Your Guide to Mountain Biking the Best Trails in Mount Hood National Forest

Mount Hood National Forest

Mount Hood rises to 11,250 feet as one of several volcanic peaks within the Cascade Arc. Overshadowing an expansive range of moderately-elevated land, Mount Hood is the most topographically prominent peak in Oregon. The Mount Hood National Forest (NF) extends south from the Columbia River Gorge for 60 miles to the slopes of Mount Jefferson and …

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Fly Racing Warpath Shorts Review

Fly Racing has gone all-in on mountain bike rider wear, providing everything from helmets down to socks, and running the spectrum from trail riding to freeriding. Their lineup is nothing short of vast and, in conjunction with Fly’s Action Elite Jersey, I snagged a pair of do-it-all Warpath Shorts. Warpath Specs Materials: 98% Polyester, 2% Spandex …

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Review: Fly Racing’s Funk-Free Action Elite Jersey

Since going bro, I’ve sworn off XC/road-style jerseys and moved exclusively to technical T-shirts and almost exclusively to a fanny pack. This bro-combo requires careful consideration for what I bring along on a ride, as cargo space is more limited (#broproblems). With the Action Elite Jersey’s rear pocket system and loose fit, function no longer …

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Review: El Duderino Shorts from Sweet Protection

“I’m The Dude, so that’s what you call me. You know? That or uh… His Dudeness, or uh… Duder, or uh… El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.” -The Big Lebowski, 1998 The Sweet Story Sweet Protection has been outfitting action sport enthusiasts and pros officially since 2000, but the Norwegian-born company is steeped …

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Review: Chikamin 3/4 Jersey from Sweet Protection

In terms of mountain bike gear and clothing, Sweet Protection is young with their first line released circa 2013. The Sweet story, however, dates back nearly 20 years with handmade skate deck production from a garage in Norway. Fast forward to today and you’ll find an array of mountain bike-specific body protection, helmets, and both …

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Are 2.6″ Tires the Sweet Spot? Maxxis Rekon 2.6″ Tire Review

When Maxxis announced offerings of some of their current treads in 2.6″, I was like whaaa?! I was excited. Earlier this year, the 2.6″ Maxxis Forekaster won me over for its proficient, playful, and predictable mannerisms. In fact, the Forekaster is going right back on (as a rear) for the summer. Needless to say, I was more …

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Review: The Revamped Five Ten Hellcat Shoe

The Five Ten brand is synonymous with quality, performance, and dominance, especially within downhill and freeride circles. Unbeknownst to some, Five Ten’s fame started in the mid-80’s when their Stealth rubber was first introduced for climbers (the Five Tennie). The high-friction rubber formula would go on to revolutionize the mountain bike scene to the impossibility …

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