First Look: 2016 Dainese Protection and Apparel

Aug 12, 2015
by Mike Kazimer  
Dainese 2016

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.



Dainese 2016
The Alttune collection runs the gamut from summer-weight jerseys...
Dainese 2016
...to a Primaloft insulated jacket suited for winter riding.

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 2016
Dainese 2016


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.



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37 Comments

  • 24 0
 It's simple: ArmoFoam for arms, KneemoForm for the kneems. Missed opportunity, Dainese.
  • 30 0
 I'd like some AssoForm to protect my rear please.
  • 12 0
 i want permaform to protect my perm.
  • 15 1
 I want Peniform to protect my shoulders
  • 11 0
 A "fractal design" that doubles as a kitchen strainer.
  • 3 1
 I think it would be a struggle finding some kneemo pads
  • 6 0
 i use head and shoulders to protect against dandruff
  • 10 0
 I have the Dianese Trailskins and love them. To quote Ned Flanders "they feel like I'm wearing nothing at all...nothing at all..."

That said, I'm concerned about the inside of that knee pad cheese grading my knee.
  • 3 1
 There's a layer of foam between the plastic shell and your knees - it's really unlikely that the plastic would ever grate your knee.
  • 4 0
 @mikekazimer it would have been pretty funny if your factual statement also had a Simpson's quote to follow up.
  • 3 1
 seriously, @mikekazimer, you sound like you're from the legitimate businessmen's social club
  • 1 0
 I think these are basically the Trailskins with a hard shell on the outside.
  • 1 0
 I've got the trailskins and love them. Only used them once but they were very good and also reasonably comfortable to walk/hike in as I happened to spend a lot of time carrying my bike that ride.
  • 2 0
 "only used them once" in-depth review. Lol
  • 12 0
 Stupid sexy Flanders
  • 8 0
 Dental plan! Lisa needs braces! Dental plan! Lisa needs braces!
  • 2 1
 Anyone does a Simpsons quote gets a plus. Thats my rule.
  • 8 0
 I really like the idea of that transforming ProPack.
  • 7 1
 Looks like a Decepticon
  • 7 1
 don't lie, you just want to say "TRANSFORM & ROLL OUT!" at the trail head.
  • 5 1
 Autobots....ROLL OUT!
  • 3 1
 Kindof like my EVOC Freeride pack which I just received 2 years after winning sequence saturday. Canadian distributor came up huge!
  • 1 0
 that pack is more than meets the eye....
  • 1 0
 Got the current one. In race mode the pack lack a place to hold a phone, please improve.
  • 1 0
 My Evoc pack is rather shitty. Its extremely bulky for not much carrying capacity, and it wore really quickly. If it weren't free, I'd have been pissed. US distributor was fine for my SS win.
  • 2 0
 Nothing worse then not being able to call and order pizza mid race so you got something to eat at the end
  • 7 1
 is it neck brace compatible?
  • 22 0
 A real question about the product!?! Please see yourself out. There will be none of those non-shenanigans here.
  • 1 2
 You cant wear it with broken collar bones..... if thats what your asking.
  • 2 1
 You also can't wear it with a broken neck.
  • 1 0
 True Story ..... but from first hand experience in an ER at the base of a bike park ..... over 8 years, 1 broken neck ..... and a disproportionate amount of collar bone fractures from riders wearing neck braces (mostly low speed, low consequence falls) ...... by no means is this scientific, and its based on your own personal risk assessment / riding style.... just sayin' there are risks associated with neck braces. Kinda off topic, but still something interesting to consider (IMO).
  • 3 0
 I get that it's a higher risk of breaking a collarbone but I'd rather break that than break a neck.
  • 1 0
 Last years hard shell knee pads were terrible...incredibly hot with all the excess elastic. I cut off most of it, but then the fit suffered. Not nearly the industry leader they were a decade ago, and not looking like they're about to catch up with this latest offering.
  • 1 0
 I have the Trail Skins Knee Pads from last year. They are excellent, nice ventilation, side knee protection, super durable. Highly recommended.
  • 2 0
 Troy lee L√≥pez has done since 10 ya too late daibese
  • 1 1
 Ball cup?
  • 1 2
 dainese, nothing but the best!!

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