Women are not small men. Sure, on average we’re shorter, but there’s more to it than that – we’ve got disproportionately bigger hips, shorter arms and legs, longer torsos and smaller heads for our height. You can’t just buy small men’s or children’s kit and expect it to work as well then, and that’s what makes women’s-specific gear a must for those of us who shred. Luckily, brands have come a long way in a few short years and there’s a wash of excellent riding gear out there. Here’s our pick.
NUKEPROOF BLACKLINE WOMEN’S JERSEY
Nukeproof has fast developed a great range of women’s kit: it’s good value, well fitted to women’s bodies and the sizing is accurate. This short-sleeve jersey with melange design is made from 100 per cent recycled S.Café fabric which is really quick drying and has a full mesh back to keep you fresh on warmer days. A zip pocket in the dropped rear hem provides a handy stash point for valuables.
SPECIALIZED WOMEN’S LINER BIB SHORTS SWAT
This bib liner from Specialized is both a quality undershort and a clever storage option to help you stash your trail-side essentials. Bib-shorts have traditionally been tricky bits of kit for women to use when nature calls, but Spesh has a way round the problem – there’s an opening at the back meaning you can drop the shorts section without having to slip off the shoulder straps.
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