Despite their cool exterior and laid-back, easy-going personality, mountain bikers are a very particular breed. And it’s for good reason. Mountain biking comes with an inherent element of risk, so it’s vital that you have your I’s dotted and your T’s crossed when you’re putting in time on the trail. In other words, it’s not enough to get yourself a top-dollar shred sled; you also have to bring along the right gear for the ride.
In order to get you off on your way, we’ve put together this carefully curated style guide fit for even the most discerning of singletrack shredders. Centered around adidas’ outdoor collection, it accounts for all of the essentials that you might need when building out a kit for yourself. Whether that’s some cushioned crew socks, a pair of stretch-fit shorts, or a trail-ready helmet, rest assured — we’ve got you covered. So get ready to get your stoke on and have a read to see what’ll help you become a bonafide singletrack shredder.
adidas Alphaskin Hydro-Shield Lightweight Cushioned Crew Socks
When you’re logging long hours out on the trail, it’s important to keep your feet feeling fresh and dry. So, rather than rocking those old, crusty athletic socks, treat your toes to a pair of these Alphaskin crews from adidas. In addition to a water-resistant Hydro-Shield coating, they also feature a layer of arch-hugging cushioned compression material.
adidas Adventure Waist Bag
Sure, saddlebags are fine for roadies, but they’ll quickly become a noisy nightmare when you’re rolling over roots and rocks. With this low-profile waist pack, however, you can keep your essentials in check without having to worry about them bouncing around on the back of your bike. Oh, and it even comes with a handy phone pocket for snapping those IG-worthy edits.
adidas Adventure Archive Print Tee
Give your singletrack setup some classic Three Stripes style with this adidas Adventure Archive Tee. Made from sustainably sourced cotton, it comes with a comfortable heavyweight feel and an eye-catching blue, red, and black camo splatter print design.
Five Ten Felsblock Shorts
When it comes to riding gear, quality bike shorts should be one of your top priorities. Case in point: the adidas Five Ten Felsblock. As lightweight as they are hard-wearing, they feature a 100% recycled polyester twill construction and added stretch fabric for some extra range of motion. Save yourself the saddle sores and outfit your wardrobe with a pair of these puppies — you won’t regret it.
Five Ten Trailcross XT Mountain Bike Shoes
Though not everyone enjoys the commitment of clipless pedals, you should still be rocking a pair of dedicated MTB shoes. In the case of the Trailcross XT, for instance, you’re getting a grippy Stealth Phantom rubber outsole, integrated drainage holes, as well as a cozy neoprene cuff and a rugged outer construction. In practice, such a combination is guaranteed to protect your feet against the worst the trail has to offer.
Wolf Tooth Components 8-Bit Pack Pliers
Mechanicals are inevitable when you’re out in the woods ripping the trails, so it’s always a good idea to bring some contingency carry along for the ride. This high-quality aluminum Wolf Tooth multi-tool comes with 17 different functions — including a master link plier and a breaker bar — meaning you’ll be ready for just about any roadside repair.
POC Kortal Helmet
Even the best riders are apt to fall from time to time, so you should never consider yourself above wearing a helmet. And besides, POC’s Kortal is a seriously next-level option, built with a comfortable 360-degree adjustment system, extended trail-specific coverage, and a built-in breakaway visor to protect ya neck. Oh, and if you’re rocking some of the brand’s goggles, it even comes with a handy storage system for when you need to keep them off your face.
Yeti Cycles SB130
If fast laps and flowing descents are your jam, you can’t go wrong with this rippable rig from Yeti. From stem to chainstay, it’s a bike that’s designed for performance, built around a lightweight carbon fiber frame and outfitted with an SRAM GX Eagle AXS drivetrain. Riding on some DT Swiss wheels, it’s made only better by the Fox Factory shock coupled to Yeti’s trademark Switch-Infinity adjustable suspension setup.