When it comes to choosing a gift for a mountain bike lover, shoppers must navigate their way through a vast range of accessories and possibilities. Here are our tips for picking out a suitable gift that will be both useful and appreciated.
The waterproof shell
The shell is an essential garment for those who want to enjoy mountain biking all year round. While often left in the closet during short summer rides, it becomes essential during longer trail rides up in the mountains. During the winter it becomes riders' most trusted companion, keeping them warm and dry even in the most difficult conditions. Dainese Harashimaya is the perfect garment, ensuring its wearer is free to take on all weathers.
The membrane that makes up a shell must be waterproof but breathable, to keep water out but also expel the heat and humidity produced by the body. However, the waterproofing of the membrane is not enough to keep us dry; taping of the seams is also essential, otherwise water will enter through their tiny holes. The garment is completed with a hood, which can be worn over a helmet, pockets and adjustable air vents, to be opened on ascents or when temperatures are milder.
For upper body protection, Dainese offers several alternatives. The Trail Skins range offers breathable jerseys that integrate back and chest protectors. The Pro version includes Pro Shape 2.0 protectors on the shoulders, while the Air version is sleeveless, perfect for hot weather riding. In both cases, the garments are created with light and airy fabric to allow the wearer maximum freedom of movement in every situation. The protectors on the chest and back are removable, to allow for different configurations and more practical washing.
Made to pedal knee pads
It is just as important to protect the knees as it is the upper body. The balance between safety and freedom of movement while pedaling is finally achieved with the Trail Skins range of knee pads. Available in three versions, Pro, Air and Lite, Trail Skins is a protection designed to be comfortable at all times, even during the longest uphills. The Pro Shape 2.0 front protector, common to all versions, is inspired by natural auxetic shapes, capable of contracting and expanding in every direction to better trace joint movement. Its structure is 55% perforated, ensuring optimum air flow even at low speeds.
Choosing between long or short pants largely depends on the temperature, but is also a matter of personal preference. Unless you are an uncompromising downhill racer, for whom long pants will always win, shorts are the ideal choice in three out of four seasons. But it’s always a good idea to keep a warmer garment in your closet, ready for winter. When heading out in temperatures close to zero, perhaps in the snow, long pants provide greater comfort and safety. A model like HG Pants combines protection and freedom of movement with its optimized pedaling design and inserts in Super Fabric, a highly abrasion-resistant material.
Jerseys to suit all tastes
The mountain bike jersey is a simple garment, but it’s essential in terms of distinguishing its wearer. Long sleeve, three-quarter sleeve, or short sleeve, it all comes down to the outdoor temperature, but also personal taste. All Dainese bike jerseys are created with light, elastic materials, leaving the wearer free to express themselves and enjoy total freedom of movement.
For every mountain bike lover, there’s a perfect set of accessories that can improve their protection and freedom of movement in all situations. With just a few targeted tips, you will be sure to make the right choice.