It is advisable to wear good clothing while mountain biking. There is special MTB clothing that can take a beating and is dirt repellent. Mountain bike clothing is often more spacious than normal clothing, so that you can also wear protection underneath. On this page I tell you everything you need to know about MTB clothing.
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Characteristics of good MTB clothing
I can’t emphasize it often enough: mountain bike clothing is indispensable. If you’ve ever ridden a mountain bike in jeans and a regular t-shirt, you’ll agree. Good MTB clothing has a number of unique characteristics. For example, the garments are often made of ventilating material, they offer extra comfort and the fit is slightly wider than normal. I list the most important features of MTB clothing.
- The clothing is ventilating
- Is dirt and water repellent
- Provides protection
- Sit comfortably
- Has a roomy fit, so you have room for protection
Of course there is MTB clothing in various colors and styles. Also think of reflective clothing or clothing with logos from mountain bike brands.
Mountain bike clothing styles: lycra or baggy
When it comes to mountain bike clothing, there are two different categories: lycra versus baggy. Lycra mountain bike clothing is tighter and offers more aerodynamic benefits. This type of mountain bike clothing is often worn during competitions and you often see it on fast mountain bike tracks.
Baggy mountain bike clothing is looser and offers more room to move. With this type of clothing you often have space to wear protection under the clothing. Think MTB knee pads under baggy mountain bike pants.
Different mountain bike clothing
But, what kind of mountain bike clothing is there? For MTBdex.com I have written several guides on specific mountain bike garments. I list them below.
Buying mountain bike clothing: buying tips
When you are going to buy new clothes, it is smart to remember the following buying tips:
- Rather choose a size larger than your regular clothing size
- Go for clothing that stands out, so that you are clearly visible in a dark environment
- Only if it is possible the clothes in the store, so that you know your size in the future
- Check whether the clothing is suitable for the weather conditions in which you will be driving
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send me a message or leave a comment at the bottom of the page!
Frequently asked questions about MTB clothing
Mountain bike clothing is a bit smaller than normal clothing. So always order a size larger than you are used to. In addition, it is also important to take protection into account. For example, if you wear MTB knee protection, you should opt for loose-fitting pants.
You can score a complete MTB outfit. Think of the following items of clothing: jackets, socks, pants, shirts and shoes.
Many mountain bike brands offer merchandise in the form of clothing. Think of FOX Racing and Rockrider (the brand that is carried at Decathlon).