Women's Mountain Biking

    Photo: Photograph by Shana Novak

1. SPECIALIZED S-WORKS ERA FSR CARBON BIKE WITH a smooth, flowing ride and spot-on steering, this bike easily outperformed every other test bike. Tip: The Era FSR Expert Carbon is a bit heavier—but costs about $3K less. $8,800; specialized.com

2. JULBO TRACKS GLASSES These lightweight shades have unbreakable, hi-def lenses and an antifog coating. $150; julbousa.com

3. SIDI DOMINATOR 5 SHOES The stiff but walkable Dominator 5 quickly molds to your feet and feels custom-made. $270; sidiusa.com

4. NOVARA STOWABLE BIKE JACKET WITH its trim fit and two rear zip pockets, this water-resistant jacket packs down to the size of a kiwi. $55; rei.com

5. SPECIALIZED INSTINCT HELMET Ridiculously large vents kept our testers' heads cool on even the hottest rides. $100

6. TWIN SIX WOMEN'S MASHER JERSEY A deep, invisible zipper keeps you cool; three spacious back pockets keep all the essentials. $75; twinsix.com

7. PEARL IZUMI ELITE GEL VENT FF GLOVES Gel pads under your hands' pressure points help take some of the sting out of bumpy terrain. $45; pearlizumi.com

8. SUGOI GRETA CAPRIS Flattering, burly, and, thanks to its four-way stretch chamois, surprisingly comfy. $120; sugoi.com

9. CAMELBAK L.U.X.E. HYDRATION PACK The 600 cubic inches of storage and 100-ounce reservoir are essential—but the microfleece-lined sunglasses pocket won us over. $90; camelbak.com

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