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Daily Coverage , Gear/Apparel , Interbike 2011

G-Form and Dainese Armor

The G-Form company makes protection gear for consumer electronics and extreme athletic endeavors. The basis of the product is their RPT, which is Reactive Protection Technology, and is a combination of the PORON XRD material and their proprietary G-Form technology. What the product does is stiffens instantly on an impact, and it absorbs over 90% of the energy, providing excellent protection in a lightweight and flexible format. They had a small demonstration in which they dropped a bowling ball on some M&M’s that were in cased inside the product, and they survived with very little damage, showing how much energy was dissipated, and protection was provided.

The ridges, shape and hinges of the gear, which look very skeletal, help the padding flex and bend when in use, to prevent any binding and to aid in better conformability, for comfort and proper impact absorption. The product is lightweight, very flexible and can be tossed into the washer when needed. The way the pad is shaped and molded, and that it’s attached to a compressive and stretchy fabric, keeps the padding close to the body, so that it won’t move out of place during usage, enhancing its functionality and protection properties. I will be testing the elbow and knee pads, which seemed to fit nice and snug, and were quite comfortable.

I also got one of their computer G-Form Extreme Sleeve units to try out, but I doubt I will try purposely drop my laptop to see if it survives? They have a wicked video on their website in which they drop an iPad from 60 feet up to show the amount of protections their product provides.

Dainese’s new top of the line Oak Pro elbow and knee pads, use the Boa Closure System, which offers a uniform fit, low profile design and maximum comfort. It comes in two versions, a hard-shell model that uses an aluminum knee or elbow cup, and the same build, but without the cup, and both use their ProShape honeycomb, and Crash Absorb systems. It’s constructed of a sandwich of elements, using an outer polymer layer, for impact absorption, elasticity and protection, which is bonded to a thick inner polyethylene foam layer with viscoelastic nitrile rubber, that is highly conformable and flexible, and it’s all finally faced with a 3D polyester stretch fabric. The Boa system, which uses a braided steel cable, runs through hard guide loops, and wraps inside the pads routing slots. The system will allow you to fine-tune the fit, and even make adjustments on the fly, all with the turn of its dial, and it’s simple to pop it open to remove the pads. I am most interested in the soft padded version, and can’t wait to try one out. They should be available early next year, and the Oak Pro Aluminum retails for $199 and Oak Pro for $149.

Oak Pro Specs:

  • Boa Closure System
  • Aluminum knee/elbow cup or Non-cup Soft version
  • ProShape and Crash Absorb systems
  • Shock absorbing composite sandwich
  • Airnet elastic fabric
  • Open back
  • Silicone side grip strips

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