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Although this is technically a Men's shoe, the unisex sizing makes this a good option for female riders. I normally wear a 6.5 in US Women's sizes, and the Van's Gravel size 5 is an excellent fit. Fit is similar to the Van's Rowley XL3. Sticks to the pedals, stiff sole, and super comfortable. I would definitely recommend them to other female riders.
Bonus: They are completely free of the color pink, flowers, butterflies or other horrifying nonsense commonly found on women-specific gear. Hurray!
Note, for strict veggie riders, it is difficult to determine if the upper is real leather or synthetic. They look synthetic, the website says they are synthetic, but the shoe tag says leather (see photo)
Finally bought the 661 Comp II Helmet this year after renting protective gear at the park for a few seasons. I am smaller female rider and the XS fits great. The helmet has good visibility and a secure fit, although it may be somewhat heavier than higher end helmets. Regardless, I think the Comp II is a good choice for riders with limited funds for DH gear. I have crashed off a jump in this helmet and it definitely saved my skull.