Fox recently leaked some highlights from its 2010 lineup, and these three new products top the list. Building on its arsenal of helmets and knee, shin and elbow pads—and drawing from decades of experience in the motocross world—Fox has significantly expanded its protective gear quiver.
The V3R full-face helmet is based on Fox's successful V3 motocross helmet, but has been pared down for mountain bike use. CPSC- and ASTM-approved, the carbon fiber lid weighs just 1,180 grams. It comes with a fully removable Coolmax liner and cheek pads to keep the $380 investment from taking on the musty funk of a locker room —plus, copious venting (10 intake and four exhaust ports) keep the helmet aired out. The high-end helmet joins Fox's current full-face offering, the $130 Rampage, in the lineup.
The reasonably priced Launch Pro Knee pads come in at just $60 and promise flexible, everyday coverage. The pads have a Kevlar front knee panel covering a plastic knee cup with a perforated neoprene body that forms to the rider's leg, and the whole getup is designed to stay put while pedaling.
Last, the Titan Sport Jacket—brought over directly from the motocross line—costs $140 and uses a mesh main body and strategically placed plastic pads for that elusive blend of ventilation and protection. The CE certified armor suit looks sturdy and should offer plenty of protection, save for the centralized zipper, where armor plating is conspicuously absent.
The Launch Pro Knee pads will be available in November, as will the Titan Sport Jacket, although it can also be found in motocross stores now. Expect V3R helmets to start showing up at shops in February 2010. For more information, go to Foxracing.com