Worn by Tahnée Seagrave on the World Cup DH circuit, it’s no wonder the gorgeously-styled Fox Racing kit is popular with female riders demanding performance riding wear that looks great, too.
Fox Women’s Ranger Shorts details
Unusually, the Rangers include a removable liner (polyester/elastane blend), with a dual-density chamois, making these shorts good value.
The shell (polyester/spandex fabric mix) is incredibly stretchy and has a DWR (durable water repellent) finish to help shed dirt and splashes.
Style-wise, these are a minimalist, casual pair of trail baggies and are available in a number of different colours: dark green (as tested), black, dark purple, chili (red) and matte blue. Sizes range from S to XL.
Thanks to the 12in leg inseam, there’s room for knee pads underneath.
The closure is secured by a robust metal popper, while waistband adjustment is via two webbing straps and slide buckles on the back.
There are plenty of pockets, with two deep, mesh-lined jeans-style pockets on the hips and a hidden zipped pocket mid-way down the left thigh.
Fox Women’s Ranger Shorts performance
I found the Rangers sized up large compared to the size guide, so the waistband on my pair was too roomy and the fiddly-to-adjust webbing straps and sliders weren’t much help, offering almost no cinching, and I had to take the shorts off to adjust them.
It’s also worth noting that the cut of the shorts is quite low, on the hips rather than higher up on the waist.
I’d suggest sizing down if you’re between sizes or trying these on before you buy if you can.
However, the fabric of the shell and liner are both stretchy and soft, which feels great on the bike with no feeling of restriction at all. The chamois is really comfortable too, even after hours of pedalling.
The dark green shorts are actually more of a deep teal, with the Fox Racing word logo in a popping bright pink down the lower left thigh, which I really liked.
Fox Women’s Ranger Shorts bottom line
Other than the waist adjustment, it’s hard to fault the Ranger shorts. I love the minimalist style, the pockets are handy and well-placed for both on and off-the-bike use, and the decent leg length meant that they were compatible with knee pads too.
Coming complete with good-quality liner shorts at a fair price is also a bonus, but getting the right size is important.
How we tested
A well-fitting, comfortable pair of baggies is a mountain bike wardrobe essential, and key to finding the right pair are fit and fabric.
We put six pairs of shorts designed for female enduro and XC riders to the test to see how they stand up to the trail conditions and weather you’re likely to encounter in the UK.
Also on test
- 100% Women’s Airmatic Shorts
- Endura Women’s MT500 Spray Short II
- Madison Trail Women’s Shorts
- Patagonia Women’s Dirt Roamer Bike Shorts
|Price||AUD $100.00EUR €85.00GBP £75.00USD $90.00|
Material - Shell: 65% polyamide nylon, 29% polyester, 6% elastane
Material - Lining: 66% polyester, 17% polyamide nylon, 17% elastane
Liner short: Included
Colours: Black, Purple, Dark Green, Khaki, Grey