From the mountain biker to commuter, road rider to gravel grinder; there is something in this list for the biker on your list.
Pearl Izumi Summit Knee Guards
Many riders have knee pads but never use them. Why? Simple: they’re uncomfortable. Pearl Izumi’s Summit Pads change the game, with a stretchy, lightweight, breathable Cordura mesh, a thin viscoelastic pad, silicone grip on the thigh and calf, and a slit behind the knee for breathability. The result is a pad that rides more like a knee sleeve: it stays in place, isn’t uncomfortable on the uphill, won’t overheat (too much) in summer, cuts wind on colder rides, and offers more protection than a likely alternative—nothing.
POC Tectal Race Spin NFC Helmet
This cranial case is exactly what you want on your dome in a worst-case scenario. Not only does it employ POC’s best-in-class helmet construction with a stalwart unibody shell and aramid bridge, but it also includes a built-in NFC Medical chip that stores medical and emergency contact information. The chip is a potentially life-saving feature—one you’ll be happy to have yet never want to use.
Chip aside, the helmet is no cross-country lightweight—it’s built to endure the rigors of enduro. The Swedish safety brand’s SPIN tech reduces the consequences of concussion-causing torsional impacts (similar to MIPS). Testers dug the extra features: the broad, effective visor, as well as the goggle clips, but did notice that the fit of the helmet pressed down on the arms of big-bodied sunglasses.
Alo Amplify Seamless Short Sleeve Tee
Whether you are on your peloton or your mountain bike the Amplify Tee will go with you. With a seamless slim fit and 4-way stretch fabric it’ll keep you comfortable while spinning on whatever bike you choose. The seamless construction helps create an incredibly breathable shirt that wicks moisture away easily making it perfect to combat the dreaded sweat dripping from everywhere while on a bike trainer, or a long climb.
Pearl Izumi Summit Shell Shorts
We’re big fans of Pearl Izumi’s entire Summit line, but the Summit Shell Shorts were certainly a standout. Biking with a phone in your pocket can be absolute torture, but the Summit Shell’s pocket placement—parallel to your IT band—is such that you can hardly feel a phone at all while riding.
The pockets were no doubt a standout feature of these standout shorts, but the rest of the construction is on point, too. The DWR-treated material is durable and can handle light rain. Testers judged the fit baggy enough for kneepads and found the 14-inch cut offers plenty of protection. A skinnier rider loved the hook-and-loop waistband, which is secure and snug without feeling constricting while in the saddle. All told, these may just be our new favorite mountain bike shorts.
Rad Power Bikes RadCity 5 Plus
If someone on your list is looking to lower their carbon footprint and find a more sustainable source of transportation an E-bike could be the perfect solution. The RadCity 5 Plus is a versatile commuter bike that can get you where you need to go and even take a few things along for the ride. With an up to 50-mile range and 275lb payload capacity the RadCity 5 Plus can take the kids to school, grab the groceries, and take you to the gym all without skipping a beat. We love seeing more bikes and fewer cars on the road and this bike has all the right specs to become a genuine car replacement.