The Merida eOne-Twenty provides a thrilling and intoxicatingly addictive ride. Great geometry, rapid and flickable. One of the lightest e-mtbs available.
Great geometry and progressive sizing give the Specialized Demo 8 Alloy an edge. Everything about the Demo’s parts package is pretty much bombproof.
The Cannondale Habit 5 has totally nailed the fit and sizing and the tighter suspension response makes it feel fast, efficient and fun to ride.
Get the front end dialled and the Giant Trance 3 is instantly transformed into a weapon. The suspension response is super stable, it’s not lost any sensitivity.
The Trek Fuel EX Plus 5 eats up boulders and roots on the descents. On dry or rocky trails it would be our go-to bike.
Expanding its range, sorting its sizing and making the best of Plus-size tyres — Genesis Tarn 20 is another trail-ripping hardtail from Genesis.
Pretty boy, café-rider looks. The Giro Alpineduro boot offers good warmth and protection, it’s just a shame the laces are so exposed to the elements.
The Specialized Defroster Trail was very comfortable and warm, with the Boa performing well for easy tightening, loosening and adjustment on the move.
We found it hard to fault the Shimano MW5 boot — warm, perfect stiffness and cheap. A worthy winner. Supremely comfortable, on and off the bike.
If you suffer from cold feet, the Northwave Celcius Arctic 2 is the boot to buy. Easily the warmest boot on test with luxurious fleece lining.
The Lake MX180 is a solid shoe, with plenty of protection and a reasonable price tag. The Ice Lock tread sticks to most surfaces, no matter how greasy.
Great coverage, excellent Boa system, Gore-Tex waterproofing, easy clean exterior, the Mavic Crossmax SL Pro Thermo boots ticked pretty much all our boxes.
Loud and proud colour scheme that continues onto the straps, the 7iDP M2 helmet is not subtle, but the rugged design combines to make it an aesthetic win.
Built from three-layer Gore-Tex Pro, the Gore Bike Wear Wear One jacket is made tough to withstand professional use — hence the pro-level price tag.
A clever combination of lighter, stretch fabric at the elbows, nape of neck and hood gave the Altura Attack 360 jacket a more mobile feel than most.
Jackets don’t come much simpler than the super-clean and unfussy Sweet Protection Delirious jacket.
The Rab Spark jacket was just a pleasure to snug up when the weather closed in. Clean and simple. Packed down light and tight. A superb all-rounder.
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.
At £70, the Airwave AirBlast is well-priced and feels robust and decent quality — it’s showing no signs of wear after several months of use.