Knee pads seem to come in two flavors these days: stormtrooper hardshell and minimalist knee condom. Alpinestars Paragon fit comfortably within the latter niche. The Paragon, however, offers more protection than you might guess.
The Sea Otter Classic represents the start of the race season in North America, and serves as a venue for brands to show their latest wares to thousands of consumers roaming the aisles of the outdoor festival.
Giro's Terraduro immediately comes off as a rugged shoe, but can it walk the walk?
Since we are in Rotorua, New Zealand, for Crankworx, we paid a visit to the new Nzo store in the center of town. Nzo is an apparel brand that has been making mountain bike shorts and jersey for nearly 20 years under the direction of owner Gary Sullivan, or Gaz. He opened the concept-style shop two months ago with the building’s owner Craig Corbett.
When former pro freeskier Hamish Acland started Mons Royale six years ago in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand, he didn’t set out to be the next big Kiwi Merino wool brand.
Five Ten's new clipless shoe proves to be both efficient and comfortable, despite a couple hiccups.
As a product tester, I'm always sweating the details, but I missed a big one on the Outriders. I figured, shorts are shorts, right? There's the fit and the features, and thats about it. Nope. These aren't your typical baggies.
Petie Thom reviews Giro's Insulated Vest for women, a new addition to the brand's growing women's apparel line.
Five Ten's all-mountain style shoe, the Freerider Vxi, gets several updates for 2015, including a new name: The Freerider Contact.
Let’s be honest here, my first choice for a mountain bike shoe is not one dubbed as a “pure race shoe.” My bike is a Giant Reign with 6.7 inches of travel and I live for the downhill, so I’ll take any help I can get to counter the squish on climbs. With hopes that the energy transfer of a stiff shoe could move me uphill faster, I stepped into the Mavic Fury.
If you remember Primal Wear as the company with the obnoxious, print jerseys, you might be surprised to find just how subtle many of their newer pieces are. The Fusion is a nice..and sleek... bit of kit.
Race Face's current line of women's apparel is definitely its strongest yet.
The Zoic Zion kit proves to be a worthy choice for low-key women's mountain bike clothes.
There are a few good cycling-specific winter gloves out there from brands like Showers Pass, Gore, Endura, and Specialized, but the Ibex Shak–a glove not necessarily designed with cycling in mind–has become my favorite cold weather mitt.
The ‘Big S’ is one of the industry’s most polarizing companies, but love Specialized or hate ‘em, it’s tough to argue against the product. Nearly everything that the Morgan Hill marketing machine rolls out is top-notch.
Winter generally comes in two basic flavors: clear and cold or cloudy and wet. Gore’s Fusion Tool jacket is the right bit of kit for that first kind of winter day. Even when the mercury is well below the freezing mark, the WindStopper-equipped Fusion Tool is downright toasty.
When you're busy making shoes as awesome as the SH-M200, you don't concern yourself with naming them, you use the patented Shimano automatic name-code generator to do it for you.
If you ever needed a reminder that the mountain bike industry’s entrepreneurial heart is still beating, look no further than Shredly, a Colorado start-up best known for its funky-patterned women’s shorts.
It's hard to get excited about a glove, but a pair of good winter gloves like the Specialized Deflect can make the difference between riding and merely dreaming of riding.