The guys and girls at Silverfish have been good enough to send Chris a box of the latest THE protection items. He took them on his recent trip to North Wales a for a first ride out.
From the first motorsport standard protection bike helmet to body armour and frame protection to fenders, THE has your back.
Cosmo Long Sleeve Jersey
Some riders prefer short sleeves, some long sleeves. For the latter there is this offering from THE. For these cooler months, I certainly prefer the longer sleeves. The elasticated cuffs on this jersey help the sleeves stay in place, if it gets a little warm, the cuffs can be pushed up to the elbows. Non-elasticated cuffs don’t stay there. Ventilated armpits keep you cool where it matters and a drop tail provides extra cover at the rear. It’s a good, comfortable loose fitting jersey, the elasticated cuffs are a nice touch, to keep them in place.
- Quick-dry polyester birdsye technical fabric
- Long sleeves with elastic cuffs
- Ribbed semi V-neck
- Drop-tail for extra rear coverage
- Size – S/M/L/XL/XXL
- Colours – Black/Blue/Red
Price – £39.95
These shorts are quite lightweight, they still feel good and strong but not heavy like some shorts I’ve used before. Only one small pocket limits what you can carry with you but I sometimes think that’s a good thing, saves you landing on things in a crash. My initial thought when I tried these on is that they come up a little snug around the waist (it’s not just my belly at fault either). Compared with other shorts of the same size, they are a little smaller, so bear that in mind if you buy a pair without trying them first.
- Tough 600D Cordura Nylon used where it matters
- Flex-ribbing to allow for good movement
- Waterproof zipped pocket
- Waist embroidered closure
- Size – 30”/32”/34”/36”/38”
- Colour – Black-White-Blue/Black-Red/Black-White
Price – £89.95
Maxi Knee Pads
A very good do it all knee pad, I’ve only tried them briefly so far but am currently impressed. Two velcro straps on each pad keep them in position well, while the inner material keeps them comfortable. The smooth kevlar outer material helps them from snagging on the inside of shorts, only a small touch but worth mentioning. A good size guide for these pads is available on the Silverfish (distributors) website, this is based on one measurement above the knee and one below.
- SAS-TEC lightweight padding for comfort and protection
- Low-profile design allows for easy storage while climbing
- Inner neoprene sleeves are perforated for ventilation
- Low fiction outer layer to avoid excess snagging
- Size – S/M/L/XL
- Colours – Black
Price – £69.95
Hermes Lo-Top Shoes
THE wanted to create a shoe that was as efficient on the trail as it was comfortable for the post ride drinks. The first thing that struck me was how stiff the soles are, this comes down to the glass-filled nylon shank. This helps you put the power down, more important when running SPDs. I’ve not yet tried them out clipped-in yet, I wanted to try them out on flats before converting them to SPD. They feel very comfy to wear and the ‘Power Strap’ helps get a good tight fit. So far I’ve found the soles don’t offer quite as much grip as one of the main brands on the market but I’ll be back with more updates when I’ve tried them clipped in.
- Ultra stiff co-molded glass-filled nylon shank
- Natural gum-rubber traction outsole
- Clipless compatible
- Lightweight, quick dry synthetic leather
- Stability upper with strategic padding
- Power strap
- Size – 39/40/41/42/43/44/45/46
Price – £74.95