They say you have to dress for success. Well we haven’t worn a proper suit (or pants suit) in ages. But there’s no doubt that having the right mountain bike kit can enhance your ride. Here are eight pieces of apparel that are sure to please.
Five Ten Danny MacAskill Shoes
While some riders swear by skate shoes, we love our Five Tens. Despite increased competition, they still produce one of the stickiest and stiffest flat pedal specific shoes on the market. For those looking to blend technical features with casual style, look no further than the Danny MacAskill signature shoe. Price: $130 | More info at www.fiveten.com.
Pactimo Apex MTB Shorts
Pactimo’s new Apex MTB Short (available in 4 colors) is designed with performance-driven minimalism in mind. Whether you are picking lines through a technical rock garden, screaming through the trees, or taking in all that a singletrack has to offer, you’ll want to look good, feel comfortable, and be unhindered by your clothing. The contoured shape, lightweight breathability, and functional pocketing structure provide the ideal design for all-mountain, cross-country, or enduro excursions. All-day comfort is ensured by the durable yet silk-like fabrics, sculpted leg openings (that keep the short away from your calf while pedaling), and a simple, but functional closure and retention system. Price: $90 | More info at www.pactimo.com
Qloom Steele Kit
Not the kind to let a little snow stop you from getting your shred on? The Steele kit ( jacket + pants) from Qloom is designed for serious cold-weather adventures. Constructed from Polartec, with strategic waterproof inserts on the pants, the kit will keep you warm (but not too warm) on your winter ride epics. Price: Jacket $299, Pants $249 | More info at qloom.com
Alpinestars Descender 2 Jacket
A lightweight jacket is an indispensable part of every mountain biker’s kit. One of our favorite’s this season has been the Descender 2 from Alpinestars. Constructed from a waterproof ripstop material, it has strategically placed vents, a micro-fleece collar, and can be stuffed into it’s own pocket. Once stored, it can be mounted to your frame via built-in Velcro straps. Price: $90 | More info at www.alpinestars.com
Swrve Cordura Jeans
Want a pair of jeans you can wear at the office and ride in? These cordura/denim jeans retain the great feel of denim but have the increased stretch and durability delivered by cordura. Other cycling specific touches include a reflective stripe inside both legs that becomes visible when the pant leg is rolled up and a slight rise in the rear waistband to prevent plumber’s crack when you’re in the drops. Price: $100| More info at swrve.us
Hunter Cycle Fanny Pack
On rides under two hours, riders are often choosing to ditch hydration packs. Instead, they’re strapping essentials onto their frame and securing additional items in a fanny pack. The Hunter Cycle Shred Fanny Pack is a collaboration between famed custom frame builder Rick Hunter and Scott Felter of Porcelain Rocket. It is constructed from high-quality materials, is water resistant, and is the right size for your phone, wallet, light jacket, and maybe a beer. Price: $75 | More info at huntercycles.bigcartel.com
Troy Lee Designs ACE XC MTB Shorts
TLD is best known for their supercross-inspired race attire, but they’re not all 450s and freeride. They also offer a full line of premium XC kit that covers everything from base layers to over shorts. Our favorite piece in the collection is the ultra light ACE XC short. Made from a blend of polyester and spandex, they’re form fitting and stretchy. Price: $120 | More info at www.troyleedesigns.com
Leatt DBX 4.0 Jersey
Leatt is at the forefront of safety in helmet and neck technology, so it’s no surprise their apparel products are also filled with protective features. The DBX 4.0 long sleeve jersey has a ultra-thin flex film reinforcing the elbows to provide abrasion resistance and brush protection. Other features include neck brace compatibility, stretch fit for use with/without body armor, and silicone inner grippers to keep the jersey riding in the proper position. Price: $70 | More info at www.leatt.com
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