Finding good quality kid-sized gear is, fortunately, getting easier as more and more brands start offering legit youth mountain and road bikes. We rounded up some of the best gear we could find on JensonUSA so you can get this shopping stuff over with and get back to riding…with your kids!
My own kids have been rockin’ Kali’s Chakra Youth Helmet ($40.00) and it’s grown with them for years. It’s not too bulky, fits securely and comfortably, and comes in four different colors. Kali consistently makes some of the best feature-per-dollar, value-packed helmets on the market, and this one is no exception. It features in-mold, one-piece construction (not a taped-on cover like cheap kids helmets), extended rear coverage, integrated visor, 21 vents, and a light weight of just 245g.
For smaller riders, the Chakra Child helmet gets even more colorful designs and a price of just $30.00.
The Camelbak Mini Mule ($49.99) is a scaled down version of your full sized hydration pack for bigger days on the trail (or long adventures around town where ample snacks are needed). If your kid likes to bring their gear and other fun stuff along for the ride, this one has the pockets to fit it all. And it’ll make them feel more pro on the mountain! Perhaps just as importantly, it has a proper bite valve with on/off switch so it won’t leak all over your car when they toss it on the ground and step on it. Because they’re kids. Available in four colors, order soon for arrival before Christmas.
The Fox Youth Dirtpaw Race Gloves ($21.95) have a padded knuckle and palm with Clarino palm for comfort and grip. These are just like the killer gloves you’d wear, but scaled down to fit smaller hands. Compared to the “sports” gloves you’d get at the big box store, these are made for biking and will keep their head in the game. Available in three sizes, blue or black.
The Dakine Kids Pace Short ($60.00) is slightly tapered, with a breathable four-way stretch material designed for riding, so it’ll flow with them better than any standard gym short. Plus, it has an adjustable waist to help it stay up when they’re gettin’ down. Leg openings are sized to allow thinner kneepads to fit, and legs are long enough to slide over them.
For real protection, iXS Carve Evo+ knee pads ($99.99) are soft and flexible, but have plenty of real impact protection where it’s needed. This keeps them easy to wear for hours at the bike park, and Velcro straps help keep them in place. Available in three sizes to ensure a proper fit. Matching elbow pads ($85.99) also available.
The Spank Spoon Grom Youth Grips ($15.99) are sized for smaller hands, but go big with safety. Unlike the cheap slip-on grips that come on most kids bikes, these use lock-on collars to ensure they won’t twist or slide off, which can cause your kid to wipe out! The lock-on collars come in black, red, blue and green to match the rest of their bike, too!
If a backpack is too much, try a smaller bottle that’s sure to fit inside most youth frames (or easily in your jersey pocket). The Polar Insulated 12oz bottle ($9.99) keeps their drinks cold and has a shorter size that’s easier to nestle into those tiny front triangles.
And to help make it easier to get in and out, the Foundation Side Loading ($7.99) water bottle cage makes good use of the space, is cheap, and adjusts to work with left or right hand entry.