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Our guide to Mountain Biking through Summer

The Rapha Guide to Summertime Mountain Biking

Crushing corners and sending jump lines on daylong loops of golden singletrack. Summertime trails are yours for the taking. Even on the hottest days, keep your cool in sweltering heat and find your flow with tips and tricks from our seasonal riding guide.

11 February 2022

On sun-baked trails, the seasonal heat is a major obstacle to overcome. Thankfully, the right selection of lightweight and breathable technical gear can keep you riding in comfort, even on the hottest days.

There are two key factors when selecting summertime apparel: breathability and wicking. Breathable fabrics feel feather-light while being worn, and allow for airflow to keep you cool, especially during those grinding uphill battles. Moisture-wicking fabrics lift your body’s perspiration away from your skin and allows it to evaporate in the air, so you stay relatively dry even when you’re sweating buckets.

Rising temps beg for all-day outings, so consider carrying water, snacks and tools. One oft-overlooked tool, the simple tire-plugging device, can be a lifesaver when the trails bite back. Make sure you pack one of these with the rest of your essentials in a Trail Hip Pack, which keeps the load off of your back – and don’t forget to pack a frosty beverage for your mid-ride refreshment.

SEASONAL SUGGESTIONS

Consider these essential four layers to stay cool and comfortable when you’re finding flow on summertime trails.

FOUNDATION

LINERS AND BIBS


A lightweight bib or liner short with a quality chamois will keep you rolling all day long. Select a pair with mesh panels for optimal ventilation.

MIDLAYER

THE TOP


Whether you prefer short sleeve, ¾ sleeve, or tank top, select a top that is lightweight, breathable, made to move, and tough enough to stand up to the rigors of trail riding.

MIDLAYER

THE SHORT

 

Not all shorts are created equal. Select a short that is purpose-built for mountain biking, with an ergonomic fit made for comfort while pedaling, that strikes a balance between lightweight and durable.

A CHERRY UP TOP

THE HELMET


Protect your head with a helmet that makes you forget it’s even there until you need it most. With more coverage than a road helmet, the right MTB lid will keep you safe and look sharp while doing so.

DESCEND WITH CONFIDENCE

THE PADS


Gone are the days of loose fitting, bulky armour. The active polymer in our Trail Knee pads strengthens upon impact but remains supple enough to allow you to keep pedalling when the going gets tough.

OUR FULL RANGE

To browse all of our collections together and compare side-by-side, take a look at our full range of mountain biking apparel. From the building block of cargo bib liner shorts to the resilient Trail ¾ Jersey, we’ve got every layer of your outfit covered.

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