The Perfect Kit: Mountain Biking

Hit the dirt with our go-to gear.


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It’s prime time for mountain biking. The weather is warm, the dirt is tacky and the trailheads are open. So, whether you’re new to mountain biking of the local King of the Mountain, hit the pedals and enjoy.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite items to shred this summer, from multi-tools to snazzy shirts.

What to Wear Mountain Biking

Editor’s note: Inventory can be unpredictable, so some of the items in this list might be temporarily out of stock when you read this. We’ll do our best to update it accordingly.

crankbrothers M-17 Multi-Tool

crankbrothers M-17 multi-tool

If moving parts are inherent failure points, then bikes are chock-full of could-go-wrongs. Be prepared for trailside repairs with this multi-tool from crankbrothers. The pocket-size tool has 17 tools, including hexes, spokes, opens and even a Torx for disc brakes. It also has two screwdrivers and a chainbreaker. (For even more tool options, consider the crankbrothers M-19 multi-tool). $27

Five Ten Freerider Pro Primeblue Mountain Bike Shoes (Women’s) &  (Men’s)


Blue mountain biking shoes

There are only a few things that mountain bikers agree on: Dirt is better than pavement, down is better than up, and the Five Ten Freerider Pro is the shoe by which all others are judged. The latest rendition of this popular shoe features synthetic uppers made from recycled materials. Stealth S1 rubber outsole sticks to flat pedals almost like glue, while the insole is stiff enough for solid power transfer to the pedal but comfortable enough to walk in for extended hike-a-bike sections. $150

Osprey Syncro 5 Hydration Pack – Men’s – 2.5 Liters & Osprey Sylva 5 Hydration Pack – Women’s – 2.5 Liters

Osprey Syncro 5 Hydration Pack

There are so many bike-specific packs on the market, but it’s the little things that set the Osprey Syncro and Sylva apart. The bite valve has a magnetic connection to the sternum strap, it comes with an integrated rain cover, and a bungee pull on the back securely holds your helmet when you’re not wearing it. As for the meat and potatoes, you get a 2.5-liter bladder, enough storage space for layers and tools and an uber-breathable back panel. $120

DAKINE Cross-X Bike Gloves (Women’s & Men’s)

two pairs of mountain biking gloves

DAKINE’s lineup of gloves is relatively easy on your wallet and packed with features. The Cross-X gloves have airy backs and knuckle deflectors, plus silicone grippers on the fingertips. That, coupled with 3 mm of foam palm padding, helps protect your hands for the long haul and provides solid connection with the handlebars. Bonus: They’re touchscreen compatible. $36

Troy Lee Designs A1 MIPS Classic Bike Helmet

Troy Lee Designs A1 Helmet

It doesn’t matter what kind of dirt you’re after—cruisey singletrack, sculpted jumps, epic downhill, long cross-country miles—the A1 is the lid for the job. This helmet from Troy Lee Designs has all the bells and whistles, including a MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) layer that helps absorb rotational forces during a crash, intake vents to bring in cool air, an adjustable visor and a one-handed dial-in fit. $145

Wild Rye Kaweah Bike Shorts – Women’s

blue bike short with flowers

The Wild Rye Kaweah Bike Shorts delivers comfort and functionality no matter where your ride takes you. The polyester/elastane blend wicks away sweat to keep you dry, while a durable water repellent (DWR) ensures puddles and rain are afterthoughts. The Kaweah come in fun prints, too, including constellation and thistles (pictured), which says nothing about how fast you’ll feel when wearing them. Note: No chamois. $99

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shell Bike Shorts – Men’s

Troy Lee Designs black Skyline mountain bike shorts

Amid a sea of bike shorts, the Troy Lee Designs Skyline Shell stands out for indispensable details. For starters, the light, breathable fabric adds a touch of spandex for two-way stretch. The longer outseam provides extra coverage, but the cut of the fabric is slim, so your legs don’t get caught on your seat. Two hand pockets zip up so you can carry keys or a phone with confidence. And feel free to ditch the belt because adjusters in the waist allow you to dial in the fit. $89.

Patagonia Capilene Cool Trail Bike Henley Cycling Jersey – Women’s

black short sleeve Patagonia bike henley

Sometimes, simple is best. The Patagonia Capilene® Cool Trail Bike Henley marries understated style with technical features designed for riding bikes. Articulated seams add mobility while a longer back hem offers extra coverage when you’re leaning into your handlebars. Odor-control treatment helps prevent foul-smelling microbes so you can enjoy a stinkier-free happy hour. The best feature? It’s made from recycled polyester. $55

Flylow Anderson Shirt 

Flylow Anderson Shirt

Everyone needs a plaid button-up. Flylow upgrades this fashion staple with technical chops. The Anderson Shirt’s patented fabric contains 15% spandex for unbelievable stretch on and off the bike. The lightweight layer breathes well and dries fast and offers UPF 50+ sun protection, making it as useful on the trail as it is good-looking in town. $75

Smith Ruckus Sunglasses

Smith Ruckus SunglassesGet the protection of a full goggle with the superior breathability and anti-fog properties of sunglasses with the Ruckus. The glasses come with two different lenses, one for bright light and the other for low light, each with Smith’s top-of-the-line ChromaPop technology for great contrast. Grips on the temples and nose pads help the glasses stay in place, even when you’re sweating hard. $199

Cannondale Habit 4 Bike – 2021

Cannondale Habit 4 Trail bike

Looking for a single bike to handle a variety of terrain? Consider the Cannondale Habit 4, a trail bike nimble enough to climb yet burly enough to handle big downhills. The Habit 4 fits the bill with 29-inch wheels and 140 millimeters of travel up front to tackle rocks or drops. Meanwhile, the aluminum alloy is light yet responsive and durable, with internal cable routing for a sleek look. The progressive geometry of the frame keeps you in the cockpit with your handlebars and front tire out in front, boosting confidence and ride security on the steepest terrain. $3,000

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