Troy Lee Designs A2 Helmet – Ryan Cleek
The A2 helmet from Troy Lee Designs is the brand’s ‘cross-country’ helmet, although it is still fairly enduro. Troy Lee first and foremost focused on safety, combining EPP foam for low-speed impacts with EPS foam for high-speed impacts. Then they added MIPS to protect against rotational impact forces. With safety dialed, Troy Lee boosted the size of the air intakes for better ventilation throughout the helmet. Combined with the fit system Troy Lee is known for, the A2 had Cleek convinced from the start.
Kitsbow Merino AM Hoodie– Ryan Palmer
Combining merino wool and Tencel, Kitsbow has made a hoodie that is comfortable, durable and not smelly. The full-zip jacket has a split kangaroo pocket in the front and a small zippered security pocket on the back. The thumb holes in the sleeves will keep your hands and wrists warm, and it looks good enough to avoid going home and changing before heading into town. Of course you still might want to get out of your chamois.
Giro Chronicle MIPS Helmet – Lacy Kemp
Giro’s mid-range trail helmet, the Chronicle, pulls many design features from the premium Montaro, such as the Roc Loc 5 fit system and a deeper shape for full coverage. The helmet has 14 Wind Tunnel vents and Coolmax padding to stop overheating and was designed with MIPS for extra safety.
Alpinestars Stella F-Lite Gloves – Kristin Butcher
Alpinestars’ Stella F-Lite is an ultralight glove with a stretchy spandex backing and a perforated palm. The glove is a tight fit for ultimate bar feel, has an elastic closure and a small cloth patch on the thumb to ease wiping away sweat and grime.
100% Celium Short – Travis Engel
The Celium is 100%’s premium, lightweight all-mountain short. All seams are welded for a comfortable and flat fit, the material is a 4-way stretch polyester/elastane and instead of velcro straps to adjust fit, they have installed a shock cord. All pockets are zippered and the shorts has been perforated for ventilation along the inseam and back.