Once exclusively the domain of gravity-oriented riders, pants are increasing in popularity for riders of all disciplines.
Fox Flexair Pant
Fox is potentially the biggest of them all when it comes to brand name apparel. Their pants line up is extensive, and the Flexairs fit are Fox’s all day, all-mountain offering. At $199.99 they’re on the lower side of the price spectrum for the pants on test, but my first impressions of the pants were that they had a unique and high-quality feel to them.
Materials, fit and features
The Flexairs have great stretchiness combined with a cool material feel that’s very comfortable on your skin. They’re constructed from 88 percent polyamide nylon and 12 percent elastane, which is a unique combination on test. As you’d expect it’s a 4 way stretch material with Fox’s moisture wicking ‘TruDri’ technology. Ventilation is provided by perforations front and rear, and a DWR coating repels moisture and dirt. There are 2 vertical zipped pockets, and a ratchet closure. The ankles are tapered nicely.
On the bike
The Flexairs were one of my favourite pants on test. The material has a nice feel to it both on your skin and throughout the pedal stroke, and the ventilation was some of the best on offer. They’re also lightweight at 298 grams in the 32” size tested. The breathability is fantastic, which I’d put down to the material and perforations. The two zipped pockets didn’t interfere with pedalling, and the pants felt good with and without pads.
Who do they suit?
The Flexairs suit a wide array of riders in the all-mountain/enduro category. They were my favourite pants for skin feel and pedalling , and I appreciated the subtle graphics . Fox have been coming out with some high-quality apparel in recent years, and the Flexair Pants are another example of this.
- Unique material
- Reasonably priced
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