Gear Picks

Gear Picks is a curated selection of products we’ve tested and heartily recommend. We stand by this gear—and the brands that sell it—and many of our editors and writers use this stuff weekly. We often feature gear we’ve included in our bi-annual Buyer’s Guides and online roundups, presented here in an easy-to-scroll format. We only feature deals on gear we’ve tested ourselves and, whenever possible, provide a link to a past review so you can make sure it’s something that suits your lifestyle—ideally at a steeply discounted price. Happy shopping—and gear-picking.

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Troy Lee Designs Air Glove (Men’s)

$29 $23 from Competitive Cyclist 20% off

Breathability and grip are the focus of the Air, both of which are key when you’re shredding singletrack. The upper is designed from a Lycra mesh that keeps things cool, while the palm benefits from sticky synthetic leather. Just don’t buy a pair expecting extra cushion, because there’s no padding in the palm.


Lazer Z1 Helmet

$200 $160 from Competitive Cyclist 20% off

For long days on a bike, this is the helmet you want. When we reviewed it back in 2015, our tester Aaron Gulley wrote: “The Z1 has 31 gaping vents, breathes better than André Greipel in a sprint, and kept us cool on even the muggiest afternoons.”


Mountainsmith Campo Chair

$40 $34 from Backcountry 15% off

The Campo puts you on the ground, but we don’t mind. It has enough padding in its 350-denier Cordura package to shield your rear from small, poking rocks and roots, while adjustable side straps let you fine-tune how deeply you want to recline. We dig how the Campo rolls up easily for storage at the end of the day, not to mention that it can double as a stadium seat or festival chair.


Rocky Mounts Carlito U-Lock

$40 $32 from Competitive Cyclist 20% off

At 14 ounces, the Carlito is among the lightest U-locks on the market. Is lighter safer? Absolutely not. But this Rocky Mounts model is small enough to stow in a pocket, fits around most frames and racks, and has an alloy frame that provides protection against casual would-be used-bike owners.