Christmas gifts for mountain bikers
By Mountain Biking UK | Friday, November 23, 2012 9.30am
It’s that time of year again when you’ll be searching high and low for that perfect present for the mountain biker in your life. Here, we’ve gathered together a selection of ideas that won’t break the bank, making them perfect last minute gifts or stocking fillers.
Whether it’s multi-tools, lights, clothing, handlebars, pumps or calendars you’re after, there’s something for everyone in our top 10 below.
Howies Whistler Jacket
£119.99 / US$155
The Whistler jacket, from the connoisseurs of ethically sourced, British surf/bike chic, is a superb addition to any mountain biker’s winter wardrobe. It’s designed for the post-ride car park shufﬂe and Boxing Day hangover walks. It’s made from recycled polyester rip-stop, has a water-repellent coating and is stuffed with toasty PrimaLoft.
POC Vortex Flow helmet
Swedish design maﬁa POC’s full-face lid offers a ﬁbreglass outer shell mated to a multi- impact liner and some tidy ventilation ports. The main thing here though, as much as we love safety, is how good it looks. The soft-touch ﬁnish and tidy array of colours make it one of the most desirable lids we’ve seen.
From: POC / 2Pure (UK)
Shimano PD-M785 XT Trail SPD pedals
£79.99 / US$140
Our pick of the all-round clipper-inners, the XT Trails are a class act. The engagement is quick and intuitive, they’ll survive anything up to a nuclear attack, and the chunky cage helps ward off rocks. Just about the tidiest performers out there.
From: Shimano / Madison (UK)
Green Oil Eco Rider Cleaning Kit
£34.99 / US$59.99
The perfect gift for the eco-conscious biker, it not only cleans but gives Mother Nature a bit less of a kick in the face too. Just about everything is recycled and non-contaminating, and designed to oust even the most determined of winter grime.
From: Green Oil / Upgrade Bikes (UK)
£26.95 / US$43.39
Anyone who’s ever been lucky enough to possess Evoc luggage will know that the company don’t do things by halves. The washbag is perfect for bothy biking pioneers and weekend casuals alike. Inside it’s like a mini camera bag, and there’s a handy hook and mirror for those what shave.
From: Evoc / Silverfish UK
£9.95 / US$9.95
If you’re going to give socks this Christmas, at least give cool socks. SockGuy make some of the world’s best ﬁtting, longest lasting bike socks in a massive range of designs. Also worth checking out is their new SGX range, which boasts a host of compression technology features to add to their charming looks.
From: SockGuy / Silverfish UK
SDG Hansolo lock-on grips
£23.99 / US$29.95
SDG have been making some of the best saddles for years – now they make pleasant grips too. They’ve teamed up with ODI to take advantage of their patented lock-on design, and the ringed logo pattern is comfy and softens up a treat with use. They’re available in four cool colours.
From: SDG / Silverfish UK
GoPro HERO3 Silver camera
£279.99 / US$299
The GoPro HERO3 Silver offers superb 1080p HD recording and the best mounting system in the game and is now 30 percent smaller. You can use a remote control (sold separately) or iPhone app to make ﬁlming yourself even more fun. Here’s some video footage from our first ride with the camera, to give you an idea:
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From: GoPro / Madison (UK)
Troy Lee Designs Skyline shorts
£61.99 / US$68
The Skyline shorts are tough enough to ride big bikes in, comfy enough for all-day trail adventures and cool enough to arrive at the pub in (when it’s warmer out, obviously). The cut is perfect but the multiple stitching allows the rider to trim them to the exact length for the perfect ﬁt.
From: Troy Lee Designs / Fisher Outdoor (UK)
Lezyne Rap 14 multi tool
£21.99 / US$35.83
There isn’t a mountain biker alive who doesn’t appreciate a good multi tool, and the RAP 14 LED from Lezyne is one of the ﬁnest examples of the breed. All the regulation Allen keys are present, plus two torx heads, two spoke keys, a chain-breaker and a mini LED torch for those horrible winter trailside bodges.
From: Lezyne / Upgrade Bikes (UK)
This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.
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