A lot of gear comes across our desks here at Pinkbike. Check Out is a monthly 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.
Dainese Armoform Knee Guards
There are soft memory foam pads on the outside of the knee along with elastic velcro strap for fit.
The hard-shells pattern is based on fractals and should allow good airflow.
• Articulated hard-shell kneepads • Available in Black only • S, M, L, XL • Elastic straps with silicone grippers
• Memory foam with polyethylene hard shell • $USD / €99 • dainese.com
I must be getting old as I am taking protection more seriously. I have been looking for some hard shell knee pads that are comfortable enough for all-day riding but with improved safety over soft pads. The articulated design of the Armoform pads should be ideal for pedaling and the design promises plenty of ventilation and adjustment to fit.—Paul Aston
Ion Raid AMP Shoes
Soles are made of what Ion call "SupTraction Rubber Soul FL"
The ankle pad.
• Designed for narrower feet • SupTraction Rubber Soul FL supersticky rubber • ToeTal protection to absorb impacts, & pre-shaped heel cup for heel hold • Extra padding to protect the lower ankles • Two-component insole supports the arch & adds extra damping to the heel
• Available in black, blue nights, or single malt (pictured) • 400g (size 42) • Available in sizes 37–47 • $129.95 USD • More Info
People are familiar with the idea of buying a narrower or wider shoe when it comes to ski boots or hiking boots, but there aren't many width options in flat pedal shoes. If you have slim feet but wear a regular or wide shoe, your pedals can feel vague when your foot moves inside the shoe. The Ion Raid Amp has a slimmer last and the fit won't suit people with wide feet like me, but might be a good option for those with slimmer feet. No word on how the grip is, but they look to have solid protection and a novel design philosophy.—Brian Park
Scott Prospect Goggle
Scott have added more foam to their Prospect to increase comfort.
The mirror lens looks gorgeous
• Large fit. • Lens lock system. • 3-layer moulded face foam. • Microfiber goggle bag. • Noseguard. • Extra wide no-slip silicone strap.
• Scott TruView single Works lens. • NoFog™ Anti-Fog lens treatment. • Bonus clear lens included. • Available in 10 colours. • £80 / €99.95 / US $99.95. • More Info.
Scott's Prospect goggle is certainly a looker. The bright, mirrored lens in this model appears yellow on the outside but turns the world to a dark blue colour once you're looking through it. The goggles are supplied with a clear lens option, too. Scott's lens lock system makes changing the lens fairly easy when you've got to grips with how it operates. The soft, luxurious padding is fit for royalty and certainly make your face feel loved. They feel premium, but at this price they're cheaper than a lot of other brand's offerings.—Alex Evans
Mission Workshop Rhake Pack & Capsule Camera Insert
Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty.
The Capsule is an add-on and weighs 1.9 lbs and measures 9.75” x 17.75” x 4.25”.
• Available in Black, Grey, Olive, Black Camo + Cobra Buckle • External dimensions: 21” x 13” x 5” • Internal volume: 1,350 cu. in. (22 L) • Weight (empty): 3.1 lbs. • Dedicated 10-inch iPad/tablet pocket (accessible from exterior of pack). • Hidden water bottle pocket that zips away when not in use.
• Dedicated padded pocket fits all 15-inch and most 17-inch laptops (accessible from exterior of pack). • Roll-top main compartment can grow or shrink as needed to fit extra clothes and gear • $365 USD for the bag, $130 USD for "The Capsule" Camera Insert • More Info
The Rhake bag is a super tough, fashionable everyday backpack designed for day trips, commuting, and adventure. The Capsule camera insert makes the Rhake useable as a camera bag. This is not a bag that a dedicated photographer would use, since camera access isn’t instant. But, it could be a good choice for people who need a versatile bag that doesn't scream "I have expensive camera gear" and works on the mountainside just as well as in airports, boardrooms, and hip-ass coffee shops. The price is eye-popping, but the construction feels incredibly rugged, so I'd expect it to last for many, many years.—Brian Park
Mons Royale Redwood 3/4 Raglan T-Shirt
Mons Royale's Air-Con fabric keeps things cool when it's a scorcher.
• Full merino mesh back. • 3/4 raglan sleeves are pad-friendly. • New merino Air-Con fabric. • Drop tail. • 4 sizes, from S to XL.
• Integrated sunglasses wipe. • Available in 2 styles. • €90 • More Info.
Mons Royale makes some fantastic, casual-looking riding clothes that pack some impressive features. Merino wool has become a go-to fabric for a lot of my riding kit—it keeps you cool when it's hot, keeps you hot when it's cool and doesn't smell or lose any of its technical properties when it's finally drenched in sweat. This raglan t-shirt could be used mid-layer in the winter and as a standard riding shirt in the summer.—Alex Evans
POC Coron Air Spin Helmet
The Coron Air has more ventilation and POC's new SPIN (Shearing Pad INside) rotational impact technology.
Color-cordinated Ora goggles and Resistance gloves are also available.
• Available in White, Black, or Green/Orange • XS-S, M-L, XL-XXL • SPIN rotational impact system • DH certified • Break Away visor
I had great success with the previous POC Coron helmet and it has been my go-to full face for over a year. This 'Air' version offers increased ventilation and POC's new SPIN rotational impact system which should make the Coron even better. POC are also offering matching Ora Clarity goggles and Resistance Enduro gloves for color-coordinating addicts.—Paul Aston