Fox has really been stepping it up and the new fall collection is hot. There aren’t a lot of options for quality wet weather gear that fits like proper riding gear, and after running the Fox Attack Water Pants last season, they’ve made a fan out of me. Fox seems to have a good feel on the vibe of the US market, with pro ambassador Kurt Voreis portrayed on a green screen over backdrops that represent some of the best US riding destinations.
The 2019 Fall release does away with the race-inspired aesthetic — that quickly becomes dated — and sticks to solid, classic colors that will still look great 2-3 seasons later.
For fall riding and the cooling temperatures, we’re really liking the Flexair Pant. ($140)
Having re-discovered trail riding in pants, we love the easy post-ride clean up, and the tapered fit of the Fox mountain pants has been spot on. We’re often finding ourselves riding in areas with poison oak and thorns from blackberry bushes, and that extra protection not only adds peace of mind but lets you keep your mind on having fun on the bike. Pictured here is the olive pant as it looks better in photos, but obviously black is the first pick — that said, if you like taking photos for Instagram, adding color means the photog is going to be getting a better photo…
The other piece that is sparking our interest is the Defend Fire Alpha Vest. ($120.00)
It reminds us a bit of a ski racer’s top, and the side zipper is intriguing. It looks racey, is a low key way, though you do lose out on the ventilation from a traditional zipper – still, I totally want to try one.
A long sleeve jersey is nice this time of year, and lighter colors are our fall picks. Because let’s face it, you’re probably running black shorts or pants. Pair a black jersey with black pants and you’re essentially a trail riding ninja. The Defend Delta LS Jersey ($90.00) uses Polartec® Delta™ fabric (89% nylon/11% spandex) which will set you back a bit more than the 100% polyester TruDri fabric found in jerseys like the Ranger Long Sleeve ($55.00). Both are a bit more subdued in the branding which is something we’re fond of as well.
Every fall/cool weather kit needs a jacket to tie it off. It’s not a kit unless it all matches, right? I really like the look of the fatigue camo Attack Water Jacket ($175) but lacking a hood, it just doesn’t make sense. (Though at the time of this post it is on sale, so there’s that) The Flexair Pro 3L water jacket on the other hand, does. Fully taped seams, waterproof zippers and 3 layer waterproof fabric come with a premium price of $300, which is steep, but it will breathe better than the more conscious Ranger 2.5L option at $110. Personally, I already own a few nice waterproof jackets in both, black, gray and blue, so I’m fond of the trail-poacher-camo option.
A light nylon vest is a staple of any cool-weather collection, and at $60, the Fox Defend Wind Vest is solid. I’m not an orange wear-er, but I already own a black nylon vest, and well, Instagram.