Let’s say you have got yourself the best mountain bike money can buy. But that is only the beginning. Even if you could lord the trails with just your bike, the practicality of protective gear is not something to be taken lightly, especially if you are serious and responsible about pursuing the sport.
That said, here are two of the essential gear you’ll need and information on how to choose them wisely. But know that there is a whole host of accessories for mountain biking.
This is a no-brainer, in that you may not be left with a brain if you don’t have a protective helmet on while you take-on the winding dirt and rocky trails on your MTB. The helmet you choose should have a tough exterior, preferably polycarbonate shell shaped aerodynamically for least air resistance. The inside should have EPS foam to protect the head from impact shocks.
Additionally, an extended visor to protect your eyes from the sun would be a welcome feature as well as an adjustable jaw guard for those unfortunate bumps to prevent any rupture to the jawline.
Never to be misconstrued as a fashion statement, riding gloves serve multiple purposes. When chosen wisely, the padding in the gloves could be the difference between minor bruises and a painful one in the event of a wipeout.
Another factor worth looking for in riding gloves is the grip they afford. A good grip is needed when holding onto the handlebars during cornering, landings, and evasive maneuvering. Therefore look for gloves that have multi-layer padding inside and rubberized skin on the outside.