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Canada is one of spiritual homes of MTB. The legendary North Shore area, Kamloops, not to mention Whistler – these feature highly on the to-ride list of a lot of mountain bikers. It’s a landscape full of epic, dramatic terrain, and trails to match.

Combine these elements, and it’s hardly surprising that Canadian brand Race Face design some pretty hardy, technical and good looking kit for women. Known particularly for their bike components – chances are you’ll have seen some Race Face cranks, chainrings or handlebars gracing a mountain bike at some point – their engineering prowess has clearly been put to good use in designing their clothing range.

A stealth-black combo; the Khyber jersey and shorts from Race Face.

The full range has a decent offering for females; 3 types of shorts, 2 types of jersey, 2 jackets and 2 glove offerings. Since (I hate to say it) autumn is approaching, we've got some of their warmer, more winter-proof pieces of kit to look at; the Khyber shorts, Khyber jersey and the Felony jacket.

With a 20-year long history, Race Face are a well-established brand. Rider designed and tested on Vancouver’s infamous North Shore, robust and durable are the watchwords. Basically, it rains a lot there – much like here.

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RaceFace Khyber shorts collage

Available in black as shown, or a denim-like blue, these hardy shorts should be able to take whatever the trail throws at them.

The tough fabric has a water-resistant coating, and waterproofing, making them a good option for the wetter autumn weather ahead.

6 pockets, all of which close with a zip, give you plenty of safe storage space for popping cake money, cards and keys. The zips also have grab tags, making them a whole lot easier to manage with be-gloved hands.

Price: £76.95

Colour options: Black or Blue

Sizes available: XS - XL

More information: Race Face

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RaceFace Khyber Jersey Collage

Managing to look like you mean business on an MTB and feminine at the same time, this ¾ length sleeved jersey has a long cut to keep your front and back covered when riding.

Made of moisture wicking fabric, there’s plenty of stretch to allow freedom of movement. There’s even a high proportion of recycled material in here too, making this jersey more eco-friendly than most.

Contrasting red details at the cuff and ruched panelling under the bust and across the back are stylish design features, subtly accentuating the waist – Gok Wan would approve.

Price: £46.95

Colour options: Black or Blue

Sizes available: XS - XL

More information: Race Face

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RaceFace jacket collage

This is a stylish jacket, and wouldn’t look out of place in the pub or about town as well as on your back post-ride. A high collar, hood, and fleecy lining keep cold at bay, and DWR coating on the fabric gives it some water-resistance.

Two zippered ‘hand-warmer’ pockets on the front give you storage space, and keep your digits toasty. Although labelled ‘Black Melange’, we reckon ‘grey’ is a better description of the colour, with a fun oversize red popper fastening at the neck.

Price: £99.95

Colour options: Black melange

Sizes available: XS - XL

More information: Race Face

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There's some great detailing on these garments, so check out our full gallery of images.

If you fancy getting your hands on some, it's available online from Silverfish, Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycles.