Endura Women’s Singletrack Rain Jacket Review

The Endura Women’s Singletrack jacket is a nylon, fully seam-sealed 2.5-layer waterproof, “breathable fabric” rain jacket with under arm zipped vents, and a hood. I put the “breathable” in quotes because everyone says their rain coat is breathable, and then you end up just as wet from your own internal combustion as you’d be if you just …

Pactimo Women’s Apex Mountain Bike Shorts Review

While Pactimo has mainly focused on road-oriented cycling clothing, as well as custom and made-to-order kits, they clearly know what they’re doing when it comes to designing more casual, baggy, mountain bike clothing as well, as I discovered with the new Apex kit. The Apex MTB Shorts are new in the Pactimo lineup for 2016 and, …

Women’s Mountain Bike Clothing: Pactimo Apex Jersey Review

Pactimo Clothing has traditionally focused on custom cycling attire, such as team kits. They also offer a variety of cool jerseys made-to-order, including their state series and Jerseys for a Cause, which benefits a particular organization or cause each time someone buys a jersey. But Pactimo also offers a catalog of standard apparel, and now, …

Platypus W’s B-line 8.0 Women’s Hydration Pack Review

Built for long cross-country rides, the Platypus W’s B-line hydration pack, “designed for women,” according to Platypus, is lightweight at 691 grams and fits well. I particularly appreciated the “RidgeAir” back panel–a mesh feature separating your back from the pack, thus providing some good airflow. The pack was roomy enough for a spare tube, pump, …

The Shasta Lemurian Classic: XC Racing at its Finest

The Shasta Lemurian Classic mountain bike race occurs at the end of every April and is a harbinger of summer. Taking its name from a mythical, advanced race of small people-like beings said to dwell in a city hidden underneath nearby Mt. Shasta, they are supposed survivors from the sinking of their own continent of …

It’s a Man’s World

A really small great thing happened the other day. I had just purchased a new bike (Specialized Epic Expert, if you must know. Good for the metric f*%# ton of climbing I’ll be doing in the Trans Alp race), and while that in itself is pretty happy-making as you, dear reader, well know, the young man …

Club Ride Queen Anne Jersey Review

I’ve been really stoked on Club Ride gear lately. Their products are the perfect combination of form and function, and the Queen Anne jersey is no different. This jersey features Dri-Sulate wool-poly blend fabric for superior warmth and comfort no matter what the weather. It layers well with multiple thicknesses of base layers for a variety of conditions, …

Camelbak Solstice 10LR Review

To be honest, I’ve been aiming to get away from riding with a pack for some time now. I find that it causes extra strain on my back, not to mention the annoyance of feeling something shifting around as I’m navigating chunky sections of trail. But alas, I am short. And being short means I have a small …