The Flux helmet has proven popular with trail riders. But released in 2006, it was starting to look a little dated in terms of features, so Fox decided it was high time for a refresh, and I got to check out the new design as well as the latest Attack Pro kit at the Bike Connection show last week.
The new Flux is completely different to the old in every detail but the name, and is designed to offer comfort and protection for trail and all-mountain riding.
The Flux MIPS features Fox’s 300-degree retention system, which can be adjusted at the front as well as rear. This is claimed to help it comfortably conform to a broader range of head shapes.
The shell uses multi-density EPS foam and is reinforced with a plastic internal cage for added strength. It houses 14 large vents with internal channelling designed to funnel air through the helmet.
There are two models: the MIPS and non-MIPS version, which are available in sizes XS/S, S/M, L/XL.
Aside from the MIPS liner, which is designed to reduce rotational forces transmitted to the head, the MIPS version gets a fancier chinstrap buckle and an anti-microbial liner to delay the onset of the dreaded smelly helmet.
My first impressions of the Flux are that it feels very comfortable, light, and airy to wear, although it sits pretty high up.
- Flux MIPS Helmet: £115 / €145 / $150
- Flux Helmet: £80 / €95 / $100
Fox Attack Pro jersey
Fox also has a new technical riding jersey and shorts, the Attack Pro.
The jerseys use tough CORDURA sleeves for cut resistance against undergrowth or crash damage, along with breathable Polartec material elsewhere, which is said to be cool, comfortable and not sticky against the skin. Laser-cut holes in the CORDURA sleeves are said to help with cooling airflow too.
The jersey is available in three colourways and four sizes: small to XL. There’s also a short sleeve version, which gets CORDURA sleeves and is available in four colours and sizes.
- Attack Pro Jersey: £65 / €80 / $100
- Attack Pro SS Jersey: £55 / €65 / $75
Fox Attack Pro shorts
The matching shorts use Fox’s ratchet closure system, which allows the fit to be adjusted and secured at once. The 3DX waist belt is deep to comfortably grip the waist, so they shouldn’t fall down too easily. There are more laser-cut holes here, all up the inner thigh, which should let in plenty of cooling air — and muddy water too.
On first wear, the shorts feel very comfortable, light and breathable, but not ideal for the cold and wet conditions that I tested them and are better suited to warmer weather.
My only criticism is that they come up slightly too short for me, leaving a gap above kneepads at times. This feedback was echoed by at least a couple of other journalists at Bike Connection. Otherwise, the fit is good and the ratchet strap is quick and easy to adjust.
The Fox Attack Pro shorts are available in 28in to 40in waist sizes, and any colour you like, as long as it’s black.
- Attack Pro Short: £125 / €150 / $170
For more info, visit Fox Racing