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Hailey's Gifts For Female Shredders

Words Hailey Elise
Photos Hailey Elise
Date Dec 18, 2020
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Buying for your significant other can be a thing of joy, or torture depending on how you look at it. Me? Well, my partner has it cut for him. You see, if I need anything bike related, I just go and buy it. There's no time for waiting on a broken part or upgrading a pair of shoes. There are bike rides to be had, people! And those things could be the difference between a glorious day on the trails that leaves you smiling from ear to ear or a day where you spend your allotted riding time, taking your broken bike for a walk back home.

So what does a guy or gal buy the female shredder in their life? Pay attention, I'm saying it loud and clear.

Oh, and you're welcome.

Four Ideas For the Female Shredder

1. Park Tool AK-5 Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit

Ah, bike maintenance. I love that when it's done, you have a trusty steed that you can take to any battleground but, I'm personally not the best at actually doing it. Existential life question here: If I had everything I needed to get the job done, maybe it would happen more? The only way to find out is to get all the tools and the Park Tool AK-5 Advanced Mechanic Tool Kit has everything and more.

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Park Tool curated this set to be a good starter or addition to your existing toolset. And it comes a with cute toolbox too!

2. Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Knee Length Sock

Wet feet can be a deal-breaker that cuts a ride short. Give the gift of endless rainy day laps with a pair of Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Knee Length Socks. The price point says I care but also, my bank account cares too.

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These socks protect from water, wind, mud, cold & blisters - all the good stuff. Grab a pair here.

3. Blackburn Chamber Tubeless Floor Pump

I've always wanted a Ferrari floor pump. You know, the kind of pump that turns heads when you pull it out of your truck before a ride or the one that sits in the corner of your garage and screams "check your tire pressure, you know you want to!" This is the kind of tool that you wish for but usually settle on one without the bells and whistles that simply gets the job done.

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Presta, Schrader – this pump isn't particular. It also comes with a lifetime warranty and an extra large shiny aviation gauge.

4. Garmin Instinct

Functional and wearable – the perfect gift combination. This watch will help the lady in your life step up her fitness game, keep track of routes, and my favourite when she's playing hooky in the middle of a workday, she won't miss an email while tearing up some trail.

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I found this one on sale and it's blue. WINNING!

If you are one of the aforementioned female shredders, or if you know one, please share your gift ideas with us, because we all want more women riding don't we?

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mammal
+1 Jason West Timer Lev
Mammal  - Dec. 18, 2020, 12:29 p.m.

Nothing against this list, but given the products here, I feel like the "female" part of the title isn't necessary.

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pete@nsmb.com
+2 Lu Kz Lev
Pete Roggeman  - Dec. 18, 2020, 1:22 p.m.

It was written by a woman and contains recommendations by her for things she - or another female rider - might like. It seems like pigeon-holing things that 'feel' targeted at women isn't our place - as men - to decide, knowwhatImean?

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tehllama42
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Tehllama42  - Dec. 18, 2020, 2:06 p.m.

I was going to go with the angle of 'hey, I want all of those things too'.

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tehllama42
+2 Timer DancingWithMyself E-wok Lev
Tehllama42  - Dec. 18, 2020, 2:08 p.m.

This does remind me of the 'Do I need a man-specific bike' article of brilliance...

But I do feel like the follow-on for this would be asking Haley what things for which the women-specific version (or a particular version that works better for women riders) are actually worth looking into, for those of us inept at buying gifts for women in our lives.

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mammal
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Mammal  - Dec. 21, 2020, 8:52 a.m.

That's basically the angle I was getting at. I was hoping for insight into women-focused products that I would likely have less experience or knowledge with.

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tehllama42
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Tehllama42  - Dec. 21, 2020, 10:13 a.m.

Yeah.  This is 'Hailey's Awesome List of Awesome Gear that ANYBODY would love'.  Baller article.  Makes me want a sequel.

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haileyelise
+2 Pete Roggeman Tehllama42
Hailey Elise  - Dec. 21, 2020, 6:25 p.m.

Good to know! Didn't even cross my mind to look into Women specific item. If the people want it, I will write it!

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pete@nsmb.com
+1 Tehllama42
Pete Roggeman  - Dec. 21, 2020, 6:36 p.m.

That's fair. On the one hand, I like that Hailey just wrote about stuff she'd want (hint hint Ollie Jones, no excuses now!) and I thought it works out well that it's not women-specific, as in 'women aren't that different than dudes'. BUT, I also understand that all women are different and some of them may be the type whose wish list looks a little more women's-specific.

We truly want more female content as well as engagement from and with women on the site, so I just want us all to do what we can to encourage that. Feedback is appreciated, I was maybe just hoping it would mostly come from women (although I realize articles like this serve any reader shopping for a female rider).

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tehllama42
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Tehllama42  - Dec. 21, 2020, 7:07 p.m.

Yeah - I guess our expectations were based on other ideas... 
To me that pair of articles would be truly rad.  This is an awesome one - and I think the positive reception (despite demographics of who is reading/commenting) reinforces that.  If Hailey is up for more, we're here to eat it up.

I don't think it even has to be 'women-specific' items.  That being said, as a gear-centric male I know there are all kinds of things I'd completely overlook that could actually be thoughtful gift ideas.

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haileyelise
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Hailey Elise  - Dec. 21, 2020, 6:24 p.m.

Interesting point. I honestly didn't think about even looking at "women specific" items. These are just things that I would like under my tree and I wouldn't buy for myself. I think any girl or guy for that matter would be stoked on this stuff but the article was written with the intention of helping anyone buy for a woman so I hope it helps!

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lev
+1 Pete Roggeman
Lev  - Dec. 19, 2020, 9:33 a.m.

I'm gonna go crazy and comment on what's in the article!  The garmin Instinct Solar will probably be my next watch.  My Fenix 3 seems to take hours to charge now and doesn't last as long as it did.  It does everything I need and has an MTB option that is not on my Fenix. Great choice!

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mrbrett
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mrbrett  - Dec. 21, 2020, 10:42 a.m.

I have an Instinct non-solar and like it for light duty GPS stuff. Much smaller/lighter than a Fenix too, which is nice when you're entering brake bumps at speed.

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mrbrett
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mrbrett  - Dec. 21, 2020, 10:43 a.m.

I bought my wide a Chromag long sleeved wool jersey. She usually runs a little cooler than me and unless it's a heat wave in summer, I think she would like a bit more warmth.

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