Most protective backpacks are made by companies who start with a backpack, then add protection later. Dainese approached the development of their Propack from the other end of things. As a protection company, they started with what they knew best - the spine protector - then developed the pack around it. The Propack is a 3-in-1 affair: back protector, race pack, and full touring pack. The back-protection is EU certified (EN1621-02) with 2 layers of impact absorbing foam moving on top of each other, covering you from the top of the shoulder, all the way to your hips. The protection is designed to be ergonomic, wider at the shoulder to protects your scapulas, thinning down towards the waist, sitting over your hips. All of this can be kept in place with a removable waistband. Starting with the back protector, you can first add what Dainese call the race pack - with minimal storage to carry water, some tools and everything else you would usually tape to your bike or stash in your pockets on race day or if you are going for a short ride. It also features anchors for the helmet carrier to fit both open and full-face helmets. For the third stage there is the touring pack, which mounts onto the race pack giving you an additional 12 litres of storage. It has a wide utility pocket on the front as well as an easily accessible "on-the-go" pocket to safely store your phone inside a waterproof sleeve without removing your pack .It will available in Medium and Large, pricing and availability to be confirmed.
Hybrid knee pads
This new protection bridges the gap between hard-shell protections and soft-shell pads. It is based on their soft-shell Trail Skin knee pads they launched last year, with added length on the shin and a thermoformed hard-shell on the knee-cap and along the crest of the shin. It maintains the form-fitting construction of the soft-shell pad with the extra protection of a hard-shell. It is adjustable at the top and the bottom and it has a silicon band on the rubber band to keep it from sliding down.
If you are not yet familiar with Zimtstern, the next few lines and pictures will give you a crash course on all you need to know about the less than low-key Swiss company. The brand is widening its MTB offering with more colors, different shapes and new products. All their models are quite thought through with vents on all shorts, extra pockets that don’t get in your way while pedalling and the patron saint keeping you safe wherever your adventures are taking you.
All the jerseys are fast wicking, so it will keep you from smelling, and keep you comfy. The shorts have a tough double-weave Ripstop fabric, which is very stretchable and provide a water- and dirt-repellent finish.
Hutchinson Python 2
After introducing us earlier this year to its new range of Enduro tires
featuring its new triple compound rubber, Hutchinson has followed this up with a revamped version of their 20 year-old, best-selling MTB tire: The Python. The Python 2 is best described as a low-profile, fast rolling tire that should most likely be used as a rear tire unless you are planning a XC spin on tacky terrain. Hutchinson offers the Python2 in 26”, 27.5” and 29”, with each size available in 2.1 and 2.25 for the width.Check out all of our Eurobike images here.