The Versatile Off-Road Collection From Machines for Freedom

Cyclists often have a preference about their terrain. Road bikers, off-road or mountain bikers, and stationary bikers all care about the gear necessary to their specific pursuit, and sometimes that gear can be used across all categories. But sometimes, what works best for the road doesn’t necessarily cross over well for dirt.


Machines for Freedom, the inclusive women’s cycling apparel brand, has previously been known for its road-specific clothing. But this spring, the company launched the Versatile Off-Road Collection, for those cyclists who need something different in the dirt. Inspired by mountain biking and designed for versatility, this collection still has the superior fit, construction, and technical features for which Machines for Freedom is known.


The Key Short is great not only for mountain biking, but also for gravel touring, urban commuting, and even hiking. Constructed with stretchy, wicking polyester in a high-rise fit and stylistic silhouette, the short comes in two inseam lengths: 5.5 inches and 11 inches. It also has five functional pockets. The short lists for $108 on the Machines for Freedom site.


Tech Tees are soft and sustainable, designed with an eco-friendly micro-modal fabric made from the fiber of beech trees, a renewable resource. The boxy, relaxed fit drapes well and resists wrinkling. The tees also dry quickly. They’re available in both short-sleeve ($78) and long-sleeve ($88) styles.


The Technical Crew is like your favorite cotton sweatshirt, but with all the moisture-resistant, quick-drying properties you want when you’re active. Contoured sleeves give you a wide range of mobility, and the huge zippered pocket means that everything you stash stays secure. The crew lists for $98 on the Machines for Freedom site.


Pack the pieces in your suitcase the next time you’re traveling, or use them at home for local biking adventures.



Jill Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks. She divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles have been featured in the AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Catch up with her adventures on and IG/Twitter at dangerjr.

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