Dissent socks have been my sock of choice for a few years now. They are a MTB specific compression sock. They fit great look great and your feet never get those annoying hot spots in long events.
Italian produced Canadian designed quality.
I've been using VE paddles for around 3 years now and other competitors such as Werner, Select, Lettmann or AT seem inferior. I think VE have nailed the weight to surface area of the blades which allow you to transfer so much power into each stroke, making these paddles perfect for all disciplines of whitewater kayaking. I've never had any issues with durability either and would easily trust VE in any grade of whitewater. One of my favourite things about VE paddles is the fact that they are custom built to any feather, length or hand you could wish for(there's even a chart to tell you which size would be best for you depending on your height and discipline of paddling!) Also, there is an option to convert the paddles into either 2 or 4 way splits if need be. This is great if you're trying to space save for trips abroad or just as an emergency pair! Combinations of Carbon blades/shaft or Glass blades/shaft are available if you don't want to splash out on full carbon blades or want something a bit more durable.
I love this bike! Norco has done justice by producing a bike that is a killer on both trails and gravity. This bike is extremely capable, comfortable, and is an amazingly smooth ride. Not only that, but it turns heads in the MTB Park! I definitely recommend this for riders that are looking for a bike that does it all!
The RC PRO range from Scott is race fit comfortable and breathable. I use this line of kit in all races and all conditions and just add an under jersey when I need to. I has a waterproof race radio pocket in the centre pocket that can be used for a phone or whatever you choose. The are just the right length. I wear a medium and am pretty lean but the grippers hold the shorts in a good place with no saggy bits. The jerseys arms are also a good length, I have found other brands arms too short and after them ride up they become uncomfortable but you wont have this problem with this kit. I also has some reflective features on for those caught out riding home at dusk moments.