Whether you’re riding singletrack, racing enduro, or hitting some bigger downhill or freeride trails, it’s important to get your equipment and protection right, both for safety and comfort.
You need a helmet that’ll see you through hours of racing and riding while offering plenty of protection if you hit the floor, plus elbow and knee pads to absorb those big impacts.
One of the big advantages of armour is the confidence it provides, helping you attack the trails, go brawling into the berms, and diving into big drops helping you push your limits and develop your skills further.
There are two main categories of body armour, hard shell and soft shell. Hard shell armour is designed for the big hits, perfectly suited for aggressive, gravity-style riding on technical terrain. Soft shell armour, meanwhile, is lighter and more versatile, aimed at more general riding styles and speed across the trails.
Every year, manufacturers take body armour technology several leaps forward, making them lighter, stronger, and more agile, helping riders move easily despite being clad in protective materials.
The latest batch of helmets and armour has already hit the trails, so here are some of our recommendations and hot product tips:
Fox Racing’s Proframe Matte Helmet is the lightest DH certified open-faced helmet in the range and comes with a plethora of features.
Fox Racing’s Varizorb™ dual-density impact reduction system ensures exceptional protection against impact and the moisture wicking liner system is highly breathable and has antimicrobial properties.
661 Reset helmet
Fire in to kickers, hucks and berms knowing you are sporting the of the finest items of protection on the market with the SixSixOne Reset Helmet.
Designed to be a shining light in the industry, this full face lid is the star of its brand’s latest range and offers unrivalled protection when you decide to shred the trail.
Troy Lee Designs A2
Be the envy of all your fellow riders with the A2 MIPS Helmet from Troy Lee Designs.
Offering up protection of the highest quality, comfort and ventilation work hand-in-hand to ensure your head is fully equipped to deal with what your session throws at you.
Fox Flux helmet
Turn your focus to shredding aggressively!
Breathing new life into what is widely recognised as one of Fox Racing’s greatest ever lids, the Flux Helmet MIPS is ready and waiting to modernise offroad protection to inspire confidence on the trail.
Atlas Air Neck Brace
The ultimate form of protection guaranteed to infuse any session spent shredding the trail with confidence.
The Atlas Air Neck Brace is the most mobility friendly neck brace in the world and sports unrivalled strength to ensure you stay safe as you eye up kickers and hucks.
Leatt DBX 6.5 Neck Brace 2018
The DBX 6.5 Carbon neck brace has a new ultra-light, sleek design and is proof that even the most classic designs can be improved. Its Carbon construction ensures that it is more rigid in structure, as well as lower in weight.
Leatt braces have been independently tested and proven to reduce neck forces and thereby up to 47% reduction of risk for a serious neck injury
Fox Racing Launch Enduro Knee Pad
Lightweight, slip on, soft knee pad provides functional coverage while still being confortable.
Troy Lee Designs SPEED Knee Sleeve
The Speed Knee Sleeve is a full-length sleeve with silicone grippers for flexibility and comfort. To further aid comfort, the knee sleeve is seamless. D30 protection remains supple with movement but strong with a hard impact.