Your mountain bike kit is highly personal — something honed over countless hours and miles on the trail. You know how everything fits; you know how it performs and you’re comfortable with it — but when was the last time you tried something new? When was the last time you replaced your helmet? Don’t you think it’s about time to replace your tired old riding jersey and shorts? If you answered yes to that last question, or you’re still busy trying to answer one of the first two questions, then you’re in luck, because we’ve worked with Backcountry to curate the ideal mountain bike kit for virtually every type of rider. Whether your riding style leans more XC or more enduro, this kit has you covered.
Backcountry White Rim Jersey and Empire Short
With Backcountry’s office located in Utah, they know a thing or two about warm-weather mountain biking. So when the brand went to design its first line of mountain bike clothing, it made sure that it could stand up to the heat. The White Rim jersey, named for Moab’s famed White Rim Trail, is built to withstand scorching heat with its 100 percent polyester construction and relaxed cut. It’s breathable and quick-drying, too, so you can go from trail to town easily for a post-ride pint.
The Empire bike short is equally well thought-out, featuring four-way stretch construction that allows you to move easily on the bike whether you’re hammering up a steep climb or pumping through berms on a quick descent. Plus, it’s an ideal pair with the White Rim jersey, with laser-cut ventilation holes that allow air to flow easily through the shorts and keep you cool; and with a DWR treatment to wick away mud and water and abrasion-resistant materials, these shorts are guaranteed to last you for many miles.
To Round Out the Kit
Ventana Cycling Shoe by Giro $180
Mid Mountain 2L Hip Pack by Backcountry $52
Tectal Helmet by POC $152
Long SR Bike Glove by Hestra $45