The Best Women’s Biking Accessories of 2015

Better kit makes for happier riding.
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(Michael Karsh)

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Better kit makes for happier riding.
Axie Navas 

 

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(Michael Karsh)


Specialized Grail Short Finger gloves

Instead of multiple small pads, the Grail Short Finger ($35) has a single teardrop-shaped cushion on the palm that keeps hands feeling fresh without affecting bike handling. The faux leather is supple and grippy but not especially durable. specialized.com 

 

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(Michael Karsh)


Velocio Breton jersey

Cycling legend Kristy Scrymgeour founded Velocio to make women’s bike apparel that looks great and performs. The Breton ($169) combines an athletic fit and breathable, honeycombed side panels with classy lines and sweet colors. velocio.cc

 

velocio
(Michael Karsh)


Specialized S-Works Prevail helmet

The vents and air channels dump heat so well, this racing lid ($225) felt like a personal fan. The women-specific fit thoughtfully accommodates a ponytail. specialized.com

 

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(Michael Karsh)


Giro Ride Halter bibs

Bibs are great—until nature calls. These bottoms ($150) eliminate the hassle by swapping suspenders for a halter that you can slip over your head without removing any clothing. Best of all, they’re equipped with a premium chamois. giro.com

 

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(Michael Karsh)


Giro Factress ACC shoes

We love the Cruella De Vil vibe of the Factress ACC ($300), but the 240-gram road shoe goes far beyond aesthetics with a super-thin Easton EC90 carbon outsole for low stack height and excellent power transfer. giro.com

 

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(Michael Karsh)


Pearl Izumi X-Project 2.0 shoes

A sculpted carbon sole makes the X-Project 2.0 ($240) good for pedaling.Big lugs get you through hike-a-bike. pearlizumi.com

 

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(Michael Karsh)


Club Ride MontCham chamois

This minimal liner ($55) is great under shorts. Gauzy mesh fabric makes it breathable, and the women-specific chamois is comfy. clubrideapparel.com

 

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(Michael Karsh)


Shredly MTB shorts

Shredly stays true to its legacy with these stylish, high-performance shorts ($95). The stretchy poly-spandex fabric is tailored for a flattering fit, and the new waist-adjustment system works like an interior belt, letting you cinch them tight or ride them loose. shredly.com

 

shredly
(Michael Karsh)


Club Ride Motion jersey

Club Ride disguised the rear pocket of the moisture-wicking Motion knit jersey ($80) by giving it a clever curved opening, but it’s still large enough to hold emergency tools and a snack. clubrideapparel.com

 

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(Michael Karsh)


Giro Feather MIPS helmet

The Giro Feather ($95) adds more side and rear protection than most cross-country helmets offer while still being plenty light (11 ounces). It’s not the most ventilated, but it performed fine in temps below 80 degrees. giro.com

 

giro
(Michael Karsh)


Pearl Izumi Divide gloves

The Divide ($30) eschews padding for a minimalist, skintight fit with superb bar feel. The back combines polyester and elastane in a stretchy, breathable fabric that makes the glove easy to get on and off. Bonus: the index finger is touch-screen compatible. pearlizumi.com

pearl
(Michael Karsh)

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