Here are some of my favorite gear items I used on the mountain biking trip to Iceland.
Shimano MX7 Cross Mountain Shoe
As the name implies, we did exactly this in Iceland – crossing mountains, streams, valleys, and gorges. This Shoe is waterproof to easily step through shallow streams and puddles. The tread is rugged around the recessed cleat and the sole flexible enough to walk like a regular hiking shoe. I slightly missed the stiffness of my mountain bike racing shoe but those wouldn’t have coped as well with the hike-and-bike trail sections. This shoe also comes in the high-top MX9 version.
Crank Bros. Eggbeater Pedals
I brought along my Eggbeater pedals which proved very worthy of the terrain. In certain areas the fine mud or volcanic ash would clog around the cleats but the Eggbeater design is known for coping with this. While others struggled with clipless pedal entry I snapped in consistently.
Pearl Izumi MTB Barrier Jacket
This light weight jacket packs down small, breathes well, and provides excellent water protection. This was pulled from my hydration pack any time I needed a light extra layer (Layering is key in Iceland). Although only labeled as water resistant, it has shown amazing capability of keeping the water out.
Pearl Izumi Elevate Shorts
The Elevate shorts were used everyday over a pair of bib cycling shorts. My recommendation for mountain biking is using your padded cycling shorts under a well fitted MTB short. A lycra cycling short with chamois needs to be tight fitting and MTB shorts with built-in liners always seem to come up short here. The Elevate shorts provide excellent abrasion protection during everyday rides, zippered side pockets to carry stuff, a rear pocket great for a key or gels, and a great fit to prevent snags or movement. The fabric is tough and dries quickly. Follow the Pearl Izumi fit guide and you’ll get the right fit with the internal adjustment straps.
The temperatures in Iceland were high 40s to mid 50s, and I wore these shorts along with knee pads for everyday of riding which were perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing about my cycling wardrobe for the lower half. They are currently available in 5 difference colors.
SealSkinz All Weather Cycle XP Gloves
These gloves provided great warmth in the temperatures we encountered and absolute protection from water keeping my hands dry. They felt secure on the bars and despite being brand new upon my arrival, I didn’t notice them at all on my hands. I measured my hand following SealSkinz sizing guide.
Others in the group raved about the Sealskinz waterproof socks.
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