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How to Buy a Bike Helmet

Helmets are designed for road or mountain use. Road bike helmets focus on aerodynamics and staying lightweight. Mountain bike helmets put more emphasis on coverage to protect your head from the unpredictable conditions of the trail. Both utilize customizable fit systems, such as ratchets or the BOA system, so you can get a safe, secure fit and air channels for ventilation so your head stays cool.

Mountain
Mountain bike helmets have come a long way in the last few years. An emphasis on all-mountain and freeride equipment has led to helmets with added coverage, especially on the back of the head. True downhill helmets are full-face and resemble motocross helmets. If you want to reduce weight without sacrificing safety, look at carbon fiber helmets. Shop Mountain Bike Helmets
Road
As with most things cycling-related, weight and aerodynamics are huge factors in the design of a road bike helmet. Lightweight materials and aerodynamic shapes boost speed while keeping your head protected. Comfort is important too, so ventilation features like internal air channels bring in fresh air and help sweat evaporate faster. Shop Road Bike Helmets

How to Choose Gloves and Mittens

Protect Your Hands from the Weather
How to Choose Gloves & Mittens

From what you wear on your head to what covers your toes, every article of clothing has a particular purpose in the outdoors. Gloves protect your fingers and allow fine motor control while mittens offer extra warmth by allowing your fingers more skin-on-skin contact. Hybrid gloves (also called lobster mittens) offer the warmth of mittens and the dexterity of gloves. Consider the following aspects when shopping for hand protection: weather conditions, insulation, and design or shape.

Conditions:

For cold and wet weather, look for winter handwear with a waterproof coating (DWR) or waterproof shell fabric like Gore-Tex and plenty of insulation. Often, a waterproof breathable shell fabric will help to protect your hands from the warmth-robbing effects of wind.

Insulation:

For cold conditions or cold hands, insulated handwear is the only way to go. Synthetic insulations like PrimaLoft dry quickly and are less affected by moisture than down insulation. Down offers the best warmth-to-weight ratio.

Design:

A gauntlet-style cuff keeps wetness and cold air from creeping up the sleeve of your jacket. This design can feel bulky to some so if you want a sleeker fit look for a glove with a slim cuff that slips under your jacket cuff.