At Chromag , they produce products that their staff want to use, day in, day out, which is why they're very proud to announce the Rift Knee Guard.
They saw an opportunity to produce a knee guard that ticked some boxes that they felt was currently left empty, and in partnering with the engineers at RHEON™ Labs, they managed to create a guard that they're extremely proud of.
The majority of the protection is located up front provided by RHEON™ and encased in an aramid skin to provide resistance to abrasions and tears. Additional lateral foam inserts keep the pad low-profile and allow for unrestricted movement, without bumping the cost sky high.
The RHEON™ insert is located on an airprene backing to provide structure, and also moderate temperatures on those all day epics.
The calf gusset is designed to keep the pad in place, combined with the generous silicone band around the top, and the upper stretch mesh which allows movement of your leg while keeping everything where it needs to be.
The Rift comes in 5 sizes from XS to XL, and is fully machine washable. CE certified EN 1621-1:2012.
The RHEON™ material is made from highly strain-rate sensitive polymers that stiffen momentarily while absorbing energy. These properties make this material ideal for a trail kneepad, which has some unique requirements. It must be comfy enough to pedal in all day, but provide significant protection for the way down.
Utilising this material, and combining it with complex geometries that fold in on themselves when impacted, Chromag collaborated with RHEON™ to develop a kneepad that feels great to pedal in but also provides a very high level of protection.