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7 Ski Brands That Also Make Legit Biking Gear

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What came first: The skier or the mountain biker? History is on the side of the skier, but it’s a fair question to ask when it comes to brands that make gear for both, like Scott and Giro. And in the end it doesn’t really matter whether these brands set out to become ski brands or bike brands—they’ve now earned serious street cred from skiers and bikers alike for making industry-leading gear in both spaces. When it comes to sliding on two planks or riding on two wheels, these (ski) brands are our go-to one-stop shops.

Scott

  • Ski specialty: Ski poles, backcountry skis, avalanche airbags, helmets, and goggles
  • MTB specialty: Bikes
Scott Genius 920 Mountain Bike
Photo: Courtesy of Scott

This company founded as Scott-USA in 1958 made a name for itself after introducing the world to the first tapered aluminum ski pole. A small design tweak that inevitably changed the production of ski poles for good. Then, in the ’90s—even before it began making skis and ski apparel—Scott officially entered the mountain bike space.

Three decades later, Scott is now a major producer of road, gravel, and mountain bikes. Our favorite so far? The Scott Genius mountain bikes designed for trail riders looking for the perfect balance of uphill and downhill performance.

On that topic: We used and abused the Scott Genius 920; here’s the verdict

Rossignol

  • Ski specialty: Skis, ski boots
  • MTB specialty: Bikes
Rossignol All Track Trail 2 Mountain Bike
Photo: Courtesy of Rossignol

Skiers think of Rossignol as the company that gave them the Soul 7 ski, a powder ski that changed the lives of many a skier. But the truth is this French brand has been leading the charge on ski design for more than a hundred years. It was only relatively recently that Rossignol decided to branch out into the world of ski boots and apparel and then, in 2017, into mountain bikes.

The original bike line, dubbed All Track, included 11 models for enduro, downhill, and trail riding. The company has since expanded its line, though you’re not likely to find them at your local bike store. But you will find them at ski resorts across the U.S., where ski shops rent them out to skiers looking to shred some singletrack in the summer.

Related: Rossignol’s new winter lineup includes two standout skis for women, so which is right for you?

Maloja

  • Ski specialty: Baselayers, midlayers, and ski outerwear
  • MTB specialty: Bike shorts and jerseys
Maloja Rossom 3-in-1 Mountain Bike Shorts
Photo: Courtesy of Maloja

We’ll forgive you for not knowing this relatively new German brand now, but take note because Maloja is poised to blow up the North American ski and bike space with its fashionable and smartly designed apparel. For skiing, we love Maloja’s base- and midlayers, which all come in fun colors and prints and feature premium synthetic fabrics and insulation materials. This winter, the brand will also drop a fresh new line of ski outerwear that we can’t wait to test.

On that note: The best ski baselayers of the year

But right now, we’re really digging the brand’s mountain bike apparel, especially the men’s Rossom 3-in-1 shorts for its barely-there and highly breathable face fabric. Pro tip for American ladies and dudes with muscular thighs and butts: You may want to size up from your regular size for a roomier fit. [$135, malojaclothing.com]

Giro

  • Ski specialty: Goggles and helmets
  • MTB specialty: Helmets, shoes
Giro Ventana Bike Shoe
Photo: Courtesy of Giro

This brand needs no real introduction, despite only being a few decades old. Chances are you’ve owned at least one Giro ski helmet or pair of goggles over the course of your skiing days. But this American brand was actually born a bike brand, and only moved into the ski space at the turn of the millennium. As much as we dig this brand’s snow helmets and goggles, we’re also big fans of Giro’s bike gear, especially its helmets and bike shoes. Our new fave for clipless riders: the Ventana trail shoe featuring Giro’s one-piece Synchwire upper, Boa L6 Fit system for easy micro adjustments, and a durable rubber sole that offers great grip.

Find the Giro Ventana online: evo | REI

Flylow

  • Ski specialty: Apparel and gloves
  • MTB specialty: Bike shorts and jerseys
Flylow Eleanor Bike Shorts
Photo: Courtesy of Flylow

It should come as no surprise that the ski apparel brand founded by two Colorado ski bums also makes great mountain biking kits. After all, the two founders got into this business to make apparel that would live up to their high standards of adventure.

Flylow’s bike shorts, like the brand’s rugged backcountry skiing apparel, are designed for playing hard outdoors, and if you ask the women on the SKI staff, no one makes a smarter bike short for lady shredders. Take the women’s Eleanor Short: It’s an amazing feat of engineering with a low-profile cinch waist that makes the short fit a backside of any size like a glove. [$63, flylowgear.com]

POC

  • Ski specialty: Helmets, goggles, protective wear
  • MTB specialty: Helmets, sunglasses, protective wear
POC Knee Pads
Photo: Courtesy of POC

Swedish brand POC made a name for itself doing what Swedes do best: creating modern, sleek designs, something that seemed to escape a lot of snow helmet manufacturers who were in the habit of producing giant bobbleheads. POC broke the mold with low-profile ski helmets that nevertheless offered up industry-leading impact protection. It then transferred a lot of the same technology into protective wear for skiing and biking, including back, elbow, and knee protectors.

Clutch for mountain bikers: the flexible and highly-wearable Oseus VPD Knee sleeves. If you ride hard and regularly come home with knee scrapes and bruises courtesy of your bike frame or the rugged trail, the Oseus belongs in your bike kit.

Find the POC Oseus Knee Pads online: evo | Backcountry.com

SHRED.

  • Ski specialty: Helmets, goggles
  • MTB specialty: Helmets, sunglasses, protective wear
Shred Belushki Sunglasses
Photo: Courtesy of Shred

Everyone knows Ted Ligety shreds hard on snow, but if you follow his Instagram, you’ll see that he also spends a lot of time on the singletrack around his home in Park City, Utah. It makes sense, then, that the company he founded strives to put out the best protective wear for both sports. Skiers first and foremost reach for SHRED.’s goggles, which feature proprietary lens technology engineered by SHRED. co-founder and MIT graduate Carlo Salmini.

Mountain bikers, meanwhile, dig SHRED.’s sunglasses and protective gear such as the brand’s protective MTB shorts. SKI staff favorite: the Belushki Black-Rust CBL Polarized sunnies, which are lightweight and fit seamlessly under any mountain bike helmet. [$150, shredoptics.com]

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