Article reposted from ISPO.com; Author: Andi Spies - Source
ISPO Award Winner: G-Form Terra MTB Knee and Elbow Guards
Elevate your mountain biking experience with the Terra MTB Knee and Elbow Guards, the proud winner of the ISPO Award 2023. These cutting-edge guards represent a fusion of safety and sustainability for mountain bikers, delivering unparalleled protection while leaving a minimal environmental footprint.
The Terra MTB Knee and Elbow Guards provide CE-certified EN1621-1 Level 1 protection, meeting the highest safety standards. At the core of these guards lies the groundbreaking RE ZRO® technology, which is the world's first fully biodegradable* and 100% recyclable** impact protection material. This technology is not only lightweight and flexible but also offers unrivaled ventilation. It's designed to meet and exceed CE Level 1 and 2 standards, ensuring your safety on the trails. “The Terra Knee and Elbow Guards are a statement of dedication to the sport, the environment, and riders of all levels looking to go next level. Our inspiration stemmed from the need for a minimalist yet highly functional guard, and we went the extra mile by integrating a compelling sustainability narrative”, explains Paul Fisher, G-Form VP of Global Product.
Design and Functionality
The Terra Guards boast a minimal and streamlined design inspired by conscious material use, making them both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The exterior features an abrasion-resistant layer for exceptional durability on rugged trails. The protective pads are nestled in a breathable mesh pocket, ensuring comfort during long rides. A distinctive feature of the Terra Guards is the coated mesh window on the front knee/elbow, providing a visual tribute to the cutting-edge technology within. The top stitching, in striking contrast, holds it securely in place. The guards are easy to maintain with removable and washable pads. The sleeves are designed for practicality and sophistication, with extra-wide elastic straps for stability. Inside, a silicone gripper ensures a secure fit, reinforced by overlock stitching. A low-profile, silicone-textured gripper band along the bottom of the sleeve prevents undesirable rolling up.
Beyond their protective prowess, the Terra Guards embody a commitment to sustainability. The RE ZRO® technology is 100% recyclable and fully biodegradable, proving to return to zero in a landfill in 3–5 years. This innovation significantly reduces the environmental impact and sets a new standard for eco-friendly protective gear.
Additional sustainability information:
- Production Process: RE ZRO® products are injection-molded TPE produced in China.
- Product/Service Components: 30% RE ZRO patented TPE
- The expected product lifetime of the pad is 15+ years, with the sleeve's durability dependent on user wear and tear. A one-year warranty is offered against defective materials and/or workmanship, and fabric patch kits are available.
- All packaging materials are made from 100% post-consumer waste.
This is what the jury of the ISPO Award says about the G-Form Terra MTB Knee and Elbow Guards"There are many good and well-thought-out bike protectors on the market. But with the RE ZRO technology, which enables certified and, at the same time, biodegradable protection pads, the G-Form Terra protectors are absolutely unique.".
5 reasons why the G-Form Terra MTB Knee and Elbow Guards convinced the ISPO Award jury:
- fully biodegradable pads (3-5 years)
- 100 % recyclable
- solid protection rating of 1621-1
- comfortable fit
- Repair kits are available
- Sizes: Unisex XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
- Color: Black
- Target Group: Male and female adult mountain bike riders of all levels
- Intended Usage: Designed for impact and abrasion protection during mountain biking
- Pricing: Knee - 109,99 EUR, Elbow - 89,99 EUR
*RE ZRO pads contain materials that have been independently tested for biodegradability. For information on biodegradability testing visit: www.re-zro.com/material-testing. For more information, please visit www.re-zro.com.
**Ask your local recycling authority if recycling facilities are available for this type of product.