Video: Dainese Release New Trails Skins Knee Guards and Rival Pro Hydration Vest

Aug 1, 2020
by Dainese  

Press Release: Dainese

Trail Skins Pro Knee Guard


The Trail Skins Pro knee guard is the latest evolution in Dainese’s family of lightweight protectors. Developed on Enduro World Series tracks in collaboration with Canyon Racing athletes, Trail Skins Pro combines maximum protection, total freedom of movement and constant ventilation. The core of the knee guard is the Pro Shape 2.0 protector, an evolved version of Pro Shape, which is able to transform impact energy into heat and distribute it across the entire surface of the knee guard. The protector is able to absorb 83% of energy, reducing the force transmitted to just 17% and spreading it over a wide area. The protector is lightweight and soft, with construction specifically designed to support the joint through the full range of movement, contracting and expanding and guaranteeing maximum adaptability to the shape of the knee. Even the sock has been redesigned– designed through full knee mapping, it is now longer and (together with the new Velcro and elastic elements) makes for a stable and comfortable protector, even after many hours in the saddle. The geometry of Pro Shape 2.0 also sets a new record in terms of ventilation, with 55% of its surface open.


Rival Pro Vest


For the upper body, there is the Rival Pro Vest, a protective and breathable garment with an exclusive, patented hydration system, inspired by technologies developed by Dainese for MotoGP™. HumpBackTM, a 700 ml hydration bag integrated into the back protector, allows a rider to carry the right quantity of water with minimal bulk, ensuring the perfect balance of the back protector and supplying additional protection in case of a crash. Due to its modular structure, Rival Pro Vest can be significantly customized, allowing for various configurations. Depending on their preference, riders can remove the shoulder pads, HumpBackTM, or back protector, enabling use with a backpack. The Rival Pro Vest is lightweight, comfortable, and ventilated, becomes invisible when worn under a jersey, and is compatible with hip packs.




40 Comments

  • 31 3
 Trail Skins hold up to their name. I've got a scab on my knee because these trail skins grip the surface that you crash on and slide down your knee leaving your knee exposed for the remaining time that you are dragging across the trail. Doesn't matter how tight you wear them, skin is left on the trail.
  • 4 0
 I still have hope that one day those companies will understand that an impact is likely to be followed by a slide. Not just picking on Dainese, although it also happened to me with their hardshell elbow pads, that the pad itself grabbed the skin and tear it, not the ground surface. The pads should stay on, and should make the sliding between the ground and the armor pad even easier. It will also reduce the transfer of the initial impact into the bones and joints.
  • 1 0
 @theboaz: yup, same thing happened with my Leatt elbow pads. My G-form pads don't do that- maybe the thicker the cushioning, the better the grip on the surface- like tires with less psi...?
  • 7 0
 6th year on different variations of trail skins and min 20 crashes never experienced anything similar. Breathability is top. Protection is good. Works for me. They have side pads which is a must for me and very hard to find on lighter breathable protection.
  • 8 0
 @kanasasa: there’s a huge difference between sliding on wet loam and sliding across desert gravel.
  • 2 0
 I really like my ion knee pads
  • 8 0
 MIPS kneepads ftw!
  • 1 0
 Exactly why I use IXS Assault !!!
  • 2 0
 @kanasasa: Same here. Been running the knee pads for a year now and taken a few good diggers and they performed flawlessly. Plus, they are the most comfortable knee pad to pedal around in that I've ever tried.
  • 2 0
 There's no way to make a pad that doesn't move on your leg upon impact.

Pads are made for impact, rash guards are made for slides.

Maybe you need to wear pads that are integrated into clothing?
  • 3 0
 If you want slide protection, you need a hard plastic pad. Impact protection can be had in the form of the many foams available in the industry. Why is this so hard for manufacturers to understand?

One look at those pads - no way in hell. They look like a sure fire recipe to do exactly as you described, grip and then transfer the energy to the rider, which is exactly what we DON'T want to happen. I'm sure the waffles flex a bit before all this happens, providing some impact protection, but after that you are at the mercy of physics.
  • 15 2
 I've got a great idea for another new type of useless hydration system.
How about some sort of helmet mounted device that allows you to strap bottles or beers to your helmet and have some sort of long straw apparatus attached to your chin strap?
  • 5 0
 @powderturns: hmmmm I don't think it looks like it designed for enduro. It needs to at least be yellow to be considered enduro worthy, just like everying in 2016
  • 1 0
 @felimocl: it would also need a couple of banana pockets and a place for a spare tube to be Enduro Certified.
  • 1 0
 @Trudeez: I thought banana storage was already covered in the one up ecd tool
  • 1 0
 Are they saying that the 700mL of water provides additional protection??
  • 1 0
 @Trudeez: and a GoPro mount & visor
  • 10 0
 When I buy knee pads my first priority is having the highest coefficient of friction...
  • 7 0
 I'll wait till they incorporate a hydration bladder into my chamois. Lower center of gravity coupled with increased taint protection. Winner winner chicken dinner.
  • 3 0
 My Dainese knee pads lasted literally 10 seconds. They ripped putting them on the first time and they were the right size. I threw them away and got Alpinestars. The Dainese elbow pads have lasted a few rides and now they are ripping too. Worst armor ever.
  • 1 0
 Must be unlucky or just rough with your gear, I can’t fault mine
  • 4 0
 My Trail Skins (2017) version are super comfortable, cool enough to climb in with not really noticing they’re on, and have protected my knees well in a few crashes without sliding down, on dirt and rock slabs. So I don’t know what the hell everyone is complaining about.
  • 1 0
 They have been inconsistent both me and my girlfriend have them. Mine are not tearing up after 2 year of rides and minor crashes. Unfortunatly for my girlfriend they have been tearing up from day one. Love de breathability but the velcros on them are also pure crap. Hope they fixes those on these.
  • 1 0
 @S4-916: I share your experiences with the same gen Trail Skins, S4.
  • 1 0
 @S4-916: The older 2017s are completely different than the 2019 and 2020. The newer versions tear easily.
  • 4 0
 Remember when seemingly every top downhiller wore Dainese armor jackets and leg armor — maybe 1997-2001?
  • 2 0
 I still have my Safety Jacket. Turtle Power.
  • 2 0
 I've still got a set of original trail skins and they look quite different to this. Might be tempted, if I ever wore them lol.
  • 1 0
 Not sure I understand the point of removing the back protector in order to use it with a backpack. If you are wearing a backpack why would you need this? For the shoulder pad protection?
  • 1 0
 Mainly because riding backpack less feels amazing. I mean I use a moto chest / back guard but it still feels better than having a hydration pack on you. Well that’s the argument I would make. Having an integrated back guard / hydration pack would be a good sell for some people that don’t have a water bottle mount and hate wearing back packs or fanny packs.

Personally, this is too pricy for my blood. So fanny pack it is for me. Which still feels better than a back pack.
  • 1 0
 @Happypanda1337: I use the camelback with a zip out back protector, either the full pack with protection and water, or just the back protector with 2 hip pockets and 2 back pockets. This set up isn’t perfect either but makes more sense to me than the Dainese.
  • 1 1
 Would anyone really want another layer of clothing in the form of a hydration vest when you're out on the trails when its 90° and you're sweating your skin off?! Backpacks are unbearable when it's hot, I could only imagine how awful this would feel. I understand that they're marketing this as protective more than as just a hydration pack but I can't see myself buying this to wear when riding lift serviced DH. And definitely cannot see wearing it on trail days or enduro races. The bum bag reigns supreme.
  • 10 7
 Making bikers uncool since as long as I remember
  • 1 0
 so true...remember those see through visors on ther full face helmets that was some serious style
  • 2 0
 Looks like his knees were in the bathtub for way too long Razz
  • 1 1
 Welcome 2015. I have a POC shirt with similar features. Too bad the chest padding is too short. Lift ones arms above their head and lots of ribs exposed. Lack of protection landed me 2 shattered ribs and a punctured lung.
  • 2 0
 You had bigger problems than the light armor on your shirt not being long enough. There’s not much you can build into a shirt that will help with that amount of energy transfer.
  • 1 0
 The pads look ridiculous. I really wish they'd stuck more to the original look.
  • 1 0
 I ride everywhere in my 1998 shuttle suit. Very warm but i enjoy crashing now

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