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Fox Attack Pro Fire and Water jackets

The latest fabric tech, design and fit to keep you on the trails this winter

Fox clothing is known for its moto style blending performance with good looks into trail and DH kit. Now the californian label has raised its game with two jackets that are comparable to the best technical brands when it comes to cold or wet weather protection.

Words: Sean White  Images: Steve Jones

Fire and Water – Fox autumn 2017

When it comes to a few hours in the woods or a day at the bike park chances are that you’ll throw on a lightweight jersey along with your shorts, pads and gloves. After all, you’ll be working hard and that should do the job, yeah? In most cases this gives you all the protection you need. But as the mild autumn weather we are experiencing turns wet and challenging, more serious protection is needed. Especially once you step out of the blanket of tree cover at a trail centre and onto an exposed hillside or mountain.

There are plenty of budget options when it comes to jackets, some lightweight and fragile, others overbuilt and overweight. If you’ve thought of investing in something a touch more serious but want to stick with a brand that has its roots in mountainbiking (and maybe MX…), then the options are limited.

Step forward Fox, with their latest range for autumn/winter 2017. With more restrained styling and colours than usual, these technical jackets look great both on and off the bike, adding to their versatility and giving you more long-term value.

Here we take a look at the Attack Pro Water jacket (a hardshell breathable waterproof) and the Attack Pro Fire jacket (a softshell insulating jacket). With high price tags, you’ll be right in asking just what justifies the cost. Well, first up is the construction – these Fox jackets are incredibly well made and finished to the highest standards. You can rightly compare them to Arcteryx or Patagonia from the outdoor market or to Rapha road cycling kit. The zips, stitching, details and fabrics are all as good as we’ve seen.

The cut is spot on too, with asymmetric (diagonal running) main zips used to give a better and less restrictive fit. The arm length is long with good articulation at the elbow and the rear tail of the jacket drops a touch but not enough to catch your saddle. ‘Rider Attack Positioning’ are the buzzwords Fox use. Whatever the marketing says, they’ve done a great job here. Clean designs with no fuss means fewer frustrations on the trails.

FOX ATTACK PRO FIRE JACKET

This is a riding shell for colder weather where a damp chill can send you packing back to the van earlier than you’d like. A polyester riding jersey and a thin jacket will only keep you so warm for so long once soaked in sweat. The all-new Polartec™ Alpha insulation is the big news here. It’s used here as a soft fluffy lining that not only keeps you warm but is designed to help regulate your temperature as you climb then descend – and breathe well too.

The microfibre ‘rip-stop’ outer shell is wind resistant yet highly breathable and along with the lighter weight softshell stretch side panels will keep you comfortable with just a light layer underneath. A base layer or riding jersey will be fine. Tough Cordura™ arm panels give added durability and reflective Fox logos on the rear keep you safe if you’re chasing daylight on an late afternoon ride. Or heading back from a post-ride pint…

The Attack Pro Fire jacket has real appeal when the temperature dips. Pack it in your kitbag on a road trip and throw it on after the ride or at the lunch stop. Stay at the right temperature, stay out on the trails.

MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION

Advanced hybrid construction for cold weather riding

Polartec™ Alpha Direct 90g/m2 temperature regulating and highly breathable insulation

Lightweight Ripstop stretch nylon main body fabric

C6 DWR treated for waterproof performance

Softshell stretch side and underarm panels

KEY FEATURES:

Front mesh lined chest pocket for storage

Abrasion resistant Cordura® arm patches

Reflective details in key areas for visibility

WEIGHT: 406g (Medium)

COLOURS: Black or Dark Red

SIZES: S – XXL

PRICE: £210.00


FOX ATTACK PRO WATER JACKET

We saw some serious developments from Fox last autumn with the ‘Ride all weather’ range which included the Downpour Pro – a hardshell jacket that went head to head with the best jackets from Gore Bike Wear and Endura. With brighter colours and Fox’s trademark ‘moto’ colourblock style we were impressed with both the looks and performance of this kit. With the Attack Pro Water jacket, Fox has toned down the visuals but not the performance.

The TruSeal 3 ply fabric remains (water and wind proof) but they’ve upped their game when it comes to the cut. With a closer more fitted shape, helped by an asymmetric main zip, this shell moves with you when you’re pressing on hard, whether off the back of the bike descending or hunched over the bars on a steep climb. Turn it inside out and you’ll see all the seams are taped to keep the moisture out and the jacket has a ‘built to last feel’ to it without being too bulky. At well under 400g it’s not too heavy to carry in a lightweight hydration pack either. This Attack Pro jacket will keep water and wind at bay without added weight, overheating or frustration.

MATERIALS & CONSTRUCTION:

Waterproof, breathable, stretch 3 layer TruSeal fabric

Knit back inner face lining for comfort

Durable Water repellent and stain resistant coating

Fully seam sealed interior and water resistant zippers

KEY FEATURES:

Front zip vents with laser perforated back exhaust

Abrasion resistant Cordura® arm patches

Reflective details in key areas for visibility

WEIGHT: 363g

COLOURS: Black or Dark Red

SIZES: S – XXL

PRICE: £200.00

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