We liked the look of Fox's Launch Pro kneepads when we spotted them at the Core Bike trade show earlier this year, and now we've got a set in for testing.
First impressions suggest they tread the middle ground, offering more padding than the likes of SixSixOne's super-slim Kyle Strait pads and with a plastic knee cup that's hard enough to ward off knocks but flexible enough not to hinder movement. RRP is £45 ($59.95). We'll let you know how we get on with them.
If you like a bit more leg coverage from your leg armour, Fox do a range of other styles include the entry-level £20 Titan-MTB. This is a standard-looking knee/shin guard with a hard plastic shell and three straps.
One neat feature that sets it apart from the pack is the D-Ring clip system on the straps, which is more secure than a Velcro closure while still allowing you to don or remove the pads with your shoes on. It also means you can cross the straps for a more secure fit.
Also new from Fox on the armour front is the CE-certified Titan Sport jacket. Designed to offer "great protection that will not break the bank", RRP is £85. Features include a full-mesh body, anatomic two-piece chest plate, removable articulated spine protector and high-impact plastic shoulder and elbow pads. It's available in five sizes.