Product Peek: Dainese Hybrid Pads

Straight from the product booths of Crankworx, Dainese has realeased a new line of hybrid pads. But, they didn’t stop there. Dainese will soon be offering a hydration pack that has back protection built into it. Details below this wonderfully muddy photo…as pads should be.

First up, Dainese’s Hybrid Pads. We’re pretty amped to hit the trails with these bad boys on. Dainese has previously released their Trail Skins Pads when enduro racing first began to boom. Courses were not quite as rough and technical as they are now and therefore, riders wanted minimalistic pads that were nearly unnoticeable when worn. As courses/trails get more aggressive, riders need pads to match. Dainese’s new Hybrid Pads (both knee and elbow), still offer low-profile comfort, but with a thermoformed shock-absorbent polystyrene guard where it is needed. More protection, without creating an overly bulky pad. Silicone linings keeps the pads in place while pedaling. Minimal branding logos and a sleek look, provide a really clean-looking product. Pads that protect, breathe and look good while doing it. Not too shabby.

Hybrid Elbow Pads
Hybrid Knee Pads
In the wild: Hybrid Pads, with original Trail Skins in the foreground.

Dainese already makes back protection gear. What’s missing? Storage. They now utilize the same back protection gear, including it’s unique shape, to integrate a backpack into it that can be used to store gear and a hydration bladder. Hydration packs already provide additional protection while riding, but simply due to their size and added buffer between the trail. Dainese has joined the growing trend towards the production of hydration packs that specifically utilize back protection gear. The back protection’s Soft Flex technology provides a comfortable fit that uses overlapping flaps to produce a non-restrictive feel. Not feeling having the bulk of a full pack? The larger storage compartment zips off and the pack goes into “race” mode. In race mode, it’s a back protector that has minimalistic storage netting for small parts, such as a pump, tube, tool and energy bar.

12 liter capacity, in touring mode.

Removable waist straps.

Helmet and knee pad holder.

Anti-scratch fleece sunglasses pocket.

Media pocket with detachable, waterproof phone case.

Race mode on left

All of these products will be available in early 2015. Stay tuned for prices!

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