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Danica Fife's Favorite Women's MTB Apparel

Hello my name is Danica Fife, and I am an avid mountain biker. I enjoy everything from a great day at a bike park to an epic adventure ride. I picked up this sport four years ago and I am obsessed! My passion not only encompasses the trails I get to explore on two wheels, but the gear and tools that keep things running smoothly. Danica’s Picks will highlight my personal favorites of gear, clothing, tools, and more.

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Danica's Picks: Bike Outfits

The right gear always makes for a better  experience. We have all been in that situation before where we didn’t dress well for the occasion. Whether it was when you forgot your rain jacket in a torrential downpour or you wore your hot weather  tank for breezy shuttle laps. If you haven’t had to live through one of those  moments yet, good! Keep it that way. Not being dressed right for the weather or type of activity can be a huge bummer. In this article I am going to be sharing with you what I look for in my biking clothing and what outfits are optimal for certain scenarios.

Jerseys

The Fox Ranger DR LS Womens Jersey is a fantastic long-sleeved option. I strive to wear long sleeves when I know I am descending trails that are challenging. It might not be a lot of protection, but it is an extra layer to tear through before getting to the stuff that bleeds. This jersey is light and comfort able. I also just simply enjoy the fit and think it is cute!

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What attracted me to Troy Lee Designs Women’s Lilium SS Floral Jersey is that it is subtly feminine. From a distance it looks like a plain colored jersey, but the closer you get the flower design pops out. It checks off two boxes with this design. Not only are the flowers adorable, but they are made out of mesh, making this jersey very breathable.

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MTB Riding Pants

The ENDURA WOMENS MT500 SPRAY BAGGY TROUSER II were my favorite riding bottoms for the rainy season in the PNW. They were comfortable to pedal in and they also have room for knee pads underneath. I mainly wore these during heavy rains or shuttle/bike park days. What make these pants a fantastic choice is that they have a couple of options to make it more breathable. They have a mesh vent on the thigh and a lower leg zip to allow more air flow. Air vents are essential for riding. No matter how wet and cold it is you are probably going to work up a sweat on the climb so it is nice to have vents as an option.

SHOP: Endura Spray Pants | All Endura Apparel

All-Arounder Shorts

All-rounder Shorts  These Dakine Xena Shorts are a great all-rounder shorts. The material on these is thick and protective so I feel comfortable riding anything from XC to downhill. They have an adjustable waist, which I think should be on every pair of shorts. We are all different shapes and sizes and just having that small adjustment makes a big difference. I normally size up in some shorts so I can get the length I want, but then use the waist adjuster to make it fit me. I buy shorts in a way that allows for the shorts to barely reach my knees so there isn’t a gap between my knee pads and my shorts.

SHOP: Dakine Xena Shorts | All Dakine Apparel

Lightweight MTB Shorts

These Troy Lee Designs Women’s Lilium Shorts are suitable for hot temperature rides. They are thin, light, and breathable. These shorts are geat for long distance explorations. It comes with its own liner. This is a big bonus! A great feature about these shorts is that it has pockets on the leg rather than the hip crease. I hate the feeling of putting something in my pocket by my hips then having it stab me when I hinge forward to pedal up a steep climb or to descend some single track.

What attracted me to Troy Lee Designs Women’s Lilium SS Floral Jersey is that it is subtly feminine. From a distance it looks like a plain colored jersey, but the closer you get the flower design pops out. It checks off two boxes with this design. Not only are the flowers adorable, but they are made out of mesh, making this jersey very breathable.

Flat Shoe Details

  • SlipNot™ SuperTacky Rubber: flat pedal specific compound keeps riders glued to the pedal through the rough stuff with a secure and locked-in feel.
  • Upper Material: Suede and leather create a soft and supple feel while providing protection and durability to handle the demands of the trail.
  • XPEL™ hydrophobic lining provides cushioning and doesn’t retain water.
  • $120 MSRP
  • Available in Black and Oak

SHOP: SHOP 2F0 FLAT SHOES

Glasses

I hardly ever wore glasses living in the PNW. When the rain comes, I just simply put on a large mud guard. Now living in the desert, it is a necessity for every ride. It is so blindingly sunny here! My go-to brand for shades is Tifosi. I like that they have tons of great styles, interchangeable lenses, and most of all it won’t break the bank buying a pair.

Troy Lee Designs Women's Lilium SS Floral Jersey

What attracted me to Troy Lee Designs Women’s Lilium SS Floral Jersey is that it is subtly feminine. From a distance it looks like a plain colored jersey, but the closer you get the flower design pops out. It checks off two boxes with this design. Not only are the flowers adorable, but they are made out of mesh, making this jersey very breathable.

WEIGHT & WET WEATHER RIDING

There are MTB shoes out there that are designed to protect your feet from the wet and cold by keeping the weather outside your shoes, but these are overkill for most riding days. The 2FO Roost shoes aren’t designed for that. Instead, these are everyday shoes that allow your feet to breathe easily and for the shoe to dry out quickly, so you’re ready for your next ride. To accomplish this Specialized uses XPEL™ hydrophobic lining throughout the inside of the shoe. This soft mesh material not only helps your shoe breathe exceptionally well and dry out quickly from a wet ride or sweat but helps to keep these shoes very light. In fact, our test shoes weighed in at 775g (flat version in size 44.5) which is ~150g lighter than several of the competitors’ shoes that we compared these to. That may not seem like much but it is noticeable when pedaling and, for some riders, every gram counts.

Out of the box, the 2FO shoes were the lightweight champ against all the shoes we compared. They bested our other test shoes by 100-175g. The caveat to this is that these Roost shoes are not quite as armored up as some of the competitors, so if protection is a primary need for your riding, we’d recommend looking to some other options. For most riders and trails, these provide more than enough protection. Something we did not test was the weight of these after a wet ride and the associated drying time, but with how well the XPEL™ material seems to breathe and dry, we expect that these shoes would beat the competition in that scenario, as well.

GRIP

Let’s get down to the question that everyone is wondering, and we’ve been alluding to; are these as grippy as Five Ten Stealth Rubber? Yes… we think so. We must admit that the 5.10 shoes that we put up against these had several months of riding at the time of testing and maybe that affects things, but we found the latest version of the SlipNot™ rubber to be impressively grippy and never left us wanting for more. Further, our testers even noted that the Specialized rubber seemed to damp trail chatter under foot just slightly better than the competition which lead to a more planted and composed ride feel. Damped rubber characteristics is something that Specialized is known for in their latest tire tech, so it doesn't surprise us seeing the fruits of those efforts showing up in their shoes. Often high grip means faster wear, so we plan to continue riding these to report back on long-term durability of the shoes but, so far, they are showing little to no signs of wear that would give us any worries that these wouldn't hold up for several seasons of riding.

PROS

Excellent fit & comfort

SlipNot™ Rubber is very sticky

XPEL™ mesh breathes well, dries very quickly and is lightweight

Clean aesthetic and subtle design

CONS

- Not the most protective shoe for harsher trails

- We wish the black flat shoes had the gum wall color soles

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JENSON USA'S TAKE

Five Ten spent a long time as the leaders in on-bike grip for MTB shoes. Recently, there have been several companies working to shake things up. Specialized’s latest submission into the category is a formidable contender and one that riders should heavily consider. We’re hoping to see a future version from that offers a shoe more focused at true enduro and DH riders with added protection, but for most riders, the 2FO Roost should make their short lists of everyday trail riding shoes. Not only are they incredibly grippy, they bring many other features that make for a compelling option to add to your riding kit.

RIDE REVIEW: SPECIALIZED 2F0 ROOST SHOES:

Review Sections

WHAT'S IN A NAME?  |  FIT & FINISH  |  FLATS VS CLIPS  |  VERSUS THE COMPETITION  |  PROS & CONS  |  JENSON'S TAKE

Danica's Picks

Hello my name is Danica Fife, and I am an avid mountain biker. I enjoy everything from a great day at a bike park to an epic adventure ride. I picked up this sport four years ago and I am obsessed! My passion not only encompasses the trails I get to explore on two wheels, but the gear and tools that keep things running smoothly. Danica’s Picks will highlight my personal favorites of gear, clothing, tools, and more.

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