Arguably one of the best-known mountain bike brands for apparel is Fox Racing and when it comes to women's clothing, they were one of the first on the market to answer our call.
Each year, the launch of the new Fox women's collection causes quite the stir because with every new season and range comes daring new colourways, fabrics and features which always keeps us guessing as to what they'll think of next. For Spring/Summer 2018, we've got our hands on the new Fox Women's Attack Pine collection which includes the Attack Pro jersey and Attack Pro shorts.
Fox Women's Attack Pin Collection
The new women's Attack Pro jersey uses some pretty high-tech fabrics, primarily Polartec®, which helps regulate body temperature by wicking away sweat, and the heavy-duty Cordura®.
Fox has reinforced the sleeves with Cordura® fabric to provide a little more protection against abrasions and the occasional rogue branch. Because mountain biking is such a dynamic sport using a huge range of movement, Fox has ensured there's a considerable amount of movement with the 4-way stretch fabric that moves with your body, without restriction.
Finishing off the Fox Women's Attack Pine collection are the shorts.
Constructed from a super lightweight TruMotion fabric, these shorts offer both durability and movement which is further enhanced by the Rider Attack Position (RAP) shape. There's also an adjustable waistband which allows you to secure a comfortable fit when coupled with the front ratchet closure.
A detachable 4-density, 4-way stretch chamois line comes with these shorts which have been designed to keep you comfortable during the longest of trail sessions.
Fox Women's Attack Pine Collection: Verdict
Starting off with the Fox Attack Pro Jersey; sure enough, it has a lovely lightweight feel to the fabric. The slightly longer cuff length on the sleeves provides a little more protection from the trail and from the sun, and the seemingly mesh-like fabric covering the torso provides an incredible amount of airflow and breathability.
However, there were a few things which didn't sit right with me... literally. First off, at the shoulders, the Polartec® and Cordura® fabrics meet but the stark differences in the texture and weight of the fabric causing a bunching at the shoulders where the seams lie which is rather unflattering.
Furthermore, the mesh Polartec® fabric although light and airy, it's very netted so be aware of what colour sports bra or baselayer you have underneath. A little too thin for me, I think and just a quite bizarre combination of two very contrasting fabrics.
The Attack shorts are, again, very light and stretchy, perfect for warm dusty trail days and even chilling out in after a ride. I really love the muted green colourway which inspires a lovely earthy compliment to the treeline.
While I quite like ratchet closures on shorts, I feel they are rather unnecessary and bulky on thinner and lightweight models as there's always a risk of it damaging the fabric over time.
For me, I think Fox got it right two years ago with the women's Demo DH kit which was more robust, thicker and more appropriate for the UK climate. Since then, we've seen scaled down and far thinner (or lighter) versions with the Flexair Seca kit and now the Fox Women's Attack Pine collection.
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