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7 Essential Mountain Bike Gear Picks for Women

by Kelly Vance on June 01, 2018

Rider - Ambassador Rae Powis


The most essential piece of bike safety gear - a good quality helmet can not only save your brain, but it can keep you cool and comfortable on a hot ascent, and help you feel confident over a new feature. 

Troy Lee Designs A1 Helmet

This helmet features the MIPS system for added protection from concussion, and a lightweight, comfortable design suited to all-mountain riding or cross country.  Shop now!


I have a small head and often struggle to get helmets that fit right but this is spot on - and with a handy adjustable dial for when I wear my hair up and need it a bit bigger."
- Rae Powis

Bell Super DH

One of the most popular helmets among our ambassadors, this Bell helmet has a unique feature that allows it to convert from a full face downhill helmet to a standard helmet for climbs and trail riding.  Shop Now.



"Obsessed with my full face Bell helmet. The face mask actually comes off very easily for uphill. I attach it to my CamelBak and snap it on for the downhill! It makes me feel LOADS safer without being uncomfortable! Comes with a GoPro mount and in SWEET colors!!!"
- Jackie Robertson

"I love my Bell Super DH. Converts from full face to half in just a few snaps and so comfy!"
Shannatay Bergeron



DHaRCO Ladies Bike Gloves

Add a little fun to your gear with these palm tree design bike gloves featuring ventilation on top to keep you cool, and a durable synthetic leather grip.  Shop now.

"I’m obsessed with their designs and patterns! These gloves are really light weight for the hotter weather and the detail on the palm adds a surprising amount of sticky grip even though it’s only very small."
- Rae Powis


Are bike shoes really necessary? Our ambassadors say that even for flat pedals, switching to shoes designed specifically for mountain biking had a positive impact on their riding, featuring vibration absorption for comfort, and grippy soles to help you feel secure on your pedals. 

The favorite shoe of ambassadors:

Five Ten Freerider Contact Pro

Most of our mountain bike ambassadors prefer Five Ten shoes - super comfortable, grippy, and durable, they're the perfect bike shoe! 

"I absolutely swear by five tens. Very grippy sole and a lot more waterproof than some of the others without feeling sweaty on longer days on the bike"
- Rae Powis



With low profile and breathable performance, G-Form is one of the preferred manufacturers for protection among our ambassadors. Shop G-Form

"I recently switched to GFORM, and I love them! I'm not a huge fan of large, bulky products, and GFORM pads are great for protection and functionality. I also love the breathability of these pads compared to Fox or others."
- Jackie Folkard


Dakine Drafter Hydration Pack

With breathable back and shoulder straps, a 3L hydration bladder, and enough pockets to carry some snacks and emergency tools, all packed in signature Dakine style, this hydration pack is a favorite of ours! Shop now.

"Dakine packs are super durable and long lasting, and I love the design of their hydration reservoir - it's so easy to fill, clean and load into the pack!"
- Kelly Vance


Topeak Folding Multi Tools

Be sure to stash a multi-tool in your pocket or backpack for emergencies!  One recommendation - check out the Topeak brand tools, which include a chain splitter!

"I never go anywhere without my top peak pocket tool. Slim line, easy to carry, looks pretty smart and has almost everything you’ll ever need for emergencies - including the worlds cutest tiny chain splitter (which actually works!!)"
- Rae Powis



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