I've had the opportunity to watch a woman progress on double black gnar . That's what she started riding when she moved to Canada. She only rode XC before moving here. Sorry Cooper but janky natural beast of trails are very exciting to a select few. Definitely not the masses . Thank God . Right of passage. Well yes if you enjoy this crazy stuff your in a different smaller fringe group. Yes I ride 26 inch wheels. I'm a Luddite.
I'm glad we all love to ride for whatever the reason .
I bring two light weight synthetic jerseys and switch at the top of the climb. Comfortable relatively close fitting shorts that are a spandex blend. But not necessarily biking specific. Modern synthetic s are the best for comfort , breathing, they are quiet and light. And every time you wash them thousands of plastic microfibres end up in the sea. 😁