SKI Magazine takes skiing seriously. That’s why we train for the ski season months in advance. There are lots of ways to get in shape, but almost everyone in our office rides mountain bikes as a means to get cardio exercise and practice ripping through the forest until we can do it on skis. The following gear is from brands that make awesome stuff for skiing, and equally rad stuff for mountain biking.
Shred Short Stack Bike Helmet
Shred has been coming out with some absolutely awesome products lately, including their ski helmets, goggles, and sunglasses, so it was no surprise that their bike helmet knocked our socks off. One tester claimed the Short Stack helmet was the “most comfortable out-of-the-box fit” he’s ever tried, both for the helmet and the well-designed Y-clips integrated into the strap. The company also partners with the McGazza Forever Foundation, benefiting young riders in New Zealand to reach new levels of riding. [$150, shredoptics.com]
Giro Terraduro Bike Shoe
Giro’s ski helmets and goggles are some of the best around, but their mountain bike gear might be even better. Take the Terraduro Shoe: Featuring a Vibram sole, it’s as capable clicked in to your pedals as it is pushing your bike up unrideable hills. Giro kept adjustability in mind with the intuitive velcro straps and on-the-fly adjustable top buckle that can be easily swapped out if you take a bad, sliding digger. All this functionality plus sweet color options and an high volume version for big feet has made this the only bike shoe we need. If the brand made ski boots that are this comfortable and functional, we’d be really stoked. [$180, giro.com]
Rocky Mountain Underground Tailgate Locker
Rocky Mountain Underground (RMU) makes some pretty sweet skis, but has recently launched a line of mountain bike products. Our favorite is the Tailgate Locker, which features five holding straps, pockets designed to keep tools easily accessible, back-up camera compatibility, and a pocket designed to function strictly as a beverage cooler. Plus, it’s got swagger with a faux-leather exterior and stitching that keeps things tight. We found a few durability issues in the first generation, particularly with the soft nylon lining on the Tailgate Locker’s interior, but would expect this to be fixed with the next iteration. [$249, rmuoutdoors.com]
GU NICA French Toast Energy Gel
We use GU products to keep energized on mountains covered in snow, so it makes sense that we’d grab for them when exploring the same mountains on two wheels. GU’s new NICA French Toast flavor goes down like the milk left over from Cinnamon Toast Crunch: sweet and easy (but the vegan gels contain simple carbohydrates, sodium, and amino acids, making them way healthier than sugary cereal milk). The flavor was designed with help from student athletes involved with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), and 10 percent of sales will go back to the program in hopes of getting more kids on bikes. Sounds like a good plan to us. [$36 for 24, guenergy.com]
SCOTT GENIUS 920 Mountain Bike
SCOTT’s Slight 93 ski made a name for itself at this year’s ski test as a capable all-mountain ripper, just like the SCOTT GENIUS 920 mountain bike. The two products are practically cousins, delivering all-around performance that put smiles on all of our testers’ faces. You can read the full review of the Scott GENIUS 920 mountain bike here.
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