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Luke Lydiard
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Luke Lydiard

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Luke Lydiard was born and raised in the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent most of his days finding ways to ride a snowboard. He quickly moved west seeking larger mountains and deeper snow. In the Eastern Sierra, Luke fell in love with climbing as much as snowboarding. He currently lives and works in Mammoth Lakes, California where he balances a full time job as a Paramedic Firefighter with traveling the world seeking inspiring lines for both ascending and descending. Luke has climbed rock, snow, and ice in France, Canada, Chile, Argentina, and Alaska.

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How to Choose a Mountain Bike Helmet

How to Choose a Mountain Bike Helmet

How do you choose a mountain biking helmet? There's a different type of helmet for every type of riding, with many all-around versions crossing over. Check out this article to find the...
Smith Forefront

Smith Forefront

The Smith Forefront is a recent addition to the mountain bike helmet market. The eyewear giant has been making helmets aimed at snow sports for some time, but this is its first offering in...
Troy Lee A1

Troy Lee A1

The Troy Lee A1 took the top score in our mountain bike helmet comparison and wins our Editors' Choice Award. It beat out a stiff field of six other modern, extended coverage half-shell...
Crankbrothers Mallet 3

Crankbrothers Mallet 3

As a full platform clipless pedal designed for downhill, enduro and all mountain riding, the Crankbrothers Mallet 3 is most comparable to the HT X1, Shimano DX M647, and its big brother...
Black Diamond Vector

Black Diamond Vector

The Black Diamond Vector is a relatively affordable helmet made of lightweight EPS foam and featuring an adjustable plastic tensioning strap, ensuring a decent fit for all...
Giro Air Attack Shield

Giro Air Attack Shield

The Giro Air Attack Shield was one of the first of a new sub-genre of road cycling helmets that bridge the gap between teardrop shaped time trial helmets and traditional road helmets. This...
Giro Aeon

Giro Aeon

The Giro Aeon was a former winner of our Editors' Choice Award and has lost its crown to the Giro Synthe. At 225g, the Aeon is the lightest helmet in our field of eight road cycling...
The North Face Verto S4K

The North Face Verto S4K

The North Face Verto S4K is a lightweight summer mountaineering boot designed for warm weather climbs in the mountains where you will be moving over technical terrain. The Verto S4K has a...
Salewa Pro Gaiter

Salewa Pro Gaiter

The Salewa Pro Gaiter is a super-gaiter style mountaineering boot designed for ice and mixed climbing in cold, wet conditions. They feature a lightweight single boot which is protected...
Pearl Izumi Canyon

Pearl Izumi Canyon

Pearl Izumi touts the Canyon short as an alternative to wearing form fitting lycra shorts, and it is the lightest weight short and liner combo in our review with a simple design. We found...
Fox Ranger

Fox Ranger

The Fox brand is well known to all mountain bikers the world over. Fox Racing is best known for their suspension products while Fox Head produces apparel and protective gear, from helmets...
Endura Hummvee

Endura Hummvee

Similar to the military vehicle for which this short is named, the Endura Hummvee is all about excess. This short has every bell and whistle we could think of. All of the features add up...
Canari Cyclewear Canyon II

Canari Cyclewear Canyon II

Though it has a plush gel chamois, the Canari Canyon II is our least favorite mountain biking short in the review. While we couldn't wait to take many of the other shorts for rides, we had...
Shimano M520

Shimano M520

If you're on the prowl for affordable clipless mountain bike pedals, you should take a look at the M520. Though it didn't win our Best Buy award, it came close...
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