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Crankworx 2015: Fox’s MIPS DH Helmet

Fox Rampage Pro Carbon with MIPS, display

While it isn’t exactly trying to compete with Interbike, Crankworx annually features a large demo zone and a few dozen exhibitors tents scattered throughout the village. The event also tends to serve as an introduction for new bikes or products, especially gravity-oriented stuff like the Rocky Mountain Maiden we also previewed early this year.

There were quite a few display booths at Crankworx with some nifty things to be found by snooping reporters. Fox has stepped into the MIPS game with their new Rampage Pro Carbon DH helmet, and had an awesome custom painted Rampage on display at their booth. Drop in for more…

Crankworx 2015: Make Your GoPro Footage SoPro with Chin-Cam Action Mount

SoPro POV chin mount, yellow helmet

Two riders from Seattle named David and Brock decided they really didn’t like the semi-obstructed view or the ‘teletubby look’ of traditional top-of-helmet mounts for their POV cameras, so they came up with the idea to create a new mount which uniquely fixes to the chin bar of your DH lid. The pair founded SoPro Mounts, and came to Crankworx Whistler this year to show off their wares.

Strap in below for more pics, details, and pricing….


Crankworx 2015: Oakley Sees the Trail in New Light with Off Road Prizm Lenses

Oakley prism trail display

Not long ago Oakley released their Prism Road sunglasses, which feature specially tuned optics that accentuate specific colors to provide better visual definition. Little did we know that Oakley can tune their lenses to any sport application they want, so they’ve now released the Prism Trail lens for mountain bikers. They work the same as the road version, but the lenses are (in layman’s terms) tuned to colors you’d see while riding off road trails, primarily greens and browns…


Crankworx 2015: Five Ten Steps into New Women’s Models, Kestrel Lace, Non Marking Freerider, Sam Hill, More


Thanks to the absence of Teva, Five Ten is having no trouble swooping up even more of the mountain bike footwear market. Recently, their focus has shifted to women’s footwear which was an obvious hole in their lineup. Introducing the women’s Freerider Contact as well as both a men’s and a women’s version of the new Kestrell Lace, Five Ten is starting to fill that void.

While those two are the big new releases, Five Ten was also showing a few sneak peeks of things to come including a new Freerider Lace Cover and the return of the Sam Hill signature shoe…

Crankworx 2015: Dainese Shows Next Gen Hardshell Armoform Knee Pads, Layers Up with Altitude Clothing

Dainese 2016 peotection clothing

Hardshell protection is awesome for when your knee strikes that rock, but most of the time it means wearing protection that is hot and relatively uncomfortable. Dainese’s latest kneepad addresses that very issue with yet another design that is inspired by nature. Taking cues from fractals which are how many structures found in nature are created with repeating shapes, the new Armorform kneepads use an interesting design that results in a strong but comfortable shape that is also quite breathable.

In addition to the new Armorforms, Dainese is also introducing the new Altitune clothing line, which is meant to be an adaptive layering system perfect for big mountain adventures…


Crankworx 2015: G-Form Pads Up with new Lines for Women and Children


One of the innovators of the viscoelastic protection movement is now offering padding for all. G-Form has staked their claim on the original yellow padding that utilizes their RPT material which remains flexible at rest but stiffens on impact. The result is a thin, comfortable pad that provides more protection than you would think.

But until just recently, unisex was the best answer you could get when it came to women’s or children’s protection. Now offering dedicated fits for both categories, G-Form has a number of new products to keep you safe…


Review: Airy Catlike Mixino Helmet, plus Snap-on Aero and Rain Shells


We had been eyeing the perforated helmets of Catlike for some time, and after we had a chance to see the latest version of the Mixino road helmet last fall with its removable aero shells we thought it was worth a closer look. As companies moved to introduce aero helmets for road racing, like one or two other companies, Catlike took an interim step and molded two different polycarbonate shells that can be attached to the helmet. The Aero and Rain shells give this helmet a couple extra personalities and a lot more versatility than an aero helmet, or even a typically vented one. We’ve been riding in this helmet for winter through summer now and have been very happy with how it performs in almost all conditions in our long-term test.

Join us after the break for more of our thoughts, actual weights, and pricing…


Urge launches new Endur-O-Matic 2 Helmet


Originally launched in 2009, the Urge Endur-O-Matic helmet stuck out in a crowded helmet market due to its unusual (dare we say “Euro”) appearance. In the intervening years, the unique design language has aged well, but Urge felt it was time to update the look.

The newly redesigned Enduro-O-Matic 2 claims to offer more protection, improved ventilation and comfort, and environmentally friendliness…


Giro Elevates their Trail Helmet Range with New Montaro and Montara MIPS

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Back in the day, it seemed everyone had a Giro Xen (myself included). The popular helmet offered additional coverage at a time when most helmets were still geared towards XC. Eventually though, the helmet market exploded with new options and the Xen faded away. It has taken some time, but by the looks of things Giro is back with a helmet that is a worthy successor to the venerable Xen.

As the latest Giro helmet to incorporate MIPS Technology, the men’s Montaro and women’s Montara are packed with all the necessary features to make the helmets work for the modern trail rider. Blending good looks, improved protection, and integration of goggles, lights, and cameras, the Montaro and Montara look like the Giro helmets we’ve been waiting for…