Mountain Biking

May 16, 2007
Outside Magazine
Mountain Biking

1. Jersey » Pull on ZOIC CLOTHING's EL DIABLO and say adios to chafing from hydration-pack straps, thanks to this polyester half-zip's flat, strategically placed seams. $45;

2. Tools » SOMA's WOODIE-11 multitool is made with chrome-vanadium steel (for increased hardness and torque tolerance). The wood finish is just for show, but we're not complaining. $25;

3. Tire Levers » Unlike plastic levers, SOMA's polymer-coated STEEL CORE TIRE LEVERS are slim for easier use, and when handled correctly they don't mar alloy rims or pinch tubes—or break. $5

4. Sunglasses » SERFAS OPTIC's MIRADOR's quick-change, side-venting lenses (four included) let you adapt to changing conditions without spending a fortune. $50;

5. Pedals » The enduro-racing-inspired CRANK BROTHERS ACID 1 is smaller than most downhill flats and adds a traditional CB eggbeater mechanism, creating one perfect all-purpose pedal. $120;

6. Shorts » PEARL IZUMI's DIVIDE TRAIL SHORT eliminates pinching at that one critical spot, and keeps it cool with side vent zips. $115;

7. Pack » Haul only what's necessary (an extra layer, gel, pump, tube, tools) with DAKINE's SESSION, a slim, back-hugging 400-cubic-inch hydration pack. $60;

8. Light » NITERIDER's MINEWT DUAL LED has two handlebar-mounted LED lamps that can be stacked to concentrate light power. $220;