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From XC-trail to Downhill: Racer has you covered

French company offers mountain bike protective wear to keep you safe through those off-the-bike moments

Racer Gloves protective gear

Racer Gloves protective gear

Racer Gloves has been in the protective gear game a long time. The French company started with ski and motorcycle gloves way back in 1927. Fabric and protective technology have come a long way since then, and the sport of mountain biking was invented along the way.

Racer Motion knee pad

Racer combines the newest developments in protective materials, like D3O impact protection, with 90 years of experience making gear to survive in harsh outdoor conditions. Throughout Racer’s line of mountain bike gear, attention to detail and quality construction make for functional equipment built to last more than a few crashes.

RELATED: Review: Racer Motion knee pads

From ultra-light to full downhill-level protection, here’s four of the top pieces from Racer’s mountain bike line:

Racer Motion top – D3O gilet

The Racer Motion vest offers full torso protection for downhill, BMX and enduro. Based around a lightweight and breathable mesh fabric, the Motion top uses D3O impact material and EVA foam to provide back, shoulder, chest, and removable elbow protection. D3O’s flexible material hardens on impact, combining mobility with protection. When you need to wash the Motion top, the back and shoulder D3O pads are removable. The elbow sleeves are easily removable for washing, or to match the Motion vest with your preferred elbow pads.

Designed to carry your ride essentials with out, the Motion top fits a full size water bladder, with stealth routing for the hose, and has two smaller pockets on the back and side for tools, keys and other items. A full length zipper runs to the side of the EVA chest protection, making the vest easy to put on and remove comfortably.

Racer Motion knee pads

The Motion knee pad is Racer’s enduro and downhill friendly knee pad. A full length zipper makes it easy to put on or take off the knee pads mid ride, without having to take off your shoes. A removable D3O foam pad means the Motion knee is machine washable. Smaller pads on both sides of the knee offer protection from side impacts. Read the full review of the Racer Motion knee pad for more info.

Racer Smart-Skin elbow pads

On the more minimalist side of Racer’s protective line, the Smart-Skin elbow pads offer lightweight protection, combining comfort with flexible D3O Smart-Skin padding. The impact-resistant material is heat fused to the mesh material that makes up the rest of the pad. Anti-slip silicone strips keep the elbow pads in place.

While designed primarily for trail and XC use, the Racer Smart-Skin pads, which also come in a knee pad, are also great for BMX and dirt jump use as their slim profile fits under tightly fitted jeans.

Racer Profile under-shorts

Racer’s Profile short is a lycra short to go under your normal riding baggies, offering protection for your hips, tailbone and thighs. Again using D3O’s flexible impact resistant material, the shorts are comfortable while riding while still providing protection when you come off the bike. Most riders know the distinct, and lasting discomfort of landing on your hip when you crash, or even bouncing hard off a tree. Racer’s Profile short is an easy, and light way to add protection that fits under your normal riding shorts.

To find out more about the full line of Racer protective wear, head to the company’s website.