Safety is Sexy with Bont Protective Gear

Bont has just launched their new protective pads, and I’m proud to say that I lead the development for this project. With over nine years of roller derby experience and three years of park skating, I know what works and what doesn’t, and what I think Bont can do better to make their pads the best in the world! 

 

I know what you are thinking, why create pads when there are so many brands of pads on the market? The simple reason is that I wanted to design pads that were slimline but super protective and didn’t break the bank to buy them.

 

If you are short like me, you may have found that pads (mainly knee pads) do not fit right. Being short with thick limbs, I didn’t fit the mold of typical sizing, so I had to sacrifice comfort and performance to feel protected. Therefore, the Bont team took the best elements from the best pads and improved on them. More comfort, better materials, and superior protection. Now, onto the technical details of the pads…

Comfort

To perform well, you need to feel comfortable. After months of researching and testing, Bont combined the best features to provide a protective pad range designed for maximum comfort and support. Check out the design features below.

Quality

Bont prides themselves on using the best materials, and their protective range is no different. Special attention was paid to the quality of memory foam used in the pads, and they went through many iterations before finding the best. They did extensive testing to ensure their pads could sustain even the hardest skating.

Protection

The Bont pad protection range is suitable for all types of skating and outdoor action sports: roller skating, roller derby, park skating, inline, skateboard, BMX, and scooter. 

 

All Bont pads have undergone and passed the EN 14120:2003+A1:2007 safety rating. They are also looking to expand the range to XL, which will perform to the same ratings.

Adult Protective Knee Pads and Elbow Pads features
  • High-density impact caps that help you slide out rather than stop abruptly
  • Layered heavy-duty EVA memory foam to absorb hard impacts 
  • Countersunk rivets on our caps that will not cause damage when falling
  • Ergonomic knee/ elbow recess cradles your joints and keeps your pads in place so they will not slip down
  • Slide-on design and dual elasticated straps allow for a secure and comfortable fit
  • Neoprene backing with ventilation behind the knee/elbow and
  • Elastic openings, making it easier to slide the knee/ elbow pad on and off
Adult Protective Wrist Guard features
  • Slide-on sleeve design made with 4-way stretch nylon mesh
  • A middle strap provides a tight but comfortable fit
  • High-density, impact-resistant molded ABS dual splints offer front and back protection and
  • Shock-absorbing EVA foam between support splints provides wrist cushioning
  • Easy pull-on loop
Pro Knee Pad features
  • Superior performance impact foam, which disperses up to 75% more impact energy than your standard high-density foam. Hence the higher rating level of protection; see Rating Table
  • High-density impact caps that help slide out rather than stop abruptly
  • Countersunk rivets and will not cause damage on surfaces when falling
  • Slimline design that does not impact your skating form eg. Crossovers
  • Ergonomic knee recess cradles your knee and keeps your pads in place so they will not slip down
  • Dual Neoprene butterfly closure at the back makes it quick and easy to put them on and off, especially over your clothing
  • Padding is removable from side opening 
Kids Triple Pad Protection
  • Includes heavy-duty knee pads, elbow pads, and wrist guards
  • The knee and elbow pads have high impact, hardwearing caps that help you slide out rather than stop abruptly
  • Slide-on design and dual elasticated straps allow for a secure and comfortable fit
  • Layered heavy-duty EVA memory foam to absorb hard impacts
  • Countersunk rivets on our caps that will not cause damage when falling
  • The wrist guards have dual splints for front and back protection with three heavy-duty straps for maximum comfort and support
Size and Color

The Bont Adult Knee Pads, Adult Elbow Pads, Adult Wrist Guards, and Pro Knee Pads are available in black in sizes small, medium and large. The Kids Triple Pad Protection set is available in black or pink/teal and small or medium sizes.

 

If you have any questions, let me know in the comments.

Shorty
Author

Shorty (Christine Murray) started roller skating in 2009 when she joined the Canberra Roller Derby League. Over her 10-year roller derby career, she skated for Team Australia, Team Korea, and Gotham Roller Derby. After retiring and moving to South Korea, Shorty expanded her roller skating passion to park skating and continued teaching via her YouTube Channel, Shorty’s Skate Series, to give back to the community. Connect with her on Instagram and check out her YouTube channel for skate park tips and tutorials! 

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