
  • + 1
 Stuff looks good! Fit and durability hopefully good too.. Like that the skinny knee goes high on thigh.
  • + 1
 the mesh on the back of the knees is going to rip just like every other pad out there.
  • + 2
 Does it come with a banjo?
  • + 1
 Waiting for the Yazz Flute half lid.
  • + 1
 What the heck is Bluegrass? Never heard of them before.
  • + 1
 They sponsor a grip of racers you've heard of, including a current DH World Champ.
  • + 1
 @endlessblockades: I think you'd be surprised with how few racers I know by name.
  • + 1
 so-so name but really cool design! wow
  • + 1
 Nothing blue here.
  • - 3
 No CE ratings mentioned on all their products. This means these pads won't protect you.
  • + 3
 The product pics with features listed each state "CE CERTIFIED". Whatever that's worth.
  • + 1
 @coregrind: the only thing CE is worth is that they have gone trough a list of possibilities (which they desicide on there own) of getting insured and that they desided no ore yes and that al the risks have been reduced to an "acceptable" level.
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