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Trail42 bamboo tech tee

Trail42 tech tees are difficult to find fault with. The selling point of bamboo shirts is that they don’t show sweat patches when you’re getting moist. But there’s a host of other reasons why you might choose a Trail42. The fabric is as soft as your favourite pyjamas. They wash well and look box-fresh after […]

November 16th, 13 0 1,033 Categories: Clothing

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Endura Pakagilet

One of the most useful bits of kit you’ll buy. Keep one to hand at all times.

October 24th, 13 0 4,166 Categories: Clothing, Recommended

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Altura Mayhem Printed

Decent value all-rounders – even if you don’t use the liner shorts.

October 24th, 13 0 2,245 Categories: Clothing

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Endura MT500 Spray

If you’re a ‘shorts all year’ rider, you’ve found your shorts from now until next summer.

October 8th, 13 0 3,606 Categories: Clothing

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Race Face Ambush

Good on and off the trail. More of a midwinter warmer than a midsummer’s dream, though.

October 8th, 13 0 2,623 Categories: Clothing

Compact design and micro-peak.

Uvex’s 225g Ultrasonic helmet

Lightweight, low profile helmet made in Germany.

October 8th, 13 0 2,087 Categories: Clothing, Protection

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Mavic Stratos

Great versatile shorts that seem to cope with any climate comfortably.

September 23rd, 13 0 3,049 Categories: Clothing

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Haglöfs Ardent

Lightweight, breathable, crashproof and possibly radioactive.

September 23rd, 13 2 3,288 Categories: Clothing, Recommended

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Sombrio Highline II Shorts

The Highline II is Sombrio’s top of the range short. It’s designed from four-way stretch material and comes complete with an inner short. Small ventilation holes are located on the inner thigh and rear hip panels. Two zipped side pockets and a rear zipped waistband pocket provide some storage if needed. The cut of the […]

September 16th, 13 0 1,498 Categories: Clothing

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Troy Lee Ace Shorts

Troy Lee’s Ace short is designed with what it calls “gritty XC” in mind and that’s fairly clear from the snug, tailored fit. Luckily it’s available in two-inch increments from 30in to 38in (you may want to go bigger than you think you are, as they are sized rather snugly), and with the four-way stretch […]

September 15th, 13 0 1,581 Categories: Clothing

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Gore Bike Wear Fusion Trail

Although these Gore Bike Wear Fusion Trail shorts are in keeping with this year’s ‘TicTac’ fashion colour palette, they also come in brown or black. They’re made of a lightweight matte nylon with a thin Windstopper panel on the back and crotch for spray protection. A couple of side mesh panels aid ventilation and continue […]

September 13th, 13 0 1,645 Categories: Clothing, Recommended

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Sombrio Birm Queen Shorts

The Birm Queen is a great cross-country short with a flattering, slimmer cut. Though relatively heavy for hot and sunny summer trail riding, discrete mesh-lined and zipped thigh vents add some cooling. The mid-weight fabric does, however, give the feel of an ultra-durable short with a sturdy, ‘built to last, get your money’s worth’ construction; […]

September 12th, 13 0 1,319 Categories: Clothing

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Altura Quantum X Shorts

The velcro waist adjustment on the back draws the spare fabric away from the snag zone and together with the four-way stretchy yoke keeps the waist secure even when hanging off the back of the saddle. Long zipped air vents on the outer thigh allow for increased air flow when the going gets hot without […]

September 11th, 13 0 1,028 Categories: Clothing

Juuuust missing the glasses.

Kali’s innovative Maraka XC helmet

A helmet with a number of truly interesting and compelling features

September 9th, 13 1 2,705 Categories: Clothing, Protection

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