Best Softwear Nominees: Singletrack Reader Awards 2017

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This category covers all the things you can wear – soft goods we might use on the trail. We had nominations that spanned all sorts of clothing and kit but we had to narrow it down to just three finalists:

Adidas Terrex Trail Cross Shoes

Adidas Terrex Trail Cross Shoes

After Adidas bought out Five Ten several years ago, the German sportswear brand has since developed several new shoe options targeted towards flat pedal riders. The Terrex Trail Cross shoe is one such product, and it’s layered with sticky Stealth rubber for flat pedal traction, combined with a running shoe-style breathable mesh upper. After spotting these at Eurobike last year, this is a product we’ve yet to get our hands on for review, but from all reports out there, they’re a sought after pair of kicks.

Madison Flux Clothing Range

  • Price: £26.99 – £129.99
  • From: Madison
Madison Flux clothing range. Smouldering model (a lot) extra.

A whole range of clothing that offers great performance at an accessible price point. Waterproof jackets, shorts, jerseys and gloves are all available for men and women in a variety of designs and colour schemes. Everything we’ve worn has performed well, and in particular the Flux waterproof jacket that Wil is kindly modelling in the above photo. Check out more details on the Madison Flux apparel range that we recently received for testing.

Source Hipster Hydration Pack

Source Hipster hydration pack

If you’ve got over the braces look and tried this out, chances are you’re converted. A stable pack that holds just enough for a ride with your mates, this hydration pack has had plenty of riders joining the ranks of the fanny packers. Or bum baggers.  Or hip packers. Whatever you call it, it’s a well designed pack for rides where you don’t need to carry the kitchen sink. You can read our full review of the Source Hipster here, after it had snagged a Singletrack Recommended seal of approval in Issue #112 of Singletrack Magazine.

Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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