If one of your 2017 resolutions is to get on the trails on your mountain bike no matter what the weather, this lovely lot of warm and hardy kit will go the distance with you.
My favourite winter mountain biking kit for women
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Short sleeved jersey, £29.99 from Madison
Lightweight and highly breathable, this is an easy jersey to layer up with, and the slick turquoise or orange make a nice colour change from girlier cycling tops on the market.
Liv Infinita helmet, £79.99 from Edinburgh Bicycle
Mountain bike helmets are just cooler than road ones, fact, but the lovely Infinita from Liv ticks all the safety boxes too. The Brain Protection System does what it says on the tin, guarding your bonce from spills on the trail with extended skull protection, and the large vents keep you cool.
Isoler baselayer, £44.99 from Madison
A little bit of luxury on a frosty ride, this super comfy base layer is made of 100% merino wool, wicking away moisture and staying warm even when wet. Wear it once and you’ll never want to go back to synthetic base layers.
Flux Shorts, £59.99 from Madison
Hello, dream bike shorts! I really, really like the Fluxes. Comfy and breathable, they stay put however many thrills and spills you take on your bike, and they’re so flattering you’ll want to wear them on travels and summer adventures, too. If you’re planning a few days of biking they’re roomy enough to wear tighter padded lyrca underneath.
Soto Redux leggings, £35 from Merrell
My Merrell leggings are one of my favourite all-rounders for any winter sports. The stretchy jersey will keep you cosy on the warm up but won’t overheat when you’re pounding up a steep ascent.
Liege sunglasses, £97 from Dragon Alliance
Keep peepers protected from winter sun with hard wearing Dragon lenses. The classic Liege sunnies are unisex and boast 100% UV protection, or if you’re after something more sporty the lenses of the Enduros are quickly replaceable – ready for any conditions.
Freerider EPS shoes, £112 from Five Ten
Made with winter excursions in mind, the Freerider EPS shoe is full of the stuff that’ll help you ride on the iciest of mornings. Thick rubber soles and insulated, heat-retentive uppers protect your feet but keep the shoes soft and comfy to wear right out of the box. The EPS is water-repellent, even in snow, and uses PrimaLoft® Gold insulation Eco, an eco-friendly insulation made with 90% recycled bottles, to keep feet warm from the shoe’s instep to the toe box. The traction grips the pedals hard, even in heavy rain and mud. The boots also come as high tops, a good choice if you’re after something you can wear both on and off the bike.