ArmoForm Knee Guards
Dainese continue to expand their line of protective gear with the addition of the new ArmoForm knee guards. Aimed at downhill and enduro riders, the new guards are meant to be lighter and more breathable than what's typically expected from a hard shell pad.
The ArmoForm's hard plastic shell has been designed to help dissipate the force of an impact through the use of a fractal design that's thicker in the center and gradually tapers towards the outer edges of the shell. Three points of articulation provide pedaling comfort, and a large adjustable strap that runs diagonally along the back of the calf to helps keep everything in place, along with smaller velcro tabs and silicone strips at the upper and lower cuff. MSRP is expected to be $109.99 when they become available in the spring of 2016. Altitune Apparel
Whether it's a multi-day backpacking expedition, or an afternoon trip into the alpine, Dainese's Altitune line of apparel is meant to be a versatile layering system that can be adapted to a wide range of weather conditions. The Driftec tee's sleeves are made from a fabric that's claimed to provide a bit of water resistance for drizzly days, while still being light and breathable. For winter riding, when the temperatures drop below freezing, Dainese have created the Loft-lite jacket, which uses Primaloft Gold insulation and has a cycling specific cut. There will also be a three-layer waterproof / breathable hard shell, along with a lightweight, water resistant, and highly packable windbreaker. Dainese ProPack
The ProPack gets a number of refinements for 2016, including lighter shoulder straps, an additional splash of color along the back panel, and a rain cover that can be added for those wet days. The premise of the ProPack is that it can be customized for what the day's activities will bring. Doing laps in the bike park, or attending a race that only requires the bare minimum of tools and food ? Zipping off the outer portion of the pack leaves the back protector and just enough storage for a hydration bladder, and a few tools or snacks. For bigger rides, when the outer portion of the pack is attached there's room for an extra layer or two, plus whatever else is necessary for a long day in the mountains. MSRP: $199.99.www.dainese.com