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Check Out: Magnetic Glasses, Tacky Grips, Handguards, Protection From YT, & More

May 10, 2024 at 12:52
by Matt Beer  
A lot of gear comes across our desks here at Pinkbike. Check Out is an occasional round up of everything our tech editors have gotten their hands on. Sometimes it's products we're doing long-term tests on, other times it's stuff we're stoked on but don't have time to fully review. And, sometimes it's crazy shit someone sent us unsolicited and we're having a laugh.




Smith Shift Mag XL Glasses

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• Magnetic frame/lens
• Polarized & clear lenses inc.
• Various frame and lens colors
• Dual-position rubber nose bridge
• MSRP: $305 USD
smithoptics.com

bigquotesYou only get two eyes, and you need both to get depth perception, which is why I’m all about eye protection. The Smith Shift Mag XL glasses are just that - the frame and lenses are enormous for maximum coverage, but a smaller version of the Shift Mag exists too. The term “mag” in the name comes from the magnet hinge-lock that allows for the lenses to be quickly swapped.

Included is a solid carrying case that makes it convenient to carry the second lens on rides that start or end when the sun is blasting down on you. This gloss black frame comes with one clear lens and one photochromic lens to automatically adjust how much light passes through. That’s perfect for overcast days or trails that dart in and out of the trees.

I found them to fit more loosely, similar to other straight armed glasses like the 100% Speedcraft and less like the face hugging POC Devour. The frames also sat a little further off of my face and let air flow under the lenses. If you’re plagued by your glasses fogging up, these might do the trick.

Rubber grommets on the ear pieces and a two-way adjustable nose piece keep them in place. Those also grasp onto the slots in Smith helmets well, but are flexible enough to poke into vents in other helmets.




Ergon GDH Team Grips

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• Raised palm pad
• Waffle pattern on the under side
• Soft and tacky rubber
• Single lock-on clamp w/ 3mm allen bolt
• MSRP: $39.95 USD
ergonbike.com

bigquotesThere’s no denying the GDH Team grip looks awfully familiar. It’s not a direct copy of the popular ODI Elite Pro but there are similarities, such as the raised palm pad, waffle pattern on the underside and the flange on the inside.

The main thing is that the GDH Team is extremely comfortable. Ergon derived an extra soft Gravity Control Rubber that is much softer than their other grips. On the eco-friendly scale, they score an SGS certification for being free of PBBs and PBDEs and are manufactured in Germany.

A wide, single clamp locks down on the handlebar with a 3mm allen head bolt. On the outer edge, there’s a press-in plug to shrug off dirt naps.

There’s only one rubber and color choice, black and gunmetal. For the dimensions, the diameter varies but the highest portion in the middle measures 32mm and the thinnest is 30mm. Length-wise, they take up 135mm of space on the handlebar plus the extra 5mm plug sticking out. Measured to the outside of the flanges, the rubber grip surface itself is 122mm wide.




Abit MTN Shorts

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• Adjustable waist cams
• 4 zippered pockets
• Mid-weight fabric with DWR coating
• Long, short version and athletic cut available
• MSRP: $115 USD
Abitgear.com

bigquotesAbit Gear’s MTN Short is a mid-weight riding short that is versatile and comes in heaps of sizes with three fits, including two length options.

The Regular fit seen here is offered in black or grey colors and sizes 28-38. I’m wearing a size 32 and found the standard length and fits my 80cm inseam nicely.

There’s also a long version of the shorts that comes in the Regular fit or an Athletic cut with more volume in the glute area. Sizes range from 30-40 in both fits for the MTN Long shorts.

Both versions are cut from the same 4-Way stretch, 90% nylon/10% elastane and are Bluesign approved. The material seems thin, but they’ve withstood serious abuse and are still light enough for XC days. DWR spray adds a thin spray shield without locking in moisture. They’re also covered by a lifetime warranty against defects.

A regular jeans-style button and zipper fly closure can be cinched in at the waist by cam-lock on either side. Two thigh and two hand pockets on each side use YKK zippers and are well-positioned to access while riding. The lower thigh pockets double as vents and have a small sleeve to hold a device in place. 




Lewis Prosafe Handguards

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• Composite shroud
• Hinged, aluminum clamp with 3mm allen bolt
• 14cm wide shroud
• 2 lateral positions
• MSRP: $37.90 USD
Lewisbike.com

bigquotesHandguards aren’t just for channeling your inner moto spirit - they serve valuable protection purposes and you don’t have to be racing to utilize them. The Lewis Prosafe Handguards shrug off small branches that might whip your fingers or unexpectedly grab your brake levers. Tripling up on protection, it’s possible they could reduce the chance of a bent brake lever too.

Lewis designed the aluminum brackets with a useful split, pivoting 22mm clamp, like Shimano and SRAM brake lever mounts. The allen bolt drops in from the top for quick installation and removal.

The composite, bolt-on shrouds are adjustable and replaceable too. The shroud is 14cm wide and a flip-chip allows the shroud to move laterally, but they are fixed 10cm from the bar. That makes them slightly smaller than the Sendhits Nock V1s and there isn’t a cushion on the inside of the shroud. At just 108g, their weight is insignificant for the performance gains.




YT Trail Knee Pads

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• D3O Ghost protection
• Elastic calf strap
• Silicone-backed cuffs
• Highly breathable and flexible
• MSRP: $59.99 USD
yt-industries.com

bigquotesYT Bikes have expanded their wearable goods from apparel to protection, which includes two styles of gloves and a lightweight knee pad. The small logos and neutral colors are subtle enough that you won’t be guilted for not riding a YT bike either.

If you’re looking for a slim and subtle knee pad that will take the edge off mild crashes and allow you to pedal unobstructed, these could be the ticket. They’re seriously lightweight, comfy and breathable.

The key to the breathability is the Ghost D3O orange energy-dissipating foam insert. Unlike regular D3O pads, this pad has a bunch of vented triangular shapes printed on a material backing for ultra mobility and air flow. It’s not as substantial as other solid D3O pads and receives a Level 1 safety certification.

The pads rely on silicone-backed, elastic cuffs and one non-adjustable strap around the calf to hold them in place. There are no velcro straps - just slide them on. An abrasion-resistant material in the main front panel covers the D3O insert down a decent length of the pad, whereas the sides are a lighter lycra material with a vented portion behind the knee.

Four sizes run from S-XL and come in just plain black. I managed to stretch into the medium size, which was surprising, as I usually wear large knee pads. A thorough size guide is available on the product page.




YT Trail and Gravity Gloves

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The Trail glove is a lightly padded glove with no velcro cuff or padding.


• Light outer material and palm
• Elastic cuff
• Black or grey outer material color choices
• Smart phone compatible
• MSRP: $19.99 USD
yt-industries.com

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Whereas the Gravity glove has added D3O knuckle and palm padding with a velcro wrist closure.

• D3O knuckle and palm padding
• Durable plam and outer fabric
• Smart phone compatible
• Velcro wrist closure
• MSRP: $29.99 USD
yt-industries.com

bigquotesMatching the knee pads are a set of Trail gloves. An elastic cuff leads into a simplistic palm and thin outer material that offer up a choice of grey or solid black.

There’s also the burlier Gravity glove with reinforcements throughout. That earns you D3O knuckle and palm padding, as well as a velcro wrist closure. I noticed that the knuckle padding was a bit off center and the wrist cuff runs tight and short.

Both the Trail and Gravity gloves feature fingertips and have a silicone gripper to operate a smartphone screen.

The glove sizes range from XS-XXL and I found the medium size in both models to fit comparably against other brands like Fox. 






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84 Comments
  • 80 1
 $300 for Smiths? Damn, I remember when they were the cheaper option to Oakley. I’ve moved on to Tifosi. They got a pretty quality photochromatic option for $80 retail that I won’t cry about when I catch a flying rock and scratch the lens.
  • 10 1
 I have had good luck with Tifosi too. The build-your-own feature on the website is especially nice. The Smith magnet thing is pretty cool but not $200 more cool.
  • 8 1
 Margins on those must be insane. I have 3 pairs of Tifosi Davos
  • 7 1
 Thanks for the heads up on Tifosi. Had never heard of them before, def going to check those out.
  • 24 3
 Been stoked on my $25 Rock Bros with photochromatic lens
  • 7 2
 @TrainingWheelz: Same here. Rock Bros for riding glasses all day.
  • 1 4
 Goodr is also a good option at $45

goodr.com/collections/cycling-sunglasses
  • 3 1
 Anyone else noticed the hand cut off in the moss picture.
  • 1 1
 @TrainingWheelz: Good to know about this option!
  • 4 1
 @TrainingWheelz: can't be said enough, the non-photochromatic ones that come with four different lenses are great as well. $300 biking glasses can get in the bin.
  • 4 0
 Is there a competition on who builds the most expensive ugly glasses??
  • 1 1
 @mkul7r4: margin is still just keystone. Pretty sure it’s similar for Smith too.

That said, you skip the magnets, you save a bunch of money.
  • 2 1
 @wburnes: optics are notably bad.
  • 1 1
 300 is steep.

If you look hard enough, you can find them for 1/2 the price like I did.
  • 3 1
 @wburnes: FYI the Goodr shades are not sport rated...if you're looking for the safest option they aren't it.
  • 2 1
 I use to think the snowboard goggles were overpriced
  • 2 1
 Hey have you heard of Heatwave glasses? Tough as nails and perfect for riding. I have the vector and Lazer face models. The polarization is good and they don't break the bank. 178 cad for their most expensive model, the photochromatic. Also z87 safety certified depending on the model.
  • 1 2
 @fabwizard: Strong hand
  • 1 0
 Try melonoptics.com.
They got great quality glasses an goggles for way better price then oakley and smith.
  • 1 0
 FWIW Tifosi has a 25% off sale right now
  • 35 6
 Those Lewis hand guards look awfully familiar, but I guess that shouldn't be surprising.
  • 38 2
 And pairing them with an actual set of Trickstuff brakes had to be intentional...
  • 17 3
 How many different ways can you make a handguard look though?
  • 3 1
 Thought it said Prostate on them too, ideal! Smile
  • 5 3
 How many different ways can you make a handgaurd look though?
  • 10 2
 Look, different ways... Can you make many a handguard, though?
  • 11 1
 @O1D4: I'd assumed they were Lewis brakes without looking. Quality trolling. Though I'd personally not be putting that aluminium bracket actually touching my very expensive brake anodising...
  • 1 1
 Lots of ways.
  • 4 3
 @suspended-flesh: how many ways can you make it look though?
  • 1 2
 @justanotherusername: Well, you could add speed-holes and make them orange.
  • 6 1
 They look just like hand guards. I also heard Xi Jinping personally makes every one of them
  • 2 0
 Might just be the pictures, but from those it seems there is a lot of exposed bar/hand left where the guards end.
  • 3 1
 Look, how many can make a way different handguard though? You?
  • 3 0
 @O1D4: that’s probably the pair they stole the design from.
  • 2 0
 @justanotherusername: The best way to make them look is invisible.
  • 1 0
 @Biketechted: I’ll just take my handlebars off and grip the stem, problem solved
  • 16 0
 $300 for glasses. That’s a hell nope for me. I thought Sungods were expensive.
  • 15 0
 I could buy 12 pairs of Amazon specials made by Rockbros for the price of 1 pair of Smiths. The Rockbros have a solid photochromatic lens, adjustable nose pads, and do everything else the Smiths do, such as sit on my face.

In my opinion, premium sunglass companies need to tout durability above all else in today's eyewear market in order to convince buys like me that the price is worth it. I don't care how good your optics are, or what the label says, when there's a 100% chance they will get bashed with branches and eventually be dropped onto a rocky trail.
  • 3 0
 @H2o1199: how is the lense clarity on the rock bros? That's really the only reason I buy Oakley's. Most other lense are "harder" to see through. But I have noticed that changing recently.
  • 6 0
 @Ososmash: Suppose the lens clarity of Oakley 10% better than Rock Bros. Does this equate to 10x the price?
  • 6 0
 @Ososmash: its fine. half the time they get foggy and sweaty anyway like every pair of oakleys and smiths ive ever used. $300 shades are for suckers and sponsored athletes.
  • 1 1
 @H2o1199: Smith suck broke arm on my Smith glasses easy fix but they don't sell spare parts was told to just buy another pair at €200
  • 1 0
 @H2o1199: I've been into sunglasses all my life, and the ones made today don't hold a candle in terms of clarity and build quality of 20-30 years ago. And with all plastic frames and lenses (that scratch easily unlike optical glass) the cost is simply absurd. But no one wants glass anymore due to weight, and in a riding application I would use polycarbonate for the lenses only.
  • 1 0
 @Ososmash: Good enough for dark New England woods and the occasional road/gravel ride. The photochromatic feature works really well, and they have held up as well as anything else to scratches. On top of it all, they are more fog-resistant than any other glasses I've tried, including most the bike-specific brands.
  • 1 0
 @H2o1199: 100% - only a matter of time. I splurged on Sungods (Airas 8KO HV Blue) which still have scratches, etc. but I use primarily for riding. I also have Tifosi's and Shady Rays (NITRO - GOLDEN), which I have been impressed by for the price (more inline w/ Rockbros).
  • 11 0
 Abit shorts are the best on the market. The fit is great, they are well designed, good pockets. Plus the shorts last. Justin stands behind the product. I already own 3 pairs, and I look forward to the pants coming out in the future.
  • 5 0
 I also have a pair. That he has "athletic" for and normal fit is great. They have been really good to me and I am very happy with them.
  • 3 1
 100% I was literally going to say all of that. I got my first pair right after the initial release and they have held up really well. I actually gave that pair to a friend as he prefers longer shorts. I'm skinny, but prefer shorter shorts and really like the 2 inseam options.
  • 3 3
 I'm getting Ari-employee vibes. . .
  • 1 0
 I agree! Plus, having met the owner of Abit Gear multiple times at various festivals in the PNW, he couldn't be a nicer guy!
  • 8 1
 lewis is the pandabuy of MTB
  • 4 1
 And here I was thinking temu
  • 4 0
 Sorry if it´s not allowed but i bought this ones for less then 6€ and couldnt be more happy
pt.aliexpress.com/item/1005005064437435.html?spm=a2g0o.best.0.0.287322aeOn3ypP&mp=1&gatewayAdapt=glo2bra
  • 2 1
 Wow! On the same page Specialized is selling their sunglasses as well......https://www.aliexpress.us/item/3256806065165301.html?spm=a2g0o.detail.pcDetailTopMoreOtherSeller.4.139c14b5LWLo2E&gps-id=pcDetailTopMoreOtherSeller&scm=1007.40050.354490.0&scm_id=1007.40050.354490.0&scm-url=1007.40050.354490.0&pvid=10b8c019-4111-4eb2-ae9a-24d7e8fc7fdc&_t=gps-id:pcDetailTopMoreOtherSeller,scm-url:1007.40050.354490.0,pvid:10b8c019-4111-4eb2-ae9a-24d7e8fc7fdc,tpp_buckets:668%232846%238110%231995&pdp_npi=4%40dis%21USD%219.35%210.99%21%21%2167.22%217.09%21%40210318ec17159893403106999e7f02%2112000036472690278%21rec%21US%21%21AB&utparam-url=scene%3ApcDetailTopMoreOtherSeller%7Cquery_from%3A
  • 2 0
 That handguard would also have an additional benefit when riding in the cold- protection against the wind. I've ridden in the cold and been struck by freezing wind that my gloves couldn't deal with, and the Lewis guards (or any other) would really help.
  • 2 0
 I see a lot of “TALK” about the lack of protection on the Lewis handguards and there is a company that make FULL wrap HANDGUARDS that PROTECTS your HANDS and CONTROLS.
Check out www.geohandguards.com or AMAZON
They offer a FLAG style like the Lewis HG’s
A MTB for trail riding.
A TRAIL MAX for MAXIMUM coverage.
And a E MOTO for bikes like the SUR RON that may require additional clearance over the brake and clutch controls.
They also manufacture DERAILLEUR GUARDS for just $30.00
  • 4 0
 Two things that are useless:

1/ Handgaurds that don't protect the pinky.
2/ MTB Gloves with no pinky protection.
  • 4 2
 3/ pinkies.
  • 5 1
 The thumbs on those yt gloves are comically large
  • 11 8
 2 in the pink 1.5 in the stink
  • 1 1
 @Tmackstab: Wyn's untamed glory days revisited. Moi Moi was just an up and comer, too. Sigh.
  • 4 0
 Magnum sized glasses for those with well endowed faces.
  • 4 4
 3DO protection ???
Them D3O tests I'm sure are rigged or at least far from accurate, they show big hits when its in
its plasticine form but when thats watered down and blended in with foam its far from claimed.

This vid shows a fella hitting someones knee with a bloody blue foam bat not to mention the thin wood
with gentle swing blows

www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMkSDHUQ7a8

I bought some 10mm thick D30 sheet and you stick that on your knee and give it a clout with hickory axe handle,
youll invent new swear words amongst the bollocks!
  • 3 1
 Surprised there's enough demand for more than one company to make handguards. Never ever seen a pair IRL.
  • 7 1
 They are the bar ends of the 2020's.
  • 4 1
 @BikesBoatsNJeeps: Hey now, people used bar ends!
  • 1 0
 What exactly are they guarding against?
Never have I wished to have handguards, except maybe when its cold.
  • 1 1
 $300 for glasses that are definitely get beat up, scratched and possibly broken riding my bike. Hard pass... I'll stick with the Suncloud Sentry glasses I bought on Amazon for 50 bucks.
  • 3 0
 heck, I stick with $15 gas station sunglasses, since im always losing the damn things
  • 2 0
 "The Trail glove is a lightly padded glove with no velcro cuff or padding." ......so does it have padding or not?
  • 8 0
 Yes it doesn't.
  • 2 0
 Funny, I went to my dentist for a check-up last week Thursday and he was wearing these Smith glasses….
  • 4 2
 Damn, the Smith CEO is one greedy bastard.
  • 2 2
 Coast Optic Glasses for the win! 2 Local Whistler Guys with a sweet idea. Glasses fit on point, lots of Lens options and a great price point! #notsponsored
  • 4 4
 Those magnets must be pretty powerful to hold those lenses on. Not sure having powerful magnets that close to your brain is good - might end up voting for Donald Trump!!
  • 2 2
 $305 for safety glasses is robbery

buy Chinese ones on amazon. save $275.
  • 5 1
 Bulk you can get 28 pairs for $40CAD. Will never go back to expensive glasses.
  • 2 1
 I just paid 300 bucks for my Oakley with varifocals and photochromatic tinting...
  • 1 1
 JVP is legit awesome, just like his Abit shorts. Go getcha sum.
  • 1 2
 YT, nobody needs you to make knee pads.
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