What MTB Protection Should You Use? | Mountain Bike Helmets And Pads


– It doesn’t matter how good
a rider you think you are, even the professionals crash. So, that’s why it’s important to have some good body protection. In this bit we’re gonna take a look at a range of products from
our partner brand POC, show you the different types
of body protection available, and how they suit
different types of riders. (music with techno beat) (boom) (bike on gravel trail) In mountain biking there’s
really two types of helmet, there’s the full face,
and then the open face, or what I’d probably call a trail helmet. So, these are more suited
to cross country rides, again, trail rides, enduro riding. They come in different varieties, you can get lighter,
more ventilated helmets, but this is my POC Tectal Race. So this is something
I’d use for trail rides and enduro riding, for popping into town. And one of the main
features about this helmet is the vents, that it’s
just designed to draw in the air as you ride along,
and just really ventilate your head and keep it cool. You do have that protection
down the back of your head that you’ll see from these
trail types of helmets. This one’s even got a
goggle strap retainer, perfect for those enduro rides. So the trail, or the open face helmet, is the one that most mountain
bikers are gonna use, I’m sure you’re aware of that, but the features to look for when you’re trying to buy one of these, is just the added features
like this retention system on the back, this one’s
got a ratchet system, but also adjusts up or down. Just make sure it’s super
snug on the back of your head. It’s also got these SPIN
pads, so it takes some of that rotation force, when you do
impact your head into the ground it takes some of that away. It’s got an adjustable peak, and it’s got high quality straps, to make sure again, it’s nice and tight, and this helmet isn’t gonna move on your head. So this is my Carbon Coron
Air, so the premium one, and this is the one I’ll be racing here, at the EWS in Finale, I’ve already whacked the back of my
head with this one on. So, with the premium one
you’ve got a carbon shell, you’ve got that EPP core. And again you’ve got
the SPIN liner inside, to take out those rotational forces. You got these pads, cheek pads
that pull out super easily. And also that peak that
just sort of pops off, just trying to take away
any chance of injury, if you land on your face. So it’s got those SPIN pads inside, and that stands for Shearing Pad Inside, so that’s POC’s own
proprietary technology. It’s got silicone pads in there, again to take away
those rotational forces, you’ve even got ear chambers in there, I think that’s the first
time I’ve heard about that. Heard about that, good joke. And a full face helmet,
and that’s really to help give you space, and no
padding around your ear, and that’s to help balance and hearing. Now, on to body protection,
this is the Spine VPD Air Vest. So you’ve got three
layers of back protection, again it’s lightweight and ventilated, and it’s available in
three different sizes, small, medium and large,
and in two different fits, so slim, and regular, to
make sure it fits perfectly and is low profile. So the Air Vest, as you’d
expect from it’s name, is really well ventilated,
it’s trying to keep you cool at the same time as protecting you. But, if you’re not so keen on that, and you like using a backpack,
there are other options, and you can get that
spine protection built in to that backpack, so this
is the Spine VPD Backpack. So there you can see
that protection, built in to that backpack, again,
super well ventilated. Of course, now you’ve
got 13 liters of space to chuck in all your bits and bobs. It’s also got pockets on
those straps for tools, things like that, and, quite
important for enduro riders, is you’ve got space to
actually strap your helmet into that backpack if you want
to take it off to transition. Full face, or open face. Now, moving on down
the body to the elbows, often something that hits
the ground the hardest, these are the VPD Air
lightweight elbow pads. The VPD Airs are a lightweight elbow pad, you can get bigger, bulkier
ones that offer more protection, but these are really
about comfort, ventilation and compression that
doesn’t restrict movement. So, something to suit those
trail and enduro riders, but if you’re maybe a free
rider or a dyno racer, then you might want to look at something a bit bulkier with more protection. And don’t forget about
padding for comfort. So, I always use padded
bib shorts when I ride, and these are the XC Air
bibs, so designed to use under your shorts and your jersey. So, super ventilated, you
won’t want to wear these out by themselves, but
nice and cool as you ride. A cool feature as well is,
in the back of these bibs, you’ve got those stash
pockets that are great for chucking in bars,
gels, even a spare tube so you can potentially
ride without a backpack. Now on to knee pads, something that I find really important, I almost
always wear knee pads, I’ve had loads of knee
injuries in the past, so super important, and loads of different options out there. So, here we’ve got the VPD Air knees, and then we’ve got the VPD System knees. So let’s start with the VPD Air knee pads, just like the elbow pads,
design about comfort, compression and ventilation. So you see that pre-shaped curve in there, sitting nicely and comfily
over your knee cap, great for peddling around in. And this really is suited to cross country and trail riding, where you’re not riding the gnarliest of terrain. Right, it’s the VPD System,
this is the one that you’ll probably see me
riding in all the time in the videos, this my
preferred choice of knee pad. It’s really got more
material between your knee and the ground when you fall off. And something that, well
I’ve got a really nice sunny day today, but when
it’s cold at home in the UK, they can be a little bit stiff, so you stick ’em on your
knee, and your body heat really warms ’em up and they
really get nice and flexible. And I’ll peddle big days
in these knee pads as well. So these VPD Systems have
got that abrasion resistance stuff in front, and they’re
two ply, so like I said before, just two layers of material
inside, almost like tires, to give you more protection over the knee. Nice and ventilated, you can
get knee pads that go longer down the front of your shin, again, great for more
coverage, but for me, they’re a bit hot for
most types of riding I do, but if you’re riding downhill, free ride, going to skate parks, something like that, that might be a good option. You can even get those knee pads, the material inside that
will stiffen up on impact. Eye protection, now I’m sure you’re aware, if you ride a mountain
bike, that debris can fly up off the trail, off your front wheel, and go straight into your eyes. So it’s important to have
some eye protection on. Now, you’ll find with
both goggles and glasses, there are different features
that you should look for, things like UV protection,
and interchangeable lenses, to change out maybe from
a tinted to a clear, or a blue lens like I’ve got here, for different lighting conditions. In the UK, most of the
year, I use these blue ones, give you sort of a bit of enhancement on what you’ve got there,
but it isn’t tinted at all. When you’re out here, in
the lovely Italian sunshine, on the Riviera, that’s my choice. A feature on some of the POC
I wear, is this new Clarity. So, these are my Ora goggles
with that Clarity system. And this is all about sort
of filtering the spectrum of colors, so actually a
really interesting feature. So for mountain bikers, often
you’re riding through trees, out into the open, there’s
roots and rocks on the ground, and it really just filters those colors, so there’s more contrast
on those features, so you can see in that
a little bit better. So, these goggles aren’t
just sort of repurposed motor cross goggles used
for mountain biking, they’re designed around peddling bikes, so you’ve got way more ventilation, see that up inside
there, so again, perfect for these enduro races,
where often you’re peddling really hard, you don’t
want these to steam up or anything like that, you still want a good amount of ventilation. Now, I always run my goggles
with a full faced helmet, and glasses with an open face. We do see people sort of
switching up those rules, and often people run goggles
with their open faced helmet, like I said earlier, that Tectal Race has got that strap to hold them on. It does offer actually a good amount of protection with those
goggles on, but obviously nowhere near as much as having
a proper full face helmet. Glasses or goggles, totally up to you, but of course, the added bonus of glasses is you use ’em causally,
walking around town. I don’t think I’ll do
that with my goggles. Gloves, now these obviously help you maintain grip on the
bars in wet conditions, or if your hands are getting sweaty, but, hands, again, really need protecting. So, again, same with all
the other types of pads you can get different
levels of protection. With these gloves, you can get all sorts of sort of knuckle pads on there, or even more padding
on the palm, if you’re, maybe you’ve got soft hands, you’re riding for a really long time. I tend to go for really
lightweight gloves like these, so you’ve got that really
nice thin palm there, can really feel the grips. And actually, not too much
protection on those top, because I want a lot of ventilation. So hopefully that’s given
you a bit of an idea of the sort of protection you might need, for your type of riding. I’m out here in Finale Ligure, in Italy, I’m racing the Enduro World
Series, on some gnarly terrain. It’s compulsory to wear a full face helmet and a back protector
here, but I’ve also have the goggles, the gloves and
those VPD System knee pads on for this race. If you wanna see a couple
of videos of Blake, wearing some different
types of protection, click over there for his
adventures in Whistler, riding Dark Crystal in
an open faced helmet, and smashing the hardtail
in a full faced helmet. Give us a thumbs up,
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  • What protection do you wear when riding? Let us know in the comments below ?

  • Would you recommend me to buy a 50$ full face for city use for wheelies endos stoppies etc? (Ventura downhill if you are interested)

    Ps. I wont use it in any bike parks cause I dont have any to ride 🙁

  • Audio levels, please.

  • Hearing protection first – your sound guy needs to rework his mixer setup!

  • I see they changed the VPD air elbow protection (longer sleeve now). I got mine a year ago and they suck! On a bumpy ride (every trail basically) I always feel like they're slipping down my arm. What a waste of money. Buying knee protection, luckily I chose ION over Poc. And I love my Giro helmet (was much cheaper than the Poc). I also wear gloves all the time when descending. The cheapest pair from amazon does the job for me.

  • Intermediate music is louder than Neil's voice. I had to constantly turn the volume up and down.

  • picked up a POC tectal race helmet after seeing you guys wearing them, have to say it's the most comfortable bike helmet I've ever had. Confidence boosting too because of the extra protection around the base of the head and temples. POC need to up their distribution game here in Australia though, it's hard to find stockists that carry their stuff.

  • my foot hit a rock yesterday and I OTBed. I didnt have a helmit i prob would have cracked my skull

  • Either, Neil needs to speak up, or the sound mixer needs to be given a kick. The music between scenes is WAAAY louder than Neil speaking

  • now i have to replace all my kit…i didnt buy poc………….im feeling naked and vulnerable now 🙂

  • Longest POC ad ever…

  • Everything is so expensive I can't afford to be safe. A helmet is as far as I go. If I want to protect anything else it's mil surplus.

  • Just a helmet and gloves, just the necessary for xc.

  • A giant poc commercial

  • As a beginner I was expecting some information about MTB protections, like what are their different purposes and when it is really useful to wear them or not. Instead I got a list of poc products with just zero more information than technical promotional details. Very disappointed.

  • AUDIO LEVELS MATTER!

  • By the way super nice socks!

  • All i wear is helmet, knee pads and gloves. If i'm In a bike park ill wear a neck brace too.

  • Pls make a review on the Fuji Reveal 27.5 1.3

  • Fuji Reveal 27.5 1.3 full. Suspension mountain bike pls make the review so I can know if that’s the bike I want to get and if you do thank you lots

  • I bought trial bike ody armour I came of my ebike at high speed and cracked my ribs hurt for 3 weeks I have body armour now

  • Well this was just a straight up POC commercial. I only wear a POC tectal. Everything else I have is a mixture of Fox, Alpinestars, IXS, G-form, Raceface etc. No need to pledge an allegience to any fuckin' brand just go with whatever's comfortable.

  • Full face & bulky elbow and knee/shin pads, that way you can ride aggressive on any trail, as long as you're comfortable, the more protection the better 🙂

  • Was this a POC ad?

  • I would have preferred to see more Dh/freeride options probably because that is my ride style. I use old daniese bibs, fox race knee pads (since I started using motocross pants and either fox race with spine protection or the old race face elbow guards with more plating. I still prefer the plastic plates in body armour.

  • I am a long sighted and i have to wear spectacles. How to wear sunglasses or goggles?

  • Basically a POC commercial.

  • Poc poc poc poc poc poc poc poc poc poc poc poc poc poc poc poc poc poc poc poc poc poc

  • Who sponsored this video?

  • i like POC stuff too but can u just put POC EQUIP AD in title plz

  • Nice poc commercial you got going there I'd fo the same of I got all that free swag… for sure

  • These informercials are a bad idea. They just make me want to turn the channel off and unsubscribe.

  • Any chance you can do a review of torso armour ? There are next to no reviews written or video and it would be great to know what to wear to help avoid torso injuries like I have just had!

  • I wear a full face with some goggles, i used to wear shin protection but they broke.

  • Coming from car racing a helmet should be disposed after a crash. Because you would never know if the structural integrity is left all the way through. Is this the same with biking?

  • Poc poc poc and unsubscribe…

  • sound quality is rubbish. I love watching your videos but this one has pushed me over the edge to complain about it.
    I had to turn up the volume when you were talking and had to turn it down again when music came on for it is to bloody load. Just like when an advert comes on TV and the ad sound is almost twice as loud as the program being watched. WTF is that all about in this day and age? Do sound effects and sound engineers/ not know how to level the sound of talking volume to the music so as the music does not become annoying?
    Rant over for now cheers peeps. And first ever GMBN video I have disliked, sorry but I suppose you had to f**k up at some point. Now that's over with get back to doing good quality videos again cause this needs removing from all of existence.

  • I started by a helmet and gloves, and my – not so good – approach was to buy additional protection as soon as I hurt myself, so I added knee pads, elbow and front arm pads, shoulder pads in with a body armor, and wrist supports. I feel fully protected now, but should I have done that in the first place, I wouldn't have my whole body bruised… Let's ride safe !

  • Always use protection kids 😉

  • Always wear protection kids

  • what sunnies are they that the don is wearing

  • helmet and globes for me so far, but my last crash my backpack saved my back and my knees have been bleeding so i might pick up some knee and ellbow pads – any suggestions?

  • Oh cmon guys,so what if it's a Poc ad? Apparently they need to do this.

  • Since it’s getting cold in the northern hemisphere now, what about safety gear for winter weather?

  • One giant ad

  • I ride DH, and I would never ride without my neck brace.

  • that was very bad video 🙁 you didnt put it on you didnt say anything about sizing you didnt show they work
    first time i see bad video from GMBN

  • You guys are really great… i also want to join your club or team. but i live in india.

  • I want to buy a helmet. can you give me a good suggestion

  • More aptly, this edition should have been named

    "What POC Protection Should You Use? | POC Mountain Bike Helmets and POC Pads”

  • Not much content but lots of product placement. And the sound…. Thumb down.

  • "includes paid promotion" .. just so all you guys know .. says it right there, as per the rules I believe, so you cant really waste time saying its nothing but a big long advert, as .. well, it is,

    nope, I dont like it either as a site like this cant be objective when they have sponsors on board for certain things, POC being their protection racket, but I also feel for them, they cant make videos about different brands and do comparisons either, so.. you know, rock and a hard place – they gotta pay the bills, this may be free to us, but all these guys need a wage too … … .. .

    Anyway — who needs all that, all you need is a helmet and some "magic knee pads", knee pads will save you in every crash scenario .. knee pads .. all you need .. and they are the acceptable side of protection, so that fits in well to .. "dont have to look like a noob right .. right"

  • Are you in greece

  • Thanks ! You can see my protection on channel

  • Well i didnt POC attention to this video…

  • 10 minute poc advert, no thanks

  • Sweet vid

  • Funny how i see this video two days after breaking three ribs

  • Mine's a big list. Full Fingered Gloves, Bell Helmet with Chinguard , Whipguards, Poc hard Shell Thigh/Hip undershorts, Troylee Elbow Guards 5550 and Fox Launch pro Knee Guards . I wear it all going up or down and whatever the Temprature even though it gets hot and humid here in N Qeensland .

  • Get a full face boys and girls before you end up with 15 stitches in your face like I did.

  • Totally get you have to work with sponsorship stuff but a few other products would have actually helped viewing stats and ultimately helped POC. This is too one sided and a lot of people will have stopped watching. No probs using sponsored kit in vids but mix it up with other makes to be useful to the viewer.

  • I wear a Rosebank Stackhat and fingerless gloves.

  • Hi can enyone tell me how much it cost this bike scott voltage yz 0.1

  • The thing that scares me most on the rides i do is taking a header into the underbrush, where sometimes you've got down trees with branches you literally could get impaled on.

  • I feel like we who ride using full 15th century plate armor, or the guys who go the budget option and ride in Victorian recreations, are being left out here. I mean sure, it’s hot and with your visor down you can’t really see anything, but you will be protected, cleats are still wearable under your sabatons and if you chose to carry a sword, it can be helpful to fend off hostile wildlife or nasty Frenchmen/Saracens who would challenge you. Hikers and other bikers alike will yield to you out of fear, respect and/or the will of God. Deus Vult!

  • What's the difference between cheap and expansive helmets?

  • I´ve bought evoc freeride20l backpack with spine protector and I just can´t praise it enough. I love it even for every-day carrying. It´s super comfortable and spine protector keeps the back part super straight. It´s just superb and feels really safe on trail !

  • Not a single word about how they should fit. How you know which is right size for you. No Differentiation between different body type armor etc. This video is a joke. Usualy i like gmbn vids but this one is junk

  • Nice dirty shirt

  • Hopefully the sound guy has been fired.

  • I'm a noob and as much as I love cycling, I'm a C grader at every sport I do so I wear :
    – helmet (trail helmet for slower rides and riding with kids, just bought a full face after going OTB on a faster paced ride)
    – hardware store safety glasses – UV protection, impact rated, light weight and only $15-$25 so you can get clear, light tint and dark tint for well under $100 total
    – full finger gloves
    – elbow guards (so far my elbow pads have saved me more than knee pads)
    – knee/shin guards – seen way too many riders get opened up by the pins on their flat pedals to only ride with knee pads
    – hydration backpack provides minimal spine protection
    – some skills lessons are the next thing I want to buy!!!

    Brands are a real mix, whatever was on special pretty much! Pads bought online, everything else bought locally.

  • Neils sunglasses are ?

  • Is a full face helmet excessive if I do a lot of street riding and kinda urban downhill? I like my teeth but it might be a bit silly.

  • No Double D chinstrap on a full face helmet 1 that's just bonkers.

  • Come on . Shameless POC commercial . You could do better .

  • I have to wear a full face because one time I crashed and hit my mouth on a curb and chipped a tooth !??

  • How about for collarbone? What can I use to protect it?

  • you use the POC bag for protection? LOL

  • no money.. so I'm using skateboard protection gear.. ?

  • Basically a long POC advertisement…

  • I know another type of body protection ?

    Bike protection tape

  • I wear Ray Bands chromatic carbon top end for all 30yrs RB the best !

  • Do they have a promo code for poc?

  • you should do a full protection give away, quality gear is so expensive so we need kids to be wearing this keeping the mtb community safe and reputable

  • My father doesn’t believe in biking protection (aside from an open face helmet). Why? I’m not sure. It worries me because he won’t let me get knee pads and he won’t get himself knee pads. Should I be worried?

  • protective shorts ftw

  • Gee i really could use some POC knee pads and helmet because POC is the best I love POC

  • I wear prescription glasses and the goggles feel uncomfortable over them. Can i get away just wearing my prescription glasses without goggles in a bike park?

  • Why do you think Chest Protection did not make your list?

  • AHAAA MTB riders do use Lycra pants! Goch ya boys

  • Does POC stand for Piece of Crap?

  • The title of this should be "Let's check out my sponsors gear; BTW you should wear protection when riding".

  • For me I wear a full face no matter what type of mountain biking I do because i've gotten into pretty nasty crashes and my open face helmets didn't really protect my face much.

  • Just fuxking ride like when you were a kid. Growning up should have made you tough not anymore of a sissy. Unless you dont have insurance. I have a t shirt for scrapes, shorts for bumps, socks for pedal impacts and eye goggles for sticks and bugs oh and gloves for skid protection against the ground. Lol

  • Bro please help I cant find knee pads to fit my fat legs I've tried the gforme xxl and I need a size bigger any help neal thank you

  • Finale Ligureeeeeeeee

  • Dude what shoes r u wearing in this video?

  • Is there any other good open face helmet for $100? I currently use a Kali

  • HOW ABOUT A PAIR OF EAR DEFENDERS !!!
    who did the mixing on this video wants their arse booting out the door !!
    great vid nice products but WTF!!
    when you have to remove your headphones every f-ing time the music starts
    jesus sort out the levels

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