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 1,888 Categories: Clothing


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 1,955 Categories: Clothing, Recommended


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 1,473 Categories: Clothing


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 1,332 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 3,424 Categories: Clothing, Protection


Howies Dyfi Active Shell jacket

My first impressions of the Dyfi Active Shell were focused on the colour and looks; understandable given that I nabbed it from Singletrack for photoshoot dressing-up. It’s a happy looking shell that works as well during everyday wear as it does in the hills. Unlike shells from some other technical clothing companies, the Dyfi is […]

September 3rd, 13 0 1,278 Categories: Clothing


MET Kaos UL helmet

A whole other level of helmet?

September 3rd, 13 0 1,140 Categories: Clothing, Protection

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Lake MX331 disco slippers

The first pair of these shoes died a premature death following last year’s Transvesubienne race. Because it was a ‘race’, I wore my new ‘race shoes’ without having really done very much research about what sort of a race it was, and with catastrophic results (for the shoes, anyway). Disco slippers like this are meant […]

August 12th, 13 0 10,412 Categories: Clothing

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Teva Pivot SPD shoes

Want the flat look with SPD’s? Consider the Teva Pivot

August 7th, 13 0 1,979 Categories: Clothing


Morvélo Daze womens jersey

“Female cyclists are a picky and notoriously fickle bunch to please.”, Says Jenn, who has been trying out this Morvelo jersey for the last four months.

July 31st, 13 0 1,609 Categories: Clothing


Endura MTR Windproof jersey

A rather special jersey-with-extras.

May 9th, 13 0 2,609 Categories: Clothing


Morvelo DriRelease t-shirt

T-shirt rides rock. Here’s a nice top to do them in.

May 7th, 13 0 1,346 Categories: Clothing


DHB M1.0 SPD shoes

Bargain footwear from DHB.

May 3rd, 13 0 2,079 Categories: Clothing, Recommended


Gore Bike Wear Phantom 2.0 Windstopper Softshell jacket.

Possibly the quintessential zip-off softshell, from masters of Windstopper, Gore Bike Wear.

December 4th, 12 8 10,946 Categories: Clothing, Women's Specific

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