Lots of gear is coming to our desks here at Pinkbike. Check Out is a casual roundup of everything our tech writers have got their hands on. Sometimes they are products we do long-term testing on, other times they are products we are excited about but don’t have time to fully review. And, sometimes it’s crazy shit that someone sent us unsolicited and we laugh.

Yeti Pants Ridgway


• Two open hand pockets, two side zip pockets
• Sizes: SM-XXL
• $170

• 2-way stretch fabric with water repellent finish
• Colors: spice, black
• Webbing waist adjustment

Riding pants were relegated only to DH racers and park rats, as the options available tended to be far too bulky for any extended pedaling. There has been a drastic change over the past few years, and now almost every clothing company has a pair of jodhpurs in their range. I totally agree, especially since many of my hikes take place when the temperatures are mild and the trails are muddy.

The Ridgway is the newest addition to the Yeti line, and they are currently at the top of my list when it comes to overall fit and comfort. Now, the “Spice” color probably wouldn’t have been my first choice, but it’s starting to grow on me, and thankfully there’s an all-black option as well. The fit is relaxed without being too loose, which means there’s plenty of room for knee pads and a good amount of taper around the ankles to prevent fabric from being sucked into your warp. The lower cuffs have an elastic band as well as a zipper to make them even easier to put on and take off, a feature that is sometimes overlooked (I’m looking at you, Specialized Trail Pants). The zippered pocket on either side can easily hold a phone, and the zipperless hip pockets give your hands a place to go when you’re on your feet after a ride.

There are no vents in the fabric, but it’s light enough that I’m comfortable on rides in the low 60s F (16 C). The fabric also held up well to all the mud I subjected it to, a particularly impressive feat considering my mediocre laundry skills. The $170 asking price is higher – that’s $20 more than Rapha’s new Trail pant and $50 more than TLD’s Skyline pant, two options that offer an equally lightweight and comfortable fit. Aside from the price, these pants come very highly recommended.

Giro Montaro Mips II Helmet


• 16 vents
• Adjustable visor
• Integrated Mips liner
• Roc Loc 5 adjustment

• Colours: black, chalk, portaro gray
• Weight: 370 grams (M)
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• $160

great quotes Giro’s famous Montaro helmet recently received an update in the form of a new MIPS liner. The liner has a slip coating on the part that rests against the foam interior of the helmet and is secured with four elastomers, two in the front and two in the back.

The difference between the original and the new version isn’t that dramatic; this is more of a tweak to improve durability and system integration rather than a complete overhaul. The shape of the helmet remains the same and it has the same features as the original including an adjustable visor, rubber grippers at the back to hold the goggle straps in place and a ratchet dial to adjust the fit .

Despite the goggle clips, the Montaro has what I would call a cross-country shell profile—it doesn’t extend as far aft of the back of the head. My head measures 58cm in diameter, which puts me squarely in the middle on the Giro size chart, but I’d be curious to see if a large was a better fit. Personally, I prefer the deeper cut and extra coverage of the Giro Source helmet. The Source is also 30 grams lighter and $30 cheaper than the Montaro Mips II. Of course, what works for my oval head shape won’t be the same for everyone, so it’s always worth trying before you buy.

Gore Trail JerseyKPR


• Materials 100% PES (56% recycled)
• High stretch and abrasion resistant fabric
• $60

• Sizes: XS – XL
• Colors: black, utility green

great quotes I can already hear the click-clack of someone going on a rant about how $60 is too much to spend on a jersey, and how Hanes t-shirts are the pinnacle of mountain biking apparel. That’s all well and good, and buying Gore’s new TrailKPR jersey is definitely not necessary for fun mountain biking.

However, Gore deserves credit for creating a super comfortable, quick-drying layer that fits my lanky figure perfectly. The sleeves are slightly longer than usual, which means there’s no constriction whatever shape you’re doing on the bike (the stretch of the fabric also helps). The jersey is light enough to wear on warmer summer rides or as a base layer on cooler spring and fall rides.

Shimano AM903 shoes


• Instep strap and lace cover
• Speed ​​lacing system
• Price: $170

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The AM9 has been slightly revised for 2022 with a wider top strap and a slightly thicker tongue. Other than that, the basics remain the same – the enduro/DH oriented offering features a speed lace system covered with a velcro flap to keep debris out, and the asymmetrical cuff provides extra protection around the heel. peg. There is also a very strong toe cap to deal with rocks and stumps that sometimes jump in the trail.

I was a fan of the previous model, and that feeling is true with the new version. Beta’s Ryan Palmer wasn’t so in love with the velcro waistband, but it works great for me, and it lays flat and out of the way. The speed lacing system feels a bit longer than it should be; luckily there is a velcro part which is used to stick the laces to the tongue of the shoe and then the cover hides all the mess.

The AM9 hit the sweet spot for me when it came to stiffness. Shimano gives them a 5 (out of 10) on their scale, and I agree – they’re not stiff XC disco slippers, but they’re also not so soft that they cause discomfort on long runs. journeys. There’s plenty of room for cleat positioning and, as you’d expect, they work great with Shimano’s own pedals.