SixSixOne, So-Cal manufacturers of mountain bike and motocross equipment, have teamed with XRD Impact Protection – an innovator in flexible repeated-impact protection tech – to develop a hardcore Recon Knee Pad for the new breed of mountain biker.
Launched at Eurobike among a number of competitors in the soft-protection space, SixSixOne’s Recon Knee Pad was designed for endurance riders offering protection in key impact zones with full range of motion. Pedal, descend and ride all day in comfort, the company says. To test its Recon Knee Pad, SixSixOne turned to their top rider from the Lapierre Gravity Enduro team and 10-time downhill World Champion, Nicolas Vouilloz during the Enduro World Series.
Set to hit shops this fall, the knee pad uses impact foam, where the reactive molecules of XRD Technology allow the material to be soft to the touch yet instantly firm on impact. Other features include an open mesh backing to promote airflow and a back-of-knee cutout to reduce chafing. Internal silicon printing on the top and bottom elastic, an elastic strap over the calf and SixSixOne’s Padlock connection system ensure the pads stay in place.
“XRD Impact Protection provides us the unique opportunity to not only incorporate lightweight, comfortable and flexible impact protection into our products, but also take advantage of the XRD Impact Institute’s research, design, prototyping and testing capabilities,” said Shaun Ryan, director of product at SixSixOne. “This partnership opens the door for us to utilize the most advanced technology in the protection space and ensures we bring to market the best protection equipment possible.”