Sam Blenkinsop in sunny Italy, home of Bluegrass country music... I mean flaming Eagles.
Like me, you may have looked at recent photos of Sam Blenkinsop and wondered what the heck those pads he was wearing were. Well now you know (well once you have read this you will know). So it’s an Italian brand called Bluegrass. At first I thought they were country music fans but since receiving a press kit in the mail I’ve worked out that Bluegrass is in fact named after a mythological eagle whose wings caught on fire ’cause it was so fast and just plain badass. So I guess the fact that Bluegrass sponsor Blenki and French enduro racer Jerome Clementz among others (Fabien Cousinié and Shaun O’Connor) suits the eagle image more than a mandolin breakdown. There’s no distributor here yet in New Zealand but fingers crossed and you may be able to look even more like Blenki soon. Oh they make full face helmets and body armour too. Have a look below for more pics.
Just two years ago there was not one graphically appealing full face helmet on the market. For 2011 things have changed; the Bluegrass Brave is now in the mix. Featuring an EPS inner liner, Carbon outer, machine washable pads and a visor that releases when you eat it (the ground, not the visor stupid.)
If the Bobcat is good enough for Blenki then it's got to be good enough for you. D30. Need I say more? (D30 is the stuff that's soft while you're riding and hardens up when you slam on it.)
The Grizzly features an articulated carapace, EVA inserts on the front and you can detach it from the shell and machine wash it.
I asked Jerome to wait before I shot this photo. In France holding up your hand like a stop sign obviously means go, hence the reason I blew my load a little early.
I thought I'd also mention that although Jerome is short, he will kick your arse (he did mine).
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