You’ve bought the bike and mastered the skills. Now, you need to stock up and get the gear you need for your adventures. We’ve prepared this mountain biking gear list to help you sort through the essentials, the nice to have and the luxurious.

Mountain biking trips become memorable when they take an unexpected turn. With the right preparation, the surprises become the highlight of a great biking tale. Weather can turn on you; your bike can break; even your own body can rebel if you’re hungry or thirsty. This list will help you get through the challenges and enjoy your ride.

Here at The Adventure Junkies, we’re passionate about the outdoors. We’ve been in tricky situations and know what worked well when challenges arose. We’ve prepared this list to give you a leg-up for your own adventures.

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HOW TO USE THIS PACKING LIST

This list will tell you what to buy, what to use it for, how much it should cost, and then share our top picks in each category. Let’s break down each of the fields we use to define the categories.

PURPOSE: What does the gear do? What use will you get out of it?

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Should you just stay home without this? The item will say “yes” next to this field if it’s absolutely necessary.

PRICE RANGE: To help you budget, this range will give a rough idea on pricing and cost.

LOOK FOR: Our quick considerations in selecting an item.

LEARN MORE: An article on how to select this gear.

BEST MODELS: An article listing the 10 best items for this category.

 

 

 

ATHLETIC CLOTHES

MOUNTAIN BIKE SHORTS

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PURPOSE: Improve Your Comfort On A Ride

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $30 – $100

LOOK FOR: Quality Chamois Padding And Friction-Less Stitching

OUR MEN’S PICK: Pearl Izumi Men’s Elevate

OUR WOMEN’S PICK: Pearl Izumi Women’s Elevate

BEST MODELS: Top 10 Mountain Bike Shorts

 

 

 

HALF-FINGER MOUNTAIN BIKE GLOVES

 

 

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PURPOSE: Protect Hands From Friction, Vibration And In Crashes

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $9 – $30

LOOK FOR: A Good Fit, Easy Removal

OUR MEN’S PICK: Fox Men’s Ranger Short Gloves

OUR WOMEN’S PICK: Specialized Grail

BEST MODELS: Top 10 Mountain Bike Gloves

 

 

 

SHORT-SLEEVE JERSEYS

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PURPOSE: Snag-Free Sweat-Wicking Top Layer

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $20 – $120

LOOK FOR: Blended Fabrics, Good Zippers, Useful Back Pockets

OUR MEN’S PICK: Pearl Izumi Quest

OUR WOMEN’S PICK: Zerobike Short Sleeve

 

 

 

SUNGLASSES

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PURPOSE: Eye Protection From Rocks And Sun

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $20 – $100

LOOK FOR: Polarized, Shatterproof, Replaceable Lens

OUR PICK: Tsafrer Polarized Sunglasses


 

 

 

FOOTWEAR

MOUNTAIN BIKING SOCKS

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PURPOSE: Keep Feet Comfortable And Dry

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $8 – $20

LOOK FOR: Wicking Fabric, Good Fit

OUR MEN’S PICK: Pearl Izumi Ride Elite

OUR WOMEN’S PICK: DeFeet Aireator Joy

 

 

 

MOUNTAIN BIKING SHOES

 

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PURPOSE: Secure, Stable Riding On Clip Or Flat Pedals

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $60 – $200

LOOK FOR: Snag-Free Lacing And A Good Fit

OUR MEN’S PICK: Giro Grynd

OUR WOMEN’S PICK: Pearl Izumi X-Alp Seek

BEST MODELS: Top 10 Mountain Bike Shoes


 

 

NAVIGATION

MOUNTAIN BIKE GPS

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PURPOSE: Wayfinding, Route Planning

ESSENTIAL ITEM? Depends On Area Knowledge

PRICE RANGE: $80 – $600

LOOK FOR: Good Battery Life, Easy To Use

OUR PICK: Garmin Edge 520

BEST MODELS: Top 10 Mountain Bike GPS

 

 

 

MAPS AND GUIDES

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PURPOSE: Wayfinding, Route Planning

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: No

PRICE RANGE: $18 – $25

LOOK FOR: Color Maps, Detailed Descriptions

OUR PICK: Mountain Biking Moab


 

 

SAFETY GEAR

HELMETS

 

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PURPOSE: Protects Your Head

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $80 – $100

LOOK FOR: Comfortable Straps And Buckles, Air Vents

OUR MEN’S PICK: Giro Montaro Mips

OUR WOMEN’S PICK: Giro Montaro Mips Women

BEST MODELS: Top 10 Mountain Bike Helmets

 

 

 

LIGHTS

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PURPOSE: Make Your Bike And Trail Visible

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes At Night

PRICE RANGE: $20 – $350

LOOK FOR: Brightness, Settings, Battery Life

OUR PICK: NiteRider Pro 1800

BEST MODELS: Top 10 Best Mountain Bike Lights

 

 

 

ELBOW AND KNEE PADS

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PURPOSE: Protect Joints In Crashes

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Only For BMX Or Hardcore Trail Riders

PRICE RANGE: $25 – $200

LOOK FOR: Rigid Yet Comfortable Protection

OUR PICK: JBM BMX Pads

 

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CLOTHING FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER

FULL-FINGER MOUNTAIN BIKE GLOVES

 

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PURPOSE: Protect Hands From Friction, Vibration, Cold Weather, And Crashes

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Depending On Temperature

PRICE RANGE: $15 – $20

LOOK FOR: Good Fit, Warmth

OUR MEN’S PICK: Troy Lee Designs XC

OUR WOMEN’S PICK: Troy Lee Designs XC Women

BEST MODELS: Top 10 Mountain Bike Gloves

 

 

 

JACKETS

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PURPOSE: Keep Rain Off Your Core

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Depending On Weather

PRICE RANGE: $150 – $250

LOOK FOR: Ventilation, Water-Proofing

OUR MEN’S PICK: Showers Pass Men’s Elite 2.1

OUR WOMEN’S PICK: Showers Pass Women’s Elite 2.1

BEST MODELS: Top 10 Mountain Bike Jackets

 

 

 

RAINPROOF SHOE COVERS

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PURPOSE: Keep Shoes Dry

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Depending On Weather

PRICE RANGE: $20 – $40

LOOK FOR: Fit

OUR PICK: Bikeroo Shoe Protectors


 

 

CLOTHING FOR COLD WEATHER

THERMAL JACKET

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PURPOSE: Keep Core Temperature Warm

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Depending On Weather

PRICE RANGE: $30 – $100

LOOK FOR: Warmth, Fit, Good Zippers

OUR PICK: Wolfbike Fleece

 

 

 

THERMAL SHOE COVERS

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PURPOSE: Keep Feet Warm

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Depending On Temperature

PRICE RANGE: $50 – $60

LOOK FOR: Warmth, Fit

OUR PICK: Endura MT500

BEST MODELS: Top 10 Mountain Bike Jackets


 

 

FOOD AND DRINK

HYDRATION PACKS

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PURPOSE: Convenient Access To Water Or Sports Drink

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $25 – $75

LOOK FOR: Easy To Wear, Proper Capacity For Your Trip

OUR PICK: Camelback Hydrobag

BEST MODELS: Top 10 Mountain Bike Hydration Packs

 

 

 

FOOD BARS

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PURPOSE: Bigger Snacks While Riding

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $1

LOOK FOR: Flavor, Calorie Quantity

OUR PICK: Clif Energy Bar Value Pack

 

 

 

GEL SNACKS

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PURPOSE: Stave Off Hunger And Fuel Up On The Trail With Quick Bites

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $1

LOOK FOR: Flavor, Calorie Quantity

OUR PICK: Clif Bloks Energy Chews

 

 


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TRAIL-SIDE TOOLS & REPAIR

MULTI-TOOL

 

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PURPOSE: Fix Common Bike Problems

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $30 – $50

LOOK FOR: Useful Wrenches And Variety

OUR PICK: Topeak Alien

 

 

 

MINI-BIKE PUMP

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PURPOSE: Inflate Tires After Flat

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $20 – $40

LOOK FOR: High-Pressure And Small Size

OUR PICK: Mini Bike Pump

 

 

 

PATCH KIT FOR PUNCTURES

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PURPOSE: Cover Up Puncture Holes On Innertube

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: Yes

PRICE RANGE: $6 – $9

LOOK FOR: Easy Adhesive

OUR PICK: Oumers Inner Tube Repair Kit

 

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TRANSPORTATION

ROOF RACK FOR CARS

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PURPOSE: Carry Bikes On Top Of Vehicle

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: No

PRICE RANGE: $50 – $100

LOOK FOR: Easy Installation And Secure Carrying

OUR PICK: Swagman Upright Roof Rack

BEST MODELS: Top 10 Mountain Bike Racks

 

 

 

REAR RACK FOR CAR

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PURPOSE: Carry Bikes Behind Vehicle

ESSENTIAL ITEM?: No

PRICE RANGE: $30 – $60

LOOK FOR: Easy Setup And Removal

OUR PICK: Allen Sports 2-Bike Trunk Mount

BEST MODELS: Top 10 Mountain Bike Racks


 

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