1. Five Ten Freeride VXi Shoes
Five Ten takes it to another level of “sticky” with their new Stealth Contact outsole on the new Freerider VXi. We put these kicks to the test on the long fire road climbs and technical singletrack descents of Santa Cruz’s Soquel Demonstration State Forest, and were thrilled with their performance. Grippy and light, they are perfect for all-mountain and downhill shredding. Unisex.
MSRP $120 • www.fiveten.com
2. Spank Spike Pedals
These are the flat pedals that will make you throw away your clipless pedals forever. At just 400 grams, Spank went all-out to create high-end platforms that are very light and wafer thin. Each pedal comes with 20 gnarly looking pins that will keep your feet glued in place no matter how muddy the conditions get. Pair Spikes with Five Ten sticky MTB shoes and you’ll never worry about accidental foot slippage again.
MSRP $125 • www.spank-bikes.com
3. Dakine Defender Gloves
No matter what terrain you encounter on your riding adventure, these gloves will take good care of you out on the trail. With composite reinforced knuckle deflectors and some serious palm shock absorption, you need have no concerns about protection and comfort. In a myriad of sizes from XS to XXL, they fit the daintiest hand to the most massive mitt. And they hold up great—go on, give ‘em a beating!
MSRP $45 • www.dakine.com
4. Osprey Raven 14 Hydration Pack
A women’s body typically calls for a pack designed for a shorter torso. The Raven 14 is the pack to hump on burly rides that catch you out on the trail for much of the day. The 3 litre reservoir allows for hydration a-plenty, and the large main pocket accommodates tools, snacks, extra clothing, the kitchen sink (naaaa!), you name it. A rigid spine makes for an ergonomic fit, and doubles as a handle for filling the bladder. Coolest thing about this pack? The magnetic hose attachment for quick and easy access to your water. Dudes, check out the men’s version, the Raptor.
MSRP $119.95 • www.osprey.com
5. Bell Super Helmet
We love this “just right” lid for all mountain-style riding. Confidence-inspiring coverage without the “too much” of full face and the “too little” of lightweight XC. We’re especially stoked about the removable Go-Pro mount, speed dial fit, and adjustable visor (makes dealing with your goggles a snap!). Several fabulous color options to choose from, from understated to whoa-hello!
MSRP $125 • www.bellhelmets.com
6. Hoo Ha Ride Glide Chamois Cream
This chammy cream is formulated for women by women and does the trick like none other. A generous application takes care of your lady bits throughout even the longest and most arduous ride. Say goodbye to saddle sores and chafing. Created with ingredients that boast antiseptic, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, and enriched with lavendar, eucalyptus leaf, tea tree and peppermint oils, and barley extract, this stuff is a miracle concoction and we won’t ride without it!
MSRP $21.95 • www.reflectsports.com
7. Mountainsmith Bike Cube Modular Storage
This high quality bike specific organizer keeps your bike gear tight and organized. Put this bad-boy in the back of your vehicle and you’ll never have to worry about leaving your helmet, pump, shoes, patch kit or anything else at home when you need them at the trailhead. The cube has a place for everything so you can spend more time riding and less time looking for your gear.
MSRP $49.95 • www.mountainsmith.com
8. WTB Laser V Saddle
The Laser V is our favorite saddle that WTB makes, and they make some great saddles. Weighing in at 275 Grams, this saddle is remarkably well padded for how spartan it appears. The Team version features a soft-shell, dual compound base that provides amazing comfort. Once a rider has chosen a Laser V, it’s hard to convince them of anything else.
MSRP $130 • www.wtb.com
9. Tifosi Podium XC Glasses with Light Night Fototec
These shades! Tifosi’s popular Podium XC is ultra light, comfortable, offers excellent coverage and is a great fit under your helmet. Perfect for small to medium faces and adjustable rubber ear and nose pieces provide a customizable, no-slip fit. Even better than all that is the addition of the Light Night Fototec lens which transitions from clear to dark. We won’t venture outdoors without ‘em.
MSRP $79.95 • www.tifosioptics.com
10. FOX Tech Tee Jersey
We’re over the moon about this ladies’ wicking jersey that looks and feels like your most favorite tee! 85% poly/15% cotton with a sweet fit—roomy but flattering, and most importantly super comfortable. It’s hard to find, but if you come across one, SNAG it. You won’t be sorry.
MSRP $29.95 • Your Local Bike Shop (LBS)
11. Giro Terraduro Shoes
Get the performance bennies of a XC racing shoe, with the flexibility and ruggedness needed for hike-a-biking on more technical rides. The Terraduro has a tough Vibram rubber sole making it a great all-mountain shoe. At 420 grams, the added durability and performance do not add much weight to the shoe. A breathable microfiber upper and micro ratcheting buckle closure keep your feet comfortable. This all-mountain shoe is available in a wide range of sizes, from 36 to 48 and half sizes up to 46.5. Ladies, check out the women’s version—the Terradura.
MSRP $179.95 • www.giro.com