MTB News Mix: Leatt Now Making Goggles, 100% Making Pads, and a New Evoc Pack

Leatt adds mountain bike goggles to the lineup, while 100% announces their first MTB pads. There's a new large-capacity pack from Evoc, and the Absa Cape Epic kicks off on Sunday.

South African protection equipment brand Leatt debuted their first MTB goggle ever last week. The Leatt Velocity 6.5 goggles feature military grade, ballistic impact resistance, an easy clip-in, clip-out lens, a dual-pane, anti-fog lens, and lenses available from 20-83% Visible Light Transmission (VLT).

The goggles are available in three different models and 17 different colorways, starting at $80.

100% Introduces knee and elbow pads

The 100% Surpass knee pad. Photo: 100%.

Apparel and gear brand 100% is introducing new gear into their mountain bike line, which originally began with just eyewear. Now they’ll have a wide range of pads. The Surpass is a CE-tested, lightweight, hardshell pad.

The 100% Surpass knee pad. Photo: 100%.

The Fortis is a lightweight trail pad that can be used for anything from XC to downhill, and the Teratec is a slim, Lycra knee guard that’s CE Level 1 certified and is said to provide serious protection. The Ride Camp is a slim, XC pad, and pads start at $50.

100% also has their 2019 apparel line and helmets up.

Evoc Neo hydration pack

Evoc’s new Neo pack is ready for serious riding. It’s a 16L volume pack with a back protector and helmet carrier. The back protector is said to have exceptional shock absorption properties, but vents well also.

The Neo has wide hip belts, a 3L hydration bladder, a fleece lined goggle pocket, and an easily accessible tool compartment. It’s available in two colors and costs $300.

Follow the action of the Absa Cape Epic

The lead bunch during stage 2 of the 2018 Absa Cape Epic Mountain Bike stage race held from Arabella Wine Estate in Robertson, South Africa on March, 20 2018.
Photo by Nick Muzik/Cape Epic/SPORTZPICS

Stay up to date on the latest from one of the toughest mountain bike stage races in the world, the Absa Cape Epic. The race and updates will be streamed on YouTube, starting March 17, and will be free to watch.