First Look: Bliss Protection - iceBike* 2015

Feb 28, 2015
by Paul Aston  
Bliss are a relativity new brand when it comes to protection, but have a wide range of product offerings. Fresh for the iceBike* show was the latest incarnation of the ARG knee protector, the Vertical LD vest and Minimalist gloves.

iceBike show 2015


iceBike 2015 Bliss Protection
The ARG Vertical Extended knee pad. Bliss said many team riders were asking for a taller pad to help avoid slippage and more protection above the knee. I think the real reason is for the inevitable 'thigh gap' when you're lanky and your shorts are too short. The ARG offers the new, level 2 higher protection CE certification and comes in at £84.90.


iceBike 2015 Bliss Protection
So enduro. The Vertical LD vest includes a double pocket on each side, to house these (included) 250ml flexible water bottles and gels or bars. Bliss thinks that most pro riders at the EWS this year will be using some kind of utility vest, backpacks are sooo 2014.


iceBike 2015 Bliss Protection


iceBike 2015 Bliss Protection


iceBike 2015 Bliss Protection
Until now Bliss have only produced protection, but have just launched their first glove. The Minimalist felt great on the initial fit test, with no excessive material. They're also touch-screen compatible for the mid-ride Facebooker's out there, you know who you are. £24.90


MENTIONS: @blissprotection




77 Comments

  • 209 43
 are those packs blue and black or gold and white?
  • 82 13
 No.
  • 114 14
 This is pinkbike, not a 12 year old girls twitter page.
  • 31 1
 PINK ! everything is pink
  • 7 3
 Hahahahahah no dude.....
  • 6 3
 FFS NO!!!!
  • 6 3
 You sat that....but I bet there's plenty of comparisons to be made!
  • 4 6
 I think it s blue and black... but now which blue ?
  • 6 4
 You are the worst person in the world.
  • 1 2
 Dont start that just leave it!.
  • 39 3
 This is pinkbike, a 12 year old boys twitter page.
  • 4 0
 Stop this and ride your bikes..
  • 1 0
 Girls, please. Enough. Throw your twitter account down a well.
  • 1 0
 HAHA i laughed.
  • 58 14
 Loving the white and gold theme!
  • 2 6
flag BullseyeXer (Mar 2, 2015 at 4:37) (Below Threshold)
 its black and blue! btw Danny hart you are awesome, one question
is the fox racing clothes you use blue and black or white and gold?
  • 4 0
 Read my name again.
  • 9 2
 I like the idea of a tactical vest instead of a backpack. Keep your accessories and spares close to you instead of bouncing all over the place in a pack.
  • 23 1
 I want my accessories (multi-tool, chain breaker and other metal pointy things) as far from my skin as they can be.
  • 1 0
 My multi-tool stays folded up in a little container, so I'm not worried about it poking my skin.
  • 4 2
 SOOO operator. HAHAHAHA Tacticool but lets just place this hard metal obect directly behind my kidneys... YAY!!!
  • 1 0
 I keep my multi-tool in my bottom pocket.
  • 4 0
 I actually just got a bliss arg top (not pictured, mine has shoulder & elbow protection as we'll) a month ago. Ditched my plastic pressure top and the bliss top is super comfortable & works with leatt. I am siked there's a low profile top that doesn't make me feel and ride like a tight Incredible Hulk. Solid work Bliss!
  • 1 0
 Is it pretty breathable? Im running the Troy Lee full padded top in the Park now and its amazing and has saved me numerous times but its pretty warm. I was thinking the ARG top would be good. A little less padding in specific areas but the major areas are covered so it seems it would be cooler and lower profile? I was also checking out the 7idp stuff Not sure where to find it in BC though, BLISS?
  • 1 0
 I got the arg comp top (chest, back, shoulder, & elbow protection) and it feels more breathable then my Fox top, also more comfortable. I have only used it 4 times and that was all February in pnw, so no real comparison to Whistler in august. I can say I quickly forgot I was wearing armor while I was riding, can't say the same when riding with plastic pressure top.
Here's the contact for North America, just pulled from their website. usoffice@BLISScamp.com
  • 1 0
 Thanks ttblue
  • 1 0
 After Sea Otter all products will be available in the USA and Canada. Meanwhile feel free to drop the guys at the US office an e-mail. The already received some stock so maybe they can help you out.
  • 1 0
 Hey Bliss, will they be avail to order in Canada or just at shops in Canada or ordered from the US to Canada? Just wondering for customs reasons. Thanks again
  • 1 0
 You can order them in Canada and also in shops in Canada.
  • 1 0
 Thanks Bliss. Ill email the US guys and sort it out.
  • 1 0
 Thanks Bliss been waiting for this, just sent the US office an e-mail to see where I can order in Canada. Cheers
  • 1 0
 Great! If you have any issues, feel free to contact me: AN@BLISScamp.com
  • 2 0
 Bliss studd is pretty nice. It could do with some foam under the elbow guards. They have grated my skin off in 2 crashes. The armor is comfortable. The knee pad's are very comfortable but not very robust material compared to other but if you are not careful with the velcro it cuts ypu on a ride as it is very close to the edge. I have them both along with poc spine and knees, tld t bones knee. Dianese pro knees. Nothing comes close to dianese for knee protection. I wear the bliss knees for xc, am ( I have the dianese xc ones too) and the bliss top for dh as it is so good fitting and comfortable.
  • 5 0
 Ice is back with a brand new invention. Something grabs a hold of me tightly
  • 1 4
 Then u slip on the ice
  • 5 1
 Then I flow like a harpoon daily and nightly...

I think the typical Pinkbike crowd will be too young to even recognise this masterpiece Wink
  • 2 0
 Good ole RM Van Winkle Not my type of music back in the day but can appreciate it. Especially what he recently tried to pull off on his reality show!! Bad White Rapper bad!!
  • 1 0
 I like a good slim backpack for trail riding, but I could see wanting something like the vest for racing.
Then again, are spinal impacts particularly common? I broke my back by compressing forward and fracturing a vertebra. Basically I landed on my butt and folded hard. Had I landed on my back I likely would have had some nasty bruises and scrapes but my muscles would have probably kept my spine safe.
Any thoughts?
  • 2 0
 Landing on your back off a bike isn't usually too big of a deal, you aren't going fast enough or falling from high enough to do tons of damage. But think about if you get thrown into a tree, back->tree is often a bad combination so having a spinal pad there is one more layer of protection. Also, even if your muscles save you, back contusions suck almost as bad as actually breaking your back. For people who are always pushing limits like racers are spinal pads are great, and even though they often seem unnecessary you'll definitely wish you had one in the event of an accident. Plus, pads this thin and flexible won't be noticeable at all once you start moving.
  • 2 0
 it'd be cool if they had more of a pouch so you could throw a bladder back there and route a mouth piece and hose through the shoulder, and maybe a strap around the waist area to keep the bladder planted to your back. idk, could be nice and minimalist for the park rats who don't want to also have a backpack, but don't need tools or anything.
  • 1 0
 TFreeman, that's what I've been looking for for a while, only need a bladder that holds 1ltr at the most, anybody seen anything like this anywhere
  • 1 0
 Have been running one of their full protection tops for over a year and have crashed heavily and the stuff works really well. Its lighter, more breathable and more comfortable and once it has warmed to body temp it moulds to you. Have had some crashes where I expected to get hurt and just got up and walked away. Only thing to watch is that when you wash it, put in a pillow case or the drum of the machine will take lumps out of it.
  • 1 0
 Have you been washing it in the wash bag it comes with?
  • 1 0
 Didnt get one.
  • 1 0
 Please feel free to drop me a message: AN@BLISScamp.com
Maybe we can work something out for you.
  • 1 0
 Gloves look nice - r.e. the vest how does one get the bottles out (and put them back) from under a jersey whilst peddling with one hand? Or am I being dim and we're supposed to wear it over the top?
  • 1 0
 It´s pretty simple to get the bottles out and back with just one hand.
And no, you are not supposed to wear it over your jersey.
  • 3 0
 Those bottles at the hips seem uncomfortable
  • 6 0
 The Hydra Flasks are made out of very soft material. We don´t think its uncomfortable but maybe you have to give them a try.
  • 1 0
 I feel like it'd be more safe and practical to put the bottles behind the back protector
  • 1 0
 I have tried all this options (flasks on the protector, front) but on the side turns out best.
  • 1 0
 Where a pack It carries your soenduro # and protects your back...Tactical Vest Bwahaha It come with a holster Could be useful in SA with all our bike jackings.
  • 2 0
 Has anyone tried their elbow pads? They look promising for a comfortable elbow pad, but there are no reviews out there.
  • 2 0
 Those vests sound much better than a back pack. No annoying backpack flopping around over jumps.
  • 1 0
 How do you get at your drinks when you where your jersey over the vertical ld vest???
  • 3 0
 If you use a loose fit shirt it´s no problem at all. If you rather prefer skinny shirts this might be a challenge for sure.
  • 1 0
 So would you have to lift your shirt up to get to your bottle?
  • 3 0
 If you ride with a loose fit shirt there is enough space between the shirt and the top to access the flasks easily.
Maybe you have to lift your shirt a little bit to reach the flasks but nothing to worry about.

We tested the ARG Vertical Day Top with several all mountain jerseys without any issues.
With a "typical" skinny cross country fit it might be a bit tricky.
  • 1 0
 I'm over the blue colors. Can we just have it in black or white. And no, gold is not an option.
  • 1 0
 The pads, as with all of their ARG line is Black and Blue, see www.blisscamp.com for more detailed shots.
  • 2 1
 All due respect to bliss, I think I want almost everything 7protection is offering!
  • 1 1
 Did I read that right £85 for a set of what looks like soft shell knee pads??? No thanks I'll be sticking with my IXS Daggers.
  • 1 0
 Probably a faq... how does armourgel perform on sharp rocks?
  • 3 0
 The ARG can handle sharp rocks!
But for a better durability every classic, vertical & comp knee and elbow pad - most of the time this pads are faced with sharp rocks - is covered with an extra layer of Kevlar®. This material is also used in bulletproof vests.
So don´t be afraid of sharp rocks.

For more details about the ARG feel free to check this link:
www.blisscamp.com/en/bliss/s2-lab-neu
  • 1 0
 @blisspriotection: Can't select a size, and there's an error msg when adding to the shopping cart. I'd like to order...
  • 1 0
 Please contact our sales department: MS@BLISScamp.com
Mike from sales would love to help you out and guide you through the purchase.
  • 1 0
 Sweet, a padded wifebeater!
  • 1 1
 Good to see you can still get 661 Kyle Strait knee pads.. J/K... the vest looks pretty cool though!
  • 1 0
 awesome!
  • 2 3
 Maybe PB has a vested interest in the Bliss range?
  • 1 1
 punbike
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