Josh Patterson's go-to gear: 5 favorites

BikeRadar senior tech editor's favorite gear for the trail

Given how much gear we test at BikeRadar, it’s a proud endorsement of any product if it is used by our team of testers on a regular basis. Here's a look at five items senior tech editor Josh Patterson reaches for when he hits the trail. 

Shimano XT pedals

The tried and true XT pedal
The tried and true XT pedal

Shimano’s XT pedals don’t need any justification for occupying a spot on a tech editor’s list of favored gear.

They’re affordable, able to withstand years of hard riding and are easy to rebuild when the time comes.

I alternate between the Trail and Race versions depending on the shoes I’m testing. If you’re investing in a single set of clipless pedals, I suggest going with the lighter and more affordable Race version.

  • Price: $120 / £90 / AU$169

Wolf Tooth ReMote

Wolf Tooth's ReMote is a worthy upgrade for any cable-operated dropper
Wolf Tooth's ReMote is a worthy upgrade for any cable-operated dropper

Dropper seatposts are starting to come along in terms of reliability, but many still lack a refined 1x remote. That’s where Wolf Tooth comes to the rescue with its ReMote.

From the cartridge bearing pivot for smooth operation to the 5mm of lateral adjustment, it’s the only 1x dropper lever I've tested (and I've tested them all) that feels like a high-end shifter. If you have a cable-operated dropper, it’s an upgrade worth making.  

  • Price: $70 / £55 / AU$95

Acre Supply Traverse AM shorts

Acre's Traverse AM is the best mountain bike short I've worn
Acre's Traverse AM is the best mountain bike short I've worn

Acre Supply is the MTB-centric branch of clothing manufacturer Mission Workshop. The Traverse AM is the company’s all-mountain baggy. After several years of riding – and occasionally wrecking – in these shorts, I’m convinced the Traverse AM is finest pair of mountain bike shorts on the market.

They’re a study in understated style and refined features. The fit is tailored, but with enough room for today’s low-profile kneepads. The zippered cargo pockets are strategically positioned so you won’t notice your smartphone shifting around while you pedal and a contoured waist belt with a single-sided pull keep the shorts from sagging.

A single-sided strap adjusts the waistband
A single-sided strap adjusts the waistband

Yes, they’re on the expensive end of the spectrum. But, in my opinion, a pair of American-made shorts constructed from high-end, four-way stretch fabric is worth the asking price.

No piece of kit is invincible, however. After several years of use, I managed to rip the rear out of my first pair, but it took a 30-foot slide down a slab of slickrock to kill them. I gladly ponied up for two new pairs that see almost daily use.

  • Price: $165 / £135 / AU$220

Giro DND gloves

Giro's DND gloves have never steered me wrong
Giro's DND gloves have never steered me wrong

To paraphrase The Clash’s promotional slogan: Giro’s DND is the only glove that matters. 

If you ask me, this is THE mountain bike glove. Period.

These full-fingered mitts have everything you need and nothing you don’t.

  • Price: $25 / £27 / AU$30

Bontrager XR4 Team Issue tires

Bontrager's XR4 Team Issue is a great high-volume tire
Bontrager's XR4 Team Issue is a great high-volume tire

I’ve been impressed by many of the mountain bike tires Bontrager has rolled out in the past two seasons. If there’s a standout tread pattern in the company’s line, it’s the voluminous and very capable XR4.

The 29 x 2.4in XR4 Team Issue has become my go-to trail tire – they roll fast, bite through corners and have withstood hundreds of rocky miles. To get the most out of them, I suggest mounting them to rims with an internal width of 27-30mm. 

  • Price: $55 / £40 / AU$75
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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