Our pick of the best summer mountain biking clothing deals the internet has to offer
It looks like summer might finally have arrived. So it’s time to pack away your hefty winter jackets and your cosy thick baggies and start to sort yourself with some lighter, breezier and versatile biking garments
If the moths have been busy and eaten last year’s summer clobber or you’ve er, changed body type (AKA put on weight) or you just fancy getting yourself some new threads, then we’ve trawled the interweb and have struck upon some pretty amazing deals on summer mountain biking clothing.
Race Face Nano Lightweight Jacket (3/4 Zip) – £48.00 (reduced from £80)
Yes it’s a jacket. It’s a brave rider who sets off out on a summer ride without taking a shell jacket with them though isn’t it? This isn’t a full-on storm jacket, it’s for throwing on for a passing shower. Or for putting on at cafe or pub stops. Also available in red.
Morvelo Throwback MTB Jersey – £24.00 (reduced from £40)
This is a mountain bike specific jersey. It’s close-but-not-tight fitting. It’s made of slightly more robust and durable fabrics than flyweight racing jerseys. There’s a v-neck rather than a short zip. There’s a shades wipe on the inside front left. Yeti riders will probably already have this in their basket due to the colour!
POC Do Flow Allround Trail Sunglasses – £89.00 (reduced from £135)
Available in red, blue, white/green, black or white. POC stuff is usually beyond the budget of most riders so whenever it appears in sales it’s time to pounce. Carl Zeiss lenses, injected grilamid frame for low weight and durability with an adjustable nose piece to keep them firmly in place. They look good off the bike as well as on it.
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Shimano Women’s Loose Fit Comfort 3/4 Pants – £29.99 (reduced from £87.99)
‘Comfort pants’ is not exactly a great name for a bit of clothing is it? Which is probably why these are in the sale! But they look like they’ll be a really useful and versatile bit of kit both for cycling and for other genreal outdoorsy stuff. They don’t come with a liner by the way.
Troy Lee Designs Sprint Turismo Jersey 2015 – £22.99 (reduced from £54.99)
This yellow and green colourway is sure to be popular with any Australians out there and/or any Sma Hill fans. For the rest of you, this jersey is also available in much more sedate grey and black combo. Troy Lee Designs stuff is always really nicely cut and manufactured. Long sleeves for fending off the summer nettle stings.
Royal Matrix 2 Shorts 2015 – £26.99 (reduced from £59.99)
The Matrix has been part of Royal’s product range for many a year and that’s for a readon: they’re really, really good shorts. Nice weight to them, good length, not over-featured, fitted feel with 4-way stretch fabric.
Endura Singletrack Print II Tech Tee – £20.99 (reduced from £30)
It’s a T-shirt but it’s not a T-shirt. It’s shaped pretty much like a T-shirt but it’s made from a more technical typeof fabric than your bog standard cotton. Its rapid-wicking, fast-drying lightweight fabric will help get rid of any sweat by quickly dissipating it. Snazzy printed design too. (Who says “snazzy” anymore?!)
Specialized Compression Socks – £5.99 (reduced from £15)
Socks eh? They aren’t massivley exciting but when you find your perfect sock it’s a wonderful thing. A wonderful thing that helps you get your ride off to a pleasing start. These compression socks are deliberately tight-fitting. Lightweight but highly compressive for blood flow-enhancing support. Worth a try if you suffer from dodgy circulation on longer summer rides.
Gore Bike Wear Power 3.0 Bibtights Short+ – £64.99 (reduced from £100)
Most mountain bikers don’t invest enough in their er, undercarriage areas. Road riders regularly drop three figures on liner shorts and with good reason. A quality bib short can really transform the comfort levels of longer rides. Ditch the cheapo rough-seamed bulky-padded shorts and treat yourself to something really, really nice.
Bell Super 2 MTB helmet with MIPS – £59.99 (reduced from £125)
We gave this helmet 10/10 recently. There’s extensive coverage around the temple and occipital lobe; in fact the Super 2.0 is one of the sturdiest feeling helmets here with first-rate construction quality and solid fasteners that incorporate an easy to use (with one hand) tensioning band.
Giro Jacket Mountain Bike Shoes – £70.00 (reduced from £100)
A worthy alternative to the ubiquitous Five Tens, the confusingly-named Jacket shoes from Giro are well worth considering if you’re not keen on the super-sticky locked-on feel of Five Tens. Giro Jackets are much easier for repositioning your foot on the pedal as and when you need to. They also have a very comfy heel box.
Tifosi Eyewear Duro Sunglasses With Fototec Lens – £29.99 (reduced from £70)
Tifosi do some really impressive shades that feature impressive materials. Take these Duro for example, they’re made of Grilamid TR-90, a homopolyamide nylon characterised by an extremely high alternative bending strength, low density, and high resistance to chemical and UV damage. POC make their shades out of the same stuff doncha know. These also feature lens that darken and lighten as the conditions dictate. Bargain!
Fox Clothing Attack Ultra Shorts – £45.99 (reduced from £100)
One of the lightest trail shorts on the market at the moment. Ultra Q4 4-way stretch main body that allows freedom of movement as you ride. Laser cut vents on the thighs help to keep you cool in that scorchingly hot British summer we’re all expecting. NB: they come with a detachable liner with an EVO Race chamois so are even more good value than you think at first glance.
MET Kaos UL MTB Cycling Helmet – £64.95 (reduced from £120)
For most of the year in Britain it’s okay to wear a chunky enduro lid or even a pisspot helmet. Despite the lack of vents they never really overheat that much due to the chilly temps. But when summer comes along your usual helmet can become rather too sweltering. The MET Kaos has loads of vents but still retains a nice bit of enduro aesthetic.