Fat bikes—big, lumbering mountain bikes with double-wide tires—rolled off the frozen Alaskan steppes a decade ago, but the world is just starting to take notice. Cyclists are now riding them on sand and singletrack, where the massive tires roll over obstacles with ease. Specialized’s Fatboy line (including the Pro, which you can see and read about here) is evidence that the mainstream is ready to ride where no bike has gone before. Ready to ride? Here’s all the gear you need to tackle any trail.
Smith Optics Forefront Helmet
This full-coverage lid uses Koroyd, a co-polymer that is lighter, more breathable, and does a better job absorbing impacts than normal lids. It features an integrated camera mount for those GoPro moments.
Acre The Hauser 10L
This weatherproof hydration pack keeps all the gear you need—trail tools, food, jacket, and three-liter hydration reservoir—safe, dry, and close to you.
Pearl Izumi X-Project 2.0
“X-Project” refers to the crossover appeal of this carbon plate-equipped dirt shoe that remains stiff while pedaling but flexes for walking comfort.
Kitsbow Rudy Jersey
The Rudy’s formfitting lightweight merino wool dries quickly, while shoulder-to-shoulder back vents keep heat in check. A covert zippered pocket stows energy gels, as well as cash for postride beers.
Club Ride Crush
A DWR coating makes these shorts water-resistant, and reflective elements help you stand out on the ride back into town. Wear them over bib shorts for all-day sessions.
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