What to wear mountain biking: everything you need to know

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<p class="firstpara">Comfort, weather conditions, protection and to some extent personal style determine what to wear for mountain biking.</p>
<p>In general, trail riders and downhill riders tend to opt for baggy kit consisting of loose-fitting shorts with a pair of padded Lycra shorts underneath and a loose-fitting jersey, whereas more race-focused cross-country riders will often go full Lycra.</p>
<p>If you’re just starting out then the best kit is the kit you already have, but as you progress then chances are you’ll want clothing designed for the specific demands of mountain biking.</p>
<p>Ultimately, the choice is totally up to you, and you should wear whatever you feel comfortable in.</p>
<p>Where you ride and the time of year/season will have a significant impact on what you decide to wear. When the weather is warm and the trails (mostly) dry in the middle of summer, you’ll require less protection from the elements than the depths of winter.</p>
<p>You also need to factor in the demands of your ride. If you’re heading off for an all-mountain adventure in the Alps or Rockies, for example, you’ll need to bring more serious kit because you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared for mountain weather conditions.</p>
<p>However, whenever and wherever you’re riding, there are a number of essentials you’re likely to need.</p>
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<h4>Mountain bike buyer’s guides</h4>
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<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-mountain-bike-how-to-choose-the-right-one-for-you/">Best mountain bike: how to choose the right bike for you</a></li>
<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/the-best-mountain-bikes-under-500/">Best mountain bikes for £500</a></li>
<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/features/the-best-mountain-bikes-under-750/">Best mountain bikes for £750</a></li>
<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-mountain-bikes-under-1000-2/">Best mountain bikes for £1,000</a></li>
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</section><h2>1. Helmet</h2>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> A helmet really is essential for mountain biking.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>A helmet is an essential piece of kit for mountain bikers. The chances of slipping, crashing or bumping into a tree or rock are much higher than for <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/fitness-and-training/cycling-to-work-guide/">commuters</a> or most <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-road-bike-helmets/">road cyclists</a>, so head protection is crucial.</p>
<p>Helmets designed specifically for mountain biking generally have an integrated peak, which helps keep sun and rain out of the rider’s eyes and deflect low-hanging branches.</p>
<p>A mountain bike helmet also sits lower around the back and sides of the head to provide better coverage.</p>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Some helmets, such as the Lazer Impala, incorporate MIPS slip-plane technology.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>For bike parks, downhill riding, and downhill and enduro racing, mountain bikers usually wear a full-face helmet, which offers all-round protection.</p>
<p>Occasionally, full-face helmets are paired with a neck brace, which prevents the head being dangerously thrown back in the event of a big crash – more of an issue for riders doing big jumps and drops.</p>
<p>MIPS technology is increasingly common in mountain bike helmets. MIPS is an additional layer, or slip-plane, inside the helmet designed to reduce the rotational forces on the brain, which can be experienced in certain impacts.</p>
<ul>
<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-mountain-bike-helmets-for-trail-riding/">Best mountain bike helmets for cross-country and trail riding</a></li>
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<strong>Featured product:</strong> Lazer Impala MIPS</li>
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</section><h2>2. Glasses or goggles</h2>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Glasses or goggles help protect your eyes from the sun and dirt kicked up by your front wheel.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/best-sunglasses-for-mountain-biking-47837/">Glasses</a> or goggles are essential for protecting your eyes from sun glare and debris thrown up by your front wheel.</p>
<p>Look for glasses with an interchangeable lens and multiple lens options. This lets you swap the lens out according to the conditions.</p>
<p>A clear lens, for example, is good for riding in dull or dark conditions, while tinted lenses are better for reducing glare or increasing contrast.</p>
<p>Trail riders wear glasses most of the time, but if the weather is particularly grim and muddy, goggles are an alternative option because they provide sealed weather protection with a wide range of vision.</p>
<p>Goggles are usually paired with full-face helmets, though many will fit with regular helmets — colloquially known as going ‘full enduro’.</p>
<p>Most downhillers will wear goggles rather than glasses because they are more secure and offer more protection on long, technical descents.</p>
<ul>
<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-sunglasses-for-cycling/">Best sunglasses for mountain biking and road cycling</a></li>
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<li>
<strong>Featured product:</strong> 100% Racetrap</li>
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</p>
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</section><h2>3. Jersey</h2>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Mountain bike jerseys tend to have a loose cut.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>Most MTB jerseys will have a loose cut and will come in short-sleeve, three-quarter or long-sleeve options.</p>
<p>A short-sleeve jersey will keep you cooler in the heat of summer but a long-sleeve jersey will offer a little more protection for your arms – both from the sun and nettles, thorns and branches. Some long-sleeve jerseys will have mesh panels to improve breathability.</p>
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jersey"></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></picture>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Jerseys with mesh panels will offer improved breathability.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>Prices are generally lower than <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-cycling-jerseys/">road cycling jerseys</a>, and there’s a huge range of colours and designs out there.</p>
<p>Cross-country mountain bikers tend to wear a Lycra jersey, along the lines of a road cycling jersey, with rear pockets ideal for stowing spare tubes, tools and snacks.</p>
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<strong>Featured product:</strong> Madison Alpine Men’s Long Sleeve Jersey</li>
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</section><h2>4. Shorts, liner shorts and baggy shorts</h2>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Cross-country riders may wear Lycra shorts but most mountain bikers prefer baggies.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>Padded shorts are a good idea because mountain biking by its very nature takes place on rough terrain, and riders spend time repeatedly getting in and out of the saddle.</p>
<p><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-cycling-shorts/">Road-cycling-style bib shorts</a> with a chamois pad are ideal either on their own or, more common for trail riding, as an under layer with a pair of baggy mountain bike shorts over the top.</p>
<p>You can also find padded shorts made of lightweight material or mesh, which are designed to be used just as liners under baggy shorts.</p>
<p>Baggy mountain bike shorts will usually be knee-length and constructed from either a stretchy material or a robust, tear-resistant fabric with stretch panels around the back to allow the shorts to move with the rider. They should also have room for knee pads to fit underneath.</p>
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<strong>Featured product:</strong> Madison Flux Shorts</li>
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</section><h2>5. Waterproof trousers</h2>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Riding trousers will help keep you warm, dry and clean in mucky conditions.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>If you ride year-round and live somewhere with an inclement climate (like us here in the UK!) then riding trousers will make a big difference in mucky conditions.</p>
<p>Riding trousers will not only help keep you dry, they’ll provide warmth when the temperature drops and stop you getting caked in mud (even if your kit still takes the brunt of it).</p>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Softshell trousers with a DWR coating offer water resistance and a comfy fit.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>Like jackets, riding trousers are normally available in waterproof and water-resistant variants.</p>
<p>The former are likely to be made from a hardshell fabric – the kind of waterproof trousers you might expect to use for hiking – and offer plenty of protection from the rain, but at the cost of breathability.</p>
<p>The latter are more likely to be made from a softshell fabric, offering improved fit and durability as a result, and with a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment to shed rain.</p>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Vents like these will help regulate your temperature if things do get too warm.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>Fit is key when it comes to riding trousers. You want something close enough to avoid the material flapping or getting in the way, but with enough room to not restrict pedalling. An articulated cut will help in that respect, too.</p>
<p>Added extras such as Velcro tabs on the ankles, for a close fit, and abrasion-resistant materials are also useful.</p>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Keep your knees in good nick with some impact protection.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>Most riders wear knee pads at a minimum if they’re riding any trail where there’s an above-average chance of taking a spill. Or just for peace of mind.</p>
<p>There are more lightweight options than ever before that offer protection while still being able to pedal comfortably. For more technical riding, there are chunkier pads available.</p>
<p>For racing and technical riding, some mountain bikers will also use other body armour, such as elbow pads and back protectors.</p>
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<p><strong>Featured product:</strong> Bliss Protection ARG Minimalist Knee Pads</p>
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<h4>Mountain biking for beginners</h4>
<ul>
<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/features/4-simple-steps-to-set-up-your-mountain-bike/">How to set up your mountain bike in 7 simple steps</a></li>
<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/workshop/how-to-set-up-your-mountain-bike-suspension-video-guides-to-help-you-get-the-most-from-your-bike/">Mountain bike suspension setup: get the most from your bike</a></li>
<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/mountain-bike-wheel-sizes-26in-650b-and-29in-explained/">Mountain bike wheel sizes: 26in, 650b and 29in explained</a></li>
<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/features/the-best-upgrades-for-your-mountain-bike/">Best mountain bike upgrades for your bike</a></li>
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</section><h2>7. Gloves</h2>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Gloves are a year-round essential to protect your hands.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>Full-finger gloves are favoured by the vast majority of mountain bikers and provide more comprehensive protection than mitts.</p>
<p>The coverage provided by full-finger gloves helps protect the hands from crashes and undergrowth, and some gloves will come with padding on the palms to provide additional cushioning.</p>
<p>Gloves aimed at downhill or enduro riders often have more protection on the back of the hands because the likelihood of crashing is much higher for this type of riding.</p>
<p>Gloves can also help with grip because the palm will be designed to provide extra traction on the handlebars</p>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Mountain bikers wear full-finger gloves rather than fingerless gloves or mitts. Look for gloves with carefully-placed grippers.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>Look for gloves that have carefully-placed grippers, so you’ve got full control over the brakes and shifters.</p>
<p>Full-finger gloves also provide welcome insulation and windproofing in the autumn, winter and spring when riding in cool or wet conditions.</p>
<p>That said, you’ll find a wide range of gloves out there, with lighter options for summer riding and more heavily insulated options for cold conditions.</p>
<p>Investing in a couple of sets of gloves will stand you in good stead and avoid sweaty hands when it’s warm, and freezing hands when it’s chilly.</p>
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<strong>Featured product:</strong> Madison Alpine Men’s Gloves</li>
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</section><h2>8. Socks</h2>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Socks are a chance to add some flare to your get-up.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>As well as being a way of expressing your style, long socks can help protect the shins and calves from scratches and cuts from undergrowth, or from the pedals themselves.</p>
<p>Waterproof socks are popular with mountain bikers who ride in wet conditions because they help keep feet warm and relatively dry when shoes get wet. On the other hand, lightweight, breathable socks will help keep your feet cool in summer.</p>
<p>There’s also the option of putting <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-overshoes/">waterproof shoe covers</a> over the top of riding shoes (most likely if you’re using slim-line shoes for clipless pedals), which adds even more wet weather protection.</p>
<ul>
<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-cycling-socks/">Best cycling socks for style and comfort</a></li>
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<strong>Featured product:</strong> Madison Alpine MTB Sock</li>
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</section><h2>9. Shoes</h2>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Whether you go for flat pedal shoes like these or a clipless pair, make sure you get a good fit.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>When it comes to contact points — where the rider makes contact with the bike — the shoe/pedal interface is one of the most important.</p>
<p>Riders need to feel secure when riding over rough ground and also be able to pedal efficiently up tough, technical climbs.</p>
<p>There are two choices on offer: <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/flat-or-clipless-pedals-which-is-right-for-you/">flat pedals and clipless pedals</a>.</p>
<p>Lots of trail and cross-country riders will choose to ride clipped in, <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-road-bike-pedals/">like road cyclists</a>, with a mechanism that connects a cleat on the sole of the shoe to the pedal.</p>
<p>Clipless shoes look like <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-road-cycling-shoes/">road cycling shoes</a> but will have a recessed cleat and a chunky tread to allow the rider to walk a little more normally.</p>
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<strong>Featured product:</strong> Shimano GR07 Shoes</li>
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pedals"></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></source></picture>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> Mountain bikers have two pedal choices to choose from: flat and clipless.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>Other riders opt to ride with ‘flat’ shoes and pedals, where the pedals have a rough-textured surface and ‘pins’ that project outward to grip the shoes.</p>
<p>Flat pedal shoes tend to look more like skate shoes or trainers, and will usually have a lace-up fastening, normally with an elasticated band to tuck the laces in to.</p>
<p>They also have a sole with a tread pattern that works with the pedal pins and is made from extra-grippy rubber for the same reason.</p>
<p>If you’re riding through the cold, dark months, it’s worth looking at <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-winter-cycling-shoes/">winter mountain bike shoes</a>, made from warm, weatherproof materials.</p>
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<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/features/best-shoes-for-mountain-bikers/">Best clipless and flat mountain bike shoes</a></li>
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<p><strong>Featured product: </strong>Shimano PD-M8040 XT MTB Flat Pedals</p>
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</section><h2>10. Jacket</h2>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> A lightweight jacket will fend off the wind and showers.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>As with every other type of cycling, mountain biking can be a year-round activity if you have the right kit.</p>
<p>If the weather starts to look inclement, a jacket will help keep the elements at bay. Still, there’s a wide range of conditions you may encounter so there’s a wide range of mountain bike jackets to choose from.</p>
<p>We’re going to run through three of the main options: a lightweight shell, a hybrid jacket and a fully waterproof jacket.</p>
<p>A lightweight jacket will normally be made of a water-resistant material designed to offer some wind and rain protection, while still retaining breathability, often through mesh panels or perforations in the fabric.</p>
<p>A jacket like this should also be packable, meaning you can take it off if conditions improve and stow it in a backpack. Or you might keep it in your pack just in case the conditions change mid-ride and you need an extra layer.</p>
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<figcaption class="wp-caption-text"><span class="caption-copy"><i class="icon-arrow icon-camera-circle"></i> A hybrid jacket will offer additional protection in cooler conditions.</span></figcaption><span class="im-image-caption"> <i>Simon Bromley / Immediate Media</i></span>
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<p>A hybrid jacket looks to offer the best of all worlds, combining water repellency, warmth and breathability. A good hybrid jacket is likely to be made from a softshell or padded fabric for additional warmth and stretch.</p>
<p>A hybrid jacket will be less packable than a lightweight shell but it should still stuff into a riding pack. Look for a jacket with vents because, even with a breathable fabric, there’s only so much heat build-up a jacket like this can handle. It’s unlikely to be fully waterproof either.</p>
<p>A waterproof jacket does what it says on the tin. We’re talking proper hardshell waterproof jackets here, designed to keep the rain out for hours on end.</p>
<p>A waterproof jacket designed for mountain biking will tend to have a looser fit than a <a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-waterproof-jackets-for-cyclists/">waterproof road cycling jacket</a>, to accommodate layers and potentially body armour underneath and to allow greater freedom of movement.</p>
<p>There will usually be a couple of pockets too for stowing essentials and snacks, as well as vents for keeping your internal temperature down when working hard on climbs.</p>
<p>A good waterproof jacket won’t come cheap but, if you’re committed to riding year-round, it will be one of the best investments you make.</p>
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<li><a href="https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-waterproof-jackets-for-mountain-biking/">Best waterproof mountain bike jackets</a></li>
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<strong>Featured product:</strong> Madison DTE Men’s Hybrid Jacket</li>
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