Lightweight and well cut, the Mavic Crossmax Pro H2O jacket was an instant hit among the weight conscious in our test team.
We were constantly amazed by the Berghaus Hyper jacket — fully waterproof, taped and breathable, yet it packed down to a ball no bigger than a fist.
It may be tucked away in a remote corner of the Highlands, but with a new cafe and top-notch enduro trails, Laggan Wolftrax is worth the journey once more.
The FSA dropper post’s action, thanks to sealed cartridge internals, was beautifully smooth, and during testing never stuck or hesitated, no matter where it was set in the travel.
Like all their lights, the Exposure Six Pack is an all-in-one design, which means the lamp and battery are contained in a single barrel-shaped body.
A very thin, stretchy, and breathable body really lends this jersey to those warm days.
Outpost packs are hefty, which will bother lightweight fans, but on the upside the construction is extremely tough and they should give years of service.
The weight is down on the hips, keeping the centre of gravity low and it all felt very secure on the move.
With a large main compartment, with spot-on tool organiser pockets, Osprey has got the storage just right.
The Ortlieb Packman Pro2 25L is a pure bike-packing option, rather than an all-round trail performer.
A small feature that tickled us is the inclusion of a foil blanket pre-packed in the tool compartment — a nod to the Crossmax’s big-mountain aspirations.
It does come with quite a weight penalty, but if you are riding hard and taking risks, the Evoc could be the pack for you.
Punted at the Enduro market, the MT500 stows enough gear for a long day on the hill.
One of the most expensive packs out there, but it’s easily the best for big days out
The Scott Shr-alp RS is pretty expensive, but it’s lightweight, tough and a really capable shoe for long days on the hills.
These full-finger gloves from IXS are just the dab for summer riding
If experience is anything to go by you can guarantee it will last and last
With better quality bearings we would find it easier to recommend the Comp V4 Mountain
The Crossride SL really did everything to a superb standard, it’s also lightweight and great value
While the pedal has a super-positive engagement, we would have liked the action to be a little lighter at times