Bliss Vertical LD armour jacket review£155.00

Free-moving comfortable protection

BikeRadar score4/5

The slim-fitting Vertical LD body armour from Bliss is far less bulky than a traditional armour jacket but still offers a decent level of protection. Thanks to the stretchy Lycra base and cleverly articulated Armourgel padding, you soon forget you’re wearing it.

Movement remains unrestricted around the elbows and shoulders, and it’s only when things start to warm up that you start to notice the back protector, because it’s the first thing to get sweaty. The close fit of the armour means you can slip a regular jersey over the top without looking like you’re about to play a game of American football.

Pads extend well over the joints:
Pads extend well over the joints:

Pads extend well over the joints

In terms of coverage, the wide spine guard protects the essentials without sitting so low that it’ll interfere with the top of your shorts and the well-shaped shoulder and elbow pads extend nicely over the joints.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Rob Weaver

Technical Editor-in-Chief, UK
Rob started riding mountain bikes seriously in 1993 racing cross-country, though he quickly moved to downhill where he competed all over the world. He now spends most of his time riding trail bikes up and down hills. Occasionally he'll jump into an enduro race.
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 172cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Natural trails where the loam fills my shoes on each and every turn
  • Beer of Choice: Guinness

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