Thursday, 17 December 2009

The future is bright for Knox

British safety experts Knox have given their Warrior impact protection harness a bright future with the introduction of two exciting new colour options for 2010.

Premiered at the Dirt Bike Show, the updated Warrior is one of the few off-road impact protectors to be fully tested and approved to the relevant CE standards for motorcycle use.

Originally only available in black, now riders can choose from white or lime green too.

Developed with help from Relentless Suzuki MX star Jamie Law, the Warrior protects the upper body with CE- approved back, lumbar, chest and shoulder protectors and features a radical 3-part shoulder system that allows total freedom of movement.

At the core of Knox protection is a naturally strong hexagonal honeycomb that gives advanced impact protection yet is lightweight and breathable. It acts like a crumple zone, absorbing massive amounts of energy from an impact, keeping the wearer safe. Both the back and chest protector meet the European EN1621-2 standard and the elbow guards meet the requirements for EN1621-1.

Knox understand that safety wear needs to be comfortable, otherwise riders will soon discard it and ride unprotected, so they have fitted breathable spacer fabric on the back protector, which also has pinhole ventilation, to disperse body heat when working hard. There is adjustment on the arms, shoulders and waist, for a precise fit.

The Knox Warrior Harness is produced in sizes Small and Large (measurement details are available from the Knox website or at your local Knox Premier Centre) and options are available for use either with or without a neck brace, both retailing for £149.99 inc. VAT.

Call 01900 825825 or visit

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Still waters run deep at Knox

British impact protection manufacturer recovers from ‘biblical’ flood

Press Release 10 December 2009Planet-Knox, the UK’s largest manufacturer of impact protection for extreme sports, is still in business, having survived the worst floods in 1000 years hitting its home town of Cockermouth.

Although the factory is situated close to the River Derwent, which burst its banks and submerged the High Street under eight feet of muddy water, only a limited amount entered the Knox premises. However, the building was inaccessible for several days due to roads and bridges being impassable and all this happened less than a week before Knox was due to launch its revolutionary Hand Armour at the NEC Motorcycle Show. Initial inspection suggested that the damage was not too serious, only affecting carpets and low level stock, but further investigation revealed some serious issues.

“On returning from a highly successful NEC show we find that the recent flood damage is worse than initially thought” explains Planet Knox MD Geoff Travell. “We’ve had to sanitize the factory, as the flood water was contaminated, our offices will be out of action until the New Year and we’ve lost a significant amount of stock, materials and general equipment”.

He continues; “The team have all been amazing; everyone has pulled together in spite of the difficulties we face – just getting to work when half the bridges in the county are closed is a major achievement. We expect to be back to 100% by the end of January”.

Knox wishes to reassure customers that it is business as usual – ‘phones, emails and faxes are being answered and orders are being despatched – but ask for a little patience while they get back on their feet.

For more information call 01900 825825 01900 825825 or visit

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Hand Armour fits Big Ed

Big names from the world of motorcycle sport can often be spotted on the Knox stand at motorcycle shows, but perhaps the 'biggest' personality to visit Knox at the 2009 event at the NEC was 'Big Ed'. Famed for his, er, big shiny helmet, Big Ed had come to see the new Knox Hand Armour for himself.

Described by Superbike magazine as "the most eye-catching and bold glove design we've seen in a decade" the report continues; "Interest at the NEC show was high, but we suspect they're a love them or hate them item. We're in the loving it camp". Click here to read more.

Monday, 30 November 2009

Sunday's Hand Armour prize draw was made by UCI World Cup downhill mtb racer Stuart Jenkinson. Robert Burton of Worcester is the lucky winner who will receive his prize when the hand armour is launched March 2010.
To enter the free prize draw Visit Knox on Stand 2E30 in Hall 2 at this year's NEC Bike Show (27 Nov - 6 Dec)
It's a daily draw!

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Knox Hand Armour winner SAt 28 Nov 2009

Saturday's Knox Hand Armour winner was picked from the free prize draw by BDB championship runner up James Ellison. Mark Vedere of Camberley in Surrey will receive a free set of Hand Armour in the New Year. The free prize draw runs on the Planet Knox stand at the NEC Bike Show until Sunday 6th December.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Gino Rea lends Knox a hand at NEC

Recently-crowned European Superstock 600 Champion Gino Rea draws out the 1st winner for hand armour in the free to enter prize draw at this year's NEC Bike Show (27 Nov - 6 Dec).
Martin Black of Welshpool is the lucky winner who will get his prize when the hand armour is launched march 2010.
Visit Knox on Stand 2E30 in Hall 2 to see the collection and to have a chance of winning. It's a daily draw!

Monday, 23 November 2009

Knox survives Cockermouth floods

Planet-Knox, the UK's leading manufacturer of impact protection for extreme sports, has escaped the worst of the devastation caused by recent flooding in Cumbria. Although their factory is situated in central Cockermouth, which experienced some of the worst flooding for 1000 years, only a few inches of water entered the building. However, the area in which the factory stands has been cut off for several days, so today has been the first opportunity that management and staff could get in to assess the situation.

"Our biggest problem has been the lack of electrical supply up to now, as without power all our communications have been down" explains managing director Geoff Travell. "However we are now back up-and-running and we will certainly be at the NEC Bike Show later this week to launch our 2010 collection."

Anyone wishing to contact Knox is asked to be patient while staff deal with the backlog of calls and emails inbetween mopping up.
Call 01900 825825 or visit

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Cold Killers has socks appeal

Prolonged exposure of the extremities to the cold and damp is not only uncomfortable, but can result in painful conditions such as frostnip, chilblains and in extreme cases, frostbite. Therefore it is essential to make sure those parts of the anatomy farthest away from the body’s ‘core’ are kept properly insulated and dry during winter riding.
Cold Killers Hot Socks are designed to keep feet warm and dry during even the most miserable winter rides. Their ‘Softshell’ fabric construction features a three-ply laminate, with a tough and tightly woven stretch fabric on the outside; a laminated windproof membrane and a cosy 3-D fleece liner.
This three-layer system not only prevents wind chill, but also allows warm air to circulate round the foot easily, thereby dramatically reducing the overheat/chill-down cycle associated with conventional layering. Softshell fabric is water repellent too, and fully breathable, helping to prevent water ingress and the build-up of moisture in the rider’s boots.
Cold Killers Hot Socks are extremely thin and flexible, eliminating the need for extra layering and ensuring there are no ‘tight spots’ to restrict circulation. They also feature flat seems throughout and stretch panels at the ankle for an easy and comfortable fit. They are machine washable too, so are easy to keep fresh.
Cold Killers Hot Socks area available in sizes S-XXL (5-12 UK / 38-46 EU), at an RRP of £15.99. For further information call Planet Knox on 01900 825825 or visit See the complete Cold Killers Softshell collection on the Planet-Knox stand at the NEC Bike show (27 Nov – 6 Dec in Birmingham)

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Horse tales

As the UK's leading supplier of impact protection for two-wheelers, Knox has been chosen to supply product in other markets in which safety awareness is growing, particularly winter sports and equestrian.
Kan Teq, who use Knox technology in their revolutionary body protector for horse riders, have recently worked with the University of Ulster Sports Academy on a pioneering study, which is believed to be the first of it’s kind. The aim was to ascertain just how much more comfortable and protective, also how much performance improves, when a rider is wearing a Kan body protector, compared to other equestrian body protectors. Twenty volunteers were recruited to carry out the test, which involved completing a questionnaire before and after exercising and jumping their own horses. The study is ongoing and the results should be published before Christmas, so check back for an update.
One of the many riders who swears by her KAN protector s Hayley J (pictured); she had a horrible fall last year and believes the KAN took the impact and saved her back from injury. This gorgeous photo was taken by Steve Jetley.
For more information on Kan body protectors call 028 9754 2313 or email website

Friday, 30 October 2009

Knox Hand Protection – the gloves are off

Knox will unveil its innovative Hand Armour to British riders at this year’s NEC Bike Show. Featuring a host of patented innovations, including exoskeleton protection, SPS and the exclusive BOA lacing system, Knox Hand Armour looks radically different to existing motorcycle gloves and this British technology is set to take glove design to the next level for the future.
Since producing the first back-protector in 1982, Knox has been a leading innovator of impact protection and has continually looked at other areas of the body where they felt they could make a real difference and offer much needed development. Three years ago Knox turned their attention to hand protection, patenting the SPS (scaphoid protection system), which for the first time gave riders effective protection against common scaphoid injuries to the bone connecting the thumb to the wrist. Realising that glove development in the market was limited and could be improved, Knox spent two years developing new systems for the hand, looking not only at protection but also at rider comfort and fit, which are synonymous with the Knox brand.
Other new Hand armour concepts include honeycomb gel impact protection and wrist guard shrouds. Initially four models of Knox Hand Armour will be available; the full track specification HANDROID, sports-rider orientated BIOMECH, classically-styled RECON and waterproof ZERO. These will go on sale in March 2010.
See the range at the NEC Bike Show (27th November – 6th December), Stand 2E30 in Hall 2 or go to and request a log-in code for the new KNOX-LAB website.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Seeley lifts Irish Superbike title

Knox-protected 2009 British Superstock Champion Alastair Seeley added the Irish Superbike title to his list of achievements at the weekend's end-of-season Sunflower Trophy Races in Northern Ireland. The Relentless Suzuki rider, on a run of 12 successive Irish Superbike wins, brought a 45.5 point lead into the final two races at Bishopscourt. In race one, Seeley shadowed his team-mate Ian Lowry across the line to take second place and 20 points to secure the title, before winning race two to end the season the way he knows best - on the top step of the podium, which was a phenomenal achievement for both Relentless Suzuki and Seeley, taking into account that the Carrickfergus man missed 12 races during 2009 due to British Championship commitments. Seeley will now join team-mate Ian Lowry in an end of season holiday race in Perth, Western Australia at the beginning of November: a prize offered as part of the ISB champions' package for 2009.Seeley also claimed an international win at the North West 200 back in May and the Mondello Masters title just last month - increasing his win tally in Relentless Suzuki colours to 27 in 2009.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Pinbike wizard rates Knox

Jumble is a donhill mountain bike racer attempting to compete in the Mega Avalanche in 2010. Knox has supplied him with protective gear and this is what he says;

"Today is a day I will never ever forget! Firstly a massive box containing 520 bars of "Health bars" arrive from Eat natural in support of my project. Then a box full of Body armor arrives at my door from Knox - this box is phenomenal and a real treat! Inside is a wealth of body protection including a Warrior Chest armor, Elbow pads, Leg pads, Knee pads, Stickers galore, Padded shorts and awesome Knox bag. I am actually speechless and amazed at this sponsorship. Full reviews and tests on this kit will be posted soon on pinkbike from this UK based company!"

Read all about it at

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Knox racers end season on a high note

KNOX protected racers have completed the 2009 season in top positions. First Alastair Seeley was crowned 2009 British Superstock Champion on the TAS Relentless Suzuki GSX-R1000. In British Superbikes James Ellison was runner up to Airwaves Yamaha teammate Leon Camier. Meanwhile in the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Cup for 600cc machines Co-ordit Performance rider Sam Lowes (pictured) delivered the goods at the final round by taking all 25 points for the race win to secure the 2009 crown at Oulton Park.
Keep checking the Blog because Knox will be unveiling a significant new product that could revolutionise the way racers protect themselves ......

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Knox SPS wins hands down

More and more glove manufacturers are recognising the benefits of adding Knox SPS to their products - you can even find some winter gloves featuring SPS. The simple sliders protect the scaphoid bone, which links the wrist and thumb, by allowing the leather glove palm to slide down the road in an accident. Here are two recent testimonials from around the world.
"I would like to thank you for making a quality product. I have a pair of Komodo K-FX Gloves (above left) that have been crash tested twice with absolutely no damage to my hands. I had a 50 mph lowside on the street a few months ago & all I received was a slight grinding down of the palm sliders. This past Saturday at Texas World I had a 110 mph highside. I slid over 50 feet. The gloves have a slight rub mark on one palm & the sliders are all ground down pretty good." Michael, customer of Komodo Gear in the USA. Find out more about Komodo gear at
"You guys at KNOX may like this picture of a Lookwell Ultra glove with SPS (above right), exposed to really high speed on-hands-landing'. This guy would have been disabled if it wasn’t for these gloves with SPS……… He did not even have a scratch …….." Jos van Gent, Lookwell Bike Fashion, NL

When buying gloves check whether they feature Knox SPS - patented technology to protect your hands.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Men’s and Women’s Cold Killers Collection - winter 2009/10

Cold Killers have re-engineered their entire collection of Men’s and Women’s windproof base layer clothing for an even better fit. With a well-established reputation for comfort, the changes for winter 2009/10 are subtle, such as lengthening the body and increasing the neck circumference on sports tops, designed to further enhance the snug fit experienced thanks to the use of Softshell fabric with exclusive active stretch.

Johnny Haynes, Chief Riding Coach of the California Superbike School (UK & Europe), highlights the importance of a comfortable base layer; “There is nothing more annoying than an under suit that bunches up!” He notes that; “elasticated cuffs, unobtrusive seams, lightweight materials and a soft lining make Cold Killers very comfortable and non-invasive to wear underneath leathers. I tried the Cold Killers sport top & pants on a bitterly cold day at Brands Hatch and was very impressed indeed.”

The Cold Killers collection is just as important for women as Kirsty Johnson of the EPM Enduro Club commented on a recent off road day in Wales; “We started the day with a layer of Cold Killers as they are perfect for keeping you warm on the long road sections. With the windproof front and breathable back they keep you at just the right temperature while giving you the freedom to move once off road. When the sun appeared cold killers were thin and light enough to be stuffed quickly into a backpack.”

Why it Works
Experts advise that the two most critical factors in staying warm outdoors are insulation, which keeps heat near the body, and keeping moisture away from the skin, to prevent heat loss from conduction.

Cold Killers achieves both thanks to its unique combination of a water resistant windproof membrane with a 3D fleece liner. The membrane prevents cold wind and rain from penetrating the base layer, while the 3D fleece insulates, yet allows air to circulate freely, thus preventing perspiration from building up. This season’s collection features sports tops for men and women, long pants, under gloves, socks, neck tubes and balaclavas.

New Website
For more information about the current range and full UK stockist list, visit the new dedicated Cold Killers website that is designed to give much more specific technical and product information. Alternatively call Cold Killers direct on 01900 825825.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Podium promotes Cooper in Superstocks title chase

Knox protected Richard Cooper is currently chasing JohnMcGuinness for 3rd place in the 2009 Metzeler National Superstock Championship following a thrilling round at Silverstone, where he claimed his fifth podium of the season.

With Croft race winner McGuinness setting a blistering pace to qualify on pole, and, with newly crowned champion, Alistair Seeley defecting to ride in the new EVO Superbike class, even more points were up for grabs as Cooper looked to close the gap on McGuinness’ stranglehold over third. From the lights, Cooper made a strong start from P4 on the outside of the front row, quickly becoming embroiled in an epic battle with eventual race winner Jenkinson, McGuinness, Neill and Brogan. Never outside the top four, Cooper looked assured of a podium finish. With the two Padgetts Hondas clashing on lap 12, leaving Brogan in the gravel, Cooper briefly elevated his Co-ordit Yamaha into second but could not hold off the advances of McGuinness. The 26 year old crossed the line in third to claim his fifth podium of the season and 16 valuable points. With Brogan failing to score Cooper has been handed a lifeline, and the final round will now see a three-way battle for the runner-up spot. The 2009 season will draw to a thrilling close in two weeks time as the British Superbike Series heads to Oulton Park in Cheshire (9 - 11 October). Cooper will be going out all guns blazing to snatch back third, and possibly even claim second, in the Superstock championship, with Knox protecting him all the way.

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Knox on the piste in Mega Avalanche

Knox protection will be put to the test in what is probably the most exhausting downhill course. Jumble is in training to compete in next year's Mega Avalanche, which takes place in the Alpine resort of Alpe D’Huez, France on July 11-12th.
Hundreds of riders will tackle this rocky, snow-covered 32km course which has over 8,500ft of descent and Jumblw will be relying on Knox protection. Read all about his training on his blog at

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

KNOX protectors – test on a real human body

Knox is a truly global brand and we are constantly receiving feedback from riders across the world. Here ae two recent reports from riders competing in the Polish Superstock 600cc series.

Janusz Mitko #18 Superstock 600

Thanks to smooth cooperation with Red Line I have got the possibility to protect my body with Red Line suit equipped with KNOX protectors during motorcycle races since 2008. After first season I have decided to continue with KNOX also in 2009 as a rider of DePRO Racing Team. This season ends very soon and I would like to share me feelings about this product. I am not aware to admit that I am rather a risky rider, who tries very quickly to get on a pro level having very poor experience, and if you know what motorcycle racing is about, you know that means lot of crashes I stopped counting how many times I had a crash (delicate or really serious one) but what I know is that I can write this text right now thanks to perfect protection of my body during races. KNOX back protectors are very convenient and there were never any problems in wearing it, being true, I have never felt this protector on my back. It can seem that something that is so light and almost not existing on your body cannot protect your backbone, neck and other sensitive parts of your body, but….it can, believe me. I experienced different kinds of rider’s defeat – huge high-sides, really fast low-sides, crashes with other rider, going straight into safety zone, etc. – and never have any serious injuries. I can fully recommend KNOX product and I will surely use them in the future, they can guarantee safety on the race track, and I know it not from advertising, I felt it in reality.

Arkadiusz Sliwa #23 Superstock 600
I have been using Knox protectors for 2 years now, and I am that type of rider who doesn’t fall very often, but once I do fall it is usually quite hard. This year I went down twice. One crash was a low-side at apx. 150 km/h where mainly Red-Line racing suit got tested, and it has passed this test very good for me. The second crash was a spectacular high-side while riding in wet which thanks to Knox back protector finished only with a huge purple bruise on my butt instead a serious injury. As far as comfort these protectors are really great, together with Red Line racing suit they all feel as a one integral package which gives me a lot of confidence each time a throw a leg over my bike.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Forma boots got the distance at Bol d'Or

FORMA supported riders took first, second and third places on the podium at Magny Cours in the 73rd Bol d'Or 24-Hour World Endurance race.
Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) rider Freddy Foray piloted the GSX-R1000 to 815 laps, three more than runners-up Honda Michelin Power, whose Matthieu Lagrive also relies on Forma boots. In third was another Forma racer, Javier Fores on the Team GSR Kawasaki.
Following an action-packed opening, with four riders crashing on the second lap and the safety cars forced to circulate for some time, SERT held a narrow lead after three hours. During the night they gradually stretched their advantage over Honda Michelin Power and Yamaha France GMT. Mechanical reliability and quicker pit stops built Suzuki's lead to three laps, sealing the team's victory in this prestigious endurance event.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Streetwise Forma for winter

Forma, manufacturers of CE-approved motorcycle footwear and suppliers to current British Superbike Championship challenger James Ellison, are renowned for the superb protection afforded by their sports boots. Although James and the other BSB contenders demand the very best in comfort, fit and protection from their boots, the year-round road rider needs that little bit extra. With this in mind, Forma has expanded its already comprehensive touring range with an all-new model, the Street Evo.
Protection from the elements is crucial for any motorcyclist planning to ride through the autumn and winter months, so the Street Evo features a Drytex tubular lining to ensure even the worst weather conditions are kept at bay. Riding in wintry conditions can also increase the risk of accidents, so a durable leather upper, TPU moulded plastic protectors at the shin and ankle, and a TPU Dual Flex, anti-shock EVA midsole are incorporated, to provide maximum impact protection, hence CE-approval. Dual Velcro fasteners provide a snug fit, and a triple density, anti-slip and oil-resistant sole offers further piece of mind; giving a firm grip on the pegs and sure-footing on wet roads.
The Street Evo's flexible construction, memory foam inserts and an innovative Air Pump System (APS) – which provides extra cushioning by using pressure from the foot to pump air into the footbed – ensure comfort during day-long rides.
Forma Street Evo boots are available in black, sizes 36-50 at an RRP of £99.99.
Planet Knox T. 01900 825825, W.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Knox - the technology behind racers

Keith Amor is one of many leading UK racers with good reason to be grateful for recent advances in impact protection. Amor crashed out of the Ulster Grand Prix as he tried to seize the lead on the final lap of the Supersport 600cc race. This had been a frantic contest, with up to 9 riders fighting it out for the lead in one of Ireland’s most famous road races. Fortunately, Keith escaped relatively unscathed, apart from mild concussion, thanks to modern body armour.
“Wearing the Planet-Knox back protector gives me the confidence that if I do crash I have the best protection available,” comments Keith. “The protector is lightweight and very comfortable. I had never been one to wear a back protector for my racing as I always found them too bulky and uncomfortable - that was before I tried Knox”.
The Knox Contour used by Keith is one of the latest generation of Level 2 back protectors, made to the toughest current European standard. Not only does it absorb 33% more energy from an impact than is required by the CE standard, it also covers far more of the back than is specified, including the vulnerable coccyx at the base of the spine, providing valuable extra protection. Another reason for the Contour’s popularity with racers is that it is incredibly light, at just 600 grams, thanks to extensive use of inclined wall honeycomb cell technology. Unlike traditional foam rubber materials used by many manufacturers, honeycomb cells act like mini ‘crumple zones’ absorbing massive amounts of energy as they deform. This honeycomb is engineered and formed in a 5-layer mould to follow the contours of the spine for a precise figure-hugging fit beneath race leathers.
“I now won't get on a bike without my Knox back protector; I’m really happy with its performance and how comfortable the product is, you just don't know you are wearing it” adds Keith.
This race specification technology is not expensive; the top-of-the-range Contour race sells in the shops for less than £100 and models are also produced to suit road riders.
Call 01900 825825 or visit
Racing images by Alan Armstrong Photography

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Seeley takes the Knox to scoop 2009 Superstock title

Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing's Alastair Seeley clinched the National 1000cc Superstock Championship title at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, havng taken win number nine of the season to maintain his one 100% record. Seeley puts his trust in Knox on road and track, competing not only in the British Superstock series but also in many Irish road races, where he has recorded six wins from six starts. He can also boast an outright circuit lap record at Kirkistown in Northern Ireland. Everyone at Knox congratulates Alastair on his achievement and we look forward to supporting him in future - maybe in British Superbikes?

Jamie Law backs the Warrior Harness

The latest edition of DBR magazine features the only CE approved harness to work with a neck brace - another 1st for Knox. Relentless Suzuki Rider Jamie Law worked with Knox for over a year to help develop a harness that would not only work with a neck brace but would also lbe ight, flexible and comfortable.
To quote Jamie " At first my Knox felt alien, now I hardly know I'm wearing it and value it as much as my helmet"
With the Knox Warrior riders no longer need to choose between wearing Impact Protection or a Neck Brace, because they are designed to work together to help riders stay protected, not just from the neck up!

Monday, 17 August 2009

More wins for Knox riders in BSB at Brands

Knox protected riders were back on the podium at Brands Hatch at Round 8 of the MCE British Superbike Championship. In the British National Superstock 1000cc class Alastair Seeley continued his phenomenal run of success with his eighth consecutive victory for Relentless Suzuki. In the two-part race, which was red flagged twice, Seeley led both, not only setting a new Superstock lap record but also dipping under the European Superstock record by almost a second. Meanwhile in the Supersport 600 class James Westmorland took the win on his Triumph, elevating him to 4th place in the Championship, just 28 points behind series leader Steve Plater. James Ellison was in the top six finishers in all 3 Superbike races at Brands, where they ran an extra race on the Saturday, rounding off the weekend with third place on the podium on the Sunday. This consolidates his second place in the BSB standings, behind teammate Leon Camier and comfortably ahead of third placed Stuart Easton on the Hydrex Honda.
Look out for Knox protected riders at Cadwell Park on 29-31 August 2009.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Click for Quality Clothing

New Cold Killers and Dry Inside websites
Following the successful launch of their dedicated impact protection website, Knox have introduced two interactive brand websites for their Cold Killers thermal wear and the Dry Inside base layer range.
Both sites have been developed to offer both trade and consumer visitors the latest product news and information, each site offers detailed specifications, complete sizing guides to ensure a perfect fit, recommended retail prices and high quality, interactive images of the complete Cold Killers and Dry Inside ranges.
Features include a video outlining the unique properties of Shoeller 3XDRY - the material which allows the Dry Inside range to keep the wearer dry and comfortable whatever the weather conditions; and a look at the technology behind the re-engineered Cold Killers Soft Shell range - which uses a unique windproof and breathable, three ply laminate, 3D fleece lined construction to deliver an incredible balance of protection against wind and rain, excellent breathability, balanced warmth and dynamic soft stretch fit.Alongside this, visitors can also read testimonials from press and customers, to help assess the quality and functionality of each product. Plus, each site has a comprehensive list of stockists allows an easy search of all Cold Killers and Dry Inside approved retailers. The new sites can be found at: and

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Knox is the Choice of Champions for Ladies

Knox pioneered back protectors in sizes and shapes to suit women and so are the obvious choice for the UK’s most successful female motorcycle racer. Maria Costello set the record as the fastest woman to lap the Isle of Man TT course, is a Sporting Champion for the Sports Council of England and recently received an MBE for services to motorcycling. She uses a Knox Contour back protector, along with Knox body armour fitted inside her Bering race suit. The Contour is one of three models produced by Knox that is available in smaller sizes popular with women.
Wearing the wrong size of back protector can result in an uncomfortable fit, limited protection and/or restriction to movement, so choosing the best fit is essential. Knox offer the Contour in five sizes, including Small and a special Small Race version with additional protection over the coccyx.
Knox also led the way in developing ultra lightweight materials and at just 600g the Contour is the lightest back protector on the market that conforms to Level 2 of the EN1621-2 CE standard – the highest rating possible under current EU testing regulations. This is achieved by the use of honeycomb technology, with impact absorbing cells formed in a 5-layer mould to follow the contours of the spine.
Comfort is further enhanced by the use of breathable Spacer Fabric, multi adjustable waist strap and shoulder straps that can be worn in vertical or cross-over positions.
The Contour is available in Small and Small Race sizes retailing for £99.99. See the fitment video at
Tel: 01900 825825 - Web:

On Safari with FORMA

Safari boots from FORMA are designed for motorcyclists who want to get out on the roads and explore. Designed in Italy and manufactured in Europe, Safari boots have a leather and Cordura® upper to create footwear that is both robust and comfortable for day long use.
Comfort is further enhanced by two features on the sole - the innovative Air Pump System (APS) uses pressure from the foot to pump air into the footbed, providing extra cushioning while walking. Meanwhile the TPU Dual Flex and anti-shock midsole reinforces the instep with solid EVA material, but is flexible across the ball of the foot to allow movement when walking. Extra soft polymer padding with memory foam cushions the wearer and allows freedom of movement, while moulded plates shield the shin and ankle.
Any explorer needs to be prepared for all conditions and the Drytex tubular lining is both waterproof and breathable. At the back of the Safari boots is a rertro-reflective Reflex panel and the triple density soles are both anti-slip and oil resistant.
Forma Safari boots have a Velcro and zip closure and are available in sizes 38-47 in black/silver, RRP £119.99.
For further information contact Planet Knox on 01900 825825, or visit

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Young guns go for it with Knox behind them

"This weekend I had great fun at the Moto Gp Support Race" says teenager Lee Jackson. "The weekend got under way in good style with the weather being dry but with dark rain clouds in the sky it was very weird condition not knowing what the weather was going to do before our 7.15pm qualifying session on Friday night, (which was quite late after waiting all day to ride then going straight in to the qualifying). I started off slow in the session and by the end of the session on the very last lap, I grabbed pole position for Saturday night's race. Saturday came in a dry fasion and I was exicted about the race; I led the race for 5 laps, then got passed."

This relegated Lee to 2nd place, but he is a tenacious young man. "I then followed the leaders but got slip-streamed by two riders and went back to 4th". Things were not going according to plan. "On the last lap into the last corner I had a bike problem, but then the bike picked back up into limp mode and I got round the last corner." They say you never know what's around the corner and as if to prove the point, the 2nd placed rider had crashed. "So I eventually got 3rd position in a very exicting race".

Congratulations to Lee, who relies on his Knox Contour for protection. He's currently 4th n the Aprilia Superteens Challenge. Watch out for his name in future!

Monday, 6 July 2009

More podiums for Knox racers on road and track

Relentless Suzuki's Alastair Seeley continued his remarkable run of race wins in the British National 1000cc Superstock class at Knockhill. So far this season the Carrickfergus rider has taken seven wins from seven startson his 2009 GSX-R1000 . Once again the vaue of Knox protection was demonstrated, when Seeley picked himself up after a high-speed qualifying crash.

Meanwhile Keith Amor's winning streak continued on the roads, when he took two victories at the demanding Skerries 100 road races. Riding the Wilson Craig Honda Superbike, Amor crossed the line first in both the Open and Grand Final races, adding a solid third in the Supersport 600cc race to his podiums on the day.
Back on Track, James Ellison of Airwaves Yamaha scored a solid 5th and 3rd in the Superbike races, consolidating his second place position in the ViSK championship.

Pictures by Alan Armstrong Photography

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Wear FORMA shorts this summer

Diablo: The Diablo boot, from Italian manufacturer Forma, is designed to offer sports bike riders a comfortable yet protective option for urban riding, which can be worn under motorcycle or street clothing easily.

With a flexible microfibre upper, air mesh lining and an innovative Air Pump System (APS) – providing extra cushioning by using pressure from the foot to pump air into the footbed – day long comfort is assured. TPU Dual Flex and anti-shock EVA midsole combines flexibility when walking with protection when riding and the magnesium toe sliders are replaceable. Forma Diablo boots are available in sizes 38-47 in black/silver, RRP £129.99.
Northwind: For riders requiring an all-season option, the Northwind combines the features of touring boot with the comfort of the ankle-length design. Their leather and Cordura® upper, Drytex tubular lining, APS footbed, and air ventilation pockets, keep the wearer dry and comfortable on long journeys, whether riding into town or across the Continent. Velcro™ and lace closure eliminates potential pressure points and provides a secure fit. Protection is taken care of by TPU protection at vulnerable areas and Forma’s TPU Dual Flex, anti-shock EVA midsole. Triple density, anti-slip and oil-resistant soles ensure a firm grip on the pegs and sure footing at rest. Forma Northwind boots are available in black, sizes 36-48, RRP £114.99.
Both the Diablo and Northwind are CE-certified to the EN13634 standard for protective footwear for professional motorcycle riders. For further information contact Planet Knox on 01900 825825, or visit

Monday, 22 June 2009

Ten podiums for Knox riders at Snetterton BSB

Knox back protectors were born on the track in 1981 and their British-made back protectors have been a popular choice for racers ever since. However the results from the Snetterton round of British Superbikes are a remarkable endorsement of the faith that racers put in Knox, with no less than ten Knox protected riders mounting the podium on race day.Josh Brooks finished 3rd in the first and second superbike races on the HM Plant Honda, while James Ellison was second in Race 2 on the Airwaves Yamaha. Meanwhile in the Supersport 600 Race every step was occupied by Knox riders; HM Plant Honda's Steve Plater in first, Dan Cooper of Centurion Racing Honda in second and James Westmorland on the JW Racing Triumph in third. In the Superstock Race Alastair Seeley crossed the line in 1st on the Relentless Suzuki, (he has won every race to date), followed by Richard Cooper in third on the Coordit Yamaha.Rounding off the day, Luke Jones brought the MAP Raceways Yamaha home in first place in the National Superstock 600 and finally Tim Hastings finished first on his Honda 125 in the ACU Academy Cup.
On the roads, meanwhile, TAS Relentless Suzuki rider Alastair Seeley (pictured) survived a high speed 130mph crash at Northern Ireland’s prestigious NW200 road races and went on to win a rain-lashed Superstock race.
“I'm glad I was wearing both chest and back protection” comments Alastair. Professional racers choose Knox because they know that Knox is dedicated to protection.
Call 01900 825825 or visit

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Prepare for Knox online

Knox, the impact protection specialists, have launched a new interactive brandsite that is a massive leap forward for trade and consumers alike, giving them unrivaled product information. This represents a major investment by the British company and is the first of several brandsites that will be launched over the next month.
Innovative features include the introduction of 360° views that can be zoomed to a very detailed level, printable measuring guides to ensure the user obtains the correct size and specific video guides that show how to measure the torso and how to fit the product. Detailed descriptions and technical data help visitors to understand exactly how each product works, while independent testimonials help them to assess quality and functionality.
There are also quick links to other relevant videos including the new “Prepare for Knox” series, the Planet Knox Blog and new YouTube channel.
“The launch of our new website shows how we are thinking and innovating as a brand”, explains Knox founder & MD Geoff Travell. ”We understand how important it is for riders to make the right choice and that can only be done if you have all the right information.”
Visit and sign up for the monthly newsletter now.
Planet-Knox – dedicated to protection - Call 01900 825825

Picture of the Day

Check out this stunning shot of Knox-supported Liam Little on PinkBike.
Voted picture of the day it's had 20,000 views in a matter of days.
Liam is a top downhill mountain bike racer who uses Knox Cross Max knee guards.
Knox - dedicated to protection.

Steve Plater heads up THINK at Snetterton BSB

THINK! regular interviewee Steve Plater will be making a hero’s return to Snetterton at the ViSK British Superbike Championship, after taking victory in the Isle of Man Senior TT plus a series of podiums.

The THINK! Motorcycle Academy unit will be sited near the tricky Russells chicane and will be in operation all weekend to host top rider interviews, presentations and special VIP competitions.

Three time Superbike Champion and THINK! Ambassador John Reynolds will be making numerous appearances on the unit, backed up fellow thrice champion Niall Mackenzie.

MSS Colchester Kawasaki is the most local to the circuit and have therefore supplied both their riders for interview over the weekend; Simon Andrews and Julien Da Costa.

Current Superstock hopeful and a rider who has graced every class from BSB to GP’s; Scott Smart, will be in attendance giving his often forthright views

Industry Experts from the renowned protection brands Shoei and Knox will be giving interactive presentations and advice on race day, so riders best bring their most technical questions!

A new development for this season; the THINK! stand will also host the press conference for the top four BSB qualifiers on Saturday at 4.30pm.

Fans will be able to use the interactive computers to win exciting prizes, have their photo taken on a virtual grid and enter the GO VIP! Competition; four lucky fans will be upgraded to full hospitality on race day- be at the THINK! unit at 12 noon when the winners will be drawn.

Local Bikesafe Officers will be on hand to give out advice, help fans get the most out of the Honda Rider Trainer and sign up interested visitors for further training.

For more information visit The Snetterton THINK! Schedule:

Saturday – Qualifying day

11.30 – Scott Smart
12.00 – Billy McConnell
13.00 – John Reynolds
14.15 – Niall Mackenzie
16.30 – Front Row Press Conf @ THINK unit

Sunday – Race Day

10.30 - John Reynolds
11.20 – Niall Mackenzie
12.00 - GO VIP! Comp draw
13.00 – Knox Expert
14.00 – Steve Plater
14.30 – MSS Colchester Kawasaki duo
Simon Andrews and Julien Da Costa
15.10- John Reynolds
15.20- Shoei Expert

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Knox - So you win again!

The Knox boys were doing it again in style at the Thruxton round of BSB last weekend.

Alastair Seeley won again with another superb Superstock performance and James Ellison had 2 2nd places in the main Superbike event.
Having won all 4 round Alastair comfortably lead the Superstock championship, and James is has now moved upto 2nd in the Superbike title race.

Both riders wear the Knox Contour back protector and Dry Inside base layers with Alastair also choosing to wear the Knox Chest protector. This demonstrates that the products are unobtrusive not in any way restrictive which helps these riders perform to the best of their ability.

Best of luck for the next round lad's.

Friday, 29 May 2009

New Knox Cross Shorts with articulated thigh protection

Dedicated to protection. The new Knox Cross Shorts are designed for anyone who rides a motorcycle on road, track or dirt. However, the innovative hinged thigh protectors on these light and well-vented shorts make them ideal for use across a variety of extreme sports, including mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding.
Research* into motorcycle accidents shows that half of the injuries to the somatic (external) regions of the body affected the ankle/foot, lower leg, knee, and thigh/upper leg. However, while most riders guard their foot/ankle with boots and knees are covered by armour, motorcycle clothing rarely contains adequate protection for the hip and thigh area. So Knox designed their new Cross Sport Shorts to be comfortable to wear under motorcycle trousers, but with the reassurance of CE protectors covering the hips and thighs, plus an extra protector for the coccyx.
Tested and approved to EN1621-1, the European standard for motorcycle armour, the hip and thigh protectors are hinged, an innovative design feature that allows total freedom of movement, yet retaining total coverage without any gaps in protection. The body formed protectors are very slimming and hardly show and only weigh in at just 225g for the pair. The hip protectors have vent holes and the thigh protectors are grooved to allow air circulation and prevent over-heating.
Cross shorts are manufactured a breathable airtex mesh and the protectors may be removed so that the shorts can be machine washed. Knox Cross Sport Shorts are available in sizes X-Small – XX-Large. The suggested retail price is £69.99 inc. VAT.
For more information call 01900 825825 or visit
“The "Motorcycle Accident Cause Factors and Identification of Countermeasures," was a study conducted by the University of Southern California in 1981.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Forma Fly Evo short touring boots

Fly Evo boots from FORMA are designed to appeal to riders looking for a motorcycle boot that can be worn easily under trousers. Shorter than regular bike boots, Fly Evo boots fit under most leather or textile trouser legs and are more comfortable to wear too.
Designed in Italy, FORMA Fly Evo boots and manufactured from leather in Europe and are CE-certified to the EN13634 standard for protective footwear for professional motorcycle riders. They will also protect wearers from the weather, thanks to a Drytex® tubular lining, which creates an internal waterproof ‘sock’. Further protection is provided by reinforced plastic on the malleolus (ankle bone) area.
FORMA pay great attention to the sole too, which is produced from triple density anti-slip oil-resistant rubber. The TPU Dual Flex and anti-shock EVA midsole protects the instep but allows the wearer to walk easily and there is an antibacterial replaceable footbed with APS (Air Pump System). This ingenious system uses pressure from the foot to pump air into the footbed to provide extra cushioning.
Forma Fly Evo boots provide all-day comfort all year round and look neat too. They are produced in sizes 7-13 retailing for £99.99.Planet Knox T. 01900 825825 – W.

Success for KNOX riders at Donington BSB

James Ellison rode his Airwaves Yamaha to his maiden victory in British Superbikes in Race Two at Donington Park on Bank Holiday Monday. "It's about time I won a race in BSB" quipped James, who wears a Knox back protector and Forma boots. "The adrenaline is still pumping and I can't wait to get to Thruxton now next weekend."

James was not not only Knox supported rider to enjoy success at Donington. Alastair Seeley won the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 race on the Relentless Suzuki by TAS, just a week after his high speed crash at the NW200 road races. "Knox protection took the brunt of the impact and stood up very well to the crash" stated Seeley.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Max Neukirchner survives Monza

Max Neukirchner has survived a dramatic accident at Monza on the first lap of race one. The German rider was hit from behind by Robert's Ducati, breaking his right femur and fibula. Thanks to his Forma F1 boots, his ankle was unscathed and just three bones in his foot were broken.
Max is now on the mend, following a six hour operation on Sunday evening to repair the damaged bones. According to the doctors the operation passed without any complications and there are no reasons why Max cannot make a full and successful recovery.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Best of both - FORMA GT boots

GT boots from FORMA combine the best elements of road and motocross footwear in a package that is ideally suited to heavy duty applications.
Designed and developed in Italy, FORMA manufacture their GT boots in Europe to the CE standard EN13634 (protective footwear for professional motorcycle riders), proving that they are every bit as robust as they look.
GT boots will also protect the wearer from the elements, because inside the leather upper there is a Drytex® tubular lining. This waterproofing system creates an internal waterproof ‘sock’ to provide reliable and durable water resistance.
Further comfort and protection is provided by the insole, which features an Air Pump System that cushions the foot, while the TPU Dual Flex mid-sole protects the instep but allows flexibility when walking.
The tough soles are made from an anti-slip and oil-resistant rubber compound.
Forma GT boots are fastened by two motocross style buckles and a Velcro panel on the calf. Produced in sizes 7-13 they sell for £149.95.
Planet Knox T. 01900 825825 – W.

FORMA are the boots of choice for Max Neukirchner in World Superbikes and James Ellison in BSB.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Forma boots Valencia WSBK report

Team Suzuki Alstare rider Max Neukirchner achieved a superb podium position in the first Superbike race at Spain's Valencia circuit, finishing third behind Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio. He also led the first four laps of race two, but then began to suffer grip problems and eventually crossed the line a respectable seventh.

Max Neukirchner :“I think that generally this has been a hard weekend for us and the closeness of the lap times in qualifying didn’t make it any easier. We tried many things to make the bike faster and although we improved it, I don’t think it was enough. Race one was very good and I was happy to get a podium. We used the same bike in race two, but the bike just didn’t work as well as it had done in race one. I managed to lead for the first four laps, but then the grip level went down. Maybe part of the problem was that the track temperature was higher and that affected the characteristics of the bike”.

Max wears Forma F1 boots and is currently third in WSBK.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009


THINK! is sponsoring the British Superbike Championship (BSB) for a sixth successive year and once again KNOX are official partners to this popular road safety campaign.

An independent survey revealed that 98% of BSB fans are in favour of THINK! sponsoring the event, and 61% said they are more likely to take further motorcycle road training after visiting the THINK! Motorcycle Academy at BSB.

The Academy, which is part of the Department for Transport’s THINK! road safety campaign, is present at every round of the twelve-race series. It includes interactive sessions as well as a range of information encouraging bikers to ‘Save Racing for the Track’ and learn new road skills. KNOX staff are often present to offer advice of impact protection. In addition to accessing the latest motorcycle safety information, those visiting the Academy can experience Honda's Rider Trainer, a realistic hazard awareness simulator. Race-goers will also be able to access interactive pods where they can learn more about motorcycle safety including the latest SHARP helmet ratings. Teams from the Local Authority Road Safety Officer's Association (LARSOA), the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and BikeSafe will again provide their invaluable support to the THINK! Motorcycle Academy by providing advice on further training – a crucial element for safer riding.

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Jamie Robinson's 12 o'clock wheelie

Ex-British Supersport racer Jamie Robinson has been in LA learning how to master the 12 o'clock wheelie, which involves scraping the bike's number plate and exhaust on the floor, then geting it back onto 2 wheels.

Achieving the balance point is a matter of trial and error - Jamie was getting close but not close enough on his final run when he went for it .... and it ended in a pile of bits and pieces.

Fortunately Jamie was wearing a Knox back protector; "I landed flat on my back and I had no injuries, not a mark, felt like i'd not even crashed".

Now that's product testing!

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Planet Knox has a new Premier Dealer in Northern Ireland and the company directors travelled across the Irish Sea to join in the celebrations for Phillip McCallen's open day in Lisburn. McCallen is third in the list of all-time Isle of Man TT winners, with 11 race victories, including an unequalled four races in one week in 1996. McCallen also won 5 wins from 6 starts at the 1992 North West 200, and 5 wins in one day at the 1996 Ulster Grand Prix.

Now retired from racing, Phillip has opened a motorcycle superstore retailing Triumph, Kawasaki and KTM motorcycles.

The highlight of his grand opening was a free stunt show by Kevin Carmichael - a personal friend of Phillip and is a former world champion. Kevin performs on a wide range of Triumph motorcycles, including wheelies on the 2300cc Rocket3, and wears Triumph clothing incorporating Knox CE protectors.

Over 2,800 people attended the open day and we wish Phillip all the best for a successful enterprise with

Friday, 3 April 2009

Knox protects Sparky in Natalie Cassidy's Real Britain

Natalie Cassidy presents a series of films about young Britons inspired by subjects close to her own heart. Natalie finds out what it takes to follow to your dreams. She introduces Sparky, who wants to make it as stunt bike rider; but with two kids under five, can he juggle his own ambitions and the demands of being a single dad?

Click here to watch this episode on the BBC iPlayer.

British Superbikes is coming ... with KNOX

Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Brace yourself with the Knox warrior BC9

British impact protection specialists Knox have introduced a fully-CE-approved safety harness that has a specially designed back plate to accommodate popular brands of neck brace. Developed with the help of Relentless Suzuki MX rider Jamie Law, the Knox Warrior BC9 combines ultra light weight with class-leading protection and ease of use.

Weighing in at just 1.1kg, the chest, shoulder and back protector elements of the Warrior incorporate naturally strong hexagonal honeycomb internals that are light but capable of absorbing massive amounts of energy from an impact, working in a similar way to the crumple zone on a car. All protectors are independently tested and approved to the current European standards (EN 1621) for complete confidence in their protective capabilities. The back plate is lined with Spacer fabric that reduces heat build-up and works with pinhole vents to improve air circulation, keeping the wearer cool when the racing heats up.

Both Leatt (also BMW and KTM) and Alpinestars neck braces fit comfortably with the Knox Warrior BC9, sitting in specially shaped sections front and rear. Elastic and Velcro straps around the waist and over the shoulders secure the Warrior quickly and easily. Available in two sizes, (small and large), the Knox Warrior BC9 retails for £149.99 including VAT. Planet-Knox – dedicated to protection. Call 01900 825825 or visit

Friday, 27 March 2009

FORMA and function

Arrow SX Dry waterproof race boot

FORMA’s Arrow SX Dry race boots offer riders all of the benefits of a top-flight Italian race boot with the functionality of a reliable waterproof linier and the reassurance of the CE-mark.
Designed and developed in Italy, FORMA are the boots of choice for Max Neukirchner in World Superbikes and James Ellison in BSB. Manufactured exclusively in Europe, FORMA is one of only a handful of manufacturers committed to producing boots that are CE-certified to the EN13634 standard for motorcycle boots.

The Arrow SX boot has a leather upper reinforced by replaceable plastic protection for the calf and malleolus (the bony prominence on each side of the ankle) and with an ankle support system too. There is a double protective Velcro and zip closure to ensure a watertight fit and the replaceable toe sliders are anti-spark magnesium.

Waterproofing is assured thanks to a Drytex® tubular lining, which creates an internal waterproof ‘sock’ rather than attaching the liner to the sole, providing reliable long-lasting water resistance. The sole, meanwhile, has a TPU Dual Flex and anti-shock EVA midsole that protects the instep but allows flexibility for the ball of the foot for comfortable walking. Forma Arrow SX Dry boots are produced in sizes 7-13 in a choice of black or white retailing for £149.95. Planet Knox T. 01900 825825 – W.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Downhill MTB crash testing

Our sponsored riders really go the distance when it comes to product testing. Check out this video footage of downhill mountain biker Stu "Jenko" Jenkinson from round two of the Maxxis cup at Vigo in Spain. In addition to the knee guards Stu also wears a Knox safety shirt - no wonder he's able to carry on after two HUGE crashes withing 30 seconds. Filmed by John Parkin from 3Focus fame for Dirt magazine.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Dan Couzens bounces back with Knox

Dan Couzens races in the UK Mini Twins series. This is his story.

"I am sending this email to say thank you very much for the top quality back and chest protector you supplied me with. Unfortunately I've had to use them already! I was hit by another rider after the race had been stopped, I had slowed to about 20mph for the red flags due to an incident on the start line and another rider a few bikes back hadn't spotted the reds and hit me directly from behind doing at least 80-90mph. As you can imagine the resulting impact was a large one, the other rider knocked themselves unconscious on my back and i have broken my radius,ulnar and scaphoid in my left arm and hand. Amazingly I barely have a sore neck and my back is absolutely fine!! I strongly feel this is due to the quality of your product and have been doing my best to promote it to everyone i know, it has been tried and tested now in a large accident and proven its worth. I feel compelled to send you this since i feel very lucky and could be in a far worse condition were it not for your equipment and for that i am very grateful! Yours sincerely, Danny Couzens #4 Minitwin"

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