These six gear godsends will make your life better on the trail.



Sweet Protection Dissenter MIPS

Lightweight at just 11.6 ounces and airy but built with enough tech (including concussion-preventing MIPS) to keep you safe in case the worst happens, this brain bucket won’t cramp your style on a long, hot ride. $150;


Time OSMOS 10

Back in the shoe biz for the first time since 2013, Italian pedal-crafter Time has created a sleek cycling shoe with a composite sole and simple BOA system that’s supple yet provides enough rigidity to give you pedalling confidence when you dig in for a big climb. $250;


Columbia Montrail F.K.T. Wind Jacket

Light and tough enough to be race-kit legal, this wispy shell is a lifesaver when the weather changes on a bike ride or a trail run. Don’t be fooled by its airiness: While the windbreaker can’t endure a downpour, it’s just protective enough to keep out a stiff, wet breeze. $99;


Flylow Nash

Our favorite dirtbag friends at Flylow told us that this shirt won’t stink thanks to bacteria-killing Polygiene incorporated into the stretchy, quick-drying polyester fabric. It’s worked for us, at least, and become our go-to for rides, runs, dog walks and even après dates afterwards. $55;


Stio OPR

With options for men and women, this technical bike short from Jackson Wyoming-based Stio gives us all we want out on the trail: stretch, some ventilation and a tad of padding. But it’s not so techy that we won’t wear it around town. $139;


Darn Tough Chain Micro Crew Ultra-light

Socks complete the mountain-biking kit package and this light merino wool women’s model feels comfy when you are out churning. Plus, it’s got just enough  style to make luvahs stare at you calfward. $19;