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661 Pro Bomber Shorts

What are they?
Thickly padded shorts designed for extra bum and thigh protection.

What are they good for?

The 661 Pro Bomber Shorts are designed with downhill mountain biking in mind, but can be used for any action sport where you're likely to smash into the ground when things go wrong. Vented ABS impact plastic thigh guards take the edge off nasty side-body slams, while the flexible, articulated ABS tail-bone protects the coccyx. The padding, which used throughout the shorts, is made from long-lasting EVA foam and is perforated so they're highly breathable.

Price : 

£49.99

Available from rushcycles.co.uk (opens in new tab)


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Forcefield Sport Lite 2 Back Protector

What is it?
Lightweight armour for the spine, perfect for high-impact action sports.
 
What’s it good for?
Engineered with motorbike riders in mind, the Forcefield Sport Lite 2 Back Protector uses a unique shock-absorbing material called Nitrex combined with dense layers of foam. It’s fully approved to EN1621-2 Level 2 – the highest standard of motorcycle armour – but is flexible and light enough to be used for action sports that require high levels of dexterity and manoeuvrability such as skiing. Multiple impacts won’t diminish its protective performance, and its fully adjustable shoulder straps and waist ensure the Forcefield provides a comfortable fit for different body types.

Price :

£119.99

Available from infinitymotorcycles.com (opens in new tab)


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EVS Wrister Gloves

What are they?
Protective riding gloves with additional wrist support.
 
What are they good for?
Knuckle overlays and reinforced thumb patches give the kind of protection expected from riding gloves, but these are also particularly good for people in need of decent wrist support. The customisable, moulded foam panels can be adjusted to provide different levels of wrist support where it’s most needed, or can be completely removed if they’re not required. Even those not suffering from wrist problems will appreciate how the gloves soften the constant jarring of off-road riding.

Price :

£42.99

Available from decade-europe.com (opens in new tab)


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Petzl Meteor 3+

What is it?
A super-light climbing helmet that doesn’t compromise on safety.
 
What is it good for?
At just 235g, the Meteor 3+ is the lightest CE-certified helmet available, making it perfect for long mountaineering trips. Superb ventilation keeps you cool, while internal foam padding, adjustable chinstraps and headband straps make it comfortable to wear whatever the shape of your head. For more adventurous types, it can also be used for night and ice climbing, as it has four headlamp clips and integrated inserts for attaching a Vizion ice-climbing face shield. The polycarbonate shell protects your head from knocks, while the shock-absorbing polystyrene layer prevents neck damage.

Price :

£63.95

Available from elitemountainsupplies.co.uk (opens in new tab)

Max Anderton
Max Anderton

Max was the head of digital content for Men's Fitness which worked alongside Coach between 2015 and 2019.