Kona don't just produce bombproof bikes, as these impressively robust long-leg shorts prove. Heavyweight Cordura cloth marks them out as seriously crash and thrashproof, but they're still light and mobile enough for you to ride all day in them.
Lusso are another UK company with an excellent performance-for-price reputation, but the Tembers aren't quite there yet.
The Pro Bibs use an innovative multi-panel Swift cut that includes mesh venting strips down the back of the legs and aerodynamic mesh thigh strips around the base of the legs.
Oakley set their own style rules and these shorts come straight from the techno ghetto and on to the trails. Big rubberised logos and a 3D neoprene back panel with a metal icon logo give classic Oakley pimp appeal.
Most downhill shorts are too stiff to be comfortable beyond a few runs, but these can be worn all day long. The soft polyester-faced Cordura fabric is intricately cut so it drapes around your legs perfectly.
These bad boys come straight from Scott's Freeride range of clothing. The crash-friendly over-the-knee cut is preshaped with strategic mesh panels for a more mobile fit.
Specialized's clothing range is as dependable as their range of bikes. The Enduro shorts use a lightweight, splash-proof, quick-drying Ripstop/ Tactel outer, with strategic stretch panels wrapping round from the inner thigh to arse for good mobility.
What should a cross-country saddle do? Something like this... allow unimpeded pedalling, be soft enough to cope with long hours in the saddle and be firm enough for you to exert full power to the pedals.
Needless to say, a shock pump is an essential item if your bike has an air-sprung shock, but this little number from Topeak has a trick hidden up its screw-on sleeve.
The Altura Altitude shorts have been among our favourite budget baggies for years and now they've been upgraded with new fabric. The new Cordura skin is tougher, less shiny and softer than the old upholstery, giving a real quality feel
The six-panel cut relies on stretch in the shiny fabric, but the fit is fine when you're on the bike. Leg grippers and an elastic waist keep the shorts anchored and you get white piping for a bit of aesthetic garnish too.
These Howies shorts are so new we got one of only two sample pairs. They're worth waiting for though. The relaxed 100 per cent cotton fit feels great from new, with a hidden drawstring waist to take up any slack.
If Hutchinson do one thing better than anyone else it's producing high volume/ low weight tyres. The new low profile tread Piranha and full profile Barracuda are available with a variety of widths, bead materials and casing types.
Hypnotic are a small US firm loved by hardworking bike couriers and these soft 3/4 length shorts are very popular. The soft fabric looks a lot like those indestructible trousers your gran wears and now we know why..
Identiti are easily the most productive UK-based mountain bike component company right now, with a constant stream of new products hitting the shelves and more in development all the time.
Finding strong chains for bikes with gears can be a problem for some people, such as heavy riders or those who do highload riding, like gate starts in 4X races.
Iron Horse's Sunday downhill bikes are on the wishlist of most gravity riders we speak to, but they're £3,000 plus. The Yakuza Kumicho, though, lets you saddle up a simple but totally involving swingarm 'Horse for the lowest price here
Mongoose always deliver good gear for your spend, and the Triple sits proud at the top of their Black Diamond range with some great kit detail. The unique Freedrive floating suspension sets up a unique ride
Specialized's original BigHit really was a big hit with the gravity crowd, but it was always held back by its oddball 26in front, 24in rear wheel arrangement.