2013 Women's Mountain-Biking Essentials

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. (Inga Hendrickson)

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 gloves

Specialized 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)

Specialized Women’s Lodown gl
(Inga Hendrickson)


Pearl Izumi Divide jersey

Of 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)

Pearl Izumi Divide jersey
(Inga Hendrickson)


Trek Lush 29 SL bike

This 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)

Trek Lush 29 SL bike
(Inga Hendrickson)


Shredly MTB shorts

Waist 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)

Shredly MTB shorts
(Inga Hendrickson)


Specialized Andorra helmet

You 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)

Specialized Andorra helmet
(Inga Hendrickson)


Smith Pivlock V2 sunglasses

Not 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)

Smith Pivlock V2 sunglasses
(Inga Hendrickson)


Osprey Raven 6 pack

For 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)

Osprey Raven 6 pack
(Inga Hendrickson)


Giro Sica shoes

Tightly 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)

Giro Sica shoes
(Inga Hendrickson)

More Gear

Holiday Subscription Sale! Save 79% and Get a Free Gift!

Subscribe
Pinterest Icon