Henty Enduro 2.0 Pack ($129)
Call this a waist pack on steroids. The Enduro has a horizontal compartment low on the lumbar to keep the weight on your hips and a pared-down mesh upper that ensures stability without causing clamminess.
LEM Flow Helmet ($80)
The Flow proved a hit at this year’s test. It has all the hallmarks of a helmet twice the price: a dial-fit system, lie-flat straps for comfort, cushy padding, and an adjustable visor.
Shimano AM7 Shoes ($140)
Even though the AM7s elicited jokes about their “orthopedic” looks, we couldn’t resist the comfortable fit of these low-cut lace-ups. The midsole is plenty stiff for a few hours of riding, and a neoprene cuff keeps out sand and grit.
Mission Workshop Traverse Shorts ($165)
If you own just one pair of baggies, make it these. The long, trim legs provide coverage, and two rear-quad pockets carry sundries without you noticing the weight.
Giro Aether MIPS Helmet ($350)
Giro gracefully integrated MIPS technology, which absorbs rotational forces during a crash, into the Aether. The EPS foam shell looks like your standard lid, while the liner—attached by unseen rubberized strings—takes the hit on angled impacts.
Rapha Explore Technical T-shirt ($75)
The mavens of understated road style take to the dirt with the Explore Technical, an airy polyester micromesh tee that’s intended for gravel and dries in a flash in the sun.
Ashmei KoM Jersey and Bib Shorts ($179 and $319)
Ashmei’s KoM jersey is made from a merino-polyester blend that’s soft on the skin and stays dry. The shorts’ woven microfiber has a stretchy yet compressive fit.
ASSOS Trail Cargo Shorts ($149)
Eliminate the excess. No clunky buckles, webbing, or fasteners on these shorts. Pre-shaped panels of ultralight materials that basically disappear so you can focus on the trail ahead.
Fizik Infinito R1 Knit Shoe ($450)
Thanks to the upper’s slight give and ventilation, we loved these shoes on long days. The dual Boa closure made micro-adjustments a breeze, while Microtex in the tongue and buckle held the shoe’s structure.
100 Percent S2 Sunglasses ($195)
Upstart 100 Percent injects some flare and competition into the eyewear market with this mirrored wraparound. It doesn’t fog despite fitting snugly and won’t obstruct your view, thanks to a rimless design.
Garmin Edge 520 Plus Computer ($280)
The 520 Plus packs a ton of features—including uploads and sharing (via your phone), navigation, color maps, and Strava and Trailforks compatibility—into a device the size of an XTR pedal.