- What you need to go bigger, look better, and ride harder. Check out our favorite women's mountain-biking essentials from the 2013 Summer Buyer’s Guide.
Specialized Women’s Lodown glovesSpecialized nails it with the Lodowns: there’s no padding on the palms to interfere with handlebar feel, and there’s just enough-protection on the backs to protect you in the event of a tumble. ($25)
Pearl Izumi Divide jerseyOf the half-dozen tops we tested this year, the Divide performed the best in hot weather. A full zip in front helps you cool down quickly, while a mostly mesh back keeps sweat to a minimum underneath a pack. ($90)
Trek Lush 29 SL bikeThis aluminum, all-mountain, full-suspension 29er rolled over everything, essentially eliminating-obstacles and instantly upping our skill. The rear shock is shorter, for a confidence-inspiring low standover height and center of gravity. Also new this year: the linkages on the Lush SL give lighter riders more leverage, so every stroke counts. ($3,050)
Shredly MTB shortsWaist adjusters dial in fit on these stretchy knee-length shorts. But the best part: they’re flattering enough to wear off the bike, around town, all summer long. ($90)
Specialized Andorra helmetYou get the best of both worlds with the Andorra: there’s fuller coverage in back, yet the helmet remains light and airy all over. Long hair? You’ll love Specialized’s smart and comfy “hairport” fit system. ($75)
Smith Pivlock V2 sunglassesNot only are these the most stylish interchangeable performance shades we’ve ever tested, but they also fit and feel the best, with a three-point adjustable nosepiece and big-time peripheral vision. Tip: Get the photochromic lenses. They cost more ($239) but are way more versatile. ($159)
Osprey Raven 6 packFor rides in the few-hour range, the Raven 6 was just the right size. And though it comes with several smart bike-specific features-(retractable helmet clip, removable tool pouch), it’s light enough to double as your trail-running pack. ($109)
Giro Sica shoesTightly woven mesh on Giro’s top-shelf-women’s Sica mountain-biking shoes kept-debris out but let air in. They’re also reinforced in all the right places, and the beefy, plate-mounted lugs should endure years of abuse. ($225)
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