Christmas gift guide for mountain bikers 2022

Well, Christmas is nearly upon us, isn't it? I did a Christmas gift guide for mountain bikers a few years back and it did really well. I think because we, mountain bikers are quite hard to buy for it you don't actually mountain bike or are just lost for gift ideas. So I thought It is time to update the list and get some new products on your radar. 

Anyways let's get to the gift guide I hope this helps you find some lovely gifts for your loved ones or yourself. Some of these items I haven't tried myself but have been recommended to me and are on my list. So let's get to the gift ideas. 

Bigger items 


I am obsessed with Endura kit. Everything they make is amazing and you would be doing any mountain biker a favour with any item from Endura but I can't put them all in the guide so here are a couple of top picks. 

Endura X Hope Tech long-sleeve jersey Two of my favourite brands on a jersey! yes, please. Plus just look at it that's one cool jersey. 

WOMENS MT500 SPRAY BAGGY TROUSER II women's or men's MT500 trousers are hands down the best winter trousers I have ever owned you will see a full review on here it you look at the gear tab. 

 MT500 BURNER FLAT SHOE I mean they look good and keep your feet planned on the pedal. 
These teamed with Hope Tech flat pedals are my sweet spot. 

THERMOLITE® II SOCK these are the reason my feet are toasty. I suffer really badly from cold feet until I found these. I also recommend Endura waterproof socks.

MT500 FREEZING POINT WATERPROOF GLOVE I have written a full review of these so check that out. 

Hope Technology 

We all know how good any Hope Technology products are so I would be doing an injustice if I didn't mention Hope Technology.  

I have also been a Hope Tech lover for many years. I actually got my first set of Hope Tech E4 brakes for a birthday many years ago. I credit them with changing my riding for the better I am not exaggerating. Hope Tech products just hit differently. I fully recommend if you are going to buy one big item from Hope Tech to start your love affair with, you need their brakes. They are ride-changing.  They have this year realised a new version of their cult breaks and I will write a full post on them but to put it simply they are game changers. 

I also need to mention their pedals with the release of their new union clip pedals everyone has covered whether you are a flat pedal user or like to be clipped in.

I mean if we are going there is no spending limit have you seen their bikes? I mean My HB130 is pretty special, right? And if you fancy something hot off the press you need to check out the HB916 that is almost too nice to ride. 

But if you are on a budget why not buy some Hope technology bling for the person's bikes. They do everything from top caps to handlebars. The choice is endless. 

Bike wash 

This is the Mobi V-15 Portable Bike Pressure Washer. I have an older version of this and it is amazing for the van conversion. We use it to clean bikes and as a shower. I will be writing a full post on this soon. but defo one for the Christmas list. 

What the brand says
"With its variable pressure output - from 45.5psi to 130.5psi - this portable pressure washer will clean everything from your dog to your bike and anything in-between. Extremely portable and versatile, it's ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. Plus, its 15-litre capacity ensures you'll be able to tackle the job at hand.
Light and Quiet Operation. Irrespective of water pressure, the Mobi V-15 model remains quiet when in operation. At only 5 kilograms for a 15-litre capacity, it's lighter than its rivals in the UK market.
Portable and Mains Powered. Suitable for use at home or on the go, it can be plugged into a 12V vehicle power outlet for convenient use"

Smaller but mighty gifts 

A stunning calendar by the amazing Pete Scullion. This man is well-known in the mountain biking industry for his photography skills, Pete has won many awards and he's pretty nifty on a bike too. 

You might know him for his endless cover shots in Single Track World magazine and for his bike reviews. This man has photo skills for sure he can even make me look good on a bike. 

You can buy his amazing calendar by contacting the man himself on Instagram. I promise this will impress the mountain biker in your life. This year's calendar is filled with incredible mountain shots. Hey, you don't have to be into mountain biking to love these calendars. All photos were taken in Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Only £20 delivered They are super high-quality A3 size with the cover in a Matte laminate. I don't want to spoil the calender too much but this is my favourite photo. 


mudhugger these are fantastic mudguards for your bike. Mudhugger does a huge range of options in mudguards and accessories. I have the Evo bolt-on, on my bikes. I love that these are customisable too.  You can buy decals for your mud hugger. They are hands down the best mudguard I have used. It keeps the mud out of my eye and looks pretty good too. Mudhugger has numerous awards and they really are awesome for this time of year. Another awesome British brand. 

Bike protection

Rimpact is also known as the thing that saves your wheels. I have tyre inserts in all my bikes they are worth their money ten times over. Especially with the type of riding I do. I would not be without tyre inserts. 

What the brand says

"There is more to a good tyre insert than meets the eye. We learned this the hard way, buying some off the shelf foam, shaping it and proceeding to wreck our wheels. We've tested prototypes, learned, redesigned and tested again. And again. And again. The result is two high-performance products that are unique in providing an improvement in performance without any of the drawbacks tyre inserts from other brands cause"


My Goggles of choice are 100%. I have never had so many questions on IG about goggles then when I started posting these 100% Accuri 2 MTB Goggles. I was looking for ages for a pair that matched my Endura full facer and I also wanted a bit of pink. Because well it's me. I really like these goggles and they fit my helmet really well. They don't steam up and the field of vision is really good too. Plus they just look cool. 100% have a massive range of goggles and price ranges. 

The Accuri 2 returns to set the benchmark for a premium performance goggle. Delivering utmost protection, visibility and comfort for sight to line while performing, with an ever wider field of view that ever before.

Phone and GoPro accessories

Using a GoPro is becoming commonplace. So with this, you need to mount it somehow to yourself or your bike. Enter Snap mounts for your GoPro. These are gaining popularity in the MTB community. They look super clever and are an interesting way to mount your GoPro instead of the normal harness. 

What the brand says 
"The versatile, two part magnetic GoPro action camera mount that allows you to mount your GoPro and DJI Osmo Action to any material less than 1/4″ as well as most metallic surfaces. Compatible with GoPro Hero 9 also the GoPro Hero 3/4/5/6/7/8 and Session 4/5. Two part, magnetic compression design allows for quick and easy attachment to shirts, jackets, backpacks, windows or any ferrous metal surface."
Next up a recommendation from my other half. Quad lock phone cases. My husband has had this for ages and swears by it. It uses it on his bike and in the car for mounting his phone. He uses it more on his road bike and Zwift than on his MTB but this does look really good. The case it really protective too. 

What the brand says
"Quad Lock® is the strongest and most secure mounting system in the UK that integrates your smartphone into an active lifestyle. The unique approach of integrating the mounting interface into a slim and durable everyday case allows the Quad Lock® mounts to be much smaller than any other mount on the market."

We all know Muc-off they do a great range of bike cleaning products. But I am talking about their Essentials Case. This is currently on sale for £4.50. Perfect for keeping your phone or repair kit safe in your riding bag. I know I am always worried I'm one big crash from having to pay for a new phone screen. 

Looking for a hard-as-nails Essentials Case for your phone, essential tools and/or puncture repair kits? Roger that! We’ve engineered a handy storage solution, ideal for all bike riders; from the trails to the tarmac and everything in-between.


Something that has changed my riding for the better was joining Zwift. I have been on Zwift for quite some time. I credit this to my bike fitness. If you don't know what Zwift is about click the link above. It is basically an online road biking app. But it is so much more than that. It is where my fitness and my weight loss have come from. Zwift itself is not expensive £14.99 a month but you do need quite a bit of equipment so I have put it in this section. 

What the brand says
"Zwift blends the fun of video games with the intensity of serious training,
helping you get faster. Level up in the virtual worlds of Zwift with a community
that motivates you every minute. Choose from training plans, group rides,
races, and more. You’ll get fitter and stronger. Discover the world of Zwift today."

Trail dog - Ruffwear

There is no getting away from the quality that Ruffwear offers. We have used their front-range harness for years and I have to say they are the best. Mylo has just been sent the new Flagline™ Dog Harness with Handle and I think this might be our new favourite for trail dogs. It's light but has great handles for control and it looks really good on him. 

The Flagline Harness is a fast, light, and comfortable body harness with a nimble design that keeps dogs in their flow, from scrambling in the backcountry to conquering everyday obstacles.

A handle and load-dispersing chest/belly panel make for easy lift-and-assist in a minimal design good for all-day wear. High adjustability and easy on/off make the Flagline secure and accessible, especially popular among tripods, deeming it the harness of choice for giving dogs a little boost and a lot of freedom when the path ahead is anything but flat
There are no bad products from Ruffwear if you need any advice pop me a dm on Instagram, 
This is our favourite multitool Topeak Mini 20 Pro Bike Multitool - Gold. This has everything you need on it for hitting the trails. A must for every rider. 

What the brand says 

"Professional quality, one piece, a lightweight folding tool offering hardened steel tools with 20 functions. A forged aluminium body resists torque. 

Tools Include : 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10mm Allen keys, T25 Torx wrench 

Tools include : Hard-anodised alloy tyre lever, Spoke wrenches (15g/14g/Mavic M7/Shimano compatible), Phillips & flathead screwdrivers and Steel bottle opener with spoke holder 

Chain tool - compatible with all chains except Campagnolo 11-speed hollow pin chains. Includes Chain Hook. 

Includes a self-tightening tool and a neoprene bag. The perfect tool for endurance racing, training and touring"
This is a very helpful gift Dynaplug Air tubeless MTB tyre repair and inflation kit. If the worst thing happens and you get a flat tyre on the trail. This handy kit can save the day. 
  • An all in one tyre repair and reinflation solution, there is no faster way to get yourself back up and rolling than the Dynaplug Air
  • Dynaplug is the fastest, easiest and all-round best way to repair a tubeless tyre mid-ride. When needed, just remove whatever caused the puncture, firmly push the novel insertion tube straight into the hole and extract the tool depositing the repair plug in the tyre, done!
  • The Air system has an added twist. If a tyre has lost too much pressure, just discharge the CO2 cartridge to reinflate the tyre before withdrawing the plug insertion tool, leaving you ready to go in seconds
  • The sealant-friendly repair plug is a unique viscoelastic impregnated rubber that bonds instantly and permanently with your tyre, and the nonabrasive brass tip will not scratch your rim or puncture your rim tape
  • No need to remove the tyre, no messy glues or solvents, just plug and ride!
  • Long MTB version designed to ensure the CO2 vents end up well inside the tyre, even past aggressive treads, for 35c or smaller road tyres please use our ROAD Air with a shorter insertion tube

Stocking fillers.


Well, isn't this the cutest little thing! This is a bike duck. I have to say I had never heard of these but apparently, they have a bit of a cult following. I would like to thank the admins of a woman's MTB group I am part of for this entry. To be honest they helped a lot with this guide. So thank you, lovely ladies. But how friking adorable is this little fellow. No more lonely solo spins when you have your Bike duck. They come in a range of styles and they are lights and bell and under £4. I mean how can you not order one? 


Bikepacking: Mountain Bike Camping Adventures on the Wild Trails of Britain (Mountain Bike Adventures) This book is for the adventurer who wants to hit the trails bike packing. This has come highly recommended to me. You just need to talk a look at the reviews on amazon to know this is a winner. 

I have this book sat beside me to read and it looks incredible. Making it the perfect gift. 

What the author says
It’s time we celebrated women in adventure

"What does "toughness" mean to you? Perhaps it’s being physically fit and mentally resilient. Perhaps it’s doing something no one else has done before. Perhaps it’s breaking down boundaries and proving what you can do, in spite of the naysayers. Perhaps it’s travelling alone, immersing yourself in new cultures and meeting new people. Perhaps it’s running ultramarathons in the blistering heat and beating the competition. Perhaps it’s conquering your fears.

The badass adventurers in this collection are all fearless, intelligent, compassionate and curious about the world – and they all happen to be female. From endurance obstacle races to arctic expeditions, from mountain climbing to wingsuit flying, from horse trekking to swimming the English Channel, they have set the bar high for what women are capable of. Let yourself be inspired by their stories of grit, courage, determination, triumph and heartbreak – you never know, it might lead to something incredible!"

The little helpful bits you don't think about.

These are hands down the best tyre Levers they are the Pedros Pink Tyre Levers (Pair). You can get other colours If pink is not your style. What I will say is the pink ones are the cheapest. These clips together so you don't lose them and you can fit them in your pocket or bag. 

What the brand says
"Ergonomic shape is easier to remove tyres rather than standard levers. Made from strong, durable plastic, that won't bend and break. Ideal for difficult tight-fitting tyres"

Next up we have Spokey Pro . This is the best spoke wrench we have ever owned. I have managed to find these in amazon as we used to actually order them from the USA. 

What the brand says

"Professional standard spoke wrench in a classic design.
Comfortable to use with its large round shape.
Brightly coloured and easy to find in your tool box.
Two alloy inserts grip the maximum surface area on all four sides of the nipples surface.
Perfect for use with alloy and coloured nipples.
Fits US and Euro spoke sizes (3.25mm)."

Trail snacks
One of my fave sweets is Candy Kittens I love them they do a wide range of flavours and gift options. Some of their products are Vegan too. So if you are vegan they are for you. These are super tasty sweet treats to push you around the trails. 

More on the healthy side why not get some really good quality trail snacks. Like these 
Stoats Banana & Chocolate Porridge Oat Bars. Stoats are a nice little British brand that offers fantastic oat bars in a range of flavours. Come on food puts a smile on most riders' faces so Why not buy them their favourite snack as a thoughtful gift. 

I hope you have enjoyed this little gift guide. I hope you have found some interesting gifts for the mountain biker in your life. I tried to ver away from the big brands and showcase some amazing smaller ones. This year is the year to support the smaller brand in the industry. I am not saying to forgo your favourite brands but what not include a couple of gifts from smaller brands. 

Happy Christmas & Feel free to share this post. 



Endura Women's MT500 Spray Baggy Trouser II Review

Today it is time to talk winter kit. The weather up here has changed and we have more wet and windy days than anything else. So that means one thing it's time to get the winter kit out. I am going to do a series of these winter kit reviews as I know a lot of us wonder what to wear in winter. 

I like to think living up here in the Highlands having Fort William as my locals I know a thing or two about riding in all weather but up here we spend more time in our winter gear than most people. My go-to winter riding trousers have been the Endura Women's MT500 burner pants if you look at my Instagram you will see I have lived in these over the years. I love them. After years of not being able to find a pair of mountain biking trousers that fit me. I had found a pair that not only fitted but that looked incredible and kept me warm. Thanks to one of my close friends for the recommendation. 

I am super lucky to have got my hand on the newly released Endura Women's MT500 Spray Trouser II in cayenne. They also come in Black.

First the elephant in the room. The Endura MT500 baggy pants look a bit crumpled on me and that is because this ride was some of the worst rain showers I have ever ridden in but I really wanted to put these trousers to the test. Standing for these shots I was very blue and I completely forgot to adjust them. My cameraman couldn't even see the screen so we just had to hope we actually got some photos for you all. 

The Endura Women's MT500 spray trousers are favoured by some pretty special women riders like Mikayla Parton and Rachel Atherton. So I knew they would be good and I have of course been wearing an older version for years but just how good are they and can they hold up in a Highland storm? 

The design 
The Mt500 spray baggy trousers have been designed with expertise and precision. Endura has spent a lot of time developing these new woman's spray trousers. They are the ultimate all-rounder trouser. Designed to excel in damp and changing conditions. 

This trouser features a waterproof taped seat panel. Which I put to the test this day and it kept my bum nice and dry considering the conditions I am not sure how that was possible. The waterproof seat panel helps save your bum from water spraying up from your rear wheel. Or your friends trying to soak you in the puddles. We all have that one friend, right? 

The spray trouser is made from durable stretch nylon fabric giving comfort and complete moveability on the bike. The front panel is made from a 4-way stretch front panel allowing better movement on the mountain bike. The women's spray trousers are finished DWR coated to help water to just bead on the non-waterproof parts of the trousers. This means the water will not soak through the trouser and should just bead off and that is what it did for me.

DWR is a ground-breaking treatment that is environmentally friendly and non-toxic, PFC free and is part of Endura's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. Yes, Endura go you. I could go on and on about Endura as a company and all their amazing policies but If you have a few mins go and read it here

The sizing 
I am a size 6/8 I am wearing a size xs. When I was a size 10 I wore a small. Hopely that gives you an indication of sizing.  I am also wearing the Endura women's single track liner underneath. The women's MT500 Spray baggy trousers II have the Clickfast poppers feature so any of Endura's Clickfast liners can be worn with them also. 

The Women's Spray trouser comes in a size XS to XXL. This gives a UK dress size range from 8 to 20. With XS being 8/10 and XXL being 18/20. Which I am loving! You might not know this about me but I have been on the larger side having been a size 22 in the past. So I love seeing an inclusive sizing range.
The Women's MT500 Spray Trouser have quite a few adjustment features. There is a velcro waist adjuster Which acts like a belt to keep the trouser in the right place. I normally have them on the tightest fitting and they work great for me. The waist at the front has a zip and popper fastening to really make sure there is no way of your pants falling down. I mean that would be pretty embarrassing. 
The baggy spray trousers also have lower leg adjustment so you can easily get your trousers on and off. These make the trouser a really nice shape on the bike and allow a lot more freedom of movement and no change of any material catching on your bike. 

The Endura woman spray trousers also have some thigh vents for some extra ventilation. 

Knee pads compatible 
Of course one of the most important thing about any mountain biking trousers is do knee pads fit underneath them. I have tried all my Endura knee pad under these from the bulkiest Endura's MT500 hard shell knee pads to the slimmer line one and they all fit like a dream and still allows you to have full freedom of movement on the bike. You can actually see the water beading in these photos. 

Other notable features
The Endura Spray trousers also feature two zip pockets to secure your items.

My Review

I was at first completely drawn to the colour of these. They remind me of team Atherton. Now I am not saying if you buy these you will be able to shred down a trail at Rachel or Gee's speed. These MT500 spray trousers were built for riders who are not afraid to hit the trails in any weather and we know that is me. 

I really like the cut of these trousers I like that they are baggy but not too baggy. Being overly baggy just wouldn't work for me on the bike. I would be all tangled and headfirst in a bush. These are a great shape for me. 

They fit me really well which is no mean feat as I am an unusual size. I am pretty small thanks to all the cycling and training I do. I am over the moon with Endura sizing range in these trousers.  

They are so comfy to wear you forget you are wearing MTB trousers. I have complete freedom of movement on my bike. I move around my bike a lot, especially when riding wet loamy trails. It is always best to be able to do some crazy moves on the bike than fall right and that is me. I will use my body to save me sometimes. 

The Women MT500 spray Baggy trousers II have been crashed in and they survived. As I said I like to move about the bike that doesn't always mean I ain't coming off. The trouser held up really well without any marks or anything. 

So the storm test. They might not be fully waterproof but they did help keep me on the trails when the weather was wet and awful. I get cold really easily and these kept me drier for long enough to stay out on the bike even in a hoolie. The waterproof back panel is a god send and just amazing for winter and autumn riding. 

So all in all I would highly recommend the Endura MT500 Spray trousers II to any woman who is looking for winter riding pants that will keep you pedalling for longer this winter season. Plus the red colour is amazing. 


Enduras new MT500 MIPS Helmet Review

Today we are going to talk about a very important subject, mountain biking helmets. I have had many helmets over the years. I have been biking for quite a few years now. I have had everything from stupidly heavy full facers to extra light roadie helmets and I like to think I know a thing or two about the subject. 

I am a massive advocator that all cyclists should wear a helmet. I have been unfortunate enough to see some horrendous crashes and I can promise you helmets should be mandatory. I, like a lot of us bikers have had a couple concussions in the past and thank goodness I was wearing a helmet. 

Quite a few years ago, was one of my worst to date.  I was going down a trail I do at Nevis Range. I do it all the time, every ride there in fact. But this time all I know is I woke up on the ground with a pain in the head. I had fallen off and my head had smashed off a massive rock. I had passed out and had a terrible concussion from it and a nice big dent in my helmet. But thank goodness I was wearing one. I dread to think what would have happened if I hadn't been. So wear helmets kids. Big crashes can happen anywhere from trails you know like the back of your hand to new trails. It is so important we protect our noggin right? 

Endura MT500 MIPS Helmet. 

I have been very lucky and got my hands or head even on one of Endura's MT500 MIPS helmets. I have had the predecessor to the helmet and loved it so what is new and is this better than its award-winning predecessor? 

The Endura MT500 MIPS Helmet comes in 6 colour ways. Which is an amazing amount of colours and gives everyone an option for one they like. The colours are black, concrete grey, olive green, spruce green, white and paprika. Paprika is the one I am wearing today. 

Before we go into the design let's talk sizing. The Endura MT500 Mips helmet comes in three sizes S-M which is 51-56cm, M-L 55-59cm and L-XL 58-63cm. A really good range of heads can be covered with the Endura MT500 Mips helmet.

I am a bit of a pea-head. I will not lie to you my head is small. I have in the past really struggled to get helmets that fit me. I have been biking for many years and in the past I had to wear children's helmets. No I am not joking. Pea head problems. But thank goodness for mountain biking development and the range of helmets getting better and better with each and every year.

Enter Endura into my life and I have found their helmets fit me the best. But I have to say the Endura MT500 Mips is the best fit I have ever had the new adjustment cradle incorporated into the MIPS design has a massive range on it and you can tighten or loosen it to your needs.  with a super easy chin strap system too. I wear an S-M.   

After chatting with the lovely people over at Endura I know the amount of development that went into this New MT500 helmet. To say they have really put the work in would be an understatement. When you have already built an award-winning helmet the pressure is on with any new launch but wow the MT500 MIPS helmet is cram packed with features. 

Built with increased coverage along with Koroyd and Mips protection and large vents this really has had an overhaul in the design and style whilst still keeping all endura style and flare. 

So if you are new to Endura helmets. You might be wondering what is Koroyd. Well, you know on Endura helmets where you see what looks like a honeycomb. That is not just a nice-looking design feature. It is in fact 3D formed Koroyd insert which provides lightweight and breathable protection for your head. But this is not just any protection this is highly tested superior and award-winning protection. If you have ever picked up an endura helmet you will be surprised by just how light they are and this is in part down to Koroyd. For more info on exactly what Koroyd is click here

I think most mountain bikers are aware of MIPS. We have all been amazed by the videos on this invention. MIPS brain protection system is basically designed to reduce the rotational motion which is transferred to the brain when you crash. Which in turn helps when you take big impacts. 

So the New Endura MT500 MIPS helmet has both Koroyd and MIPS in my opinion making it one of the safest enduro helmets on the market. I mean if you were to design a helmet after learning about both these systems you would want to have them both right and that is exactly what Endura have done. 

Other notable features 

The MT500 MIPS Helmet is super lightweight and breathable. With lots of nice large vents for increased airflow which also included a top airflow vent to help with getting increased airflow in your helmet.  To help stop your head from getting too hot.

Speaking of getting too hot all the padding in this helmet is super soft fast wicking, quick drying and removable. 

Extra features 

Goggles and Glasses compatible

Designed to be goggles friendly and with a built-in rear strap gripper. Dont worry if you are more of a glasses wearer like me. Endura has also taken this into consideration and the front vents act as a nice place to store your glasses on climbs too. 

The visor on the MT500 MIPS Helmet is removable. It also has some of the best adjustments I have ever seen in a helmet meaning goggles straps fit nicely for the climbs too. 

The Endura MT500 MIPS helmet also comes with an accessory mount, accessory clip and light mount. 

Endura Crash Replacement 
The MT500 MIPS Helmet is covered by the Endura crash replacement policy. This means if you have a crash in your helmet. All you need to do is send the damaged helmet to Endura with proof of purchase and you can get another at 50% discount. This is off the same model if available. 

My Review
I have never had a better-fitting helmet. Endura helmets have always fitted me but this one hits different. It really has that range of adjustability and feels like it was made for my head. I feel so comfortable in this helmet. It is super lightweight and easy to use. Now I know what you are thinking but bear with me. I hate an over complicated helmet. I have had a few that are just too fiddly to put on my head. You know the ones you spend half your time trying to work out the clips or how the adjustment works. This one is made for me. Put on your head and ride whilst feeling safe. 

I love that I can use it with goggles and glasses. I wear glasses a lot on most rides as my eye runs a lot and I find helmets are either made for one or another and this is good for both. So Thanks Endura. I really feel like this is a helmet built for actual riders. It is built to look good, yes but to protect your head most importantly. I am over the moon with this helmet and I love wearing it knowing how well-protected if the worst does happen to me. 

I hope you enjoyed this little review. Do let me know what you would like me to review next you can comment here or head to my Instagram