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Knox stuff

Discussion in 'Motorcycles & Bike Gear' started by austin, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. austin

    austin Well-Known Member

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    I decided that the Knox shorts things would be the best choice for under my riding trousers (Undercrackers) so had a pleasant ride through the Lake District to visit the factory "shop" in Cockermouth. I put shop in quotes as it a bit of an overstatement to describe it as a shop - the foyer of the visitor entrance has a few rails with most of their stuff on display and the changing room was the toilets. They didn't even have all sizes available as everything was going out the factory door as fast as they could make it. You would think they would use it as a showcase both for the public and for visiting stockists or suppliers.

    Nevertheless the lady who came out was both lovely and very helpful. I said the only the only thing I wanted to buy was the shorts but I was interested in trying on summer gloves (I was between sizes and didn't like their Boa cuff fastener) and one of their underarmour shirts. In the end I tried on other gloves, jackets and kevlar jeans and got loads of advice on armour, fitments, layering and stuff. I had always thought of Knox as supplying stuff for the sports bike and MX markets but from looking the range, some of the gloves excepted, its much more to the casual rider who wants discrete protection without the garish and pyjamery look of a lot of bike gear (I still feel a twat in my Klim suit despite about 20,000 miles wearing it).

    I particularly liked their Urbane undershirt which I tried on with my Klim jacket over the top with the armour removed. For the first time I felt properly comfortable yet fully protected wearing both armour and jacket. It would be fine for warmer days when you can ride with just a tee shirt underneath the but when you need additional insulation I was not so sure. Equally if it was really hot I wouldn't want to put another jacket over the top. I didn't buy it but I may ponder further on this though and possibly go back for another fitting with a heated jacket too to check how it feels in full winter mode. The lady in the shop strongly recommended their Zephyr jacket which is basically the Urbane Shirt with added abrasion resistance where needed. She said she knows how much goes into the jacket and it is amazing VFM. However its a bit of a one trick pony for hot days only really otherwise you are always wearing two jackets and any insulation layers worn under would affect the fit of the armour.

    When I need new gear Knox is where I will be heading though. I bought the shorts and despite a full charm offensive (which was repelled in a delightfully flirtatious way) I could not get a single penny off. I enjoyed my visit a lot ;)

    Oh, and I did notice the Edz factory shop in Keswick was closed but they have opened a now one at their factory in Maryport. (Maryport is a nice place to visit - well the harbour is anyway and has a nice cafe too).
     
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    outrunner Well-Known Member

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    Good info there Austin, did you wear the shorts on the return journey? Would be interested in your thoughts on them but as I said somewhere before I like the EDZ products. Interesting to know the EDZ shop has moved to Maryport.

    Andy.


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  3. austin

    austin Well-Known Member

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    No Andy I didn't wear them so can't fully comment yet. I bought XXL as I wanted them looseish. The XL fitted but not as relaxed as the XXL. The material is very soft and light but not so thin you feel like your not wearing anything and comes down to just above my knees with a thin waistband and a small pocket. That's it so not much to be obtrusive under riding trousers yet I would happily wear as a pair of shorts too.

    I hope the Edz move of shop doesn't indicate they are in trouble. Maryport and in particular the factory (if you can find it) are not exactly on many peoples route.
     
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    outrunner Well-Known Member

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    I think the fact that there are so many outdoorsy shops in Keswick does not help sales for them and probably most of their sales are on-line anyway. Except for one of my tops I bought everything else from them on the net. Thanks for the info on Knox though as it gives me a reason to go down to Cockermouth for a look see and to check out some old haunts from when I was living in digs there many years ago when working on the by-pass.

    Andy.
     
  5. JimDidIt!

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    About a 18 months ago I bought 'pull-on' Knox knee protectors, can't remember what they're properly called but they were about £30. Reason? I've never been convinced that the knee protection in my Alpinestars bike trousers or my Kevlar jeans would actually be, or stay, in the right place in the event of an off. Long story short: I'd highly recommend them. Comfortable and reassuring. The only downside is that they're another piece of kit to put on before you ride!

    Just had a quick look online, they're called Knox Flex Lite Knee Guards - £28.50 with free delivery from SportsBikeShop.co.uk
     

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