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Wahoo Fitness Elemnt GPS ($330)
The interface on the Wahoo Fitness Elemnt GPS can be controlled from your smartphone via Bluetooth. That means you can manage fitness metrics on the fly as well as upload tracks and trails to follow out among the giants.
Evoc CC 10L Pack ($85)
Although Evoc’s CC 10L pack hauls plenty, its narrow silhouette and raised back pads make it virtually unnoticeable when riding. There are tons of organizational features, including multiple internal tool pockets and clips for carrying a helmet.
Gore One Gore Tex Active Bike Jacket ($300)
Gore’s One Gore Tex Active Bike jacket is an airy 4.7 ounces and packs down to the size of a fist, yet it provided full weather protection when afternoon storms rolled in.
7mesh MK1 Bib Shorts ($200)
A svelte cut and seamless floating chamois helped the 7mesh MK1 bib shorts keep us comfy in the saddle all day.
Alpinestars Blaze 2 Tee ($35)
Alpinestars’s easygoing Blaze 2 Tee looks and feels like a cozy cotton top. But thanks to the poly blend, it stays dry even under a hydration pack.
Giro Montaro MIPS Helmet ($150)
Giro’s Montaro MIPS helmet is light on the head and manages sweat well. The MIPS insert diminishes rotational force in a spill.
Salsa Cutthroat Rival 1 ($3,999)
On light trails and dirt roads like Lost Man Creek, the rigid carbon Salsa Cutthroat Rival 1 is the ultimate hybrid of a road ride and a suspension mountain bike. The carefully sculpted carbon frame and fork cut washboard vibration. Its drop handlebars are unusual for a trail machine but allow for dozens of hand positions and excellent control over rough terrain.
Specialized Utility Long Shorts ($80)
The Specialized Utility Long shorts are stylish enough for everyday wear, but the nylon is tailored to fit and pedals nicely, too.
Cannondale Airspeed Dually Shock and Tire Pump ($55)
With a high-pressure capacity up to 300 psi, Cannondale’s Airspeed Dually Shock and Tire pump works for both tires and suspension.
Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch II Shoes ($160)
EVA foam and a rubbery outsole make Pearl Izumi’s X-Alp Launch II shoes perfect crossovers: they walk well, yet the carbon-fiber-injected shank and carbon-reinforced outsole sacrifice nothing when it comes to pedaling efficiency.