1. Shimano XTR Trail Pedal and M087 Shoe
Shimano rethought its XTR componentry into Trail and Race categories. The Trail pedal offers more coverage and is easier to enter when you’re fighting up technical problems and not concerned with weight. After you break the bank you on those pedals, you can save some coin with the sensible M087 shoe.
$249 pedal, $115 shoe; shimano.com
2. Native Eyewear VIM
Native’s latest polarized shade featues an easy-to-operate interchangable lens system and venting above the lenses that keeps the things from steaming up on big, hot climbs. Got an oversized noggin? Even better. The Vim was designed for those folks with big heads. $139; nativeeyewear.com
3. Deuter RaceXAir
At 14 liters of carrying capacity this pack holds all you need on a big mountain bike ride, but it never feels overbearing since the padded mesh ventilation system is uber light and airy thanks to the same material used in BMW air filters.
4. Giro Surface
There’s something definitely dorky about running errands around town in your road race helmet. The Surface is a full protection lid that channels Tony Hawk over Floyd Landis. Eleven color waves give more steeze options.
5. Princeton Tec Push
The Push is super easy to mount on your handlebars and pumps out a ridiculous 100 lumens of blinding intensity spread out over 260-degrees—enough to make the Burning Man folks think you are a spacecraft coming in to land.
6. Teva Links
Teva brought SoCal cool and all the comfort of its timeless sandals to its new bike shoes. The Links was developed in conjunction with pro freerider Jeff Lenosky and features a sticky rubber sole that grips flat pedals.
7. VIO POV HD
Helmet cams have become required bike gear in this age of YouTube and rampant narcissism. VIO’s latest is one of the most technologically advanced—offering in-the-field tagging options and the ability to adjust exposure while riding—while still being able to stand up to rough use thanks to a wireless remote.