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Adventure Ride Essentials – Check out our trusted reviews and seasoned opinions on everything from gravel tire recommendations to clothing and gear for gravel riding and adventure bikepacking. It’s all in adventure ride essentials from Off-Piste Mag.

waterproof socks standing in water

Waterproof Socks – Tested

Whether you set out for a ride in the rain or get caught out by a surprise squall, cold, wet feet are hard to escape. We’ve all been there. And it’s never fun. Short of not riding, it’s difficult to guarantee dry feet when cycling in cold, wet weather.  Overboots and waterproof winter riding shoes help. Fenders help too, but… Read More

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showers pass basecamp merino hoodie

Merino Rules – Showers Pass Basecamp Hoodie

Merino — Breathable. Lightweight. Warm Wool has been part of the adventurer’s layering kit for a very long time. So long in fact, it’s sometimes associated with an old school vibe. Turns out though that wool’s natural temperature regulation, sweat-wicking and odor fighting qualities are difficult to match with modern synthetics. Add into the mix the naturally soft and resilient… Read More

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GoSun Portable SOlar Panel strapped to bikepacking set up

Portable Solar Panel – GoSun SolarPanel 10

GoSun 10 Watt Portable Solar Panel Phone, GPS unit, satelite communicator, camera gear, headlamp, the list goes on. Carrying electronics in the backcountry is the norm these days. Keeping them charged over the course of a multi-day backcountry trip, however, is a project of its own. Portable batteries are an obvious solution and are great for a single device for… Read More

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cloudburst rain jacket

Showers Pass Cloudburst Rain Jacket

Cloudburst Rain Jacket We’ve all heard the phrase; “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” And of all the ways to endure bad weather, few avtivities highlight bad clothing as quickly as cycling in the rain. Riding a bike with any real effort puts waterproof, breathable claims to a serious test. It’s one thing to throw on… Read More

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Tubeless Setup Tips

Tubeless Tire Tips

Go Tubeless or Go Home If you aren’t using tubeless tires on your adventure gravel bike, you should be. Imagine bombing down gravel descents and across rough ground without concern for flats. Going tubeless is the key to reducing tire issues on adventurous rides. Tubeless lets you run lower tire pressure without fear of pinch flats and essentially eliminates routine… Read More

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castelli entrata vest

Castelli Entrata Cycling Vest

Castelli Entrata Cycling Vest – Windproof Front, Breathable Back Cycling vests are essential gear for shoulder season rides – or any cool weather riding, really. A good vest balances breathability and wind resistance. It lets you control your temp on climbs and blocks cold wind on descents. With GORE Windstopper® across the front and stretch breathable material across the back, the Castelli… Read More

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gravel tires

Adventure Ride Essentials – Gravel Tires

Adventure Bike Gravel Tires Reviewed So many choices, so little time. Choosing the best gravel tire is a bit like picking the right shoes for the day. It’s all about the terrain and surfaces that are on the agenda. When talking adventure riding, maximum volume and width is a key consideration. Tread is important too. But volume is directly related to overall… Read More

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GORE SHAKEDRY

GORE SHAKEDRY™ – 7Mesh Oro Jacket

GORE SHAKEDRY GORE set the standard to which waterproof, breathable outerwear is measured, and their latest innovation, GORE SHAKEDRY™, takes everything GORE-TEX is known for to a higher level of performance – waterproofness, breathability and lightweight construction. SHAKEDRY’s distinct design uses a GORE-TEX membrane as the face fabric and a 100% polyamide fabric as a backer. What does that mean?… Read More

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helium-jacket

Outdoor Research Helium Jacket – Ultralight, Packable Rain Jacket

Outdoor Research Helium Jacket – Ultralight, Packable Rain Jacket The wet weather has arrived. It’s not quite ski season, so full-on GORE-TEX ski wear is not really necessary. But if you want to head for the hills during shoulder season, you need some sort of waterproof jacket. The Outdoor Research Helium jacket sets a high standard for ultralight rain jackets,… Read More

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camelbak chase bike vest hydration

Camelbak Chase Bike Vest Review

Camelbak Chase Bike Vest Review One of the big limiting factors when setting out on an extended adventure ride is water carrying capacity. It takes a lot of water to stay hydrated on a 100+ mile ride. The obvious solution is a hydration pack. But when traveling light is your goal, most hydration packs are overkill. The Camelbak Chase bike… Read More

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Goal Zero Venture 30

Portable Chargers – Backup Batteries for Backcountry Charging

Portable Chargers for the Backcountry Electronics in the backcountry are part of life. Apps like Gaia (GPS), Strava, Avenza and Ride turn our phones into worthy gps and map tracking tools for adventure in any season. However, keeping electronics fully charged and ready to go on a multi-day backcountry trip requires back-up power. There are many portable chargers and storage batteries… Read More

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